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This Made Me Cry

March 20, 2008

I don’t read the paper so I guess this is “old news,” but I read this article online today, and it made me cry:

‘To An Athlete Dying Young’

And think.

Right before I read that article, I read this in a recent b-mail from Don Miller:

The Cost of Absent Fathers

  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. (U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census)
  • 75% of adolescents patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes. (Rainbows for all God’s Children)
  • % of juveniles in state operated insitutions have no fathers. (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Special Report)
  • 85% of youth in prison had no fathers at home. (Fulton Co. Georgia jail population, Texas Dept. of Correction)
  • 90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. (U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census)
  • 71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (National Principal Association Report on the State of High Schools)

I think that Jas had a great dad. I think it’s why he was a good kid. I hope he is in heaven with the best Dad of all and looking forward to a reunion.

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