Remember Betty — My Dedication to Danny Wood and His Family


“It is not length of life, but depth of life.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

How does one measure life? We value different things. What about life itself?  Well, tonight this blog is for someone who cherishes that gift so beautifully and remember’s his mother life with such valor — Danny Wood.

On this day in 1999, Danny (New Kids on The Block) lost his mother to breast cancer. Since then he carries her legacy magnificently. With a fund established in her name, and countless other selfless acts Danny continues his mission of making sure we as a society get closer to finding a cure for breast cancer.

Today testifies something that took years for me to learn– The value of life.  Even though my lifestyle appears nothing like an heiress, I consider myself extremely lucky. I have a house filled with a loving family and the daily necessities.  I feel fortunate attending a tremendous university. I’m eternally grateful for my job and caring friends. That’s all I really need. In a world addicted to materialistic possessions, many out there lose sight of the understated worth of life.

The time is now for us to step up and give life the full attention it deserves.  We must not only give our love and time to others selflessly, but we must also nourish ourselves both physically and emotionally.  Importance lies in both respecting and helping others, but also making sure as individuals we receive the love and respect we all deserve.

Danny, this is for your beautiful mother.  Even though I did not know her personally, I see her through not only the army of Team Betty but more importantly you her son.  Your enthusiasm for living healthy and zest for life touches my heart deeply.  You and your NKOTB brothers each have such a radiant spirit that gives an optimistic view on life. Like Joe says about your mother she was “a real saint.” Continue living with that spectacular outlook on life. Live healthy, love lots, and give strength. Do that, and I’ll continue my promise on remembering Betty. 

With all my love, 

Stephanie L. Pham

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