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Jay Ruckelshaus working toward ‘a whole new life’ after accident

Published: April 13, 2012

John and Mary Ruckelshaus know the feeling of powerlessness.

First, their oldest son, Drew, and daughter, Maggie — diagnosed with congenital glaucoma as babies — went through 20 surgeries each to prevent blindness.

Then, at age 9, Drew was diagnosed with leukemia and suffered through six months of chemotherapy and five years of medication.

But now the family faces its longest, most difficult battle.

It involves their youngest son, 19-year-old Jay, a lanky 6-foot-5 scholar-athlete who was blessed with abundant talents.