In October 2007, Dr. Oz introduced viewers to Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and father of three who was dying of pancreatic cancer. His "last lecture"—a discourse on his life, lessons and dreams—has become an Internet sensation watched by millions around the world. He recently became a best-selling author with a book called The Last Lecture and was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.
While Randy says his publishers have been very excited about the book's success, he is most happy about how it has touched people. "So many parents that I've talked to have used either the lecture or the book as a way to start conversations with their own kids," Randy says. "That's a very gratifying thing to hear."
Randy says his health has recently taken a hit. Two months ago, he had congestive heart failure and kidney failure. "That took some of the wind out of my sails. I'm still recovering from that, and I have dropped some weight," he says. "But I'm still walking around. I don't have nearly as much energy as I'd like to, but that's sort of the general state."