The Washington Technology Industry Association’s Industry Achievement Awards were held this week in Seattle. The annual awards are a fun night, celebrating the best of the best in the state’s technology community.
But there was one nominee (and winner) who was noticeably absent. As many in the technology community already know, Andy Sack was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer. Sack was nominated for his founding role at both Founder’s Co-op and Lighter Capital — a testament to the critical role he’s played in the Seattle startup community.
Sack couldn’t make the awards for obvious reasons, but he appeared in this touching video sharing the win the broader tech community.
Sack has been chronicling his battle with cancer on his blog, with his latest post here. The prognosis is good, but Sack still notes that the disease has changed the way he looks at life.
“The weight of the cancer word on my psyche and on other people’s psyche is real — I am changed through this in my eyes and in others…..and that’s the real impact of this illness,” he writes.