During my lunch break today I came across a post from Go, See, Write on Facebook. Michael Hodson, the genius behind this amazing travel blog, shared an article written for BootsnAll (another awesome resource for travellers) by a gentleman named Tristan Cano. The title immediately caught my attention:
Facing Death: Why One Man Travels to Embrace Life
Intrigued, I read it and quickly became absorbed into this man’s story. In November of 2012 at the age of 32, Tristan was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Vowing not to let the cancer stop him, Tristan lived life to the fullest, using the time in between treatments to travel, get married, and write.
After I finished the article I did a search on Tristan as there was mention that he had a blog of his own. I wanted to follow his journey, to hear his travel stories and to, in any way I could, cheer him in on his battle. “We’re only a few years apart.” I thought to myself. Reading his article made me realize that your life can drastically change at any moment. I was inspired by his courage and tenacity.
Through my search I found his Twitter and his blog, but I noticed something: the article I read was written in September, and his social media accounts didn’t have any recent posts on them. Despite not knowing this person, I feared the worse.
I continued searching, then I found what I hoped I wouldn’t — a letter of condolences from a news station in Gibraltar, Tristan’s hometown. The letter was from December 31, 2013. Tristan’s battle ended before the new year even began.
I want to send my condolences to Tristan’s new wife, his family and friends. I may have never met you, I may have only discovered your story today, but in the wake of Tristan’s death please know that his story has inspired me in ways beyond measure. To honour his life, as well as all of yours for enriching his, I will continue the chain of sharing and have included the link to his article below.
RIP Tristan. May your dreams of travel continue to be fulfilled.
Read Tristan’s article here.