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The Doctor Lives ... Forever

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For Liam  -  by @brazenqueer

"The first time I remember hearing about a man named Liam Shea was right after Superstorm Sandy. He lived on Staten Island, which bore the brunt of Sandy's wrath, and had just hours earlier tweeted pictures of his flooded streets with the words "catch you on the flip side". Then there was silence. The hashtag #FindLiam started to circulate. Love, prayers and well wishes poured in from all corners of the globe.

It took a few days but we finally found Liam. He was alive - he had been busy diving into the cold, polluted, dirty water for days rescuing elderly neighbors trapped by the rising flood waters. We were all relieved he had been found, and more than a little annoyed he hadn't told anyone where he was, but no one was really shocked. That's who Liam was. He was loud, brash, funny and he carried the world on his shoulders.

Liam was one of those people who was just a genuinely GOOD person. It didn't matter who you were, if Liam saw you had a need, he would move heaven and earth to fill it. His heart expanded to fit all people of the world, their journeys, their stories.

There's a Frank Turner song that Liam loved, and in part the lyrics read  Well I haven't always been a perfect person, and I haven't done what Mom and Dad had dreamed, but on the day I die I'll say at least I fucking tried. That's the only eulogy I need   And above everything else, Liam tried. He tried to make the world a better place. And he succeeded. He loved, and he fought, and he made the world brighter and better.

Liam, we love you. We will never forget your fierce love. And, in your honor, we promise to try."

We gather to share our loss, our stories, our humorous anecdotes of which there are many, little things done with no fanfare, because it was the right thing to do. The Doctor lives forever.