James Dobson too ill to attend National Day of Prayer event

For the first time in more than 20 years, Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson has missed the annual National Day of Prayer observance in Washington.

National Day of Prayer Task Force chair Shirley Dobson told hundreds at the Capitol Hill event today that her husband has been "very ill" since catching a cold from his daughter last month. She said the cold has since spread into his eyes and sinuses.

Shirley Dobson said, "He tried so hard to get well to come, but it just was not to be."

Dr. James Dobson celebrated his 76th birthday last month. Last September, he suffered broken bones from falling off a horse but has since resumed his Family Talk broadcasts.

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