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Journalist Kate Dailey shares news of husband Brett Norman’s passing from pancreatic cancer – and a message of hope

In a poignant series of tweets this morning, Vox.com managing editor Kate Dailey shared news that her husband Brett Norman had passed away from aggressive pancreatic cancer, after having lived with the disease for 17 months.

Politico was the first to publish an obituary last night. Norman was a member of the organization’s Politico Health team, remembered by Politco’s Jennifer Haberkornas as,

A talented reporter, a caring colleague and a valued member of the POLITICO Health Care Team family. He was thoughtful, smart and had a delightfully wry wit.

His obituary of record in the Washington Post via Legacy.com notes that Norman’s father had passed away before him. In Dailey’s tweets, she notes that in fact his dad had also passed away from pancreatic cancer:

Dailey tweets about the importance of hope – how we know the story we’ll want to tell. 

Dailey’s tweets are a powerful testament to how a family fighting cancer undergoes an intensity of being rarely felt in our lives.

Norman will be interred next to his father in Florida.

Approximately 50,000 people in the US will get pancreatic cancer this year, with a 8.5% five year survival rate. The lifetime risk is approximately 1.6 percent. You can read more about pancreatic cancer at cancer.gov.

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