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Thu., June 13, 2013, 1:28 p.m.

Dad wins custody of daughter, terminally ill son

Albert Gray and his wife, Heather, right, traveled to Florida to gain custody of his children, Sylvia, left, and Stephen, center. (Dan Pelle)
Albert Gray and his wife, Heather, right, traveled to Florida to gain custody of his children, Sylvia, left, and Stephen, center. (Dan Pelle)

Albert Gray and his wife, Heather, right, traveled to Florida to gain custody of his children, Sylvia, left, and Stephen, center.

Albert Gray wears a T-shirt that reads “Dads Against Daughters Dating” and a ball cap with a pirate logo. He smiles easily and his two children, Sylvia, 10, and Stephen, 8, crawl all over him every chance they get.

At Chattaroy Elementary School, Sylvia and Stephen get all A and B grades, go to track meets and enter coloring contests. Together with their stepmother, Heather Gray, the family lives in a trailer park in Riverside, and on the surface they seem just like everybody else.

No one can tell that it took a court battle and a long cross-country trip before they finally got to be together. And no one can tell that Stephen is terminally ill. Read more. Pia Hallenberg, SR

What a bittersweet story. Thoughts?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.