Editor’s Note: Bob Brisco is CEO of Internet Brands, the parent company of WebMD.
December 24, 2021 – We lost Kristy Hammam, a longtime WebMD editor, to cancer. She was only 50 years old.
Kristy’s death doesn’t make sense.
She has done as much to educate the public about good health as almost anyone has ever done. She took care of herself and her family. Exercised. Eat right. We performed each cancer examination according to schedule. She was always positive, like the sun. Medical prospects and karmic gods have always been in her favor.
When she was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago, she accepted all forms of treatment – immunotherapy, radiation, chemotherapy. And it worked. Some time. Until it is.
At first, it’s hard to learn lessons from Kristy’s life. Because it doesn’t make sense. She did everything right. And yet, this.
But the lessons are there. You do the right things in life because those are the right things in life. Not because there are guarantees. But because as a parent and as a leader, prospects are always important. Because you are a role model. And because you are smart and brave at your core.
About a month ago, Kristy flew alone from Atlanta to Washington DC to be with her best friend. Blind and compromised, but never really, she flew like an unaccompanied minor.
I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone older than Kristy. She always took responsibility. She always made things better.
I know I’m speaking on behalf of everyone at WebMD when I say we’ve lost one of our best human beings.
That will never make sense. But she would not want that to change anything in our mission, which was also her mission.