Richard K. Fraser

Richard  K. Fraser
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`Daddy Can Fly'

The focus of Richard K. Fraser's life was his 22- month-old son, Aidan, who suffers from neurofibromatosis, a disease that causes tumors to grow at the end of nerves. "Aidan was the joy of his life," said Mr. Fraser's wife, Suzanne. "He came home at 7 every day and played with Aidan. He would talk to him about the Giants, tickle him, everything."

Aidan called Saturday Daddy's Day, because on Saturdays Mr. Fraser, 32, took Aidan out to see the big city, where he worked as a manager at Aon. The father and son went to the Central Park Zoo, the museums, the playgrounds and the public library. "He was the kind of guy who wanted kids even when he was quite young," Mrs. Fraser said. The couple planned to have three more children, but they postponed conceiving the second one to the end of the year because of Aidan's illness. "I told Aidan that Daddy was an angel," Mrs. Fraser said, "and he thinks it's really cool that Daddy can fly."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 2, 2001.

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