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HERB BENHAM: Teen overcame illness to make most of borrowed time

Some things you want to remember. Some you don’t. Some things you can’t remember and those might be the experiences that toughen, shape and drive us.

Fifteen years ago, Jackson Vaughan was in a world of hurt. A world he hadn’t chosen. A world he barely remembers but which informs his daily life as surely as does breathing and eating breakfast.

Herb Benham is a columnist for the Bakersfield Californian and can be reached at or 661-395-7279.

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