Monday, June 20
A Simple Act
We often confuse simple with easy. And it’s true, sometimes simple tasks are easy to complete. Take, for example, climbing a staircase. At the Parker family house in Malden there are 14 steps that lead from the first floor to the second. For Rick and Patty Parker, climbing that staircase is easy. The same goes for their eight-year-old son Ben. But for Ben’s twin brother Sam, those 14 simple stairs are impossible to climb. Sam has Cerebral Palsy. He’s a quadriplegic, blind and cannot speak or swallow. To make matters worse, his father Rick has a serious heart disorder and cannot carry the 75-pound Sam up and down the stairs. That’s where a high school football player named named Rudy Favard comes into their lives. Each day Rudy carries Sam up those 14 stairs. In the process he has carried the entire Parker family to a better place. This heartwarming story was chronicled in a moving Boston Globe column by Yvonne Abraham and she joins us in studio along with Rick Parker and Rudy Favard.