(Editor's note from Jerry Wolffe: Michael Marchand, who died July 4 at age 48, was the son of Tom Marchand, one of the first parent advocates for children with disabilities, and the late Sylvia Marchand. This is a tribute a friend wrote.)
"Tribute to Michael"
He loved to go for a long car ride,
always the first to hop inside,
awkward of gait and powerless to speak,
along with the car he broke free to seek,
Momentum, Grace, Power and Direction,
some thought him luckless in the Game of Life,
denied a vocation, children and wife,
Still his very being bore a special purpose,
Though not apparent at the surface,
Like all good and worthy souls,
Michael had much to teach us
about enjoying life and reaching goals."