10 Apr 2014, 04:46
I went to school with bob and Jody. Jody and I were very good frindes. I live in Arizona now and have been trying to reach Jody, having just found out about Bob's condition. Please let Jody and bob know the whole family are in my thoughts and prayers.
10 Apr 2014, 11:04
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12 Apr 2014, 13:17
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