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When the price of a second chance is a life

When the price of a second chance is a life

How do you measure the cost of a second chance? What is it worth? What is the return on investment?

Some ROIs are easy: a dividend check every three months, a bond yield, a price to earnings ratio. But what about a human life? How does one measure the value of a second chance at life? In days or years perhaps? Income earned or professional accomplishments?

The cost of an organ transplant can run upward of a million dollars. And usually one human life.

In most cases that life is a young one. In the case of my son it was all of 19 precious years. Chris Gregory was a 2007 graduate of Mount Saint Joseph High School. He died 10 years ago last month. The night he died,...

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