Chicago Daily Herald | Brittany Wright
|Amanda Rohlf (left) with her brother Doug, who gave the gift of sight through corneal donation.|
Woodridge – When asked to describe her brother and share memories from their childhood, the love that Amanda Rohlf feels for her younger sibling is clear. The smile never left Amanda's face as she flipped through pictures of Doug on her phone, and recounted story after story of his life.
"I could talk about him for hours," Amanda said. "He was just the perfect little brother, there is no other way to describe it."
Growing up in Woodridge, Amanda and Doug were very close. Though five years apart in age, the pair was inseparable early on and never tired of each other's company. Even as they got older, Amanda fondly remembers her brother always being there for her. Despite any distance between them Doug always took the time to support his sister – and vice versa.
"He would do anything for me," Amanda recalled. "I could always turn to him, and so could any of his friends or other family members. He was just there for others. It didn't matter if he was having a terrible day himself, he was going to be there."
Doug's caring nature was also reflected in his reputation as a social butterfly. While known for being a motivated and hardworking student at College of DuPage, where he studied both welding and business management, Doug still never missed an opportunity to see friends. He would even go so far as to ride his bike from Woodridge to downtown Naperville, and back again, to meet up with different groups. Continue reading.