R.I.P. Tim Kokojan
Tim, a close family friend, in particular of my sister, has died this morning. He had suffered from the early effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease, or ALS) beginning in September, 1997 and had been diagnosed with the degenerative disease in August 2005, and the last couple of years had been pretty tough as he gradually lost all motor function. May he rest in peace, and my deepest sympathies to his many friends and family members.
This is a horrific disease that causes great physical and emotional suffering to all involved. If you have the means please consider a donation to The ALS Association.