you see a hungry man do not give him a fish, rather teach
him how to fish.
life of Antonio Reis was centered around this simple
phrase. Simple because the concept seems simple but it
takes a lot of hard work and determination, fortitude and
guts to execute this task. There are always shortcuts and
compromises that can make a task such as this easier,
simpler, faster and with immediate benefits. The difficult
part is to question the integrity of the quick approach
and work even harder to make sure that the job is done
right and thoroughly.
was this person, not this kind of person but this person.
Someone we could all look up to, check our own commitment
against and feel sure that we were doing things right. His
life from the age of 14 when he decided to dedicate his
life to cancer research to the last few days was the
answer to his own question and his sense of rightness. He
went to Angola during war time to pursue a medical degree
through teaching. Iím sure that there are many grateful
people who remember him from those days as well as the
people who came to the emergency room when he was the only
doctor in a small hospital, and those patients who came to
his free clinic. Finally, when he received a grant to
support himself he was able to devote all his time to
struggled with ethics and bureaucracy to do the right kind
of science and research. Cancer research was his
specialization and in his life and work he advanced the
knowledge in this field ultimately sacrificing his all for
was fair and believed in justice for all and worked and
sacrificed to uphold these principles.
friends will tell you all this and more: friends from
school, work, chess club,
fishing circle and fellow runners.
here and all who would wish to be here and all who
benefited and will benefit from his life and work fondly
say goodbye to a man who taught us to fish.
writes: A donation to PAL
will be a wonderful way to pay tribute to Antonio.