Metro Detroit hospice helps track down special gift for dying father to give to his son


Metro Detroit’s Seasons Hospice went way beyond the obligation to grant a young father’s wish.

Scott LaPointe is a 42-year-old father with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He is in home hospice care because his body is failing him, but he won’t fail his 11-year-old son, Alex. LaPointe would like to leave him his copy of Esquire’s Big Black Book 2006: The Style Guide for Successful Men.

He said it contains everything Alex should know when he becomes a man – how to tie a tie, how to be a gentleman, and other lessons from papa when papa can’t be around.

“I can’t be there,” said LaPointe. “He will have this piece of me and my advice to help him.”

The copy of LaPointe was lost. His wife Jamie checked out Amazon, eBay, and even wrote to Esquire. She mentioned her search to LaPointe’s music therapist at the Seasons Hospice and managed to locate a copy.

The Seasons Hospice Foundation, which grants wish fulfillment, had a connection with the publisher, and a week later, therapist Jennifer Fromius gave LaPointe what he wanted to leave his son.

“It feels good,” said LaPointe. “Blessed the people wanted to help.”

The LaPointe family said Alex wasn’t entirely sure what to make of his father’s message yet, but he will and he sees up close how people really want to help one another.

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Dusty Kennedy