Elizabeth Edwards pays tribute to Tony Snow.

Early on Saturday morning, former White House press secretary Tony Snow passed away from colon cancer at the age of 53. In an essay on Newsweek.com, Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Elizabeth Edwards writes about how she was diagnosed with a recurrence of her own cancer within days of Snow’s diagnosis last year. Edwards reveals how Snow’s death serves as a poignant reminder of her own mortality and of the things that really matter in life:

Tony Snow has died. And lots of people who valued the same things Tony did — a family well-loved and work well-done — have died and will die of colon cancer, those who have preceded Tony and those who will follow him. Can’t we start with something easy on which we can agree? That no one should die of a disease we can find and stop?