People who ask me to do a column about some special need often explain their cause so well that all I need to do is add "ditto."
So, "ditto" to a note from Beverly Breskovich, of Ogden, who told me why Gov. Gary Herbert named April "Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month."
"My son, Matt Timms, died Jan. 4, 2011, of esophageal cancer at age 37. He left behind a wife and two daughters, Sidney, then 6, and Isabella, then 3," she said.
"Through the efforts of my daughter-in-law, Amy Timms, and granddaughter, Sidney, Governor Herbert has signed a proclamation making April 'Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month' in Utah.
"Sidney has also raised money in 2011 and 2012 for esophageal research, by declining birthday gifts from friends and relatives, instead asking them to donate money for this cause.
"Matt was an associate electrical engineer at Fresenius here in Ogden. He relocated in Ogden over 15 years ago from Illinois.
"He loved the natural beauty of this area and enjoyed snowboarding, biking, hiking and anything to do with the mountains. He first attended Ogden-Weber Technical College, then Weber State in pursuit of his engineering degree.
"Matt was a loving, gentle, intelligent, responsible and caring man who was taken by this disease at too early an age and in too brutal a manner. He made a lasting positive impression on neighbors, co-workers, fellow students and many others.
"Per his request, Matt was cremated. On Jan. 29, 2011, friends and family hiked to a spot on the mountain behind Matt's house that he had picked for a memorial service and where he requested his ashes to be spread. This location is now marked by a rock cairn.
"Every day when we hike there, we place a stone on the cairn. We have also placed bird feeders and hummingbird feeders in that area, since Matt loved watching the birds. This special area, which we call "Matt's spot," is on the Jumpoff Canyon trail here in Ogden."
Matt's birthday is April 26. He would have been 39.
WELCOME HOME: Sincere welcome-home wishes to Sylvia Newman, good friend and, although she would be the first to deny it, my nominee for Mother of the Year.
Sylvia, a professor of English at Weber State University, came home this week after nine months in Washington, D.C., caring for her son, Seth, who was severely injured on patrol in Afghanistan in July.
Sylvia met the nightmare of every soldier's mother with the kind of courage I can only hope I could show in the same situation.
Seth still needs rehab, but he can take care of himself well enough that Sylvia can come back to Ogden and pick up the traces of her life.
Welcome home, Sylvia. You set the "I support our troops" bar very high indeed.
CELEBRATE: Sunday is Earth Day. This would be a good day to really stick it to those oil barons who make you weep when you fill up your gasoline tank.
Park your car, put on some good walking shoes and go pick up litter.
Parking your car means less gasoline burned, which means Big Oil makes less money.
Picking up litter means your neighborhood is cleaner. Recycling the litter means less energy burned making new cans and bottles.
You get some exercise, too.
I'm joining friends at 8 a.m. Sunday at Grounds for Coffee on Harrison Boulevard in Ogden because I live within cycling distance.
Join us, but if that's too far to cycle or walk, do NOT drive. Clean up your own neighborhood.
You'll smile when you're done.
The Wasatch Rambler is the opinion of Charles Trentelman. He can be reached at 801-625-4232, or firstname.lastname@example.org. He also blogs at www.standard.net.