Tag Archives: Cancer

Carroll Spinney, the puppeteer for Big Bird shares a sad story

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This is from Reddit Ask Me Anything today with the puppeteer for Big Bird:

Question: What has been your most meaningful interaction with a child during filming? Or maybe from someone who grew up watching you and relayed a poignant story?

Answer: Okay, here’s one.

This is a very sad story, but it’s real.

I got a letter from a fan who said his little boy, who was 5 years old, his name was Joey, he was dying of cancer.

And he was so ill, the little boy knew he was dying.

So the man, in his letter, asked if I would call the little boy. He said the only thing that cheered him at all in his fading state was to see Big Bird on television.

So once in a while, he wouldn’t see Big Bird on some days, because he wasn’t necessarily in every show. So he asked could I telephone him, and talk to the boy, tell him what a good boy he’s been.

So I took a while to look up a phone, because this was before cell phones. And they got a long cord to bring a phone to the boy.

And I had Big Bird say “Hello! Hello Joey! It’s me, Big Bird!”

So he said “Is it really you, Big Bird?”

“Yes, it is.”

I chatted a while with him, about ten minutes, and he said “I’m glad you’re my friend Big Bird.”

And I said “I’d better let you go now.”

He said “Thank you for calling me Big Bird. You’re my friend. You make me happy.”

And it turns out that his father and mother were sitting with him when the phone call came. And he was very, very ill that day. And they called the parents in, because they weren’t sure how long he’d last.

And so his father wrote to me right away, and said “Thank you, thank you” – he hadn’t seen him smile since October, and this was in March – and when the phone was hung up, he said “Big Bird called me! He’s my friend.”

And he closed his eyes. And he passed away.

And I could see that what I say to children can be very important.

And he said “We haven’t seen our little boy smile in MONTHS. He smiled, as he passed away. It was a gift to us. Thank you.”

Dying Father Walks His Unmarried Daughters Down the Aisle

dad and daughter

Fred Evan’s was recovering from a double lung transplant when doctors discovered metastatic melanoma. After learning he had just months to live, Fred wanted to surprise two of his daughters and wife with a special gift. An inspiring story of a Father’s love to his family.

Prepare for weeping with snot bubbles.

Money from Zach Sobiech’s ‘Clouds’ presented to U of MN cancer fund

(credit: Kris Vruno)

(credit: Kris Vruno)

Sobiech is the Lakeland teenager whose song “Clouds” became an Internet sensation shortly before he died of cancer in May at age 18. His family presented a check to the U of MN cancer fund in the amount of $586k at the football game last weekend. Proceeds from the sale of Clouds and YouTube views of the viral video are donated to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund via the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

Days after his death, “Clouds” became the No. 1 rock song in the country, according to Billboard magazine. It also reached No. 1 on iTunes — and stayed at the top of the charts for four days.

Pretty cool.

Tiny Hero, Big Battle

Tough Day

If she can do this, what can you do with your “problems.”
via story on Reddit

Vince Flynn Dies At 47

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Photo: CBS

I am so super bummed today after learning that my favorite author, Vince Flynn, has died. Flynn died Wednesday morning at United Hospital in St. Paul. He had been battling prostate cancer.

Flynn has authored 15 novels, and I have read them all.

If you have not read any of his books, check them out here.

If you would like to donate to prostate cancer research, visit PCF here.

Eric’s Confession Final

Eric McLean

Source: YouTube and DuckDuckGrayDuck.com

A Wisconsin man with terminal cancer has taped a YouTube video in which he bids farewell to loved ones and tells viewers through heart-wrenching sobs, “I tried so hard, fought so hard. But the fight is over.”

“So, I don’t know what to say, or if I’m leaving something out,” says Eric McLean, 28, of Two Rivers.

“I’m so scared. God, is it scary. So much I want to say. You know, I’m 28 years old. I’m going to miss everyone. My family, my brothers and sisters and parents, my wife, Cari. I love you so much, babe. I love you so much.”

“I swung my bat as hard as I could. The ball game is over, guys. With that, I’m going to say, ‘bye’ for the very last time. I love you. Thank you all.

“And I hope you all live very long lives.”

Read more of Eric’s story. 

If you can watch privately, do so. If you are work, wait until you get home. If this brave dude touches your heart, do something about it.

Donate to http://givetolife.org/