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The Story Behind I’LL SAY GOODBYE

When my brother-in-law, Mike Zollman, became very ill from leukemia, my two sons, Keith and Bryan, were too young to visit him in the hospital. He was in a special germ-free room, and visitors had to be at least 13 to enter.

Keith and Bryan had been close to their Uncle Mike and were devastated that everyone else in the family got a chance to say goodbye to Mike, but they didn’t. I watched how much that hurt them and decided to write about it.

While my story is fiction, I believe it refects how my both of my sons felt when their uncle died.

Mike Zollman in 1987
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