The theme for the 2015 Holocaust Memorial Day is “keep memory alive.”  Today I remember Anne Frank who started her diary at the age of just 13 while hiding from the German occupation of Amsterdam during World War 11.  Anne wrote her diary in hiding in a secret annex of an old warehouse for the next two years.  The diary stops suddenly in August 1944 when her family was betrayed and sent to Auschwitz death camp.  Only her father Otto Frank came back. ann frank

Anne’s humanity – in the face of such evil – is an inspiration to all.  And to those of us who fight against the evil of cancer – I remind you of one of my favorite Anne Frank quotes:

“It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”

I really do. I hope you agree with me.

by Laura Farmer Sherman, Executive Director, Komen San Diego