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Page 30 of 41 ■ Hudson Valley Parent 29 cause of his breathing tube, he could only blink to communicate. His kids all flew down to be with him and to say goodbye. Up to the last day, his mind was alert and his brain was fully functional. He still had his sense of humor and still somehow managed to boss everyone around from his bed. Doctors said Dude could probably survive indefinitely on life support, but Dude didn't agree. In the end, he chose to go off life support. Raising awareness This disease robs too many people. It needs more research. It needs a cure. It robbed Dude of his much-deserved retirement. It robbed him of his strong, healthy body that had already conquered more hard- ships than I'll ever know. Anna of course doesn't remem- ber Dude, but she LOVES to look at pictures of them together. She asks about him often. She asks us to tell her all about him. We tell her every- thing we know. Every story, every laugh, every detail of this amazing man's life. Dude as a strapping young lad. • Kid's parties • Sweet sixteens • Proms & school dances • All types of special events • Communions • Neon parties :(/&20(61(:3$7,(17672 7+(,53(',$75,&'(3$570(17 Mount Kisco Medical Group MKMG is proud to have these physicians as part of their Pediatrics Department. SM Providing The Highest Quality Medical Care For You And Your Family Throughout Westchester, Putnam And Dutchess County For more information or to schedule an appointment please call FISHKILL: 845-765-4990 60 Merritt Boulevard Fishkill NY 12524-2990 POUGHKEEPSIE: 845-471-3111 Oakwood Commons, 2507 South Rd., Rte. 9 Poughkeepsie NY 12601-5465 Suzanne Cutler, MD Poughkeepsie Veena Gangasani, MD FAAP Fishkill William Parsons, MD FAAP Poughkeepsie

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