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Jason Brown's Coach Sends Coded Messages of Love To Local Family

Kori Ade has made the heart sign and letter T for Tripp Healy’s family

By Mary Ann Ahern
|  Friday, Feb 14, 2014  |  Updated 2:41 PM CDT
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Jason Brown of the United States reacts with coach Kori Ade after he competes during the Figure Skating Men's Free Skating on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

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If you have been watching Highland Park’s Jason Brown skate, you'll notice that as he waits for his scores, his coach makes the heart sign and the letter T.

It's a clear message to a suburban Chicago family who recently suffered a devastating loss. Coach Kori Ade is sending support from Sochi to the loved ones of her friend Tripp Healy.

Last week, 34-year-old Healy died unexpectedly while working out. More than 1,000 people attended his funeral this past Monday.

Ade and Healy are longtime friends. Ade's brother played football with Healy at Evanston High School.

Healy's many friends and family, including his pregnant wife and 2-year-old daughter, have all been touched by Coach Ade’s signs of love. 

In fact, after Brown’s performance on Friday, Ade texted Healy’s mother, Ellen Healy.

"Thank you for all your support, not the skate we hoped for, but still proud of him for a good fight.”

For a family rocked by a difficult loss, the Olympics have provided a much-needed diversion.

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