1951 - 2007
I didn't know Chuck before he was stricken with ALS, and the truth is I didn't know much about him even after. What I do know is that he was a man who desired a world where peace, justice, and the common good are the values we stand for, and that he was willing to fight for those things. He desperately wanted stem cell research. Not for himself. He knew it was too late for him. He wanted it for those who would come after him, those whose struggles are just beginning, those yet to be diagnosed with a debilitating illness or disease. That selflessness tells me everything I need to know about Charles Edward Lakins. He was a man determined that his voice be heard, though he could barely speak. A man willing to stand up for what he believed in, even while confined to a chair.
Rest well, my friend. We'll do our best to carry out the mission you have left to us, and we thank you for having touched our lives in such a profound and inspirational way.
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