A Bit of Good News - Kindness goes a long way
November 22, 2023 - Vol. 2, Issue 42
The real Paw Patrol
This handsome pit bull mix was visiting the Hopkinsville Police Department in Kentucky earlier this month when the officers decided to make him one of their own.
So, at the next city council meeting, Bolo was sworn in by the mayor as the police department's first "Paw-Trol Dog." He even signed an oath with a paw print.
The return of a lost memento
Lt. Benjamin A. Cox was killed on his 28th birthday in 1944. The Maine native was leading an Army platoon in a battle against the Japanese in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands. Although his body was later returned to the states and buried in a Portland cemetery, his dog tags were not found until decades later.
Dan O'Sullivan, an Australian paramedic and Navy veteran, discovered the lost identification markers in a Honiara market in 2006. He searched for the tags’ owner, but had no luck for 14 years. Then, when O'Sullivan finally managed to track down a member of Cox's family, the world shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. So he waited.
Earlier this month, O’Sullivan flew across the globe to meet the Cox clan and return the tags in person.
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A legacy of giving
Casey McIntyre knew the ovarian cancer she'd been battling for four years would eventually cause her demise. Yet she didn’t want her end to be a sad one. So, the 38-year-old book publisher from Brooklyn arranged a memorial and "debt jubilee."
According to the Peterson Center on Healthcare and KFF, 23 million people in the U.S. (nearly 1 in 10 adults) owe significant medical debt. Although medical debt occurs across demographic groups, people of color, people living in the South or in Medicaid non-expansion states, the uninsured, the poor and people with disabilities or severe health issues are the most affected. When that debt remains unpaid for a long time, it can destroy people's finances.
"People are making miserable decisions about their care because of money. This imaginary debt is dragging so many people down," McIntyre’s husband, Andrew Rose Gregory, told The Washington Post. "It's an immoral part of our nation.”
Some debt collectors will buy massive portfolios of unpaid medical debt for a fraction of the original cost and then hound these poor folks for the full amount. Not McIntyre. She joined forces with the nonprofit RIP Medical Debt, to purchase some of these portfolios and forgive the debt.
At the time of this writing, McIntyre and her family have raised over $611,000, and for every penny they donate, RIP Medical Debt will erase $1 in debt. Which means McIntyre's final act of kindness — her legacy — will be to eliminate about $61 million of strangers’ unpaid medical bills.
McIntyre's other legacy will surely be the many memories she left behind in friends, colleagues and family, including her husband and 18-month-old daughter, Grace. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for people like her.
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Today’s lesson: Gratitude
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* Making and then eating Thanksgiving dinner
* Celebrating my 50th birthday tomorrow
* Knowing that you are reading my little newsletter right now
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Pie makes everybody happy." –-Laurie Halse Anderson
MOMENT OF GRATITUDE
Thanks to Erika Fletcher, Unsplash, Apple News, Facebook, the Hopkinsville Police Department, Western Mass News, Gray News, Explore Travel, News Center Maine, YouTube, X, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, RIP Medical Debt, Instagram, BBC, CBS Mornings and Deposit Photos for inspiration, art and story suggestions.
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