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Parents again: Local grandparents raising their children's children

Parents again: Local grandparents raising their children's children

Seven years ago, Debby Blush and her longtime partner, Clark Cooper, had the lives most couples in their mid-50s dream of: the heavy lifting of child-rearing over, they were free to come and go as they pleased – visiting clubs when they wanted, taking short getaways and enjoying each other’s company.

Those days are long gone. In late 2009, Blush’s only child, Erin, was diagnosed with cancer. Five months later, she died, leaving behind her 3-year-old son, Jack.

With Jack’s father out of the picture, Blush and Cooper did what grandparents do. They took custody of Jack, moving him into their Fulton home. And just like that, they were parents again...

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