Leaf led by example quite beyond his professional experience. On Sept. 11, 2001, he visited Washington DC to receive an award from President Bush. When attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon occurred, he was left in a surreal landscape, alone on the Capitol Mall with his caregiver. Eventually, he received his presidential citation by mail.
In November, he was recognized by the Laguna Beach City Council as part of National Disabled Employment Month. His visit to council chambers to receive the award was observed by a standing ovation.In mid-December, Leaf was seriously ill. He was hospitalized twice and finally discharged to home hospice care. He asked that a “Do Not Resuscitate” order be inserted into his medical record. He was a survivor of at least four earlier cardiac arrests. He was not about to go gentle into the night. But the word was circulated to some of his 70 past caregivers, now scattered all over the planet, that his race might be nearly run.
His resolve was to be a friend to mankind and his dealings with caregivers, colleagues and friends very intimately reflected that. News of his latest maladies brought visits and phone calls from friends and past caregivers from all over the world.Andy Leaf was a doggedly optimistic man, adventurous and playful, intelligent and kind. He was respected, loved and admired by all who knew him. Those who became a presence in his life were altered for the better by his presence in theirs.
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The White House also ordered flowers.
"Right now we have the 9 patriotic red, white and blue for the Washington DC order, standing sprays wanting to represent each of the victims" says Lisa.
Flowers have been a big part of keeping Charleston strong but volunteers who keep them alive are the heart of this community.
"Trying to preserve what we can and make sure that the victims families get to see everything that our community is bringing to them and just showing their love" says Elizabeth Calhoun who volunteered to clean up the flower memorial.
For a couple days now, people have been changing out the old flowers with new ones and making sure the memorial outside Emanuel AME church looks presentable.
"If we can come back and help them out and let them know grieve and be with the families of the victims than that's a small thing to do but at least we can do something" says Calhoun.
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