Friday, September 18, 2009
iReporters recall Swayze’s “gift of light” to the world

“When I found out about Patrick Swayze passing away, I just fell apart,” said pancreatic cancer survivor goodwingle. “I felt like this was so unfair that I lived and he didn't....why?”

She was one of several iReporters who shared their personal memories of the actor (who succumbed to that form of cancer on Monday), and how his life and work affected them.

For goodwingle, Swayze was a source of hope and strength. She learned of his diagnosis soon after hers in 2007. She said that she had a “star crush” on him ever since he starred in the mini-series “North and South.” “The media covered him quite a bit and I would listen very closely to see if our progress was about the same.”

After undergoing a major surgery nearly a year ago, she now feels “fantastic,” but feels crushed about Swayze losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.  “I am so sorry to know that Patrick Swayze has stopped making magic on the screen for us.....he will be missed.”

Another iReporter’s memories of Swayze go back to his childhood. Raylea saw him many times when he would visit a dance studio run by a friend of his mother’s. “He was dressed in a sort of recital suit, and was very controlled and  secure while dancing,” she said. “I remember him as energetic, aggressive, a little fireball.” You can watch a video of Raylea relating more of her memories here.

Diamondlil has been a fan of Swayze’s since seeing him in “The Outsiders.” “He was great for the part, brought a depth and caring to the character but strength and anger as well,” she said.

She admitted to catching “Swayze fever” in the late 1980s when the actor first hit it big, and in 1994, she had the chance to meet him at a Planet Hollywood event in 1994.

“I believe we only saw the tip of the iceberg of this amazing man's talent,” she said. “Thank you, Patrick for the gift of light you were to this world.”

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September 21, 2009
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Great report!

September 21, 2009
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RIP Patrick. We will miss his smile and his talent as an actor. I might need cash advance to visit where he will be laid.
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