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The Kindness Of Others Is Making A Little One’s Life Better

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:11 am

[guest post by Dana]

Reading about the kindness of friends and strangers in the life of a sick little boy makes for a nice way to begin the weekend.

Three-year old Quinn Waters has brain cancer. As result of getting a stem cell transplant to treat the cancer, his natural immunity was temporarily suspended. Parents Jarlath and Tara Waters said that because even something like a common cold could land him back in the hospital, he now lives in a protected bubble. Confined to the house with only his parents for company, and limited to seeing the world through the front window, Quinn’s parents say that there are “days when Quinn is literally pounding to get out.”

Queue the kindness of neighbors and strangers:

For the last two months, Quinn’s connection to the outside world has been limited to whoever passes by, which hasn’t been all that limiting, actually.

“It started out with family members coming to the window,” Jarlath said.

Then the neighbors started showing up to entertain with non-contact art projects and other stupid human tricks. Next, the police caught wind — and pretty soon top-notch performers were just showing up on Quinn’s front lawn.

Today, you never know what might happen. One minute it could be a dog parade — the next, a team of Irish step dancers — everyone brought together by word of mouth and a will to help Quinn get better, which his parents say is happening.

“It’s the positive energy from all these people that we believe has gotten him through his sickness, you know,” Jarlath explained. “You can never repay, you know — just maybe pay it forward.”


Make sure to watch the video at the link. It’s so good to be reminded of how kind and generous people can be in an effort to make someone less fortunate happy.


6 Responses to “The Kindness Of Others Is Making A Little One’s Life Better”

  1. There is always somebody who is worse off. They remind us to keep things in perspective. There is always somebody willing to do more for the betterment of others, look for those opportunities. Those are my takeaways.

    Dana (fdf131)

  2. God, I hope that little boy makes it through these trials. It would make for quite a story to tell his grandkids someday.

    Gryph (08c844)

  3. What a heart-warming story and a caring community.

    DRJ (15874d)

  4. Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom is going through similar challenges .

    NJRob (754ad5)

  5. There are more kids like this than people realize. Not only are kids becoming immune-compromised from diseases like cancer but the newborn screening programs show there are far more born that way than medicine imagined.

    DRJ (15874d)

    These boys have helped the Mighty Quinn for a couple years. Goodness happens.

    mg (8cbc69)

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