I fondly remember watching NORTH AND SOUTH as a young teenager, thinking how incredibly handsome Orry Maine was.
Then like millions of other teenage girls, I absolutely fell in love with Johnny Castle.
He melted my heart with his sexy dance moves and raw vulnerability.
Patrick Swayze was not a perfect man. He had his vices, his weaknesses. But he also had such an unflinching honesty, a gritty determination, and a fierce will. These traits were never more evident then when he battled the horrible ravages of terminal cancer.
Thank you, Patrick Swayze, for being an endearing part of my adolescence. Your sexy swagger and dancing may have drawn me to you then. But it is your strength, integrity, and your incredible love and passion for Lisa and life itself that I will always admire.
May you find comfort and peace in the paradise that is Heaven. I know one day you will be dancing there with your lovely bride.
May we all hope and pray that there will be a cure for this insidious and merciless disease one day!