Walk completed August 28, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


I recently received the sad news that breast cancer has claimed the life of Debby Cusak. Debby was not only my friend, but the friend of everyone who ever met her. You could not meet Debby without instantly being befriended by her.

Debby loved animals as much as her friends – she had rescued two dogs that I know of. An avid hiker and a former officer of the Outback Hiking Club of Southern Utah, Debby initiated dogs’ days out – weekly hikes for dogs, but to which two-legged critters were also welcomed.

Debby was an inspiration. The last time I saw her she shrugged off the dire prognosis from her physicians and was rebuilding the energy which had been sapped by her treatment. She was thrilled that she could walk to the end of her street with the aid of a walker, and she looked forward to getting back on the trails some day. Her attitude was contagious, and one could not help but be thrilled by her spirit. Unfortunately, even a positive mind can’t control what nature intends for the body.

My heart goes out to her husband, Stan, and the rest of Debby’s family.  Debby was 58.

Rest easy, Debby. You’ve earned a smooth trail.

© 2011 Ken Klug

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