Hello my name is Richard Parkes. I remember the day when I drove together with my dear friend Nate and his family to drop him off on the farm in Virginia with the Zello family. I remember his life prior to that journey, and the direction of almost certain death that he was on. I remember the transformation he went through, and the complete change of attitude and life circumstances that he had after. Needless to say, I am forever grateful for the opportunity that he was given there, and to enjoy having one of my best friends back in my life. And to hike together in the glorious mountains of Virginia!