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Several days ago I lost someone very dear to me in a terribly tragic and nationally publicized accident, Richard Chenault II. He was the Transplant Organ Specialist for the University of Michigan Surgery Dept. Their plane crashed in Lake Michigan as he was in the process of delivering a lung to U of M’s Health System for a heart transplant victim. He was also my adopted son, per his request, a mentor in my mentoring program at the University of Michigan for over ten years., my hero, and a gentle, caring soul who was a strong masculine role model for many African American males. He also was a coach and a mentor to numerous young people of varying diverse backgrounds, and especially the young ladies he coached in high school track. In fact, as many of you have read, he was to receive the “Coach of the Year’ award the evening of his untimely departure from this earth.

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