RAISING THE BOYS
A new survey says close to three million children in the US are now being raised by a grandparent, and the number keeps going up. It’s a story of military deployments and families making do in the recession, but it also reflects a trend where many teenage fathers leave their babies behind. Cassio Batteast became a biological father at the age of 18. But it wasn’t until his sister was deployed to Iraq and he took in his two young nephews, that he really became a father. The then 28–year-old quickly realized what it takes to be a full-time parent and how being a father, or father-figure, is important not just for the kids, but the community at large.
'TIL DEATH DO US PART
We got a letter recently from John Walker in Baltimore. He wrote: “How often do a pharmacist, a social worker and a geriatric physician plan a wedding for a dying cancer patient in an inner-city Baltimore hospital?” John’s wife Kat Walker is the pharmacist in question. She talks with Dick Gordon about the wedding she planned for a young cancer patient – in less than 24 hours. The ceremony helped validate Kat’s choice to go above-and-beyond in her job and brought new meaning to the words “…‘til death do us part.”