David Holder won’t be posting on his blog anymore. He died this morning.
He was 35.
David started the blog last year, after being diagnosed with lymphoma. He named it Dave Getting Stronger, because he knew this chapter of his life was going to have a happy ending.
I met David through my wife in the mid-1990s. There was no way to not like him. He’d rally crowds to play football at holidays and throw dance parties in the basement of his AU Park home at an age most people — well, me anyway — felt way too old to do either.
But for the last 14 months, the bad news just kept coming. He got the best medical care and had the best attitude — just read his posts. The guy was like a superhero of positivity. If cancer whipped David, it can win any fight it wants to.
Many of the times I saw David before the illness took over or read his blog after, I came away wishing I was more like him. I bet a lot of folks who knew him felt the same way.