Lobby4Linux Founder Battles Illness

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Lobby4Linux founder, Ken Starks (a.k.a., Helios) recently went to Washington to take the fight for freedom - whether it's software or media - to the hallowed halls of Congress. Now he faces an even greater battle - a battle for his very life.

Ken Starks, the man many of LXer's readers know as "helios", has long been using his pen - well, would you believe his keyboard? - to fight the battle for freedom, whether it is software freedom, freedom to play the music you pay for, or even just the freedom to enjoy some degree of privacy. And he's a real fighter. The blog post I think of as most symbolic of helios' battle for freedom was of the 86-year-old Great Grandmother Hoisting the Jolly Roger.

Helios raised money to go to Washington, D.C. a while back. While there, he slept in his vehicle and ate lunch at a homeless shelter so he would have enough money to get back to Texas. What we did not know until now is that, upon returning to Texas, helios was immediately hospitalized. He has been in and out of the hospital ever since. The trip, it turns out, was a serious health risk. Some of us knew he faced health problems; we did not know the extent of those problems. The fact is, cancer is killing him.

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