Good News Wednesday (8/7/19)

Need some good news?  Here are some stories that will restore you faith in the world…

GNW_0807_01GOOD SAMARITAN CHASES DOWN TEXAS FAMILY’S STOLEN RV SO 6-YEAR-OLD WITH CANCER CAN TRAVEL

(from Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

A family in Texas can now travel with their son thanks to a Good Samaritan with a sharp eye.

Ethan Perez was 4-years-old when he was diagnosed with leukemia after suffering with what his family thought were growing pains, the Houston Chronicle reported. For the last two years, Ethan, now 6, has undergone extensive chemotherapy treatments and spent more than his fair share of time in the hospital.

Ethan’s parents purchased an RV so they could travel with their son on short trips that wouldn’t put his health at risk, his mother Evelyn wrote in a Facebook post.

Their hopes came crashing down when the RV was stolen from the family’s driveway Thursday night, KPRC reported. A landscaper working on their neighbor’s lawn told the family a man and woman connected the RV to a Uhaul before driving off. The RV was not yet insured.

Evelyn posted about the crime on social media, imploring anyone with information to reach out.

The next day, someone did.

Rick Jones was on his way to work when he saw the Uhaul pulling the RV, Evelyn wrote. He recognized the vehicle from Evelyn’s social media post and followed it down I-10 to a gas station and called police, the Houson Chronicle reported.

“I can’t believe it,” Evelyn wrote on Facebook. “I’m in awe.”

When police arrived, they apprehended two men and two women, but later told the family they could not be arrested because the suspects were already standing outside the RV and had unhitched it from the Uhaul, the Houston Chronicle reported.

“We were floored, we could not believe it,” Evelyn said, according to the newspaper. “They were caught with a stolen RV. I would think that’s evidence to arrest these people.”

Ernesto Perez, Ethan’s dad, told KPRC the thieves had “trashed the inside,” broken a window and stolen a flat screen television.

Still, the Perez family is thankful for the diligence of their “hero.”

Ethan met Jones on Saturday and gifted him a Superman shirt along with the framed words “Not all heroes wear capes,” the post said.

“How else do you thank someone like this who saves the day for a little boy that is fighting cancer, for an entire family?” Evelyn said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “It was a really special way that our family connected with them under these sour circumstances.”

GNW_0807_02MAN DONATES MONEY TO NEIGHBOR, NEIGHBOR USES IT TO PAINT MAN’S HOUSE
(from cbs2iowa.com)

Gary Cookus remembers welcoming his new neighbors to town three years ago.

“I met (them) at Wildcat (Golf Course) having dinner,” he recalls about his first encounter with Jen and Brian Steadman. “I just felt like I needed to say, ‘Hello.'”

“Nobody was talking to them,” he laughs. “It’s what I do.”

That was the start of a friendship between Gary and the Steadmans – and what ultimately brought a bunch of runners to Gary’s house in Shellsburg on a Sunday morning in July.

Health issues had been keeping Gary from upkeep on his house, which was in dire need of a paint job. The Shellsburg City Council was even telling Gary to get it taken care of.

Unable to do the physical work on his house, Gary still recognizes good work when he sees it. That’s why he gave Jen a donation for her birthday in July for her work as a board member for Corridor Running.

“Runners are very unique in that each one of us has a story,” Jen says, “but we just support one another and we will always be that way.”

That means running a leg of life’s race that somebody else can’t.

“Right off the bat after he did that, I told my husband, ‘I know what we’re doing for Gary,'” Jen says. “We’re gonna go in and paint his house.”

A donation Gary made for someone else was sent right back to him in the form of brushes, buckets, and about eight people getting that paint job done for him.

“Very heartfelt. It’s been a really happy thing for me,” Gary says as his house is painted in the background. Others in town have been helping him with carpentry and plumbing work, as well as cleaning out his gutters.

“It’s been a great, great thing,” he says.

The same can be said for a friendship started with a simple conversation three years ago.

“He always has something funny to say,” Jen says as she sits next to Gary.

“May not be nice,” Gary replies, followed by a laugh that seems to punctuate most of his sentences.

“He keeps us going,” Jen adds. “Never a dull moment with Gary.”

GNW_0807_03MAN DRESSED AS SPIDERMAN SENDS ENCOURAGING MESSAGE TO DRIVERS AND CHILDREN
(from abc13.com)

If you think you’ve seen Spiderman lately, your eyes weren’t playing tricks on you.

Cameron Fielder is known to dress up as a superhero on his days off. Fielder dresses up, stands near busy intersections and holds a piece of cardboard with phrases like “You Matter” and “You are Strong” written on them.

“This world is full of negativity these days and I don’t want that to be continuing,” Fielder said. “Of course, it always will, but I want to at least try to make a difference.”

As drivers pass by, Fielder said they often honk and yell to get his attention, and he hopes he’s getting theirs.

Fielder said he wants to provide a sense of encouragement for people facing silent battles.

“I took what I dealt with and applied it to other people,” Fielder said. “Anxiety or depression, any of these types of things you may have.”

In just the two weeks he has been dressing up as Spider-Man, people are already starting to look for him around town.

“I wave at everyone and high five some kids, things like that,” Fielder said. “Then, I got the idea to pass out coloring books and sticker books.”

He said he will be in Houston in the upcoming days. Spider-Man plans to keep encouraging drivers for as long as he can.

GNW_0807_04PUPPY WITH MISSING LEG ADOPTED BY AMPUTEE VETERAN
(from people.com)

A military veteran from Tennessee who lost his leg after an IED explosion found a new best friend after adopting a dog with a missing leg.

Joshua Ferguson took home three-legged Scooter on Thursday, after adopting the pup from the Humane Society of Dickson County in Dickson, according to WTVF in Nashville.

“He makes it easier for me to remember, hey it’s still a beautiful day,” Ferguson said Scooter. “You realize really just how tremendous a journey life is.”

Scooter was discovered with a severed leg in a wooded area at Johnson Creek near Burns, Tennessee, in June, with veterinarians believing the dog got his leg stuck and was forced to gnaw it off in order to free himself and find food, WTVF reported.

The dog’s mangled leg was eventually amputated at the Animal Medical Hospital.

“It’s impossible to not smile around him,” Ferguson said. “Everybody’s so happy to see him, then they notice he’s got 3 legs. He’s happy you were overjoyed to see him, don’t pity him!”

Ferguson told the news outlet that he and four other soldiers were in a truck when it drove over an improvised explosive device, and although none of the five died, he ended up losing his leg in the ensuing explosion.

Not one to complain, the military veteran added, “There’s silver linings to anything, you can find something, and even if you can’t, somebody’s had it worse! So stop complaining.”

“The future can be better than the present and you have the power to make it so.”

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