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From the July 2012 magazine.

July 2012: A Grateful Ride to Louisville

A prisoner returns the love to the AA guy who helped him

Five years ago, my wife became terminally ill. She knew she was dying and wanted to be in familiar surroundings her last few months, so we had a hospital bed brought into our home. Although she was not a member of our Fellowship, she knew how important AA was to me and supported me in my sobriety. For a guy who usually went to a meeting every day, there was a three-week period when I could not go to any. But I was where I was supposed to be, doing what I was supposed to be doing, caring for my spouse. I called people in the program in order to stay connected, and read an article in the Grapevine when I had a moment to spare.

But during those weeks it was a man named John who helped me the most. On two separate occasions, he and three of his buddies rode their motorcycles from his home in Glasgow all the way up to Louisville (about a two-hour ride each way) just to bring a meeting to me and to give my wife a hug. Later, they came up a third time, for her funeral. Those visits meant the world to me, because sometimes there simply is no substitute for human contact.

Ed M., Louisville, Kentucky

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