My father was diagnosed with leukemia in 1986 and he died less than a year later. At the time, no one spoke much about his illness (as if it would go away if we didnt) and I never heard anyone mention any other option besides medicine for my father or any of us who loved him.

Eventually, years later, I figured out that writing and communicating in general about my father and cancer could be helpful, both for me and for those who have come into contact with either of them.

Write for Life––both the book and the foundation––are a continuation of these discoveries. Along the way, I have been fortunate to work on a number of related book projects. Here is a list of some of them:


Co-Author and Editor:

The Cancer Book: 101 Stories of Courage, Support and Love

(Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing)

Co-Author (with Elizabeth Bayer) and Editor:

Its Just a Word: Reclaiming Your Life Through Cancer––Beautifully

(Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing)

Consulting Editor:

The Right Words at the Right Time (Volume 2: Your Turn)

By Marlo Thomas

Atria Books


Slipping Reality

By Emily Beaver

(Author House)

Co-Author (with Edel Blumberg) and Editor

LIAR! How I Faked My Way Through Colitis and Crohns Disease and Lived to Survive Colon Cancer (Twice)


Working on each of these books demonstrated the power of language, the potential of storytelling, and how writing can be a powerful tool in the fight against cancer.

Since 2010, in collaboration with Genentech, Inc., I have been facilitating writing workshops (Write to Fight Cancer) in cancer centers around the country, including:

The Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University

The Anderson Cancer Center in Houston

University of California Medical Center in San Francisco

Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania

And Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard University.

Patients, survivors, and medical professionals have encouraged me to write a book as a companion to these workshops and to act as an inspirational guide for those trying to write on their own.

Write for Life is meant for those who need it most.

For more information about my consulting work as a writer and editor

and for facts and fotos from my theatre and circus career, please visit www.tabatsky.com.

- David Tabatsky