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AOW-Hometown Heroes #2 November 7, 2011

Filed under: Article of the Week — prushton101 @ 4:51 am

Colonel Evan’s troops

Brenda Bowen knew she could help as soon as the weeping woman, seated next to her on the airplane from Memphis, Tenn., told her how much her cancer-stricken 6-year-old son loves “Army guys.”

Bowen, 51, a single mother of two grown kids, listened intently as a tearful Rachel Pertile, 39, described her need to return home to Columbia, S.C., to see her other three sons, ages 11, 8 and 2, while husband Alex, 43, filled in for six days at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, where Evan was being treated. Pertile told Bowen that Evan was weak and not eating much because of his radiation treatments and brain tumor.

After a random act of kindness…
Now, Evan, who had dropped from 62 to 52 pounds during treatment, weighs 57 pounds. He returned home in July after eight months at St. Jude.

“He’s doing great,” his mom says. “We can’t say he’s in remission, but there’s no evidence of cancer on his MRI.”

As for Evan, now more than ever, he dreams of growing up and being a soldier. “I want to be an Army guy,” he says, “’cause they are cool. And they helped me.”


A fresh coat of hope

Jack Jordan, 50, was concerned when he encountered a shaky Ruth Davis, 82, standing by their mailboxes late last year in their neighborhood in Medford, Ore.

The widow had just opened a notice from the managers of Whispering Pines home park giving her 30 days to paint her house, and she simply could not afford to hire someone to do it.

After a random act of kindness…
Davis no longer has the burden hanging over her head.  Davis says Jordan went beyond being a good neighbor. “I don’t know how I can ever repay him,” she says.


     This article points out that small actions can have big results.  The soldiers took the time to cheer up the sick child, and after they encouraged him to eat, he gained weight and has had good medical tests. 

     The man painted his neighbor’s house, which was much easier for him and made a huge difference to the woman who was receiving notices. All of these people have sacrificed things in their day to significantly improve the life of a friend or stranger.

      Some examples of random acts of kindness that we could do…

1.      Notice if the neighbor’s mail or newspaper is piling up and check on them.

2.      Check on the dog running loose, to see if it has gotten away from its owner.

3.      Help carry belongings of a fellow student with an injury, to a class.

4.      Support a friend to get through a crisis

 We could all come together and perform one small thing that would greatly impact someone else’s life.


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