At YouCaring, we believe in spreading kindness. We love to shine a light on inspiring examples of people helping others through crowdfunding, raising awareness or lending a hand in times of need. Here are five of our favorite newsmakers in March.
In California, the Danville community knows Arlie Smith as “the Costco guy” who makes every visitor feel important. Despite living with primary progressive multiple sclerosis and a recent diagnosis of terminal bone cancer, he remains enthusiastic about life. To show their love for Arlie and his wife, customers raised $2,500 to send them on a vacation. Watch them surprise Arlie in this KTVU news report.
After battling terminal brain cancer for nearly a year, 4-year-old Jalene Salinas had one thing left on her bucket list: dance to “Shake It Off” with her brother Josh and superstar Taylor Swift. Social media users helped raise awareness with the hashtag #shakeitoffjalene. When Taylor reached Jalene on FaceTime, this brave little girl lit up with happiness! See the San Antonio news report here.
“Knowing that, even though you have a life-threatening disease, there’s people ready to lift you up.” That’s how 13-year-old cancer survivor Preston Kilzer sums up what it means to kids with cancer when people shave their hair in support of St. Baldrick’s Foundation. This NBC News video highlights a Denver event where Preston and more than 500 people shaved their heads. They raised nearly $500,000 for childhood cancer research.
In Germany, 8-year-old Jannik is undergoing cancer treatment. Football star Änis Ben-Hatira has been visiting him and sharing his perspective, such as this Facebook post:
“Even though he is a little man – he fights like Superman against his illness. Jannik puts bravery on another level and I am totally impressed by his will and strength.”
For Jannik, Änis put on a Spider-Man mask after scoring a goal — even though he knew it would result in a yellow card penalty. To find out more, read this Huffington Post article.
Volunteers at Limbitless Solutions created a bionic, 3D-printed arm for Alex, a 7-year-old boy who loves superheroes and was born with a partially developed arm. To present Alex with his new arm, Robert Downey Jr. stepped into character as Marvel Comics superhero Iron Man / Tony Stark. Watch this YouTube video to see what happens when these heroes meet!
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