Thought this was almost a Paul Harvey "The Rest of The Story" type of situation.
The video shows a 5-year-old girl at Disney World, smiling with her mom and dad, marveling at the Magic Kingdom through the eyes of a child.
It was the girl's first trip to Disney.
It was her father's last.
Less than two years after that family vacation, patriarch Larry Keene, 48, would die from a rare genetic disorder.
While his 7-year-old daughter, Laura, would almost wear out that video, making sure she remembered her father, Sylvia Keene thought about a pact that she and her husband had made when Laura was born. Their daughter would get a good Christian education and then go to college.
Now she faced life as a single mother, a lone breadwinner.
But Laura, as little girls inevitably do, continued to grow. She went to West Aurora High School, made the honor roll and National Honor Society. Sylvia told her that if she kept her grades up, they'd find a way for her to go to Augustana College.
Laura and Sylvia hit the Internet, searching for loans and scholarships. That's when Sylvia found a scholarship for the sons and daughters of Marines.
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A soldier's parting gift
Thanks to Mudville Gazette Open Posting.