It's with a heavy heart that I'm posting this message to your obituary. I had no idea until yesterday what you and your family were going through. Despite being sad, I'm happy that I had the opportunity to know you.
I vividly recall you helping me out my first day at Wilsonville School back in 1976. I was a shy and nervous kid back then and didn't know what to expect; you showed me around the school and introduced me to your friends. You made a difference.
I'll always remember you as being smart, witty and having a great sense of humor. I still laugh today when I think about some of the hilarious pranks we pulled so long ago. Especially funny were your impressions of your classmates and some of the nicknames you gave them.
Despite your challenges, you never felt sorry for yourself. Instead, you selflessly inspired those around you with your courage. Every time I hear the song "Live Like You Were Dying", I'll think of you and your family.
Thanks for being my friend.