When I was a child, I was in Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh quite frequently. When I was going in for surgery when I was about 6, I remember my Mom saying, "Mister Rogers wants you to be brave!" Mr. Rogers had worked with Children's Hospital to produce a series of books about being in the hospital, the tools in the operating room, how all the nurses were there to help you get better. Those books and Mr. Rogers' dear face really helped me get through my stays at the hospital.
I also want to echo the sentiments of earlier readers when I say that sometimes it seemed as though Mister Rogers was the only person who cared. And even now, at 26, I still think, "It's OK to be JUST the way you are. Mr. Rogers says so!"
To Fred's family: thank you for sharing your angel with us. Our thoughts and love are with you, as they always were with Mr. Rogers.