StoryCorps: What Aidan Jack Seeger left behind

As most fans of NPR’s Morning Edition know, Friday is the day you get to cry on your way to work.

StoryCorps, the segment in which people tell their life story in their own words, is always good for a punch to the feels; this morning’s outdid its usual compelling self.

It’s the story of Aidan Jack Seeger, who died of adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) in 2012. He was just 7.

Last year, New York became the first state in the country to screen newborns for the genetic disorder that rapidly attacks the nervous system. It mostly affects young boys and kills them within a year. A bone marrow transplant can help them survive.

Listen in. Here’s a tissue.

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Related: Information about newborn screening in Minnesota.