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For Harwell, there is still much to do

Updated: December 29, 2009, 12:11 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

NOVI, Mich. -- A sign outside Ernie Harwell's apartment door politely asks would-be visitors, in so many words, to give an old man and his wife some peace and quiet. Ernie didn't hang it himself; he's far too nice for that. When times were better and cancer wasn't invading his body, Harwell tried to answer just about every card and letter. Now he has 10,000 of them piling up, along with a freezer full of casseroles and cookies and other good intentions.

It's a cold, gray ...

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