Category Archives: Heroes

Tearjerker: Dying Man’s Final Wish to be Reunited With Dog

Kevin McCain with his dog, Yurtie

Kevin McCain with his dog, Yurtie. Courtesy photo KCRG

What a story. What a community and hospice house.

This is one of those stories that just “gets you” right there.

This is the story of a dying homeless man and his final wish — to be reunited with his dog Yurtie — and the people who made that wish come true.

Thanks to KCRG for such a heartwarming account of what happened and for all the terrific photos.

Readers remember stories like these.

Dying Man’s Final Wish to be Reunited With Dog



A Site Worth Seeing

Many kudos go to CNN Correspondent Gary Tuchman for his wonderful article on Sam Bailey on Anderson Cooper’s 360º Blog. Mr. Bailey is responsible for founding The Pontchartrain Humane Society in Pearlington, Mississippi, a town hit by the full force of Hurricane Katrina.

You might want to grab a tissue or a hankie. Sam is truly a modern-day hero.

Thank you Sam, and thank you Gary for telling Sam’s story.

Sioux City helping "Sister City" Lake Charles on relief efforts

I’m reposting a message I received from the Sioux City, Iowa, Orpheum Theatre’s mailing list regarding help for Lake Charles, LA. For those locals out there in and around Sioux City’s tri-state area, please do all you can. Thanks!

Our good friends in Lake Charles, LA, including all those members of
the Krewe de Charlie Sioux, have been gracious enough to open their
community to over 5,000 victims of Hurricane Katrina. The displaced
people there will need many things and will be displaced for many,
many months. Many will resettle in Lake Charles, and others will
stay there for extended periods of time prior to heading back to
their communities.

Sioux City and Lake Charles have had a very long Sister City
relationship that began with a visit to the Saturday in the Park
fest, and that is why you are getting this message. There are many
things we can do to help. Following is a list of items that the
folks in Lake Charles need and there is a truck (provided by WIT)
parked in front of the movie theaters at the Southern Hills Mall this
weekend to collect any of the items you can provide. The most
helpful thing that they could use though is money. All funds
collected for the Lake Charles Relief Effort will be directed towards
a fund established by the Mayor of Lake Charles, Randy Roach and
administrated by the local United Way there, and all funds will be
used locally. Funds can be sent to:

Lake Charles Hurricane Relief Effort
c/o Wells Fargo Bank
PO Box 808
Sioux City, IA 51102

All funds collected locally will be forwarded by our City officials
to Lake Charles. If you would like to drop off needed goods at the
mall, the following goods are needed:

-Canned Goods
-Baby Formula
-Clean Sheets and Towels (they don’t have adequate washing facilities
to clean items used in the shelters so they need a large quantity of
-Canned Juices
-Pet Food
-Anything else that is non-perishable that can be useful for those in a shelter

Please keep in mind that perishable items cannot be sent. Thank you
in advance for your help. Lake Charles is an incredibly giving
community, as is Sioux City, and we hope that this is a small way
that we can help our incredibly generous, good friends down south to
make others more comfortable in their time of need. Thank you. –db

Thanks again,

Victim Calls for Leniency

What an inspirational read, and something one doesn’t see very often.

From the New York Times:

RIVERHEAD, N.Y., Aug. 15 – Every bone in her face was shattered last November when Victoria Ruvolo was struck by a 20-pound frozen turkey hurled through her windshield by a Long Island teenager. But when she came to court on Monday to hear the teenager accept responsibility for nearly killing her, she was there not for retribution but for his redemption.

The teenager, Ryan Cushing, pleaded guilty in Suffolk County Court to a reduced charge of second-degree assault. Tall and lanky, and too thin for his gray suit, Mr. Cushing, 19, nearly whispered his admission that he threw the turkey from a rear window of a speeding car, hitting Ms. Ruvolo’s car with such force that it bent her steering wheel before striking her.

Read the Full Story: Deal in Turkey-Throwing Case After Victim Calls for Leniency – New York Times