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Update on Peter
Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2003, 9:33 p.m.




Sad news - my daughter's friend, Peter, passed away this morning. My daughter said that many friends came to visit him at the hospital; long lines of kids formed in the hallway outside his room to quietly spend a few minutes with their critically ill friend. Everyone was in a state of disbelief. It is hard for everyone to stop crying because the tears are set off like a brushfire from person to person. Many phone calls are made. Small favors are done for those that spend their days keeping vigil with Peter. Sandwiches are coffee are brought to the hospital. People are shuttled back and forth. The line outside of Peter's room never stops forming.

My daughter shared this information with me in short brief blocks of conversation. She was alternately sad, angry, hopeful, and disbelieving. She told me how Peter had planned to be out of the hospital by the end of the week before taking a sudden turn for the worse. She was infuriated by the fact that nobody seemed to know just what was wrong with this kid - jumping from possible diagnosis to possible diagnosis. It was my perception that one of the things that distressed her most of all was seeing the guys - football players and the like - just breaking down into tears in his hospital room. It was a helpless time.

However, many people prayed for Peter including a number of people he had never even met. I believe that those prayers did some good we may never know for Peter even though in this case they did not result in a sudden miraculous return to good health as is always the hope in such situations. I wish they had as I was really praying for a miracle this week. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work out that way.

I sincerely want to thank all of you who took time to pray for Peter and his family over the last few days. You have reminded me of the importance of keeping, not only our family and friends in our prayers, but also those we do not even know.

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