Maureen and Brian Grohowski hold a book written by Brian about son Jarad Grohowski that tells the story about how the Grohowskis dealt with their son’s death.Pete G. Wilcox/The Times Leader
WILKES-BARRE – Losing a child can be a terrible burden on any parent.
Brian Grohowski turned the grief he felt from his loss into a book, “77 from Heaven Jarad,” to honor his 20-year-old son, Jarad, who died in 2002.
It’s Grohowski first book, but for the 53-year-old it’s just another way to preserve his son’s memory and help other parents, student-athletes and friends who’ve lost someone they love.
He is holding a series of book signings in the next week throughout Luzerne County.
“I hope they come to the reality there is a reason for everything. I am a true believer when your number is up, you are going to go,” Grohowski said in an interview.
Grohowski opens up about the pain and struggles he suffered after he and his wife, Maureen, lost their only child.
It took him 18 months before he could begin writing the book. Once he did, the writing served as a form of therapy, and he believes his son’s spirit was beside him the entire way.
Readers learn about Jarad Grohowski’s love of football. Jarad played offensive and defensive tackle for GAR High School from 1998 to 2000, was named to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Football Conference in 2000 and earned a 4.0 grade point average his senior year.
After graduation he began preparing for his dream of playing football at NCAA Division 1 football at Arizona State University, which he hoped would propel him into the National Football League.
“He was such an influence on me. The way he carried himself. I wanted to let other people know about him,” Brian Grohowski said.
Jarad Grohowski may no longer be living, but his parents are making sure his spirit lives on through other students.
The Grohowskis created the Jarad Grohowski Foundation five months after Jarad’s death.
The foundation issues rebate checks to GAR junior and senior high school students to attend football camps and awards a $1,000 scholarship to a male and female GAR senior athlete.
So far, the foundation has given $15,000 back to GAR students since its in March 2003, Grohowski said.
3-5 p.m. today, GAR High School, 250 S. Grant St., Wilkes-Barre
4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, King’s College Scandlon Gym, Wilkes-Barre
7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Pierce Counseling Associates, 382 Pierce St., Kingston
1-3 p.m. Saturday, Plymouth Public Library, 107 W. Main St., Plymouth