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Keeping up the fight

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Keeping up the fight

Thank you so much for your superb and thoughtful article about Mr. Maddy. Yes, he is a fantastic teacher, mentor and friend to his students who adore him. So you only can imagine what it's like to be his sisters.

He is absolutely the most awesome, amazing person we ever have known, and to have him in our lives for all his days and years is nothing less than a blessing. We three sisters were at KU-Medical Center recently to visit him and are happy to report even though he is an extremely ill man, he is optimistic he's going to beat this monster set-back in his life. And each day, we get reports of improvement, sometimes ever so slight but not so many steps backward now.

He pushes himself through the pain and many other issues he faces to do whatever he has to do to progress toward a recovery. He was forced to learn self preservation early in his life from being the baby of the family and the only boy, a chore we didn't always make easy for him because he was so spoiled. It was so rewarding to walk into his room and be greeted with his radiant smile and his "glad-to-see-you" words that barely were audible because of his being in such a weakened state. But the charm of our brother was there, and we knew without doubt he was most happy to see us -- just as we were to see him.

Words cannot express our gratitude to everyone who has kept him in their hearts, thoughts and prayers, as well as the cards, calls and other such acts of kindness that are being demonstrated with the fundraisers. Mr. Maddy is moved to tears when he learns of such acts as he has such love and respect for his students, their families and his co-workers, and his caring ways have always shone through. Everything being done for him from the Hays community is overwhelming and greatly appreciated.

May God Bless each and every one of you.

Linda Ficken, Andover; Eva Athon, Topeka; and Janet Maddy, Wichita.

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