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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.

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Submitted by Grant at 08:45 PM on October 1, 2012
Hi, I just wanted to post a link to a short clip showing a girl with Progeria for those who don't know about the disease. The website is:
Submitted by gen at 02:13 AM on September 30, 2012
This is an awesome message!! :)
Submitted by Teresa at 03:04 PM on September 25, 2012
Ginny- I love this! What an awesome message.

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