My good friend and colleague Tom Vasel and his wife Laura Beth Vasel lost their 2 month old prematurely born baby boy yesterday. There are no words, really. But I wish Tom and Laura my deepest condolences on their terrible loss.
Tom has chronicled every step of Jack's birth and sickness on Facebook, as well as other sites, throughout the process. He wrote about the great anticipation that the entire family felt for finally having a boy baby, the joy that each day that Jack's life gave to them, and the terrible decision that they needed to make when faced with the knowledge that there was no longer any hope for brain function.
Tom's friends and relatives regularly sent prayers and wishes, but no less - in fact, greatly more - were the prayers and wishes of thousands of BoardGameGeek gamers who have read Tom's reviews and The Dice Tower listeners who have listened to his excellent game podcast. Tom surely has received strength and some small measure of comfort from the gamer community. I'm proud to be a part of the community, proud of my fellow gamers.
Tom and Laura: May God continue to shine his light on you and your family. May Jack's memory be a blessing.