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Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward

There have been a lot of great stories recently about people who have dug deep to help others. I loved the story about James Robertson, the man from Detroit who walked to work every day, and Blake Pollock, the UBS banker, who gave James a ride whenever he saw him walking. Then, there is the teenager who helped raise $350,000 to provide transportation for James, without ever having met him.

I watch a lot of news and I’m struck every day by the terrible things going on in this country (and, worse, outside of it) and I always stop for a moment when I hear these uplifting stories because it gives me hope and a real sense that most people really are good and that the future is still bright.

A few weeks ago, I came across a story that touched me and I immediatley felt compelled to get involved . Today, I want to share it with you. David Barbee, a former People Magazine staffer, is battling cancer. Last year, he was laid off from People’s parent company, Time Inc. The day he found out that he was cancer free after fighting back from Stage 4 colon cancer, he also found out that he was being evicted from his apartment in Poughkeepsie, NY (about 30 minutes from where I live.)

The benefactor of his GoFundMe campaign is a former co-worker who said that David is one of the kindest people he knows. David, who grew up blind, is hard working, honest and described as the “best known, best liked and most helpful person in the Time & Life Building in recent years.”

How incredible to have a former co-worker describe you in those words. And to encourage 464 people (in less than a month) to donate over $37,000 to help.

Now THAT'S a story that gives me hope!

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