A Mayor’s Son Lived Life on the Streets of His Father’s Town…See the Act of Compassion That Saved Him!

Eddie Lanier was the mayor of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He got there by lifelong integrity, eschewing drink due to a family history of chronic alcoholism. Eddie, Jr. wasn’t as successful, until a cold New Year’s Eve alone on an interstate…

Eddie Lanier, Sr. was the mayor of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He got there by lifelong integrity, eschewing drink due to a family history of chronic alcoholism. His son Eddie, Jr. wasn’t as successful as his father in avoiding the family curse, and by his middle age, Eddie was homeless and on a revolving door of rehab clinics. On a New Year’s Eve, Eddie stood cold and alone at the foot of an Interstate 15 off-ramp. David Wright, who regularly passed Eddie and handed him food and money, arrived with the offer of a home for New Year’s Eve and a promise that the Wright family would receive Eddie warmly. So started a friendship and Eddie’s true recovery from a lifelong battle with liquor.

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