Friday, December 31, 2010

two amazing people

"Angels are among us....Today I went to fill a prescription for my son, a daily use asthma controller …

At the pharmacy, there was some sort of problem with his Medicaid not going through to cover the cost of the inhaler. When the pharmacist said "you can bill it to your credit or debit card", I laughed and reminded her that I am out of work and have very little money.

I asked how much it cost ($132) and said I would try to borrow the money from a relative and return before they closed, that I couldn’t afford to wait till tomorrow to resolve the issue because my son is currently fighting a bad chest cold and in desperate need of his medicine.

I left the store and began to scramble to find a way to borrow the needed money. Within 5 minutes, my wife called me to say that the pharmacy called and the medicine was paid for and could be picked up.

The pharmacist told me that an anonymous person had covered the cost of the inhaler after overhearing my plight. That's right; a complete stranger paid $132 for my son's inhaler. The pharmacist pointed to a couple walking out of the store and said that the couple heard my conversation and wanted to help, and also to remain anonymous. I left the store heading home with my son's medicine, and with tears in my eyes and hope in my heart.

I cannot begin to explain how grateful I am to that couple for their generosity and kind heart. … I wish I could tell the world of these two amazing people. I know that I am forever in their debt and will, in every way that I possibly can, pay forward what they have done for my family, for my child.

telling this story is the first act of repayment..."

Dear ‘strangers’: Born prematurely and with congenital myotonic muscular dystrophy my little cousin in this story also endured chemotherapy and surgery to defeat liver cancer while still only an infant. Bless you for your kindness to this now child of courage and his caregiver parents.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer 


  1. Beautiful. People are often so much better than we give them credit for. And, they/we want to help but don't know how. Kudos to this couple for seizing an opportunity handed to them. A true holiday story.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. There are angels among us. What a wonderful story...

  3. What a wonderful way to set the tone for a new year.

  4. Beautiful story. I love hearing about people such as this -- wish there were more of them!

  5. Thank you for this story, so heart-warming to hear of people like that, who don't even want to be identified and thanked. God bless them.

  6. Stories of kindness like this are a joy to read, in my line of work we so often see the other side I love being reminded it isn't universal.

  7. Patrick - glad to hear of this wonderful kindness expecting nothing in return. I didn't realize you were unemployed too ... good luck finding whatever work you seek.

  8. just a quick editor's note - this story inside the quotation marks is my cousin's - while 'related' it is not our story. We can all hope the generosity and kindness reflected will be more universal in 2011. Happiest of new year wishes to all and thanks for dropping in.



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