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-- -- -- My wife and I.
People of modest means.
I made my living as a professional firefighter -- 27.
Prior to moving to Randolph Vermont.
We lived in Medford.
It was then we met.
Mitt Romney and his fame.
It's been over thirty years since we have lost our son David.
Are still vivid.
-- we wanted.
To share them with you because.
David still reading.
As a part of -- still.
And America deserves to hear it.
Back in the early 1970s.
-- visited our home numerous times.
But the oldest son tank.
He was in the -- god help us support system.
Wondered received the news.
That no parent is prepared to confront.
Measure a man -- character based on the words.
He -- -- before an adoring crowds.
Times that are happy.
The true measure of a man is revealed in his actions.
Times foul trouble.
Of a dying going.
With no cameras.
And no record.
This is the time to make that assessment.
-- tragedy struck out -- When -- youngest son David.
Hodgkin's disease my mom.
It was a cancer.
Well over a period.
Seven months he was in -- -- our Children's Hospital in Boston for treatment.
Throughout that agonizing period and it took time from his busy schedule to visit David.
They developed a loving friendship.
On one of the -- discover that David was very fond of fireworks.
He went out and bought a box full of big time -- -- They had to sit on the closet shelf because they couldn't be set -- in the city.
We waited until we were able to go to a -- -- -- -- we sent them off on the sand -- With permission from the fire and police department.
Through that simple but thoughtful gift.
-- brought joy to a young boy who had experienced.
Had not had not experienced any for too long.
He also gave the rest of a welcome relief.
On another visit David knowing that had gone to law school at Harvard.
Ask -- if -- would help them write -- will.
He had some prized possessions he wanted to make sure we're given to his closest friends and family.
The next time it went to the hospital.
He was equipped with a yellow legal pad and pen.
Together they -- Davidson will.
That is a house that no child should ever have to do.
But it gave David peace of mind.
Vote after David's -- we were able to give his skateboard.
Is model rockets and this fishing -- to his best friend.
He also made it clear that his brother Peter.
-- is -- 22 rifle.
How many men do you know would take the time out of their busy lives to visit -- terminally ill fourteen year old.
And help him settle his affairs.
David also helped us plan -- funeral.
He wanted to be buried in his boy scout uniform.
You want to admit to pronounces eulogy.
And it was there to honor that request.
We will only ever grateful -- for their love.
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