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Column - March 15, 2013

Remembering Scottie

by Jeb Bing

Richard Fitzmaurice lost his 7-year-old son Scottie to cerebral palsy in the mid-90s, a tragedy that led him to turn his attention -- and his career -- to helping hundreds in need of special care. Fitzmaurice was a newsman at KCBS for years, married his colleague Linda in 1985, and they had Scottie two years later. It wasn't long before they realized Scottie was not developing as he should, with the diagnosis by Children's Hospital doctors coming in the child's early years. They were referred to First Step, a special care program for preschoolers operated by Arc, a nonprofit agency that works with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When Scottie turned 5, he moved into a special program in the school system before his death in 1994.

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