I am so sorry to hear this, Gary.
But i have to believe that no effort is totally wasted.
i know it gave you strength to have gone through with it.
And who know what individual heard you who has or will make an individual difference because of what you said - in private life, if not in public.
Keep on keeping on!
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself... And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." - Paulo Coelho