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July 02, 2004

Everything to Live For

The story of Simon Britten is one that seemed so full of potential yet ended all too sadly. An English teacher in Hiroshima, the young triathlete from New Zealand died of a rare cancer earlier this year at the age of 22. A Business studies graduate and fluent in Japanese, he had recently been promoted to manager, one of the youngest for his company. He continued to train and race hard and, despite a series of mysterious ailments and the discovery of cancer, he made it a goal to become the first person to complete an ironman event on one lung. However, the difficult surgery he underwent in Sydney didn't go well and the next day the young man was dead. A memorial service was held for him by friends in Hiroshima, who floated paper lanterns, a New Zealand flag and a rugby ball down the river.
Everything to Live For

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