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DeMaio rose above troubled upbringing

(Editor’s note: SDGLN is not reporting on the 2012 San Diego mayoral race because SDGLN Publisher Johnathan Hale has a personal relationship with City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, who is running for mayor. SDGLN will also not be making an endorsement in the race. This article was written by UT-San Diego.)

A teenage Carl DeMaio busied himself with fixing up the house in hopes his mother would return soon from the hospital. He wanted everything to be perfect. She had enough things to worry about.

The phone rang. His sister told him that he and his little brother needed to join her at the hospital right away. They hopped on their bicycles and pedalled as fast as they could.

When they arrived, Carl saw his mother lying in a bed. She was unconscious, but her eyes remained open. The siblings held hands by her side. Her breathing slowed so much that when she occasionally gasped for air, the kids shouted “Breathe!” in unison.

Read the full story in U-T San Diego HERE.