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15 May 2016 09:25 in response to woodworm

Hi everyone,

Here is a nice little story I wanted to share with you all.

Kindhearted cops in Canada are melting thousands of hearts after giving special police protection to a family of ducks.

Officers escorted the mother duck and her adorable ducklings to safety after concerned citizens reported them waddling through downtown Saskatoon on Thursday afternoon.

Video posted online shows constables Joey Taylor and Ryan Geib, from Saskatoon Police Service’s bike patrol unit, guarding the animals as they made their way to a riverbank.

The duo blocked traffic while chaperoning the ducks across several busy streets and to the South Saskatchewan River. The animals then entered the water and swam away.

The StarPhoenix newspaper posted the heartwarming footage to YouTube, and it’s now going viral.

“We came because the citizens were concerned,” Taylor told the publication. “They saw them downtown, didn’t want anybody to get hurt and didn’t want any of the ducks to get hurt.”

The Saskatoon Police Service later posted on Facebook that its officers “are always happy to assist, and not just our people!”

Thats great, Brian.

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15 May 2016 12:26 in response to woodworm

This is brilliant, isn't it Brian!  I must try to find the YouTube video, would love to see it. 

Sorry I haven't responded on here lately, but have loved all the items you've found, as always, thanks.

Take care, Hazel x

 

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16 May 2016 08:29 in response to haze44

Hi everyone,

Thanks Hazel

May 15, 2016-- Angelo Pangalos' project has a simple purpose - to encourage and inspire people to share a smile with a stranger. Pangalos has been in and out of hospitals since the age of five. Faced with one health crisis after another, and unable to work, Pangalos decided to give the one thing he didn't have - a smile. For the last several years, Pangalos has used his passion for magic and music to entertain strangers wherever he goes, collecting smiles and stories. He is not the best magician or musician, but Pangalos lives his life with purpose - to give joy to others.

What a wonderful story so I am sending a smile to all who read this, Brian

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16 May 2016 11:20 in response to woodworm

Thank you, Brian, I think you yourself qualify as being one who always tries to raise a smile and nice thoughts, I reckon most on the forum would agree.

Sending a smile back to you and Mrs B, hope you have a good day.

Hazel xx

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16 May 2016 17:18 in response to woodworm

Hazel is right so here is another smile from me:).  The story also reminded me of your youngest grandson who, despite his health issues, brings a smile to all those who meet him especially his granny and grandad. Spending time with a friend this morning made me smile as did being able to be in the garden again this afternoon. (Just as well as was not smiling at my gym weigh in as despite lots of extra exercise this past week I managed to put on 2lb!!! but as my daughter politely said - there is always next week:D). Keep the smiles coming.  Jules

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18 May 2016 10:29 in response to jules54

Hi Folks,

Thanks Hazel and Jules. Here is todays story

THE PASSING DOCTOR

I was on holiday in Cornwall in August when, while walking in a car park with a friend, I felt really weird. I was having a cardiac arrest. I literally collapsed and died, there and then on the tarmac, age 47.

This incident with a stranger didn't just change my life - it gave me my life”

As my friend was trying to figure out what was happening, a stranger driving out of the car park stopped, having seen me lying on the ground, and asked my friend if I was OK. The stranger and his passenger got out of the car and came over to where I was lying. They immediately realised what had happened and took over.

They were both consultants from Plymouth's A&E Department at Derriford Hospital. The driver happened to have the only piece of equipment that could bring me back to life - a portable defibrillator - in his car. After three-and-a-half minutes of being dead, he had me conscious and I was immediately airlifted to Treliske hospital.

I later learnt from my consultant at Truro that he rang the hospital most days to check on my recovery. Apparently, my chances of surviving without the intervention of this stranger and his particular piece of equipment was nil.

Since returning home to Bristol I tracked him down and had an, obviously emotional, chat with him by phone. It turns out he is also the chairman of a South West charity raising money to provide life-saving equipment to volunteers, hence why he had a defibrillator in his car.

This incident with a stranger didn't just change my life - it gave me my life. Now I'm also hoping to "pass it down the line".

Martin, Bristol

How lucky was he that the doctors were just leaving the car park, Brian

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18 May 2016 14:57 in response to woodworm

That's fate for you, isn't it?  It can work both ways, this was its good side for sure.

Hazel x

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19 May 2016 08:52 in response to haze44

Hi folks,

Thanks Hazel,

Here is today addition

When this officer saw a woman on the side of the road holding a sign and asking for help, he kept driving — so he could buy and deliver her a meal.

Massachusetts State Trooper Luke Bonin had just left court when he saw the woman. He picked up two take-out lunches and drove back to find her.

When Lynn Murphy, a homeless mother of four, saw the police cruiser pull up, she thought the trooper was there to remove her for panhandling. She was surprised when Bonin offered her the choice of the two meals instead.

The trooper then sat with her on the side of the road and talked with her while they both had lunch.

Bonin never told his superiors or fellow troopers about the good deed, but a passerby snapped a photo of the scene and passed it along to the state police.

“Yes, Trooper Bonin, we know you do not want or expect publicity,” the Massachusetts State Police wrote on its Facebook page. “We know you didn’t want to be noticed, but you were, and the job is proud of you. We commend you for your selfless act, and for ‘doing the right thing’ for someone less fortunate than most people.”

Hope you like this one, Brian.

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19 May 2016 17:00 in response to woodworm

Such kindness is so much nicer when it is noticed but not bragged about.Lovely tale.  Jules

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20 May 2016 08:51 in response to jules54

Here is todays good news story

 

SUNNY ISLES BEACH (CBSMiami) – There was an emotional reunion between a woman who nearly drowned in Sunny Isles Beach and the hero who jumped in to save her.

The City of Sunny Isles Beach presented Javier Fernandez with the medal of valor for coming to Rose Cireus’ rescue when she was drowning two weeks ago at the Newport Pier.

What Fernandez did not know is that Cireus would be there to thank him personally.

Fernandez was having lunch with his wife and baby when he heard screams from bystanders and quickly jumped in the water to save Cireus.

“As I was under the water, I thought my life was actually over so when I saw my eyes and I saw all white I was like, ‘Wow, this is it,'” said Cireus.

When Fernandez jumped in and grabbed her, he says the current pulled them both back.

Minutes later, Fernandez dragged Cireus onto shore where it appears she wasn’t responding until he turned her on her side and Cireus started to move again.

“When I actually opened my eyes back, I was in the sand and I didn’t know what happened, who saved me,” said Cireus.

Since that day, Cireus has wanted nothing more than to meet the man who saved her life.

“I will never forget him till the day my life is over on this earth, I will never forget what he did for me,” said Cireus after meeting Fernandez.

“My heart was beating fast,” said Fernandez, about meeting Cireus.  “It was like seeing someone I’ve always known who I hadn’t seen in a long time.”

During the ceremony, Fernandez was also presented with a two-night stay and dinner for two at Newport Beachside Hotel.

Nice story, Brian.

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27 May 2016 10:30 in response to woodworm

Hi everyone,

Here is a story I found which I would like to share with you all.

 

The bond between two kids is helping them through the toughest of times. 

Stella Usiak and Lucas Lowe, both 12, met during their battles with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The two, who are currently patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, have been there for each other through their journeys and formed a special bond, WGRZ reported. 

“She’s had a crush on me for a while now, and I’ve had a crush on her, so her and me are boyfriend and girlfriend now,” Lucas told the outlet. 

The pair have small dates like eating lunch together or having quick chats. For Valentine’s Day, Lucas gave Stella a ring, and has even made a sweet video about how special Stella is to him. 

Stella’s mother, Jennifer Usiak, told The Huffington Post that the pair is elated to simply be around one another. Even emoji-filled texts from Lucas brighten Stella’s day. 

“It’s cute. If he sends a text and she’s not feeling good it puts a smile on her face,” Usiak said of Lucas’ impact on her daughter. “It’s like ... they are an old couple who spent a lifetime together.”

According to WGRZ, the pair both went into remission at one point and relapsed later on. Both also received bone marrow transplants. Because of the couple’s experiences, the mom says it’s easy for them to relate to one another. 

Dr. Meghan Higman of the institute’s pediatric hematology and oncology program notes that it’s important for kids undergoing treatment for a life-threatening illness to have strong support systems like the one seen between the couple.  

“The relationship allows them to talk about and understand what’s happening and offer support to each other in ways that other kids can’t,” Higman told HuffPost. Later she added, “The only person who can truly understand what a kid with cancer is going through is another child with cancer.” 

Higman mentioned that by having a peer who’s going through a similar situation, a child is able to not only talk about treatment, but also discuss how the illness may affect other facets of life. The connection may also help improve mental health. 

“For kids who have to be in hospital or going back and forth to clinics for long periods of time, they miss out on going to school, school dances, on family events. ... To have someone your own age who’s been through some of the things you’ve been through, it gives some normalcy,” she explained. “It helps decrease anxiety and helps them have someone else to ... talk out their frustrations or concerns.”  

This story so relates to this site where just by talking to others it make us not feel so alone, Brian

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27 May 2016 11:40 in response to woodworm

Hello  Brian.

I  am  lucky  enough  not  to be  affected  by  this  horrible  desease  yet,  but have  recently  had  a  scare.

I  want  to  tell you  that  this  thread  of  loveliness and  heartwarming  doings,  has  lifted  my  spirits  tremendously!  Please,  keep  finding  them  for  us?  And  please  be  happy  with  your  life. I  wish  you well  and  much  happiness.  xxxxx

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27 May 2016 12:17 in response to authorangie

Hi Authorangie,

Thank you so much for replying and I am so pleased its lifted your spirits. Your reply has made me feel good too.

I can tell you I am very happy with my life; I have so much to be thankful for.

Wishing you all the best for the long weekend and for the future, Brian

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27 May 2016 16:30 in response to woodworm

A heartwarming tale Brian. I do hope those two kids see a long remission following their treatment and am sure there would remain a close bond having been through so much together.

Having been touched by cancer 'by association' in both losing my long term friend and then hubby, the forum has given, and continues to give me, that 'somewhere to belong' feeling. Sharing both the highs and the lows with such good forum buddies means that even when I am alone I do not have to feel lonely. Hope that makes some sense. All the  best for the weekend.  Jules x

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27 May 2016 19:55 in response to jules54

Brian, a lovely but sad story.  I have to agree with both you and Jules, we are never lonely or alone with our worries on here, and we have a few giggles too! 

Hazel xx