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Updated: 08/14/2014 08:00:01AM

What’s that in your hand?

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ROGER CAMPBELL

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In an article titled “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” Jerry Jenkins, co-author of the best-selling “Left Behind” prophetic fiction book series, introduced his readers to Dameon Sharkey, a seventh grader, whose compassion and faith should be an example to us all.

Dameon’s physical education teacher, Jeff Leeland, was going through the toughest time of his life. His son, Michael, had been diagnosed with leukemia and without a bone marrow transplant wasn’t likely to survive. Michael’s 7-year-old sister, Amy, proved to be a perfect match but Jeff and Kristi Leeland’s insurance refused to cover the $200,000 cost of this lifesaving procedure until after a waiting period of a year and Michael wasn’t expected to live that long. In the absence of insurance coverage, the hospital required a $175,000 deposit to proceed with the transplant, an amount the Leelands didn’t have and couldn’t borrow. Then young Dameon got involved.

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