Robb’s Life Chapter 26 – Speaking to Students at Davenport West High

Robb sits outside of Davenport West High School in late October, 1995.

Robb sits outside of Davenport West High School in late October, 1995.

In late October, 1995, the leaves were changing color and falling, and Robb Dussliere was seeing his last autumn. He and Beth Wehrman were invited to a class at Davenport West High School to speak to students about how to avoid HIV and AIDS.

It was at this point that Robb’s bravery hit home with me. After being sick a few weeks before, he willingly appeared before a room full of teenagers even though any of them could have sneezed and given him the bug that could kill him. But Robb wanted to spend his remaining time educating — not just with our TV news series, but also face-to-face, and especially with young people.

Afterwards, we went outside and sat on a bench for the interview part of the story. It was a sunny, autumn day.


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