Editor’s notice: Bob Brisco is the CEO of Web Manufacturers, the guardian firm of WebMD.

Dec. 24, 2021 — We’ve misplaced Kristy Hammam, WebMD’s very long time editor, to most cancers.   She was solely 50.

Kristy’s passing is not sensible.

She did as a lot to coach the general public about good well being as nearly anybody, ever.  She took care of herself and her household.  Exercised.  Ate proper.  Obtained each most cancers screening on schedule.  She was all the time optimistic, like sunshine.  The medical odds and karmic gods have been all the time in her favor. 

When recognized with breast most cancers three years in the past she embraced each type of remedy— immunotherapy, radiation, chemo.  And it labored.  For some time.  Till it didn’t.

At first, it’s exhausting to tug the teachings from Kristy’s life.   As a result of it is not sensible.  She did every part proper.  And nonetheless, this.

However the classes are there.  You do the fitting issues in life as a result of they’re the fitting issues to do in life.  Not as a result of there are ensures.  However as a result of as a guardian and as a pacesetter, the chances all the time matter.    As a result of you’re a position mannequin.  And since you are sensible and brave to your core. 

A couple of month in the past, Kristy flew from Atlanta to Washington DC, alone, to be along with her greatest buddy.  Blind and compromised, however by no means actually, she flew as an unaccompanied minor. 

I don’t assume I’ve ever met anybody extra grownup than Kristy.  She all the time took accountability.  She all the time made issues higher. 

I do know I converse for everybody at WebMD once I say we’ve misplaced one in all our greatest human beings. 

It would by no means make sense.  However she wouldn’t need it to vary something about our mission, which was her mission too.