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In Memoriam: Charlton Harris, June 24, 1964-Aug. 25, 2023


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A headshot of Charlton Harris shows him smiling and wearing a white shirt, knitted hat, and glasses.

(Courtesy of Charlton Harris)

It is with deep sadness that we inform the Sarcoidosis News community of the passing of our friend and gifted columnist Charlton Harris on Aug. 25, 2023, only a few days before the publication of his final column.

Born on June 24, 1964, Charlton grew to become a beloved husband and father. As a video professional from Philadelphia, he spent his career editing and producing multimedia content for various companies. He also worked in management and as a part-time U.S. Department of Homeland Security officer for several years.

In 2004, at the age of 40, Charlton was diagnosed with sarcoidosis. As his disability affected him more later in life, he sought redemption from the pain in March 2019 by beginning his column, “No Tears for Sarcoidosis.” In every installment, he reflected on his journey with hope, humor, and a fierce determination to live each day to the fullest. His favorite thing to write about was his loving family and the kinship he found with other people. He loved gathering loved ones to taste his pit barbecue and home-brews.

Charlton Harris sits on a chair with a computer on his lap. He's wearing a gray suit jacket, orange shirt, and what appears to be an Ivy cap. Two co-workers, both women, are seated to his right and looking at his computer screen. They're in an office with several lights hanging overhead.

Charlton visiting the BioNews office in November 2019. (Photo by Brad Dell)

Though he faced numerous adversities throughout his life, he had a spirit of gentleness and compassion that defined both his writing and his personality. Even in the midst of overwhelming grief upon losing his son in early 2023, he continued to show love to his co-workers by asking after them and sharing what he was learning in that season.

We will miss him greatly, but we remain thankful for the stories and messages he shared with the sarcoidosis community, and that his voice will continue to speak to future generations.

The following quote from Charlton’s first column exemplifies who he was as a writer and person.

“Living with sarcoidosis is a challenge, as anyone with the condition will tell you. It robs you of breath, some freedoms, and relaxation. Some people experience more severe issues than I have. However, the one thing sarcoidosis doesn’t — and shouldn’t — rob a person of is self-worth. Every day, I must have the mindset and determination that, ‘I’m going to make this a great day!’ Every day should have a purpose. It’s easier said than done, but it is doable.”

You can read Charlton’s columns here.

Note: Sarcoidosis News is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The opinions expressed in this column are not those of Sarcoidosis News or its parent company, BioNews, and are intended to spark discussion about issues pertaining to sarcoidosis.

The post In Memoriam: Charlton Harris, June 24, 1964-Aug. 25, 2023 appeared first on Sarcoidosis News.

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