August Chazan-Gabbard
March 5, 1999 – October 15, 2013

August was born on March 5 of 1999 at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and moved with his family to Jacksonville, Florida, in 2001. He attended the Mt. Herman Exceptional Student Center during the day and the DLC Nurse & Learn after school and during holiday breaks. He passed away on October 15, 2013, at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

To see video and pictures of him, go to A Boy Named August

His father’s book about him, A Life Beyond Reason: A Disabled Boy and His Father’s Enlightenment, from Beacon Press, came out in May 2020.

A story of extreme caregiving”Michael Bérubé


Available in audio, hardback, and softcover.

Order through:

Beacon Press


Barnes & Noble

University of North Florida English professor Chris Gabbard with his son August at their home in Jacksonville, FL, in 2010 (Photo by Matt Stroshane)

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