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January 25, 2005

A Message from Larry's Dad
by SG

Larry's dad asked me to post this message on the blog.

Hi, everybody. This is Larry's dad. I'll leave it to him to give you all the details, including news photos, but I just wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you for your overwhelming response to Larry's recent loss. He was not only instantly homeless but he lost everything in the fire except the tee shirt and sweatpants he was wearing and a pair of sneakers and a jacket he grabbed on the way out.

As some of you know, Larry lives in upstate NY and his mom and I live in Southern Pennsylvania. I'm just starting to get out from under after 10 months of unemployment, which is neither here nor there except that when this happened, well, suffice it to say that there's no more helpless feeling as a parent than seeing your child in need and being unable to do anything about it. His mom drove up on Monday to be there to help out in any way she could. Having recently started a new job I'm stuck here getting regular updates via telephone. Things were looking pretty grim.

And then you guys came through.

The expressions of encouragement, the prayers and the emotional support came as no
surprise. I've been reading this blog long enough to know that you'd all come
through in that way. What's left me stunned is your response in offering and delivering aid directly to Larry. I can't thank you enough for that. You're all helping to turn what could have been an emotionally devastating experience into something amazing.

Hopefully Larry will be back on his feet soon. In the meantime, his sister has given him access to her computer so he should back blogging (and infuriating some of you) soon.

I know it's become a cliche, because every team uses it as a throw-away line, but all of you, no matter what team you're rooting for, are truly the greatest fans in the world.

Thank you.

Larry's Dad