For the price of P1,000 and a sack of rice, a wealthy but childless couple adopted Sere June, then a three-month old baby, and rejoiced over answered prayers. But at age six, Jun-Jun or 'Coach' as he was fondly called, was found to have nephrotic syndrome, a liver disease that would cost him his life. Losing both adoptive parents and being sick, Coach knew what it meant to lose loved ones to death and wondered why this ill-fortune had befallen him. From bad to worse, to many doctors' dismay and surrender, Coach had been conceded to death with just a few more months to live. Coach had gone the extent of twelve pills a day and even having his burial clothes tailor-sewn, in preparation for what was to come. To those around him, Coach was a powerhouse of faith and cheer. But what did it take to overcome this fear, through a child's eyes? Knowing that the only ones who could help him once gave him away, how did Coach stay strong and free of anger? What is it like to know that any day could...
17 March 2005 (Philippines)
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