Tough love benefits Thomas Robinson

February, 22, 2012
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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The world wanted to protect him, to wrap him in the warm cocoon of a bear hug.

Overcome with grief and riddled with helplessness, the Kansas community was determined to turn its sadness into action.

A ride to class, a lunch buddy, a friendly ear or a supportive shoulder, whatever Thomas Robinson wanted, they were there to help.

They couldn't make it all better. There is no bandage big enough to cover Robinson's heartache. But his KU family would be damned sure to love him and coddle him to comfort.

All except one man, one outlier who refused to soften his approach.

And that one man made all the difference.

Click here to read the rest of Dana O'Neil's story.

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