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by Paul on 08/22/11 at 11:07 PM ET
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
But if Rypien’s story can compel one person to seek help; if it can put a human face to this dehabilitating disease, then, maybe, some value can come of this.
It isn’t much. But for those who were close to Rypien, that’s all they’ve got these days.
“I think Rick’s desire to talk about it was in trying to help others,” said Gillis. “I think we still have that opportunity.
“He was a wonderful guy.”
Gillis said that, in forthcoming weeks, the organization would tell Rypien’s story and chart the course of his six-year journey with the Canucks. It’s a remarkable story. It’s also a hero’s journey because, to understand how he kept coming back after mental illness kept him reeling, is to understand something about the young man’s courage.
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