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An Eagle Named Freedom, Jeff Guidry, William Marrow, 2010.
When a young eagle, drastically injured with both wings broken, arrived at the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in northern WA state, volunteer,Jeff Guidry, was assigned to her care and keeping. Over the weeks of rehabilitation, the two of them developed a strong bond and Jeff gave her the name, "Freedom." As fate would have it, she was not able to fly again, and so she continued to live at the center, and she and Jeff became a team, working together on wildlife educational projects with schools and other organizations.
Guidry and Freedom came to trust and rely on each other in a deep and surprising relationship. After Freedom's recovery and the two of them had been working together for some time, Jeff was diagnosed with cancer. As he fought the disease, he continued to visit and work with Freedom. The relationship gave him courage and comfort, " In trusting that Freedom and I would have a long time together, I'd found the advantage -call it an edge-that I needed beyond even extraordinary human support. Freedom and I were balanced on that edge."