Teen's Loss Inspires Plea: 'If You Still Think It's Cool to Smoke, Get a Clue'
Troy High 2012 graduate posts poignant message telling smokers, "you never know what you'll miss."
On the first anniversary of her father's lung cancer death at 57, a recent Troy High graduate posted a powerful, personal message to smokers of all ages.
"You are not immune to the dangers," Lia Grabowski says in a Facebook presentation of 16 handwritten photo slides. "It may not hurt you now, but you never know what you'll miss."
Earlier slides list three family milestones already missed by Felix Grabowski, a former online news director at The Detroit News and co-founder of a national online education service firm based in Troy. Grabowski, who died at home Aug. 31, 2011, was in the forefront of print journalism's migration to the Internet. He helped develop detnews.com, a pioneering newspaper site launched in 1995.
In what she calls a public service announcement, his 18-year-old daughter looks ahead to three turning-point occasions he'll miss.
"Words cannot explain how much I miss him," she posted in a message to friends on the anniversary date. "If you smoke or have considered smoking, just don't do it. You may think it won't hurt you, but you don't know what will happen 10, 20, 30 years from now."
The 2012 graduate, who won writing awards at 2010 and 2011 Michigan Interscholastic Press Association workshops at Michigan State, began journalism studies last week at the University of South Carolina.