And a Happy Friday to you all. I’m not going to get into the horror show that was the Supreme Court hearing Thursday because I don’t want to get boiling mad again, but suffice to say it’s never been more clear in this country that for one of our two major political parties, white men still reign supreme and always will, and women’s thoughts, actions and beliefs will never, ever matter much.
OK, on with the show… We start today with a beautiful tale of friendship and neighbors going above and beyond to help a friend in need.
About 10 years ago Kathy Felt of Sandy, Utah was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and is confined to a wheelchair. Kathy needs a lot of help with daily tasks, and besides her two sons helping out, she’s got a crack staff of dozens of helpers.
Her neighbors. For a decade they’ve volunteered in shifts and done amazing work to help Kathy. Watch (above) Steve Hartman investigate and realize how much good there still is in the world…
**Next up, a nice gesture from a Houston Astros player named Lance McCullers. Recently at an Astros game, 8-year-old Chloe Beaver was scolded at a game by a fellow fan for “cheering too loudly.”
Chloe suffers from Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, a disability that essentially limits her emotional capacity to that of a toddler.
McCullers heard about this and responded by telling Chloe on Twitter
“Don’t you EVER stop cheering! I would love for you to cheer us on, as LOUD as you can, during ALDS game 1 in MMP! I would be honored to leave you a ticket!”
The local news reporter who wrote about Chloe connected McCullers with the family, and Chloe will be going to a playoff game in Houston next week.
Good job, Lance. And Chloe, and everyone else at a ballgame, should cheer as loud as they damn well please.
**Finally today, an amazing discovery from a doctor in Bangladesh has helpsed save lives. Dr. Mohammod Chisti has seen scores of children die from pneumonia in his country over the years, partially because life-saving ventilators that would help patients cost upwards of $15,000.
So one day Christi noticed that bubbles in an old shampoo bottle reminded him of what a different kind of ventilator uses to treat patients, and he ended up inventing a new device using the shampoo bottles.
The results? Over two years a study showed that Christi’s invented ventilator cut infant-related pneumonia deaths in his country by 75 percent. That’s huge!
Christi’s device, which costs about $1.25, is now being tested in other countries, but what a huge breakthrough it has been for sick kids in Bangladesh.