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Mealer brothers a lesson in courage

Updated: October 7, 2009, 8:35 AM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

WAUSEON, Ohio -- They know they're not normal. A light dusting of snow falls on Christmas Eve, and Dave Mealer is bouncing around the house, cooking and entertaining and plotting surprises. He has never dropped this much money on Christmas, but hey, it's time to celebrate. His youngest boy, Elliott, is going to play college football next fall at Michigan; his family, his life, is so complete.

Twenty-five years of marriage, and Mealer is still first-date gaga. He asks Shelly to walk ...

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