Imagine having a life-saving surgery that changes your appearance forever. Now, imagine having yourself kicked out because of it.
For Kirby Evans, this heartbreaking instance became a reality. Seven years ago, this now 65-year-old man developed skin cancer that caused basal cell carcinoma in his face.
Surgery had to be done in order to remove it, and this resulted in Kirby’s nose and left eye having to be removed.
Being on a fixed income, Kirby couldn’t afford to undergo any reconstructive surgery. He also didn’t have the option of wearing an eye patch.
He’d tried in the past, but the sensitive skin surrounding his eyes meant that these patches would rub his skin raw.
Kirby worked hard on his self-acceptance and simply goes out into the world as he is.
Then, one day, Kirby stopped by a convenience store called Forks Pit Stop located in Walterboro, South Carolina.
He went in to buy a drink and some donuts and went to sit on a picnic bench outside. He’d only been sitting for a few minutes when the manager approached him angrily.
She practically grabbed him by the shirt and half-pulled, half-demanded that he come into her office.
The manager told Kirby that his face was scaring customers and that he should either cover it or leave immediately.
These words were extremely, brutally painful to Kirby, who had never been treated that way in his entire life.
Kirby, unable to eat if he did choose to cover his face, had no choice but to leave the store. As he went, he broke down in tears. He went home and confided in his daughter, Brandy.
She was, understandably, completely outraged about the incident. She shared what happened on a Facebook post, and it wasn’t long before people all around the world were reading the story in shock and horror.
Meanwhile, does the heartless manager who wouldn’t even let Kirby enjoy his coffee and snack feel sorry? Not in the slightest.
In fact, Donna Crosby stands by her decision and defends it adamantly. She says that, as the owner of a food business where many people come in to eat, she has the right to do whatever it takes to keep her customers happy.
She added that Kirby would come in to eat regularly during lunch, one of the busiest times at the store and that she needed to put her foot down.
She insists she has customers to please and plenty of bills to pay and that she doesn’t think there is anything wrong with what she did.
Brandy and Kirby aren’t going to let Crosby’s cruelty get them down!
In fact, Brandy went on to make a GoFundMe page entitled “Cancer does not discriminate!” for her father. So far, it has made $75,020 of its $75,000 goal.
Kirby is very thankful for all the support he has received.
With people all over the world pouring monetary support into his fund and vowing to boycott Crosby’s food business, Kirby is able to put these horrible actions behind him.
Any mother will tell you that motherhood isn’t for the faint of heart. If you needed more proof of that statement, then you need look no further than this tale of a 23-year-old mother based in Queensland in Australia.
Fiona Simpson was driving her baby daughter and her 78-year-old grandmother back home when a sudden hailstorm, known as a supercell storm, struck suddenly over Queensland.
Simpson hadn’t heard a single warning, so she and her family were caught in their car on the road as freezing rain pelted down.
To put this into perspective, this storm reached wind speeds of 62 miles per hour and resulted in the disconnection of power for over 10,000 people.
The storm was so bad that Simpson couldn’t see the road ahead of her, forcing her to drive very slowly.
She soon realized this was too dangerous, and they pulled over on the roadside to wait until it blew over.
But then, hail as large as tennis balls began to brutally attack the car, and the windows were quickly shattered through. The back window wound up entirely gone – and Simpson’s daughter was in the back seat.
There was no time to think. Everything happened too quickly.
Simpson immediately knew her daughter was in danger and leaped over the seats to get to her. She quickly covered her daughter’s body with her own, acting as a human shield.
What followed was more extremely loud, deafening crashes as ice continued to rain down, falling through the open windows.
It was terrifying, but Simpson knew she had no time to be frightened. When she glanced down, her little girl was crying and screaming, but the storm was so loud Simpson could only see, not hear.
She knew she had to stay put and protect her, or the baby could be hurt or even killed.
When the storm began to finally abate, Simpson was able to drive the badly damaged car to a safe location. She phoned an ambulance.
Her daughter suffered only a few bruises, but Simpson was severely injured.
In the ambulance, as they rode to the hospital, Simpson realized that her body ached all over and she could barely move.
Maddox, a young six-year-old nonverbal boy on the autism spectrum, was out with his father on a walk in the park on Saturday.
He and his father had spent time walking around, enjoying the lake, and watching the turtles go by.
Sometime during the day, Maddox took off running and was unable to be found again.
Search party efforts were in full swing for the next several days. The 80-acre lake in that park was partially drained so that the shoreline could be seen more easily.
A $10,000 reward was offered by the FBI for any credible information that may lead them to Maddox, and over 150 leads were followed up on.
Local and state police were involved in this intense search, and the FBI was also a part of it.
Drones and search dogs were used in these efforts, as well as infrared and sonar technology.
SWAT teams also scoured the entire lake, as well as the waterways surrounding it, with kayaks to find Maddox.
At 1 pm on Thursday, Maddox’s body was found near a highway around the Marietta Street and Old Dallas Highway area, located in Gastonia, North Carolina – which is also where Maddox lived and is the location of the park he disappeared from.
The remains were identified by Gastonia’s own local medical examiner.
As of right now, authorities are working on an investigation into the disappearance and death of this young boy.
They are currently seeking out two persons of interest: a photographer who was snapping pictures of children in the park, and an unidentified man who was jogging in the park during the time of Maddox’s disappearance.
It is still too early to be certain if foul play was involved or if this is merely a tragic accident.
Two days before this sad discovery, Ian Ritch, Maddox’s father, was understandably very concerned and worried.
He thought Maddox might have been lost in the woods but, after the several days of searching with such intense efforts turning up no results, he found himself no longer sure if he was simply lost.
When Maddox first disappeared, Ian talked about how he had lost sight of the six-year-old boy when he wandered too far ahead of him.
He suffered immense guilt for allowing him to get such a lead before getting up and rushing after him.
Usually, he allowed his son to have a little bit of freedom when they were out, always keeping an eye on him and maintaining a very clear view of him.
But when Maddox was about 30 feet away, he suddenly began to sprint, and it was at this point that Ian was unable to catch up.
Maddox was a beautiful soul whose life cast light on all those around him. He was, and is, very deeply loved.
We hope he rests in peace, and that authorities are able to solve this case as soon as possible to bring closure to his family.
One group of people who almost always seem to get stereotyped are bikers. Because they look tough and wear leather jackets and metal spikes, people have grown afraid of them. Just like pit bulls, bikers are not necessarily threatening people. More often than not, they are kind-hearted individuals who put out a gruff exterior when they face the world around them.
Like pit bulls, some bikers are aggressive. Some are part of gangs the commit violence. But the exception does not make the rule. In fact, many bikers are kind and open-hearted people once you get to know them.
In 2017, a Minnesota family learned the truth about a gang of bikers after they stormed into a residential neighborhood atop their hogs.
Tracy had reported that her son, who was in middle school, had become a victim of bullying. His classmates and peers had started name-calling and verbally abusing him. But soon their acts of aggression escalated and the bullies started physical assaulting Tracy’s son Zane.
The boy had been punched and pushed around. The bullies also wrote slurs and profanity on Zane with permanent markers, further shaming him in school.
The bullying became nightmarish that Tracy had no one to turn to. In a last-ditch effort, she reached out to random people online. She shared Zane’s story and prayed that someone would be able to do something to help the victimized boy.
Suddenly, a group of leather-clad, tough-looking bikers rode onto Zane’s street in Minnesota. There were a lot of bikers, all looking rather viscous. Because he had been the victim of so much abuse from bullies, Zane was worried. He hid inside his home until the gang pulled on in front of his house and called for him to come out.
He obeyed. Zane opened the door and stepped onto the front porch. He looked at the male and female bikers. And he decided, at that moment, that he was not going to be afraid anymore. He decided to face them.
Zane learned that the bikers were members of “Syd’s Angels Bikers Against Bullies.” And they were not there to add to his victimization but to fight back against his tormentors and protect him.
The group leader and founder Greg Carson presented Zane with a t-shirt and a promise that he would always have someone if the bullying got worse. And then the group prayed with Zane.
After the prayer session, Zane hopped on one of the bikes and rode through town, showing everyone that Zane had protection now.
His bullies got the message.
The biker group started after a 15-year-old named Sydney was bullied.
Carson said, “We wanted to help.”
And ever since they have been protecting children like Syd and Zane.
“Today is just the beginning, “Garson told Zane. “We love you. We don’t even know you, but we love you.”
When Tracy, Zane’s mom, heard the bikers, she could not help but tear up. She was glad her son had support.
What do you think about this group of bikers against bullies?
The wildlife has a lot of surprises for us that sometimes we can’t resist the urge to be astounded by how smart some of the creatures are. This is the reason why when wildlife photographer Gordon Buchanan visited the Democratic Republic of Congo to film a documentary for BBC, he never expected he would experience an uncommon event and they would be able to catch it on film.
Definitely his perks of being a wildlife filmmaker.
While his camera crew was setting up, a unique sight caught his attention in the bushes. It was a huge silverback gorilla and it was standing off the side of the road. It was scanning the area as trucks are continuously were driving by. Buchanan decided that he has to capture whatever was happening before his eyes. Buchanan sensed that something was up because the gorilla has the tensed look on his eyes.
Buchanan still couldn’t figure out what was bothering the huge creature. So he instructed his crew to step into the road to check on scene. Then suddenly, something changed and it was all clear why the silverback gorilla was behaving in such a way.
While the cameras are rolling, his crew was able to capture something that they would not be able to forget for the rest of their lives. Instead of letting Buchanan’s crew get closer, the huge gorilla stepped in. Just as the cameramen were settling into the road, the traffic stopped immediately.
Since the trucks have already passed by them, the 1500 pounds gorilla stepped into the middle of the street, stood guard and signaled his family to cross the road.
This is when Buchanan realized that the huge creature was frantic because he was protecting his big family. It was clear that he would be willing to risk his life if this meant that he would be able to make sure that his family could cross this busy road, safely.
Humans and Gorillas: The Similarities
According to experts, gorillas are naturally protective of their family and it is believed that the human influence may be one of the reasons why the gorillas are so keen to aggressively protect when their families are with them. Like humans, mother gorillas are very protective of their young, and so as the father gorillas. It is a known fact that gorillas have very close similarities to humans.
These primates share about 98. 3% of their DNA with humans.
The baby gorillas are cared for by their mothers like the human babies are. They stick with their mom for about 2 ½ years. These baby gorillas will start to crawl at around nine months and when they reach four months, they are expected to be able to grasp their mothers’ fur and start to eat and sleep on piggyback.
The male gorillas mature when they reach 11 years old while the females mature at 8. They can live for about 35 years old in the wild and can reach up to 50 years while in captivity. When the male gorillas mature, they may leave their group as solitary silverbacks or group leaders, or they will start they own family group.
Gordon Buchanan was definitely honored to have seen this astonishing event. Videos like these will help us better comprehend the wild and how these creatures live. Let us always be respectful to other animals and let them be. Let us stop aggravating their territory since, similar to us, we wouldn’t want our homes to be trespassed by other individuals.
Love trumps everything else. If there is one thing that this story teaches, it is exactly that.
A lot of times, we are faced with certain scenarios where we see people in distress, regardless of whether it is in a private place or somewhere public. We might not be particularly dong anything that hurts anyone, so we feel like we’re at least just minding our business. However, what do you do in the event that you actually have the wherewithal to do something about it?
A lot of the time, we get to see people who struggle with certain aspects of life that we tend to see as a breeze. In such cases, the important thing to do is truly to try to make their lives easier.
At the end of the day, love is something that we all get taught, and we owe it to one another to ensure that we are able to show this love to as many people who are around us are humanly possible.
Take these shopping mall employees for example.
We are all aware of the fact that grocery shopping with kids isn’t exactly the easiest task in the world (I mean, a lot of things are much more difficult when done with kids, but grocery shopping is definitely atop that list). However, for Melody Leach, this task was something almost downright impossible. Still, this task wasn’t impossible because the 2-year-old she had with her chose to be a terror that won’t just behave.
Rather, what this entire difficulty came down to was the carts in the stores. Although most little children are able to sit in the front seat of the cart ad enjoy being moved out, Melody’s daughter simply could not do this.
Melody’s daughter, Beatrice, was born with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. At that point, she was almost three years of age already. Still, she had issues with speaking, she couldn’t even crawl, and her eyesight was terrible. Melody would make often attempts to take her to the King Scoopers in Loveland, Colorado, but she found that she wasn’t able to use the baby section in the art. Essentially, this means that Melody will have to propel Beatrice’s wheelchair all around the store, while also carrying a basket.
By any stretch of the word, this right here is not an easy task to undergo.
Still, though, the mother had not the slightest clue that the employees at the shopping mall had taken notice of her. They had seen how difficult this trip was, and the decision to lend a helping hand. The store’s manager, Mike, put a call through to the higher-ups in order to see if they could get their hands on a cart that was designed for people who have special needs.
However, all of that was still the tip in the iceberg. Apart from the fact that they were able to get a “Caroline’s Cat” just for Beatrice, the employees decided to go even over the top with their act of random kindness. A KUSA news story was released about the surprise, and it just serves as a good reminder of the fact that there are truly still good people left on the face of the Earth.
These people deserved to be commended for the level of kindness that they showed.
Many middle school-age children don’t want their parents dropping them off right in front of the school. Because they want to seem independent and separate from their parents, kids around middle school age often don’t want their peers seeing them getting a kiss or hug from their parents. But when middle school student Audrey from California did not get dropped off down the block from school one day, she was angry at her mom – but not because she hated being seen with her.
Audrey wanted to meet a strange man before school. It was a guy who had been talking to her for some time now. Her mom wanted to know why her daughter was so angry about it. The middle schooler said that she loved talking to the “cute little old man” before classes started.
That was enough to terrify Audrey’s mother. Who was the strange man approaching her daughter before school? What were his intentions? She decided to do some digging. She drove over to where the man was hiding and immediately her heart burst. The man was not trying to cause any harm to her daughter. He was a harmless, and kindhearted 94-year-old United States Navy veteran.
The veteran’s name is Wally Richardson. He served in the Navy, but the students at Marina Village Middle School know him as “Mr. Knuckles.” And the decorated veteran is okay with the foolish name.
Wally loves children. They remind him why he served in the military in the first place. He loves seeing how full of life they are and how they have dreams and aspirations. So he gets up early so he can spend a few minutes with the inspiring children before they start school. But first, he eats a hearty breakfast and does some movement exercises – things he learned to do every day while in the Navy.
With his routine finished, he goes over to the middle school so he can greet the children in the morning. He gives the children handshakes and a big smile. He also offers advice and wisdom to the young souls.
The children then go into class with a boost of energy from the Navy veteran. And he gets to go back home and enjoy the rest of his day knowing that he did something good first thing in the morning. It’s a win-win situation for all parties involved.
This routine is nothing new for the 94-year-old veteran. Wally has welcomed the students at the middle school almost every day for the last ten years. He’s a regular person there in the mornings. And he helps the children prepare for learning without expecting anything in return.
Students all seem to agree: the morning routine with Wally is a highlight of their day. Because they get to meet an honorable Navy veteran and hear his stories about life, they learn so much. And in the video below, you’ll get to see Wally in action and discover more about why he has such a positive impact on the children at the middle school.
What do you think about the service this veteran offers the children? Do you think they’re learning a lot from the 94-year-old?
Anthony was rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered that he had swallowed a tiny metal wire bristle from a barbecue grill cleaning brush.
“We knew something was wrong and he was in extreme pain because he was crying.From the time we had dinner to the time we had surgery, it was about 12 hours later, because our journey started at the local hospital, and then we were transported to SickKids,” Anthony’s mother, Nadia said.
Doctors don’t exactly have a surefire way of removing the thin wires from people’s throats when swallowed but surgeons at SickKids were able to dislodge it.
After that, doctors just had to make sure Anthony didn’t develop a throat infection from the bacteria on the bristle. Apparently, surgeons have encountered lots of patients who need these bristles removed from their throats, a situation which has the potential to be fatal.
“It makes a hole in the intestine and that could be life-threatening,” said Dr. Aziz Benbrahim. “We had a patient who had it in there for 2 weeks and he had severe complications and bigger surgery.”
Duff Dixon, vice-president of development at Barbecue World says you should replace your brushes as soon as they appear matted and use a brush with wires that are fastened around a metal backing rather than wooden or plastic brushes, as those may be less secure.
“These stories have been happening as long as the brushes have been around,” said Dixon.
An even safer method is to avoid using these brushes all together.
An alternative method for cleaning your grill is lighting it and letting it sit with the lid closed. This will loosen the gunk in your barbecue. You can use a scrunched up piece of aluminum foil to scrub it away. Just be careful not to burn yourself!
Nadia says she came public with her son’s incident so that other families could be aware of this issue and avoid it.
“I hope to have these brushes removed from the shelves, have them banned,” she said.
The Fiore’s haven’t barbecued anything since the incident and Nadia says poor Anthony is scared to eat anything off the grill now.
You can learn about others who suffered from this serious hazard in the video below.