My wife Cindy and I were living a dream that neither of us had ever imagined. As a member of ASA since 1985, I’ve had the unique privilege to serve our society in a number of leadership roles. After serving as Assistant Treasurer and then Treasurer from 2003-10, I was elected to the position of First Vice President and on a pathway to serve as President of our society from 2012-13. However, along this journey our life took on some dramatic challenges totally outside the day-to-day activities of ASA. These challenges were significantly and positively impacted by the heartfelt support of our many friends in ASA.

In 2010, we invited my aging parents to move into our home to live out their final life’s journey. Cindy and I truly considered it a blessing to have them so close to...

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