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North Country neighbors joining together to assist Brady O'Connell family

When asked how Bradys situation has affected his brothers, Riley and Zachary, Nicole OConnell said, The other kids are doing remarkably well. Our biggest challenge now is keeping a normal family life and incorporating Bradys special needs into our life. We have to give the older boys the attention they need. Just because Bradys got special needs it doesnt make him any different in terms of the way he fits into our family. Hes one of the boys.

Nicole said Brady would try to make a guest appearance sometime during the Oct. 14 Family Fun Day. The OConnells just returned from a four-day medical consultation in Boston and are very hopeful a kidney transplant will be able to take place next spring. Ryon is continuing to teach fifth grade at Peru Intermediate School, as well as coach girls basketball and JV football. Nicole has taken an extended unpaid maternal leave of absence from her position as a kindergarten teacher at the Mooers Elementary School. Perhaps Nicole best expressed the couples philosophy of life when she said, God gives you what you can handle.

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