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A grieving father’s mission to encourage positive choices

by Claudia Boyd-Barrett

1 week ago

Shaun Tomson surfing at Waimea Bay, Hawaii, in 1977. Photo by Dan Merkel

The words on the other end of the phone line punctured the warm, Montecito spring day and shattered Shaun Tomson’s world in an instant.

“Mathew is dead,” came the voice of Tomson’s wife,... read full article

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    David L. Neale, a prominent bankruptcy attorney and major donor to AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), was stunned when the call came from Brazil in late 1999: His younger brother, John (not his real name), then in his mid-30s and previously robust, was gravely ill in Rio de Janeiro.

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    By Ryan E. Smith

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    Kayla Tinucci would never want to walk a mile in the shoes of the disadvantaged children she has vowed to help.

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