Josh Sommer, Hero

Question of the day:  Why do some people react to devastating news by turning inward and shutting out the world, while others "take arm against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them. "  For anyone suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or struggling through the dog days of February in need of an inspiring story, here's someone to take note of. Josh Sommer had planned to major in environmental engineering when he started his studies at Duke University. He switched to biology in freshman year after he was diagnosed with chordoma, a rare form of cancer. He is now devoting all his time to lab research on a fellowship. He and his mother have established a foundation dedicated to finding a cure for the disease; the organization earned $300,000 in a short time, but the Sommers hope the figure will soon reach $3 million.  For more from a recent Associated Press article, read on.   More from the News & Observer.  Big and not-so-big pharma, take note (perhaps some orphan drug research programs and donations might be forthcoming?) AMS