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When Bad Things Happen to Good People
September 25, 2012 | Ginny Thornburgh
In 1978, Rabbi Harold Kushner published When Bad Things Happen to Good People, a discussion of the theological framework for human suffering. Kushner’s son, Aaron, had a fatal illness called Progeria, a rare premature aging disease. Aaron’s death provided a crisis of faith for the Rabbi, and readers of this immensely popular book agonized alongside of him.
Driving home Monday night and listening to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, I heard the story of Sam Berns, who has Progeria. Sam has received a new drug, which has reversed changes in his blood vessels that usually lead to heart attacks and strokes. Sam is 15 and plays drums in his high school marching band.
Through committed parents and tireless researchers, Sam and other children with rare diseases have a greater chance for a more positive life. For when bad things happen to good people, good people work passionately to conquer those things and change the outcomes.