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Friends Helping Friends

Neighbors helping Neighbors.  What would you do to help a neighbor in need?  Here is a real feel good story.  There are many things that a farmer has to do but the one thing that matters the most is to harvest their crops.  This is a story about a farmer who became ill  with terminal cancer and was not able to get his crops in at harvest time.  That is when his neighbors came in to help.  Many farmers  help harvest hundreds of acres in one day to help friend with terminal cancer. When a small community in Illinois learned of a local farmer’s terminal cancer diagnosis, they pulled together the way they usually do and harvested all of his 450 acres of corn – in one day. Carl Bates, 55, of Galva, Illinois, has a “fast, aggressive cancer,” according to his younger brother.  When it was time to get his crops harvested his friends and neighbors came to help.  This is what friendship is all about.  They were able to accomplish something in one day that would have taken him much longer.  He was not able to get his crop in and would have lost this whole season.  His friends wouldn’t let that happen.  What a wonderful thing for them to do.

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A Man’s Tribute to his Wife

A few miles south of Eau Claire Wisconsin you will find it.  Four and a half miles of love.  Four and a half miles of beautiful flowers as a tribute to his wife. State road 85 is a beautiful drive but it now is just breathtaking. Don Jaquish knew his wife loved sunflowers.  He lost her last November to cancer.  He wanted to honor her by planting sunflowers along both sides of the highway.  This area crossed 6 different farms and all of them donated the land because everyone loved Babbette.  People who travel this way can’t believe how beautiful it is.  They say she was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside.  Don will also harvest the seeds and sell them .  They are packaged with her picture and are called Babbette’s Seeds of Hope.  He will donate a portion of the proceeds to the hospitals, research and patient advocacy.  It took him a week to plant all of the seeds and then it took 75 days for them to grow and bloom.  It is quite a beautiful sight and such a wonderful way to honor his wife.

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a man's tribute to his wife

Cancer Patient Weds from Hospital Bed

With a little help from friendly hospital staff, a terminally ill man was able to have the “best day” of his life and marry his girlfriend in his hospital room. Keith Borum and Nina Scott were married recently at the Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York. Nina Scott, now Borum, said even in the unusual setting she found the wedding perfect. ”The whole thing was great. I don’t know what my favorite moment was,” said Nina Borum. “I couldn’t imagine how great it could be or would be. The staff just outdid themselves … We couldn’t have done it no better.”  Nurses and other medical staff at the hospital helped make the wedding more special by finding people to donate flowers, cake and rings. The couple who have been together for three years were surrounded by friends and family all wearing protective blue medical gowns over their clothes to protect Keith Borum against infection.  Borum has been battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for about 18 months, according to ABC station WABC. Earlier this year he ended up in the ER due to pain in his abdomen that turned out to be a cancerous mass. ”He’s been really going through so much and he can’t walk,” said Nina Borum. “It’s hard on him. He’s really hard…It’s just sunk his spirit.” But on his wedding day Keith Borum was able to lighten the mood by stealing his new wife’s sunglasses. Sitting in his hospital bed Keith Borum told WABC that in spite of his terminal diagnosis he was enjoying “the best day of my life.”

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Cancer Patient weds from hospital bed

Seniors Give up Class Trip for Principal

A New Hampshire principal battling a rare cancer was brought to tears when her senior class unanimously decided to give up their senior class trip and donate nearly $8,000 to her medical care. Courtney Vashaw, principal of the Profile school for both junior and high school students in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the soft tissue earlier this month. The senior class at the school surprised Vashaw on Tuesday with the news that they would donate the funds for their senior class trip for her treatment. What a wonderful group of young people who give up their class trip to help out their principal.  ”She’s just very caring, very selfless, and we wanted to be selfless, too,” Ian Baker, a senior at the school told ABC affiliate WMUR-TV.  She teaches the students that they need to do something bigger than they are.  It looks like they are listening.  They have done a good thing here.  How inspiring they all are. It is wonderful to see what great things young people can do for others.

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Seniors give up trip to help principal

The Ride of His Life

Kenneth Broskey is a grandfather who has discovered he has battle with cancer that he can’t win.  Knowing he doesn’t have long to live Kenneth decided that he wanted to earn money to pay of his house to help take care of his daughter and grandchildren.  Kenneth decided to give rides for money by becoming an Uber driver.  He wants to earn as much money as he can to pay of his house so that his daughter and grandchildren can continue to stay in the house once he is gone.  One ride changed his life.  Roland Gainer called for a ride but got so much more.  In hearing of Ken’s story Roland is helping Ken earn the money he needs in the time he has left.  Roland set up a GoFundMe page to ask people to help him get to the goal to pay off his house.  What a great gift to give to his man to help him get through this difficult time.  The real good news here is that they reached their goal of $95k in just 13 days.  Thanks to the 3,714 people who donated and helped them reach this goal.  Thanks to Patricia M for bringing us this story.

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The ride of his life

From Speech to Speechless

This is the moving story of Abby Snider’s surprise birthday party. The Virginia 16 year old has leukemia. Her family couldn’t afford a fancy birthday party for Abby. You see, she had missed her 15th birthday due to being diagnosed with luekemia.  So a plan was hatched by Tom Mitchell of The Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation, Abby’s family, friends and the Winchester, Virginia business community to make sure Abby had a very memorable sweet 16. They back story told to Abby was that she was to give a speech at fancy fundraising gala to benefit tom Mitchell’s The Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation.  She started off by getting a full makeover from head to toe.  She wrote a beautiful speech which she never was able to give.  This night is all about her.  She gets into the Limo after leaving the salon to head over to the hotel.  It tooka few seconds for her to realize the gala was for her.   Students raised $400,000 to help those dealing with blood cancer.  What a wonderful day for Abby.  A day she will never forget.

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From Speech to Speechless

Unusual Runner Joins the Race

On May 15, 2011, the Maryland Half Marathon had an unusual and unexpected competitor – a four-legged canine named Dozer. E:60 takes you to the course and reveals how Dozer reached the finish line and bested thousands of runners.  Dozer, a Goldendoodle watched as the race passed by his house.  He usually has an electric fence that keeps him in his yard but on this day the fence is not working due to a power outage.  So when the group of 2000 runners started coming by Dozer joined in.  He ended up not only running the remainder 8 miles but then back home.  The race was to raise money for the local cancer center.  They set up a fund raising page for Dozer and within hours he raised almost $45,000. Dozer raised more money than any other competitor in the race. It was great to see how people react to this dog joining the race.  How wonderful for Dozer to be able to help raise money for the Cancer center.   Thanks to Tammy H for sharing this story.  Are you up for a marathon?  Not all of us are but when you see friends who are and they need a sponsor to help a cause like the cancer center.. step up. Join the group and make a difference like Dozer did.

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An unusual racer for the cure.

Mother pays the Ultimate price for her child

This story is full of bad news and good news.  I was tempted to not show it but I do think we need to appreciate the generosity of the community and the people who surround this couple is worth seeing.  Too often when bad things happen we get so caught up in the tragedy that we cannot see to appreciate the joy.  This is a story of a woman who was suffering with cancer.  She was better and seemed to have survived the cancer.  She got pregnant only to find out that the cancer had returned.  If she would choose to fight the disease she would endanger the child. She chose the life of the child over her own.  By not taking the treatments she will surely not survive this time.  In hearing of this tragedy the community and her friends and family worked hard to give her the wedding of her dreams.  She believes that she should live the life she has left.  So for not cost to her or her family she was able to have the wedding she had dreamed of.  Our prayer for this family is to enjoy the life and the time they have together.  Never take the time you have for granted.  Enjoy life and help those around you that need your help.

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Mother pays the ultimate price

Cancer Patient Invents Help for Children with Cancer

Kylie Simonds is an 11 year old girl who has been through alot.  She is a cancer survivor. She had a soft tissue cancer.  She had been in the hospital and was intimidated by the IV pole that held her chemotherapy. She invented a backpack that could hold her IV and be easier for the child to get around while on the IV.  She won all sorts awards at the recent Connecticut Invention Convention.  She was the only one that went home with the patent prize and received a provisional patent on the product. She had her friends that she met at the hospital in mind when she invented this product. She is now raising the capital to get this product in production.  Way to Go Kylie.  You turned a bad thing into a good thing.  Best of Luck to you in the future. I hope your backpack can make life easier for many young people who have to go through this difficult time in their lives .

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Garth makes the night of a cancer patient

Here is a video (not a news report) of a concert at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Garth Brooks was performing his song , “The Dance”.  During the song he sees a woman hold up the sign that says, ”Chemo this morning, Garth tonight. Enjoying the dance”.  They bring the woman forward and Garth sees her sign.  Most celebrities might acknowledge with a nod or a wave.  But not Garth Brooks.  He takes the time to walk down, get down on her level sing to her and then give her his guitar.  He also speaks of how sometimes he wishes that God would sometimes just stick out his hand down from the sky and spell I exist.  Then he said, “I want to tell you right now… God just stuck his hand out. This is one of those times.” Then he told her that his wish for her was to kick cancer.  What an awesome gift for this woman who is going through such a difficult time.  You are a class act Mr. Brooks.  Never too big.  Never too famous.  He knows who made him this famous.  His fans.  He respects that and honors them.  I may not be the biggest country music fan but I am now a Garth Brooks fan.

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Garth makes the night of a cancer patient.