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Magic was born in a barn in Pennsylvania during the late summer of 1979.  I'm totally convinced he was born to be my cat and I was born to be his person.



I had wanted a black kitten for a long time.  It had been a few years since I'd had a schedule that allowed me to have any kind of pet.  Think that isn't a miserable existence for an animal lover such as myself!

This is the story of how our lives together started and ended.   Although Magic went to Rainbow Bridge and is no longer physically with me, we are still and always will be together. That means this story will never end.  The bond between a human and a companion animal is never broken.  It is quite simply, unconditional love.

It was in the evening around 7 PM when the phone rang. I had just gotten in from work, early for a change, gotten into my jeans and was ready to completely relax.  Thought about not even answering the phone.

When I picked it up it was my friend Anne.  All I heard was "Jacki...you have to come over right now."  Needless to say I was a bit panic stricken thinking something was wrong.  She told me not to worry that everyone was fine.  There was something I just had to see!

"Trust me" she said, "you'll be glad you did".  Well, this was my best friend so I had to trust her and go.  Who could ever know what she has up her sleeve.....By the sound of her voice it was something really exciting.

As soon as I pulled in the driveway her teen daughter, Stacey, came running out of the house.  "Hurry up Jacki, we can't wait for you to see this".  What could possibly be so wonderful that Stacey would be carrying on so?

I walked in to Anne's kitchen and saw she was crying.  They were tears of joy.  "Don't even sit down" she said, "just go right upstairs to Bobby's room".  Bobby was her younger son.  Ok, up the stairs I go and then I hear "Jacki...tip toe!  You'll wake him up".  I got to Bobby's door and expected to see him sleeping but instead, what I saw was a little black kitten.  He was for me !!!  That was why Anne was crying those tears of joy.

Wow, a black kitten!!   Don't get me wrong, I love all cats, all animals for that matter, but there is something about a black cat.  He was sleeping curled up next to Bobby.  I picked him up....He meowed, licked my neck and laid his little head on my shoulder......purring....

When I got ready to take him home Anne warned me that he was going to scream all the way home.  He had done that when she got him from the barn and put him in her car.  So I had myself all prepared to listen to a screaming kitty for the hour it was going to take me to get home.  Guess what, he never made a sound!  I took him into my apartment and sat the carrier down on the floor and opened the door.  He just sat there looking at me.  I didn't want to force him to come out so I left the door opened and went to the kitchen to put some water and food down for him.  When I turned around to walk out of the kitchen he was standing there looking at me.  I showed him where his food and water were and then started toward the spare bathroom to get his litter box ready for him.  He followed along behind me and watched everything I was doing.  As soon as his box was ready he jumped right in.  Then for the rest of the evening he followed me  around.....meowing softly.  I went into the bathroom to take a shower and he came in with me and sat on the edge of the tub.  When I got out he sat on the toilet seat while I dried off and then followed me to the bedroom.

At bedtime I put him up on the bed, but he stayed only for a minute.  After reading for a while I turned out the light and was going to sleep.  He jumped up onto the foot of the bed and began walking up toward the head and rubbing against my body, purring.  As he reached my pillow he rested himself, just above my head.  He put his little paws in my hair and he stayed there, just like that all night.   I went to sleep with the sound of him purring softly.   That became his ritual...every night for, almost,  the rest of his life.  It was magical!

The next morning I was sitting at the table having coffee and he was laying across my leg, sleeping peacefully when the phone rang.  It was Anne, and she couldn't wait to see how we were doing.  I told her about our first Magicical night together, amidst her eeews and ahhhs.  I just couldn't thank her enough for finding this kitten for me.  (Meanwhile he wasn't real happy about being disturbed)   I told her I didn't know what I wanted to name him and I was going to have to come up with something.  I had just been calling him "Himself".  The conversation continued and I said to her, "Anne, this kitten has brought magic into my life".  Bingo........The little black kitten is now officially named "Black Magic Cat"

Magic was a pleasure to be around.  He knew my moods and always responded in just the right way.  He also made certain that I show him the same respect, and I did.  We became inseparable.  Soon after I got Magic I started my own business and was working from home most of the time, so we were always together, just the two of us.  We bonded immediately.

I had let all my friends know about my new room mate and they all came to see him.  I watched as he won them all over.  He loved to play with bottle tops and would insist they play with him.  Magic would bring a bottle top and drop in by your foot.  If you didn't pick it up and throw it he would drop it on your lap.  He wouldn't be ignored when he wanted to play "bottle top".

Magic grew and developed into a magnificent cat.  He walked with a strut that  reminded me of the beautiful black leopard I used to visit at the Philadelphia Zoo.  His home was his kingdom and he was picky about who visited.  If someone came to visit that he didn't particularly like he would go sleep in the closet until they left.  Now, if it was someone he liked they would lay their coat over the back of the sofa and he would sleep on it.

There are so many stories I could tell you about the life Magic and I shared for 19 years, but it would take forever.  Whatever happened, Magic and I were together.  And believe me, those were some fairly turbulent years!  He was my companion and my best friend.

As the years passed our family began to grow.  We got a little kitten from the shelter because we heard they were going to put her to sleep.  That was Tiki.  Then I found a human companion, that was Pete.  Pete and I got Rascal, a Pom and Missi, another Pom, and then came Spirit - a third Pom.  As one by one they joined us, Magic stayed the same.  His home was still his kingdom and it didn't matter to him how many others came.  He remained very laid back, calm and respected.



In 1995 at the age of 16, Magic was diagnosed with Diabetes.  He had insulin injections twice daily and we were constantly observing him.  He knew when it was time for his shot and would go and jump up on the kitchen table to wait for it.  Our entire lives revolved around his schedule and we were happy to do it for him.  His personality never changed.

On December 28, 1997, we came back home after being out for a few hours and at Rascal's insistence we followed him to the bedroom closet.  Magic was laying there in a diabetic coma.  He was still breathing but he was so stiff it was hard to believe he was alive.  I picked him up and ran into the kitchen with him.  I pried his mouth open and put Karo syrup all around inside.  We called the emergency vet clinic and left immediately after hanging up the phone.  He was starting to come around, but just a little.  I held him close to me and whispered asking him to please not leave me yet.  I kept repeating it over and over.  I wasn't ready to say goodbye to my soul mate...not yet.

They were waiting for us and as soon as we arrived we went directly into the exam room.  His blood glucose was 387, his temperature was 86 and he was dehydrated.   The vet worked with him and he started to purr.  How I loved hearing that sound!

After that night Magic spent a lot of time at the vets.  So many things were happening to him and he was failing rapidly.  He got very sick with a bladder infection which we couldn't seem to clear up.  Magic's personality was beginning to change and he was hardly ever social anymore.  I watched him every minute of the day.  When he stopped coming to bed at night I started sleeping on the floor with him.  This went on for what seemed an eternity.  There would be a few good days and then he would get sick again.  Every time we thought we were losing him, he would bounce back.  It was an emotional roller coaster and hard to keep up with the day to day changes in his health.

I took him to see a specialist on February 23, 1998 for an MRI.  The doctor called me about 3 hours after I had dropped Magic off.  There were so many things he had found.  While he was talking to me about all of them I asked, "Will Magic ever be healthy and feel good again"?

He replied,  "I'm afraid not".  I said I would come and pick him up to bring home.  I just wanted Magic home with me.  To this day I don't know how I drove my car.

We came home and I put Magic in his blankets.  He never moved, and he didn't even purr when I laid my head next to his on the floor.  The next morning I got up and he was in the exact same spot.  He had taken nothing to eat or drink in over 24 hours.  I would have to take him to the vet again.  In the bedroom when I was getting dressed, I laid down across the bed and sobbed.  My heart was breaking.  The end was near for My Magic Cat.

When I went back into the living room I found Magic trying to stand up..but he couldn't.  I sat down next to him and he relaxed.  He was so weak and I just kept thinking about the answer to Internist had given me when I ask if Magic would ever be better.

Just at that time my vet called to see how we were doing and she knew without even asking.  Somehow I got the words out and ask her if I could bring him to her so his suffering could end.  She told me she would be waiting for us.

There were several people in the reception area when I got there and the technician just kind of led me straight to the back.  Completely numb, I held Magic in my arms while she was explaining to me what was going to happen.  I wanted to change my mind, and almost did, but that would have been so selfish of me.  I continued to hold him in my arms as she began to administer the medication.  Finally, Magic was no longer suffering and had maintained his dignity.

It was over.  My Magic Cat was gone.  I would never again fall asleep to the sound of his purring, or laugh at the funny little things he did.

Back home I laid on the sofa for days with his red blankets.  That was when I first began to understand the bond between the two of us.  Magic had always been there for me and never really ask for anything in return.  Now, I had given him something in return by letting him go.  I had given My Magic Cat a final gift to let him know how much I loved and adored him.  I had ended his suffering and would somehow have endure my own.

And why was the bond so strong?  If you've never had the privilege of caring for a pet with special needs, you couldn't understand.

"My life once revolved around Magic.  Now my life revolves around IMOM,
In Memory of Magic"


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**Magic's original Bridge thread got lost in the last community move.  I'm starting over.  I'll be rambling.  Feel free to join me and ramble away!** magicmoon.gif

December 28, 1997 -- That's the date Magic started his downward  spiral.  He was never the same after that.  Nor was I.  
   Last night Pete and I were talking about him.   Think about all the lives, human and animal, that have been changed because a  LBK was born and 19 years later he died.  During his 19 years he made me his student.  And I think he did it intentionally.
   Sport eight.gif looks so much like Magic that it's kind of  eerie.  They both have that "boy" face.  If you've ever observed LBK's you know that rarely do any two look  alike.  The biggest difference in Magic and Sport is that Sport already had  about 3 white hairs on his leg when he was a kitten.  Magic had no white hairs  at all until he was about 8-10 years old.  
   As Sport gets older I can see more of Magic's  purrsonality in him.  Magic never showed himself until someone had been  at the house regularly for about a year.  He would sometimes come and sit in the  middle of the room when company came. five.gif It was a tease.  He knew he was adored by  everyone but didn't allow himself to be touched by a human hand other than  mine.  Pete lived with us for several months before Magic came back to sleep on  my pillow.  He was pretty smart.  He knew if he wanted breakfast he could wake Pete more quickly than he could wake me.  That was a bonding experience I didn't mind giving to Pete! catwatching.gif

The subtle difference in Sport and Magic is that Magic was a snob. Sport is frightened of people.  

Sport is primarily Pete's LBK.  I suspect Magic sent him to Pete so Pete could fully understand what it's like to bond with your own very special LBK.  What a nice thing for himself to do magicmoon.gif
I wonder how many others he has sent special LBK's to?

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Well, Magic didn't send me a LBK, but he did send me to IMOM just in time.

I was losing Tucker, and things happened like "magic". Someone "happened" to see on a Schnauzer group I belonged to that Tuck needed meds I could never afford. {magic}Instead of just reading abt Tuck--she added a few links...the only one who would possibly help was IMOM.{magic}
I had been very sick, but thankfully had a few good days where I could collect all the info I needed. {magic}The neuro quickly got her info faxed, and I got all the info into IMOM {magic}. Tucker was approved to be a PIN in the General, Ongoing Illness forum. {magic}
Within a day or two it was announced on the forum that IMOM was no longer accepting PIN's with chronic needs becuz there were so many other needs on other forums.{magic}
Tucker was the very last PIN accepted-{MAGIC!}.  He was accepted in April 2004.
It has only been in the past year that PIN's were being accepted again for ongoing chronic needs.
Tuck could not have waited that long. He only had a short amount of time left before he would have gone into status again. He had already been in status a few times, and at some point he would not have lived through it becuz he needed human medications.

Magic was in the air, and I believe for some reason Magic saw a little Miniature Schnauzer that was going to die, and Himself wouldn't let it happen. Magic had to have helped make the timing of everything just purrrfect.

So, I have no LBK...but I have puppers (one is a LBD) that I know were touched by Magic.


Thank you Magic and Jacki. heart.gif

I hope this was OK to put here Jacki. I just wanted u to know how Magic (and you!) have affected us.
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When I was assisting in moving our old community over, I had the opportunity to read Magic's thread.  I felt like I was there with Jacki and Magic during each adventure.  It was like reading an amazing novel, I just couldn't stop (I still can't figure out who the famous rock star was?)  

Even though I did not have the opportunity to meet Magic in person, he has touched my life and heart forever heart.gif .  Everytime I look into my Angel's eyes I swear I see a sparkle that is in the shape of a LBK..When I first rescued Angel, her eyes were empty and now when I look in her eyes I SEE magicmoon.gif

Thank you Jacki for loving Magic as much as you do, it is because of your love that we are all here today.




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Dear Jacki,

I remember when I first read the story about you and Magic. The warmth that spread from your words filled my heart. And as I read it again... the Magic is still there. God truly did create Magic to be your cat and you to be Magic's Mom. Such wonderful experiences and events have happened since you found each other that there is no doubt that Divine Intervention had a Hand in it all.

So Much Appreciation, Love & Blessings To You,
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I appreciate all your kind words.  

I know that all Bridge anniversaries are tough.  As I approach the 10th anniversary of Magic's Bridge day, I am once again reminded that the pain in your heart never leaves. I don't know if it's harder this time because we're reaching a milestone or if I'm just a little more sentimental than usual.  What ever it is, it's good to be in the company of so many people who understand.

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Dear MagicCat,

It's been a decade, today, since you went ahead to  Rainbow Bridge.  Do you know what a decade is?  That's 10 years.  It's a very  long time.  Especially in cat years!  
   It doesn't matter how long you have been away  from me, I still miss you every single day.

In celebration of your life, Pete and I are going to watch some of the videos we have of you.  We only have a few dozen catwatching.gif
I'll see you at The Bridge.  Save me a spot in the sun.

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Another year has come and gone  magicmoon.gif

The 24th will be 11 years since Magic went ahead to Rainbow Bridge in 1998.  I suppose I will always cry around the 24th of February as I recall our last days together.

Hug your kids and keep them safe, healthy and happy.  They will leave you way to soon.  Even 19 years with my boy was not long enough.


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Thank you Magic for always being there for ur mama, and for having such a big paw in saving so many companion animals, like my Tucker and Justice.

I know u will always watch over ur mama. Please keep watching over my little guys, and all the other pets too.

Jackie, my thoughts are with u. heart.gif


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Magic,

I think of you often.  To me, you are the King of LBKs.  I am the lucky Mom to one of the LBKs you have sent to people from the Bridge.  I know you watch over Cooper every day and guide him through his life as a blind kitty.  For that I love you very much.  You've also sent me a feral Little Black Cat to take care of.  I have a different relationship with him than I do Cooper but love him just as much.  Thank you Magic for all you do from the Bridge and all you inspire your Mom and the other volunteers to do for the pets in need through IMOM.  Today we celebrate your 19 years of life and your accomplishments from the Bridge.  One day I want to meet you in purrson at the Bridge.  magicmoon.gif

Jacki, hugs to you on the 11th anniversary.  I know it doesn't get any easier.  Shows just how much these kids of ours mean to us.

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Thank you Magic. You have no idea...or maybe you do...how much you mean to me.

Thanks to your mom, too, for honoring you in this way.
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Magic you live on thru each PIN your mom helps.
With each PIN there is a little Magic going on and we all have you to thank.

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It's 12 years today since my boy went to The Bridge.  I'll never forget that day and I will always miss My Magic Cat.

I'll see you at The Bridge one day, handsome.  Save me a place in the sun magicmoon.gif
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Hello Jacki,

Just wanted to tell you I am thinking about you and Magic. He has such a special legacy. Thank you for IMOM and for all you and the volunteers do.
Magic thank you for watching over all the PINs. Hope sends a special purr and head butt (she really likes to do that).

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I'll see you at The Bridge one day, handsome. Save me a place in the sun


I know this day is very hard Jacki.  magicmoon.gif broken_heart.gif  

Just make sure YOU are taking good care of YOURSELF, so that it's a very long time before u join our Magic.

Words can not tell u Magic, what u and ur mama mean to me. wub.gif
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Hey Handsome!

I hope you have been greeting all the newcomers to The Bridge and helping them get settled so they can watch over their family. I especially hope you were there to greet Aunt Julie when she arrived last summer. I'll bet there was a big celebration that day!

I thought I had a dream about you last night. You were sleeping on my pillow and I could hear you purring. Your paw was resting on my cheek. However this morning I know it wasn't a dream. Thanks for the visit. And remember to save me a place in the sun.

I still miss you. You are a very special LBK, Magic.

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Dear Magic,

Thank u for visiting ur mama last night on ur Bridge day. You know that sometimes ur mama needs that sweetness and love in a palpable form, even though u are always in her heart.

I haven't a doubt that u were there when Aunt Julie arrived last Summer. There must have been a huge gathering of all types of animals waiting to give her a hug.

I know this has been a tough year for some supporters, volunteers and PIN parents at IMOM who have lost their kids.  I know u were at RB welcoming them and helping to show them they will always be with their families-just in a different way.

I know u were watching over my Tucker and Justice this year, especially Tuck when he was doing so poorly. You and ur mama again made it possible for my boyz not to meet u in person quite yet. I hope u can feel my love for u and ur mama that is in my heart.

Please keep watch over ur mama. We need her down here, we really do.

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Dear Magic,

Thank you for visiting your Mom.  I know she misses you very much.  Please watch over all my Rainbow Kitties for me...

Love

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Dear Magic,

In three days your mom will commemorate the anniversary of your arrival at the rainbow bridge.  So are you like, the big man on campus?  All the girls follow you around?  Maybe you could introduce one cute girl to my little Guy.  Which makes me wonder ... when a neutered male gets to the bridge, do you get your ... you know ... do you get them back?  

Love, Mike

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Mike!  LOLOL  We do talk about animals becoming "whole" again at Rainbow Bridge, but leave it to a man to pose this particular question.   :roll:

Jacki, thank you for sharing Magic's story with us and for staying true to a promise you made over a decade ago.  So many people vow to do this or that, but few persevere like you have.  The many lives you've saved through IMOM speak louder than any words about how much that LBK meant to you.  Thank you also for instilling in me (and others) a true appreciation for how wonderful LBKs are!!  That's part of Himself's legacy too.   :two:

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Dear Magic ...

Thank you for coming to visit your very special mama :wub:  She has been so true to her promise, and an inspiration to so many.   And thank you for watching over my Bandit while he was under anesthesia on your anniversary.  You knew I was worried about that -- and he came out a trooper.  Thank you for understanding I'm not ready to have you two meet yet ... but we are working to make sure your memory lives on.

Please continue your watch dear Magic   :magicmoon:   We always know you help bring the angels and the additional strength that keeps things going in your beautiful memory !!!!  Sending special angel hugs, as you stretch out in your most special spot in the sun.

(No, doubt .... "completely"  whole  :roll:  )  With ALL of our Love to the BMOC !!!  :wub:

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God bless you Jacki !!!  :heart:

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Jacki, today is a very special day...and I just want to thank you and Magic for everything that you do...It's truly remarkable and today we honor one special LBK...

Thank you  :magicmoon: for keeping watch over us all...I don't think we could ask for a better guardian  :Angel15: than you.

Continue your special work at the Rainbow Bridge and please give our bridge kids a little extra big hug from us all today...Judy

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Thinking of you today Magic. Thank you for watching over all of us here and especially my own LBK Cooper. Thank you for welcoming all the new kids to the Bridge. You are one special kitty and Handsome too!

Love,

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Magic, the work that I (and so many others) do every day is in your honor. What an amazing, incredible legacy you left for so many beloved furries.

It puts a smile on my face to think that all over the globe, thousands of people who never met you know all about you; they know your story, they know happiness and sadness as they read about you, they shed tears about your passing, but most importantly, they celebrate your life.

I know your mama misses you so very much. I'm glad you come to visit her every now and then.

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Dear Jacki,

Well, I already wrote to Magic and we got a nice "man to man" conversation started.  Today I really want to tell you what your community means to me.  I hope you saw my post in Guy's thread where I said that IMOM is the most beautiful place I have ever been.  IMOM not only helped me and Guy have five wonderful years with love and support ... it is also helping me to heal and grow in a way I never could before.  Someday I will understand this better and write you about this turning point in my life.

Love, Mike

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Well Magic...today is 14 years.  I miss you just as much as I always have but I know I will see you again when my work here is done. We will run all over Rainbow Bridge together. That will be a glorious day for sure.

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We want u to know that without ur love and incredible spirit Tuck and Justice would not be with me-and for that we are forever grateful to Magic and Jacki. You both will always be in our hearts.

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Magic, you have given the world a wonderful gift - your Mom and you helping all the pets in need to stay with their families. I know one day we willl all meet at the Rainbow Bridge and the sky will be filled with rainbows everywhere- in the clouds and shining down on all with love.

I know you are with your Mommie every day, watching over all of us. IMOM is a very place and you are a very special kitty to have made such Magic happen every day.

Saturday will be six years without my beloved soul kitty and also the third birthday of the four kittens (and their Mommy) who arrived on the morning of his 3rd Bridge day. I will be thinking of you Magic on that day. I know how much your Mommy misses you.

Thank you

Kathy

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This brought tears to my eyes as I thought of losing Mouser after 13 years last summer. I know exactly what you mean when you say it's never long enough. Sophi is gradually soothing the pain of losing my best friend, and I thank you infinitely for starting this wonderful organization that enabled me to keep me new companion and prevented her from meeting similar fate.

Sometimes I feel like Mouser was given back to me through Sophi in some ways. This thought was especially present when I cried for mouser the other night, feeling that maybe, if I had done some research instead of being paralyzed by the constant stream of negativity from my mother, I might have stumbled upon a  place like this and been able to save her instead of accepting her life's end in the inevitable light my mother painted it in. Sophi came in, sat down in front of me on my bed, and stared at me very intently, intentionally making eye contact and holding my gaze, and for a moment, I swear I saw mouser looking at me through her eyes telling me it was okay.  

It truly is amazing how our pets inspire us and how deep the paw prints they leave on our hearts are. I firmly believe that many of us would be so lost without them. They truly are a blessing in our lives and I'm glad you got to experience such a special relationship with your kitty, Magic, and that he inspired you to do such a generous thing with your time and life.




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