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Claim: Former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow authored an essay about the "unexpected blessings" of cancer.
Example: [Snow, 2007]
Origins: Tony Snow had a thirty-year career in the
In April 2006, Tony Snow was appointed White House Press Secretary in the
On 12 July 2008, Tony Snow passed away at the age of 53, and many of those whom he had worked with (or for) paid tribute to his professionalism, including Vice-President Dick Cheney, who said of him: "He had this rare combination of intelligence, of commitment and loyalty to the president that he was working for, but also this great love of going out behind that podium and doing battle with what in effect were his former colleagues. And it was this capacity that he had to be unfailingly polite, to maintain good humor under the most trying of circumstances, and do it, I thought, better and more effectively than anybody I've ever seen in that post."
The news of Tony Snow's passing brought additional focus and interest to a piece (excerpted above) he'd authored a year earlier, in response to the question of what spiritual lessons he had been learning during his bout with cancer. His answer, in the form of an essay entitled "Cancer's Unexpected Blessings," was published by
Last updated: 19 July 2008
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