Listener Request - January 19, 2013

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Dear Bob,

On April 29th, 2009, what I thought would never impact my life, suddenly hit home. Eric was a fun, loving boy who was always smiling and could bring a smile to anyone else.  Nobody knew anything was wrong. But behind his shining eyes and bright smile was a boy being bullied and hurt. The pain got to be too much and his way out, was suicide.

To this day, our former classmates still ache over the loss of such a bright young fellow student.  At the time, we donated our extra class funds to his family, and presented them along with white and blue carnations -- our school colors. Every time I think of Eric, I think of Rascal Flatts’ song “Why”.

Thanks for listening,
Samantha
Rebersburg, PA

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georgestrait-chillofanearlyfallHey Bob,

Today, I’m glad to say I am a successful father, husband, employee and more than anything, a friend. But it wasn’t always that way. And I almost didn’t even make it
to age 21.

You see, back in the summer of ‘91, I was broke, homeless, and had hit bottom. I'd made bad decisions that not only cost me a chance at going to college, but also led me to some drug problems. I turned 21 in August and really had nothing to live for, so suicide was definitely an option at the time. Fortunately for me, I met some real good people that helped me out of a very bad situation. And starting that fall, my life began an upswing... I enrolled in school, graduated as a doctor of pharmacy, married my wife and we have 2 beautiful children.

There was a song out during my turnaround by George Strait, and every time I hear it, I go back to that early fall of 1991 and realize how grateful I am. Thanks to the good friends who helped save this old cajun’s life!

Sincerely,
Jeffrey
Lafayette, LA