Church Members Share Moving Story of Romney Helping Disabled Son

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 31, 2012   |   1:30PM   |   Tampa, Florida

While most of the attention on Thursday night went to Mitt Romney’s nomination acceptance speech or the speech by Marco Rubio, two members of Mitt Romney’s church told a touching story about the candidate that will resonate with voters.

Ted and Pat Oparowski, who lived in Massachusetts in the 1970s and went to church with Romney, shared a story about how their 14 year-old son David was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in 1979. After the diagnosis, Romney visited David frequently.

Pat Oparowski recalled the many times Romney came to see her and her son, saying they “developed a loving friendship.”

“David, knowing Mitt had gone to law school at Harvard, asked Mitt if he would help him write a will.  He had some prize possessions that he wanted to make sure were given to his closest friends and family,” Pat recalled. “The next time Mitt went to the hospital, he was equipped with his yellow legal pad and pen.  Together, they made David’s will.  That is a task that no child should ever have to do.  But it gave David peace of mind.  So after David’s death, we were able to give his skateboard, his model rockets, and his fishing gear to his best friends.  He also made it clear that his brother Peter should get his Ruger .22 rifle.  How many men do you know who would take the time out of their busy lives to visit a terminally ill 14 year old and help him settle his affairs?”

“David also helped us plan his funeral,” Pat Oparowski added. “He wanted to be buried in his Boy Scout uniform.  He wanted Mitt to pronounce his eulogy, and Mitt was there to honor that request.  We will be ever grateful to Mitt for his love and concern.”

David Oparowski’s cancer eventually took his life and the story is a testament to Romney’s care and concern for human life.