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Like many others, I had never heard of ARDS until following my daughter Tiffany's accident, when the trauma doctor came in and told me that she had developed it. Her loss left us dumbfounded and devastated, as it does anyone under the same circumstances. I wouldn't have made it through the tragedy without the support of the people in the support group, and when one receives, one must give back. Being a part of the support team is my gift to Tiffany's memory, that hopefully in helping others, I can repay the kindness that was shown to my family.

My wife, Debbie, and I, have three other children, Andrew, age 15, Derek, age 13, and Lindsay, age 11. I am employed by the National Weather Service Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City. Our office prepares both text and graphical forecasts for enroute flight conditions and hazards to aviation for the lower 48 states, as well as conditions aloft over two-thirds of the globe. I graduated from Florida State University in 1989 (I was a returning student) with a B.S. in Meteorology. My main hobbies are driving my wife crazy by horsing around with my kids, playing guitar and singing with an acoustic classic rock-pop trio, and anything that has to do with aviation (although I'm not a pilot, we all can dream, can't we?).