Terminal illness doesn’t stop man from repairing and donating bicycles to children in need

What would you do if told you only had months to live?  Bob Charland, 44, was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative brain disease earlier this year.  Hearing that he had an aggressive terminal illness rocked his and his family’s world, but he rebounded, deciding to make the time he has left really count.

Bob always felt that all children should have the opportunity to lead an active life, and he decided to do his part.  A local elementary school in his hometown of Springfield, MA, has mostly kids from low income families.  Most of these kids have never owned a set of wheels, so Bob began repairing donated broken bicycles to give to these kids.  “I get up around 4:00, 4:30 in the morning.  From then, even until 11 o’clock at night, I’m here repairing the bikes.”

Last month, he handed over 35 finished bikes to these appreciative, deserving kids.  “It’s really exciting to see all these kids so happy,” Charland says.  “I’m going to keep doing this as long as I physically can.”  Seeing these kids put down their phones, get off the couch, and spend time outdoors being active brings a smile to his face.

Diagnosis of a terminal illness can’t stop this bike man.  How about all us healthy people giving something back to our community!

 

 

 

 

 

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Marty

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Oprah donates to brothers' Boston charity

"Mikey's Run" is a charity started by Harris Stolzenberg and his brother Michael, a 13 year old quadruple-amputee.  They started the charity with an ambitious goal in mind - to raise $1 million!

Their mother laughed when they mentioned their goal.  ‘If you can get $1,000, you should be happy.’, their mother said.

Michael has never been one to give up.  When he was only 8 years old, he lost his limbs to gangrene.  “He didn’t complain one time,” Harris said of his Michael. “He kind of just shrugged it off and said, ‘I’m going to make the most of this.’  That he did - within 4 months of getting his prosthetics, he was skiing.  Within a year, he was playing lacrosse and football for his high school.  So raising $1,000,000 for charity was no big deal :)

Oprah's donation really helped kick it off.  When she got wind of their charity, she called Michael on the phone and said "I want to donate $100,000 to your charity".  The brothers were ecstatic to receive a call AND donation from Oprah herself!

To this date, the brothers have received over $300,000 to their charity :)

And that's what's good,

Jon

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Daughter gives life to her mother

This past Mothers Day like always was a special day to recognize and thank our mothers for all they have done for us. 

Kelly Sia, daughter to Mindy Lam took this day to celebrate giving life to her mother who gave life to her.  19-year-old Kelly donated a kidney to her mother Mindy who three years ago was diagnosed with hypertensive nephropathy, which almost took her life.  When the family found out of their mom's condition, Kelly was only 16 and the minimum age to be a living donor is 18. 

Mindy went through many treatments over the last couple years, and when Kelly finally turned 18, she never hesitated to give her mother a kidney.  On this past Valentine's Day, the two women went into successful surgery, and now have matching scars which they consider to be a badge of honor. Kelly says "Its more precious than a tattoo and symbolizes the rebirth of my mom". 

What an amazing gift, and an amazing story.  Good luck to you both.

 

Have a great day, and let the Good News be Yours!

Jeremy

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