Tuesday, December 23, 2008

O Holy Night

My favorite version of my favorite Christmas song

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Martin Eakes On the Mend

You might have read that my uncle Martin Eakes was attacked last Monday night as he walked from his office to his car. The brutal beating left Martin with a severed left biceps, a ripped hamstring, and in need of 15 stitches in his forehead.

If anything, the news reports failed to capture the severity of the attack. Martin questions whether he would have survived had the noise from going through a plate of glass not caused the attackers to scamper. He estimates he had taken around 30 blows to his head at that point.

Martin has spent a lifetime helping people and businesses help themselves and has been recognized repeatedly for his good deeds. Earlier in the day of his attack, AARP announced Martin was the recipient of one of their 2009 Inspire Awards.

As far as I know, there has been no progress toward identifying Martin's attackers, although CrimeStoppers has offered a reward. The Raleigh News & Observer also is keeping the case in front of the public with a nice opinion piece today acknowledging Martin's contributions to our state.

Martin has played a very important role in my life. Besides our close uncle-nephew relationship, he tutored me as a young lad and helped set me up for good academic performance in later years. He has been my primary role model in recognizing the many ways we can make a difference in communities near and far.

Martin had surgery yesterday to reattach his left biceps and tendon to his elbow, and he faces extensive physical therapy before he can bear weight with the arm. Even with that one arm out of service, I would be the ranch Martin will continue the fight for those with no voice.

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