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Mon Jan 4, 2021, 07:26 PM

Statement of Congressman Jamie Raskin and Sarah Bloom Raskin on the Remarkable Life of Tommy Raskin

TAKOMA PARK, M.D. — Congressman Jamie Raskin and Sarah Bloom Raskin today released the following statement about their son Thomas (Tommy) Bloom Raskin:

“On January 30, 1995, Thomas Bloom Raskin was born to ecstatic parents who saw him enter the world like a blue-eyed cherub, a little angel. Tommy grew up as a strikingly beautiful curly-haired madcap boy beaming with laughter and charm, making mischief, kicking the soccer ball in the goal, acting out scenes from To Kill A Mockingbird with his little sister in his father’s constitutional law class, teaching other children the names of all the Justices on the Supreme Court, hugging strangers on the street, teaching our dogs foreign languages, running up and down the aisle on airplanes giving people high fives, playing jazz piano like a blues great from Bourbon Street, and at 12 writing a detailed brief to his mother explaining why he should not have to do a Bar Mitzvah and citing Due Process liberty interests (appeal rejected). . .

“We have barely been able to scratch the surface here, but you have a sense of our son. Tommy Raskin had a perfect heart, a perfect soul, a riotously outrageous and relentless sense of humor, and a dazzling radiant mind. He began to be tortured later in his 20s by a blindingly painful and merciless ‘disease called depression,’ as Tabitha put it on Facebook over the weekend, a kind of relentless torture in the brain for him, and despite very fine doctors and a loving family and friendship network of hundreds who adored him beyond words and whom he adored too, the pain became overwhelming and unyielding and unbearable at last for our dear boy, this young man of surpassing promise to our broken world.

“On the last hellish brutal day of that godawful miserable year of 2020, when hundreds of thousands of Americans and millions of people all over the world died alone in bed in the darkness from an invisible killer disease ravaging their bodies and minds, we also lost our dear, dear, beloved son, Hannah and Tabitha’s beloved irreplaceable brother, a radiant light in this broken world.'

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Reply Statement of Congressman Jamie Raskin and Sarah Bloom Raskin on the Remarkable Life of Tommy Raskin (Original post)
elleng Jan 2021 OP
flying_wahini Jan 2021 #1
The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 2021 #2
elleng Jan 2021 #5
mahina Jan 2021 #3
Gothmog Jan 2021 #4
Siwsan Jan 2021 #6
hedda_foil Jan 2021 #7
LizBeth Jan 2021 #9
Karadeniz Jan 2021 #8
BigmanPigman Jan 2021 #10
Karadeniz Jan 2021 #11

Response to elleng (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 07:28 PM

1. Such heartbreak. So sad for what they must be going thru.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 07:28 PM

2. So very, very sad. Sounds like suicide, which must be unbearably painful for his parents.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 07:33 PM

5. UTTERLY unbearable,

and Congressman Raskin has to live in the public eye.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 07:30 PM

3. Tears for them and him falling here 5000 miles away.

Wishing their broken hearts healing and time to recover. God bless him and his family.

Auwe

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 07:30 PM

4. I am so sorry for the loss of this young man

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 07:35 PM

6. I know what the family is going through. It's a wound that never fully heals.

My heartfelt sympathy and empathy go out to them.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 08:00 PM

7. He left a note.

“He left us this farewell note on New Year’s Eve day: ‘Please forgive me. My illness won today. Please look after each other, the animals, and the global poor for me. All my love, Tommy.’”

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Response to hedda_foil (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 08:38 PM

9. +1

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 08:33 PM

8. I can't imagine living in fear that my child might destroy himself. I can't imagine being someone in

Such pain that I'd rather not exist. One person's mental illness affects everyone.

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 11:14 PM

10. That made me think of It's A Wonderful Life.

One person's life or death affects so many others.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #10)

Mon Jan 4, 2021, 11:45 PM

11. We really do!

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