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“Helping people is what I have tried to do with my life. I also don’t spend money.
I give it away, but I don’t spend it.”

When he was born at Hotel Dieu the doctors told his mother that her son would probably die and that she should take him home. However, with the aid of some home-grown remedies and an aunt and grandmother determined to pull him through, the youngster survived.

Still, there would be equally difficult challenges ahead. First he would have to overcome severe learning disabilities caused from speech and hearing impairments. Then there would be cancer and the over 50 operations needed to arrest the carcinoma.

Today he is living proof that a determined spirit can beat the odds. But he has more than overcome diversity. He has outgrown and mastered his handicaps and created for himself an enviable life out of law and politics. Just as significant he has given unselfishly of his time and energies to causes and battles, friends and strangers, and to the city he calls home–New Orleans.

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