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Last Request: Please Don't Smoke

My step-father asked me to take this picture of him after he regained consciousness in CCU. He lost the fight with lung disease (Asbestosis, COPD, and Pnuemonia) Friday morning April 18, 2008.

  

On behalf of my family and me, I would like to thank my friends, family, contacts, strangers, Flickr, and everyone who sent this to a web site, or forwarded it to a smoker. Through responses we have received via comments and e-mails, we know the message was heard around the world. It brings tears of joy to our eyes to know that it was viewed more than 200,000 times, with the blessed result of helping some to decide to quit. Mere words can not express what that has meant to us, nor how the overwhelming response has touched our lives. I just want to hug each and every one of you. It is with a tear in my eye and love in my heart that I say THANK YOU!!!!!!

  

All photos are copyrighted and are not to be used without my written consent. © Sean Kaufmann

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Taken on March 19, 2008