From the March 2009 magazine.

Who I want to be

Facing eight years in jail, a dad with two fatally ill kids chooses sobriety

By the time I was 18, I was a daily drinker. I graduated from a vocational high school and got a job working in a steel mill. I met a girl at church who later became my wife. We bought a house, got a new car and were expecting our first child. Somehow, I felt I had put one over on life.

Dwight Jr. was born on June 1, 1975. Three-and-a-half years later, Christopher was born, and a year and a half after that, Nicholas.

-- DWIGHT E.

West palm Beach, Florida

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