June 8, 2009
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Brayden Godin, 6, displays a drawing he did on Wednesday, June 3, 2009. The drawing was part of counseling sessions that have been donated to the family after their story was featured in The Spokesman-Review. Brayden along with his three sisters from left, Keira, 9,Macaylee, 5 and Destiny, 8 are being raised by the great grandparents Shirley and Chuck Young of Coeur d’Alene.

May 18, 2009 in City
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Chuck Young, 71, holds his great-granddaughter Destiny, 8, while cheering for his great-grandson Brayden, 6, at the Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby on March 31 in Coeur d’Alene. Young and his wife, Shirley, are raising four of their great-grandchildren.

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“I can’t afford to live, and I can’t afford to die,” said Chuck Young, 71, during an exam at Kootenai Medical Center on March 24. He is battling lung cancer. “I really need to stick around for Shirley and these kids.”

May 17, 2009 in City
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Above: “She’s had six caregivers in two years,” said Shirley Young about her great-granddaughter Macaylee Godin, 5, at their home in Coeur d’Alene. Shirley and her husband, Chuck, gained custody of Macaylee and her three siblings last year.

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Chuck and Shirley Young, of Coeur d’Alene, have had custody of their four great- grandchildren for nearly a year.

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Shirley Young sits quietly next to her husband, Chuck, during dinner at their CdA home last month.