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This picture is of my grandfather, Joseph Malfara. He passed away May 21, 2013, and this picture was taken in January of 2013. I know this contest is mainly about literal monsters and scary things, but what my grandfather was fighting, was incredibly scary. He smoked 2 packs a day, for 50 years, causing COPD and Stage 3 Lung Cancer. He also had diabetes, congestive heart failure (seen by his pace maker in the photo), and many other health issues. My grandfather is my hero for fighting this horrific fight. No matter whether he was in the hospital, a rehab center, or in the comfort of his own home, he was ALWAYS joking around and making everyone smile, even when he could not. The cancer and many other health problems he developed from smoking 2 packs a day for 50 years was a scary, and horrific thing.
Rest in peace, Joseph Malfara.
November 1, 1940 - May 21, 2013
*I was given permission by him before he passed away to use this photo for anything I wish, which is why I am entering it in this contest.*