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    http://www.facebook.com/themissjanet Miss Janet's Avatar
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    Default Life can be too short...

    My young friend Brian Wilkerson, AKA... Dumb Luck has passed away. He was 27 years old and was diagnosed with luekemia a few weeks before he was to start his 2004 thruhike attempt. For six months of brutal chemo he was able to keep fighting because he still wanted to go hike. He had found something that he really enjoyed and a community that he was happy to be getting to know.
    I will be sure that his family gets any messages that are posted here or sent to my email address.

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    So sorry.So young.Damn. What does one say?.

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    I didn't know him but I'm sorry to hear that Ms. Janet. Very sad.....

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    Addicted Hiker and Donating Member Hammock Hanger's Avatar
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    He can hike in the great unknown with wings and no pack weight. God Bless.... Sue/HH
    Hammock Hanger -- Life is my journey and I'm surely not rushing to the "summit"...:D

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    http://www.myspace.com/officialbillville Mountain Dew's Avatar
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    I had the chance to meet him last year on one occassion at Miss Janet's house. Can't say that I really knew him. He did seem quiet and polite though. What a terrible story, but I guess we can all learn from this. As we hike don't ever take it for granted.
    THE Mairnttt...Boys of Dryland '03 (an unplanned Billville suburb)
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    Section Hiker 500 miles smokymtnsteve's Avatar
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    "24 hours or maybe 60 good years, it's really not that long of stay"

    Jimmy Buffet
    "I'd rather kill a man than a snake. Not because I love snakes or hate men. It is a question, rather, of proportion." Edward Abbey

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    Default My condolences

    Miss Janet, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend Brian. My sister
    died at 26 of cancer, and since that time I realize that life is precious
    and each birthday is a gift. May God bless and comfort you, and may
    sweet memories always endure.

    Kathy

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    Default Brian's death

    Even though not many of us knew him, his death touches us all, because it reminds us of our own mortality. For however short the time, he was part of the hiking community.

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    Damm, he was so young too. sitting here thinking about it brings a tear to my eye.

    R.I.P B
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