Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Fourteen-year-old Will Hart has made headlines, and cast a positive light on a very snowy winter, by creating a simple message into the snow on top of a parking garage visible from his mother’s hospital room, where she is undergoing treatment for a recently diagnosed leukemia. Today.com reports:
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To boost her spirits, the teen made a simple gesture that brought joy not only to his mom, Shari Hart, but to many others at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago as well.
On Saturday, as Will headed to the hospital with his dad and uncle, the trio shuffled their feet through the snow on top of a parking garage to form a message from Will: “Hi Mom,” with a smiley face inside the O just for fun.
From the garage across the street, he called Hart and coaxed her to her 14th floor window, where she proudly waved down to her son. The snowy note came as Hart, who has acute myeloid leukemia, was exhausted from chemotherapy.
“It was very sweet and I felt very uplifted,” said Hart, 48. “My son is an amazing 14-year-old with an ability to make me smile any time of day.”
It’s not the only heartwarming snow message appearing outside of hospitals. Earlier this week, an unknown woman and man stomped the word “Love” and a peace symbol outside of the St. Cloud Hospital in Minnesota.
After visiting his wife in the hospital, Hart’s husband, Tim, felt the trio should add to their message to inspire fellow patients and the doctors and nurses caring for them. They planned for “God Bless You All,” but ran out of space, with room only for: “God Bless U” in large capital letters.
“It was a proud mommy moment, and being married to someone who wants to send a message to so many people is beyond wonderful,” said Hart, married for 24 years. “The amount of love there is just incredible.”
Will noticed that people were watching from other windows in the hospital, some waving and jumping up and down with excitement.
One of those was Angela Washek, a surgical intensive care unit nurse, who snapped a photo and shared it with hospital officials. After the hospital posted the photo on its Facebook page Monday, Will’s 18-year-old sister, Hannah, identified her family. “It brought joy to my whole unit and our patients’ families just as much as I’m sure it brought joy to your family,” Washek wrote on Facebook to Hannah.
Monday, June 17th, 2013
A five-month-old baby girl was in dire condition and unable to breathe when a Good Samaritan who overheard her babysitters’ panic rushed in and saved the baby’s life, clearing her nasal passages with a turkey baster. More from Yahoo! News:
Local station KSN.com reports that 5-month-old Nessa Shoup of Ludington, Mich., was having trouble breathing while under the care of two baby sitters. One of them called 911.
Bill Hogenson happened to be working nearby and overheard the conversation. He ran into the house and found the baby, who was turning blue and appeared unable to breathe.
Hogenson peformed CPR on Nessa, but the baby continued to struggle.
He told KSN:
“I went into the drawer and found a turkey baster and used the turkey baster to clear her nasal passage and her airway,” Hogenson described.
He patted her on the back, spun her around and saw a good sign.
“She smiled at me, and I knew we were going to be in the good,” Hogenson said.
Nessa’s father, Shawn Gasciogne, told KSN, “If it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t have this beautiful baby here right now and we are forever grateful.”
Image: Turkey baster, via Shutterstock
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Friday, July 22nd, 2011
The family and religious community of Leiby Kletzky, the 8-year-old Brooklyn boy who was abducted and brutally murdered earlier this month, is channeling their grief into a call for good works and acts of lovingkindness in the wake of their tragedy. In their first public statement, released today, Rabbi Nachman and Itta Kletzky expressed gratitude for the outpouring of sympathy and concern they have received, and they called on people to memorialize their son by doing good works and contributing to The Leiby Kletzky Memorial Fund.
“Let us perpetuate the feeling of collective responsibility and love expressed during the search for Leiby. An additional act of kindness toward your neighbor, or to those less fortunate than you, can go a long, long way toward perfecting our world,” the Kletzkys said in the statement.
The Memorial Fund’s website identifies the missions of the fund. It will:
- Help young orphans cope with tragedy
- Help indigent families feed their children
- Help troubled children at risk
- Help needy children falling behind in school
- Help poor parents clothe their children in dignity
- Help critically ill young children
- Help penniless couples to marry
- Help families going through a critical time in their lives
In other news, the attorney for the accused murdered, Levi Aron, told reporters he is stepping down from the case because of “the horrific way this boy was killed.”
(image via: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/)
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