When Dr. Rick DuFour was diagnosed with terminal non-small cell lung cancer in the fall of 2014, he did not go into isolation; instead, he immersed himself in writing—both books for Solution Tree and articles for professional journals. In fact, the past few years were among his most prolific. As a result, he will remain an important part of the educational community that he continued to praise and challenge.

His battle with cancer was hard fought, with occasional ups, but far more frequent disappointments that he and his loving wife, Becky, had to work their way through. 

Because of the many people who have come to know Rick, he launched a journal on CaringBridge (www.caringbridge.org) to keep people informed of his journey.

As the weeks and months went by, more and more people became interested in the journal (there have now been over 78,000 separate visits to his site). Rick was urged by many readers to combine his inspirational messages from CaringBridge into a single book that would include all his posts along with letters from people who have witnessed Rick’s life in different contexts. Of course, Rick was up to the challenge. He outlined how the contributions from family and friends would flow with the original journal entires and finalized his notes on every last detail of the book in the last weeks of his life. 

The Wit and Wisdom of Rick DuFour (And How He Stood Up to Cancer) is a collection of articles, letters and tributes - life lessons - by Rick DuFour, his family and friends.