He was supposed to be driven back to Baltimore for treatment the next morning. But his family will remember that the gift of a snowfall let them keep R.J. at home, for just one more day.


About the series

In preparing these articles, The Sun relied on medical records, R.J.'s personal journals and interviews with family, friends, physicians, teachers and others.

The Sun received permission from R.J., his mother, Michele Voigt, and the Johns Hopkins Children's Center to be present during the last four weeks of R.J.'s life, except, at his mother's request, his death.

Most of the events described in this series were witnessed by the reporter and photographer. In addition, 15 families who have lost children, as well as more than 70 health care professionals, were interviewed.

> Part 1: Never Give Up
> Part 2: The Angels are Coming
> Part 3: Final Choices
> Part 4: Aftershocks
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