By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
Marshall -- confined to a wheelchair, unable to speak, sickly, forever dependent -- wants to be a teacher, an angel, a pipeline to a nondenominational God, and a healer.
And because his parents are wealthy and devoted, because he is their perfect child and a faultless inspiration to thousands of people who never realized how good they had it until confronted with his story -- the same thousands who desperately hope that somehow their own lives can change nonetheless, perhaps through the words of this silent boy -- Marshall Ball gets to be all of that.
Who would ever tell him otherwise?
"It's completely up to him," Troy says. "It always is."