Letter to the Editor: Come Join our Car Parade for Jeren

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Jeren has battled the effects of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy his entire life. He is an exceptional young man who is loved by everyone that spends time with him. He is one of the kindest people I know but he never hesitated to return in kind when I started joking with him. I met him as one of his school bus drivers many years ago. I remember that as long as I took it easy on the turns, I would hear all about his day and some of the epic Uno matches he had. If I ever stopped too fast at a light though, Jeren was always quick with his opinion about my horrible driving. He not only made everyone want to be a better person but a better driver as well. Most school employees tend to form bonds with their students. Jeren has been at the top of my list since I met him. I miss driving him around now that I'm retired and he finished his schooling from home last year. 

As a necessary precaution, Jeren has not left his house since the pandemic started and was unable to attend in-person school for his last year. Even the trips around the neighborhood with his mom Sheila became a thing of the past. Sheila is and always has been a near superhuman support system for Jeren and the schools. 

Jeren was unfortunately recently placed in palliative care/at home hospice. His only contact with the outside world is through the one window he's able to see out of. We are hoping to give him the view of a lifetime. 

Please join us Saturday, Jan. 8 to give Jeren a fantastic memory. We will be meeting at Ridgeline Middle School in the front parking lot nearest the flagpole at 2:45 p.m. Our parade will start at 3 p.m. and will finish no later than 4 p.m. The parade finishes after the golf course on Mossman Avenue. If we have enough cars show up, help with traffic is available. Decorating your car is completely welcomed.

For more information, visit “A Car Parade for Jeren” on Facebook at https://tinyurl.com/yckw9wum.

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