Dr. Oz Remembers Randy Pausch
In October 2007, Dr. Oz met Randy Pausch, a father of three and college professor who was dying from pancreatic cancer. Dr. Oz says people like Randy are the reason he went into medicine.
"I loved Randy Pausch. He was a hero to me," Dr Oz says. "When you talk to people who are dying, they tell the truth. There's no reason for them not to."
The "Last Lecture"
The "Last Lecture," as it became known, was watched by millions on the Internet, touching the hearts of people around the world. Now, his words are also immortalized in a best-selling book.
"Never ever underestimate the importance of having fun," Randy said during his lecture. "I am dying soon, and I am choosing to have fun today, tomorrow and every other day I have left."
Randy's everlasting legacy
Randy may be gone, but Dr. Oz says his legacy lives on.
"He shed a light for me on a part of my existence that, like many Americans, I shy away from thinking about...those deep corners of your existence. Places where you don't go naturally. That's often where the greatest beauty lies," Dr. Oz says. "Randy Pausch taught me to do that in the most trying of times."
Randy's wife, Jai, updates Oprah and on how she and her children have been since Randy died.
Since Randy's death, Jai says she and the children are doing remarkably well.
"After we have had some time to grieve, things have gotten a lot better. The stress is down in the house. We're finding a natural rhythm to our life now, and I think that the kids are doing really well," she says. "I think that they're incredibly resilient."
How Randy's family is honoring his legacy
Until then, the family is honoring Randy's legacy in other ways. Jai saysDisney World, one of Randy's favorite places, recently invited the whole family down for a special ceremony.
"They dedicated a plaque to Randy in the park," she says. "The kids and I spoke about what Randy did, what his professional life was like and how his ideas would go on and live on. ... That's something that I think that he would have been very, very proud of."
Did Randy Pausch have any regrets?
Dr. Oz says he asked Randy what his biggest regret was, and the eternal overachiever answered, "I couldn't find a cure for cancer."
Jai says her husband always made every moment count. "He didn't have a bucket list," she says. "He did everything that he wanted to do in life."
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