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Graham's Meeting Could Be Last

October 17, 2002|From Associated Press

IRVING, Texas — The Rev. Billy Graham plans to speak on four consecutive days at Texas Stadium starting today in what could be the last revival meeting the evangelist ever holds after more than a half-century of preaching.

Graham turns 84 on Nov. 7, suffers from Parkinson's disease, underwent surgery to remove fluid from his brain two years ago and is generally in frail health.

While in Cincinnati in June, Graham said that he felt weaker than ever. He has announced no future meetings, and an aide said he will weigh his plans after the event.

Graham said "I feel a lot better here than I did in Cincinnati when we began this four months ago."

"This type of meeting is needed," he said. "It's needed in every city in the country and it's needed at this particular hour in the history of the world."

Graham is scheduled to preach each of the four days the event is held at the stadium. If his health prevents him from speaking, Graham's son and designated successor, Franklin Graham, would step in.

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