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!
"That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. . . What will your verse be?" Robin Williams as John Keating in "Dead Poets Society"