Letter from campus: We Lived and Died with Him

By Laura Rompf '02

We walked from Zahm Hall in silence and stood at the Grotto, the glow of candles lighting the night while a mix of snow and rain drizzled down. We prayed for a miracle for our friend and classmate Conor Murphy.

Conor had been diagnosed a year earlier with leukemia and word had come earlier in the day that he had contracted pneumonia for the second time in two months. Chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant had severely compromised his immune system, and doctors said the treatment for pneumonia would kill him. His family chose to forego the treatment, so without a miracle, the morning was certain to bring grim news.…

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