Kristina’s Bucket List: Save Somebody’s Life — “Which She Did That, Many Times Over — by Donating Her Organs, She Saved Lives”

In September 2013, Chico State University nursing student Kristina Chesterman, who was from Livermore, California, died at age 21 when a driver hit her as she was riding her bicycle on a busy road in Chico, California. The driver of the SUV that hit Kristina was arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run and felony driving under the influence causing serious injury or death. On 23 September 2013, Kristina’s mother, Sandra, wrote on Facebook, “At 11:04 pm last night my beautiful baby girl Kristina was struck by a 19-year-old drunk driver while she rode her bike in the bike lane home from study hall. She was less than one block from home. The driver just left her in the road to die and went on to crash into two more cars then stumbled into his apartment and passed out drunk … Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.” Kristina was left brain-dead, and her family made the decision to switch off her life support. Kristina was a registered organ donor, and her wishes were carried out. Her friend Morgan Burbach said, “I never met a person more caring and loving. She was going to make an amazing nurse. She loved it. It was her passion.” When Kristina’s parents cleaned out her apartment, they made a discovery. Sandra said, “I opened up a drawer and I found just this make-up bag.” Inside the makeup bag was Kristina’s bucket list. Sandra said, “I mean what kid writes a bucket list? There’s not many.” What was on the bucket list? Sandra said, “She wanted to tour Niagara Falls. Save someone’s life, which she did that, many times over — by donating her organs, she saved lives. This next one makes me laugh. She wanted to break up a fight between two guys over her, which I think is so cute. And I don’t know that it ever happened, but it should have.” Kristina’s parents, Sandra and David, decided to do something. David said, “Because she didn’t get to do this, we wanted to complete it for her.” In addition, they posted the bucket list on Facebook, and now complete strangers are doing the things on the list. David said, “I think that it is just amazing that she could have that effect on someone who never even knew her.”

For More Information: Steve Hartman, “On The Road: Parents mourn daughter’s death by living out her dreams.” CBS News. 25 July 2014

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For More Information: “Nursing student, 21, dies a block from her home after ‘drunk driver’ hit her as she rode her bicycle back from the library.” Daily Mail (UK). 25 September 2014

http://tinyurl.com/oty53dv

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“I Just Knew that Turning the Money in was the Right Thing to Do. It’s the Only Thing to Do”

On 26 July 2014, Karon Krejdl, age 71, of Eagle, Nebraska, was in Bellevue, Nebraska, to shop. Unfortunately, after leaving the Aldi store at 2112 Cornhusker Road, she discovered that her wallet — which contained $1,300 — was missing. She said, “I didn’t expect to ever see that money ever again. I must have dropped it when I was boxing up my groceries.” Fortunately, a Good Samaritan and 40-year-old Bellevue resident named Jim Post found the wallet. It contained lots of money but no identification, so he turned it in to Bellevue Police Headquarters. Mr. Post said, “I wouldn’t have been able to sleep very good if I hadn’t turned it in. I was thinking someone lost a lot of money and they are probably very nervous right now.” Ms. Krejdl contacted the Bellevue Police Department and was happy to find that the police already had her wallet and money. She said, “I just really appreciate what this man did. At least I know that there’s a few honest people left in the world.” Mr. Post said, “I just knew that turning the money in was the right thing to do. It’s the only thing to do.”

Source: Kevin Cole, “Good Samaritan turns in Nebraska woman’s lost wallet, $1,300 in cash.” Omaha World-Herald (Nebraska). 28 July 2014

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“What Lie(s) were You Told as a Child that You’re Grateful For?”

On 27 July 2014, Redditor Will Kaede asked, “What lie(s) were you told as a child that you’re grateful for?” Here are some replies (lightly edited):

1) rukarioz wrote, “When I was younger, my family and I went to Movie World in Queensland, Australia. I am a huge fan of Scooby Doo and this was just after the first movie was just released, so they had a new ride for it and all sorts of Scooby Doo-related stuff.

“Partway through the day, I got to meet the performers going around as Shaggy and Scooby greeting people, signing things and doing small shows and events around the park. They asked me who I was and how old I was and a few other simple questions. I got my photo taken with them and from memory I got something signed.

“We went on to the other attractions at the park and had a grand ol’ time, etc. On the way out, though, we hear a distinct voice call out my name. Turns out Shaggy recognized us leaving and as there was a lull in the crowds he comes over with the whole mystery gang to wish me farewell and hoped I had a good time.

“This. Made. My. F[**]king. Day.

“But it gets better; a week after the holiday a package arrived from Queensland addressed to me … from Shaggy and Scooby Doo. Inside was a whole bunch of merchandise and a note ‘to a fan’. I was gobsmacked, but I was a smart kid. I immediately began asking questions of how he got our address or my last name for that matter. My parents’ answer was that they took the effort to get our details from the ticket booth, which I bought at the time.

“Fast foward eight years and I’m an adult and I’m casually discussing with my brother the time I went to Movie World (he didn’t come with us) and my mum overheard. I said to my brother, ‘I still don’t understand how he got our address; while awesome, it does seem a bit creepy.’ My mum looks over with a cheesy grin [and says], ‘We sent you that package; we bought a bunch of stuff from the shops and boxed it up with a note dad wrote.’”

Banamana27 commented, “I was in Disneyland on my fourth birthday. I got a wake-up call from Mickey Mouse himself to wish me a happy birthday. It is one of the most awesome memories of my childhood.

“A year or two ago, my mom and I were talking about that trip. She casually mentioned that when she went down to grab breakfast, she called me from the hotel lobby pretending to be Mickey. I was astonished. She thought I knew it was her.”

2) thelittlesignal wrote, “My mom told me the car wouldn’t run unless everyone was buckled up. Like she would pop the car into neutral and glide to the side of the road if we took them off while she was driving. I can’t be in a car without having mine on and I’m a stickler about other people, too.”

3) Garthim wrote, “When I was tested for allergies, my mother told me one of the positives was tobacco, and that if I smoked it could kill me instantly.

“Never puffed a cigarette in my life.”

Squishlurk commented, “I had a roommate who said she was allergic to tobacco. Hmm …”

4) xxgabifulxx wrote, “After [we saw] The Borrowers, my mom came up with this pretty elaborate borrower family who lived in our house. She would write me little notes from them and leave them places, make little tables on my dresser with crumbs on it. The notes would ask me to leave things out for them like food and she would take it before I woke up. She made my childhood so fun and full of creativity and imagination.”

5) Windchill wrote, “When my dad was deployed to Iraq, I was in fifth grade and believed almost everything my parents told me. At some point my parents made sure to bring up that he was being deployed to a northern part of the country that was far from where most of the bad guys were.

“I really like to think that was the case now, but I know now that they got into some crazy sh[*]t like everyone else and he could have lost his life more times than I know of. He’s got some insane stories from guys in his group. I likely won’t know even half of it and I’d rather keep it that way for now.”

For More Information: Will Kaede, “What lie(s) were you told as a child that you’re grateful for?” Reddit. 27 July 2014

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“Made my walk home alone at midnight much less panic inducing”

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Source: kls17, “Made my walk home alone at midnight much less panic inducing.” Imgur. 27 July 2014

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Make-a-Wish: Ride the BART Train to El Cerrito and Back

On 17 July 2014, the Make-a-Wish Foundation granted an unusual wish of a child with life-threatening medical conditions. Austin James, a 13-year-old boy from San Pablo, California, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, wanted to ride a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train in San Francisco. Virginia D. Thomas, Austin’s school aide, said, “This is his joy. When it’s time for P.E. [physical education] and we go on the basketball court, he watches the BART trains go by and he counts the numbers of cars on the trains. He loves trains.” He rode an out-of-service train to El Cerrito and back in the operator’s cab, and the train operator allowed him to use the public address system. Ms. Thomas said, “I could see it in his eyes — he was amazed. He will never forget it. … And I am just so proud. It made me have a teary eye. It was an amazing day and Austin loved it. He will never ever forget this.” Austin also received a model BART train set and a tour of the maintenance facility. Jen Wilson, marketing director for Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, said, “We grant wishes for children who have life-threatening medical conditions … Anyone … that’s verified by their doctor, and who hasn’t been granted a wish before by us or another wish-granting organization, automatically qualifies. So … in the San Francisco Bay Area, we do roughly 350 a year, so almost one per day.”

For More Information: Melissa Jordan, “A wish comes true: Boy rides BART for Make-A-Wish experience.” BART. 22 July 2014

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“I Carried Him [on My Shoulders] to the Hospital to Ensure that He Received Prompt Treatment”

On 25 July 2014, a railway police constable — Government Railway Police (GRP) constable Prashant Tanaji Golem — carried Vinayak Katale, a 24-year-old injured train commuter, on his shoulders to JJ Hospital in Mumbai, India. Mr. Golem had been taking Mr. Katale to the hospital in a taxi when they encountered a traffic jam. Mr. Golem said, “We had already lost some time, and I was concerned that the victim’s condition might worsen. I carried him to the hospital to ensure that he received prompt treatment.” Vinayak, who had suffered head and leg injuries, was recovering well on July 26. His 65-year-old father, Krushna Katale, said about Mr. Golem and other helpers, “These people saved my son’s life, and I have come here to thank them.”

For More Information: Rajendra B Aklekar, “Stuck in traffic jam, GRP constable carries injured commuter to hospital.” Mumbai Mirror (India). 26 July 2014

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“It’s Hard to Describe the Feeling You Get When You Know You’ve Made a Real Difference. In a Weird Way, It’s Just Good to Know You were Needed in that Moment”

On 22 July 2014, a young boy was being swept out to sea by a rip current at Crooklets beach in Bude, North Cornwall, England. He cried for help, and an RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) lifeguard named Joby Wolfenden-Brown paddled out on a rescue board and rescued him. Mr. Wolfenden-Brown had a camera mounted on his safety helmet, and the RNLI uploaded video of the rescue on YouTube. Mr. Wolfenden-Brown said, “We have a strong rip on Crooklets, and we saw the kid drifting that way. But then he got caught in the current and we realized he was in distress so I jumped on the board and went out to get him.” He added, “It’s hard to describe the feeling you get when you know you’ve made a real difference. In a weird way, it’s just good to know you were needed in that moment.”

For More Information: “VIDEO: Daring rescue demonstrates ‘brilliant’ work of RNLI.” Western Morning News (UK). 24 July 2014

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For MOre Information: RNLI, “Boy heard screaming for help rescued from rip current by lifeguard.” YouTube. 23 July 2014

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