There is one thing that I am grateful for this year that means more to me than anything else. My friend, Nathan Kras is alive. On September 16, I was driving through Oregon and found a message on Facebook from Nathan’s brother saying Nathan had been shot twice on September 15th in East Chicago and he was barely hanging on, going into multiple surgeries to try to save his life.
Today, I saw Nathan for the first time since the shooting. My dear friend Nathan is still alive. There is nothing I would rather celebrate this Christmas season. His family and friends and doctors in the Chicagoland area have taken incredible care of this special man. He is recovering; moving through life again. His humor is there. His spirit as sharp and witty as ever. Nathan is coming back and he doesn’t know it yet, but his light is going to shine for many to see. He survived multiple surgeries, infections and he has more surgery to come.
Joe, Nathan and I met at Indiana University in 1999. We have been great friends since meeting and Joe’s Mom, Patti, and Dad, Bob, let us use their home in Dyer, Indiana for our reunion. We ate homemade chicken noodle soup as we all sat listening to Nathan tell us his story. Nathan is quieter than before, but his one-liner’s still jump the fence, just at the opportune moment in conversation. He is spectacular and our day together was one of my best moments on the road.
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