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Saying Goodbye to a Friend and a Hero

I called John Arnold my friend because that’s how he made me feel.

John ArnoldI didn’t serve with John in Vietnam. I wasn’t there next to John when the idea of a national network of food banks was formed and ultimately created. I was just me – a person that   feels blessed beyond words to have had the chance to meet him, to know him and to share a measure of suffering with him. For years, John stared cancer in the eye with amazing courage and even in the midst of great difficulty in his life he took the time to reach out to me in my time of illness and suffering. I received a call from John shortly after my bi-lateral lung transplant in 2007. I will keep the contents of that call private except for one piece of powerful advice I received. After sharing stories, jokes and even tears, John just said, “well, you have to believe it will get better and if it doesn’t, be comfortable knowing you’ve lived a life of service, one worth living.” I don’t have words to top that. Goodbye friend…you will always be a hero to me.




Posted by David Davenport, CEO - Monday, 03/26/12, 04:12 PM - Comments - Category: Miscellaneous

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