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One of Elizabeth's greatest fears was that Wade would be forgotten. "You're just afraid that they're going to be erased somehow. So you want to do something to make certain that they're not erased."

To honor their son's memory, Elizabeth and John Edwards opened the "Wade Edwards Learning Lab," or WELL (right), in their hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. The WELL is a place where students can have free access to computers and tutors.

Elizabeth says that it bothered Wade that students with typewritten reports would always get higher grades than students who had to turn in hand-written papers. "He felt really badly that he was going to have an advantage over them. And [that] the message it was sending to these children is you can't be the best in the class because you don't have what it takes," says Elizabeth.

Another memorial, called "A Place In Time," was created by Wade's friends so his memory could live on at their high school. The structure has a bench shaped like a comet that is more than 100 feet long, and a wall of handprints. "These are the hands of young people that he went to school with, that he played soccer with. It's all the people of his life," says Elizabeth. "These are the people who made his life rich. And this is a place that's alive."
FROM: The Day Your World Falls Apart: Elizabeth Edwards
Published on September 27, 2006


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