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Ed Roberts, Activist

Lee Roberts: Ed Caring for Others

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Lee Roberts: By inspiring them, by having them speak their voice, by giving the ability to know that they have just as much power as anyone else and be as influential as anyone else... and basically just living the life that they want to, and that it's their choice.

And it's just so hard to... for that to be communicated right on a daily basis with what I've experienced, what we see, that my dad kind of transcended that in many ways with the people that he worked with.

And so even to this day, I still find myself caring with passion, trying to be the best person that I can and always assisting and helping others in any way, and, um, just trying to make them laugh sometimes. 'Cuz, you know, in the end, my father just loved to pull people out of their normal routine and give them a different perspective. And give them a smile.

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