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October 9, 2012  Announcements   

It is with a deep sadness, and a heavy heart, I would like to announce that Cindy DeRego, wife of longstanding TOWWZ contributor Jeffrey DeRego, lost her long battle with Leukemia and died on the 8th October.

Although I never met Cindy I spoke with her online on several occasions and she always struck me as a caring mother and as someone with an immensely positive attitude to life.

Unlike our favourite, fictional undead causing virus, cancer is a pernicious and devastating disease that cuts through all walks of life, through all sections of society, and its effects are felt not just by those suffering but by their families and friends.

I hope you will join me in wishing Jeff and his family our sincerest condolences from everyone here at the editorial team of Tales of World War Z.

Jeff has asked for people to make a donation to one of the three charities below. Please feel free to do so if you wish, safe in the knowledge your contribution may ultimately help defeat cancer.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America

The American Cancer Society

Or directly to Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Thank you


  1. I don’t know Mr. DeRego, but my heart goes out to him and his family. This is a terrible loss to suffer and I pray for them in their grief.

    Comment by JamesAbel on October 9, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

  2. I’m sincerely sorry for your loss sir. God speed and best wishes.

    Comment by Rottenchesterluke on October 9, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

  3. My most sincere condolences to Mr. DeRego and his family. I have lost many loved ones over the years to cancer. It is a pernicious malady, and the struggle is immense for all involved. You will be in my thoughts, sir.

    Comment by Retrobuck on October 9, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

  4. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family in this time of loss.

    Comment by Terry on October 10, 2012 @ 7:35 am

  5. be strong for you and yours!

    Comment by Gunldesnapper on October 10, 2012 @ 7:40 am

  6. Jeffrey this is just terrible news. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Comment by KevinF on October 10, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

  7. Like others, I am sorry to hear this news. Though I do not know either Mr. Derego or his wife, I am saddened by this news. My heart and prayers go out to his family.

    Comment by AJ Brown on October 10, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

  8. Terrible News. My condolences to her family and friends.

    Comment by Max rockastansky on October 10, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

  9. How awful. My condolences to Mr Derego on this truly sad event.

    Comment by Craig Young on October 10, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

  10. I’m sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Comment by R.J. Spears on October 10, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

  11. I hope as those she left behind mourning her in tears and recalled memories, that HERS will be in perfect comfort, blessed love, her every teardrop a link broken from the chains that held her in her pain. The bible says for those in the season of suffering, remember-CONSIDER-joy. Mourn her but be grateful she is free. Remember and do not let your hearts die with her, wait for your time to see her again as she waits for the time to see you again. Too.

    Comment by Juliz on October 11, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

  12. To the DeRego family & friends: So sorry to hear of your loss; I just made a donation to LLS and this news spurred me to do so.

    My aunt is currently in remission for lukemia, and I’ve donated on her behalf in the past. It’s one thing to live in this escapist, imaginary universe that we share; the hard part’s living in reality.

    All the best to you all.

    Comment by JohnT on October 12, 2012 @ 2:41 am

  13. Jeff- From reading your stories, I get the impression that you are wise enough to enjoy the simple pleasures of the now and I am sure that you made the most of the time you were given with your wife. Such times are rare and precious and I hope in cherishing and remembering them, you can hold on to the joy you had with her. All my sympathies-

    Comment by T.J. McFadden on October 12, 2012 @ 10:01 am

  14. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    Comment by Ashley on October 15, 2012 @ 8:55 am

  15. Mr. DeRego, since I began visiting this site years ago, your stories have been some of my favorites. You never fail to include the basic humanity amidst the terror of what life could become in an apocalyptic world. For that I thank you. I am very sorry for you having lost your wife, and hope that you are doing as well as can be. You’re an inspiration to many of us, and I’m sure you’re wife was an inspiration to you. My mother passed away just over a year ago from cancer, and I know the toll going through something like that can have on a family. Your family will be in my thoughts, and your wife in my prayers. Thank you.

    Comment by Mr.Shulsee on October 15, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

  16. so sorry for his loss….gods speed

    Comment by uncleb on October 15, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

  17. Thoughts prayers and well wishes

    Comment by Violet Phillips on October 15, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

  18. Mr. DeRego: My condolences go out to you and your family for your loss. May God keep your wife in his embrace until the day you are reunited.

    Comment by David on October 17, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

  19. Very sorry for your loss and wish you all the best during this difficult time in your life.
    “Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sun on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the soft star-shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there; I did not die.” -Mary Elizabeth Frye

    Comment by Chris on October 17, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

  20. Haven’t visited the site for a long time and only saw this today, November 9.
    I’m truly sorry for your loss Mr DeRego and have gone thru the same grief having lost my loved ones by different situations all causing separation and death.
    However im also reminded that we will all ultimately go there ourselves.
    I think even the atheists would agree with me that we are all born with a sense of eternity in our hearts or else we wouldn’t be able to embrace the concept of eternity.
    I believe there is a life after this one.
    and that we would all be reunited with our loved ones in a much better place.
    This world is not the be all and end all of reality.
    This hope however frail and sorely tested at times keeps me going and that our loved ones are never really lost and that we will join them again.
    God bless!

    Comment by bong on November 9, 2012 @ 5:50 am

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