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!
There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, ’tis not to come. If it be not to come, it will be now. If it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all. - Hamlet, Act 5, sc 2