Free Ebook: The Kindest People: Heroes and Good Samaritans (Volume 6)

Free Ebook

The Kindest People: Heroes and Good Samaritans (Volume 6)

A sample:

Snow White’s Scary Adventures

The favorite place on Earth for Alan Philipson’s 18-year-old son, Ben, who has autism, was the Snow White’s Scary Adventures ride at Walt Disney World in Florida. His family even moved—from Seattle!—close to the park in 2003 so that Ben could enjoy the ride often. He rode the ride 3,451 times before its final day of operation, and on 31 May 2012 he rode it many more times, including the very last time before it closed for new construction. The good people at Walt Disney World made Ben’s last ride special. He even met Snow White herself, who visited Ben at 7 p.m. after he had rode the ride a few more times. (Ben even got to go on the ride with Snow White—and he got to hold Snow White’s hand!) After Ben’s 3,493rd ride, during which his father, mother, and grandfather accompanied him, Disney gave him a photo CD with more than 80 photographs taken when Snow White met Ben. But Disney still wasn’t done. After the park closed, Disney kept the ride open so that Ben could have more rides and reach ride 3,500! What’s more, Ben took ride 3,500 by himself! Mr. Philipson wrote a series of six blog entries about Ben’s special night. In the first blog entry, he thanked many, many people at Disney for help, ending with these words: “On behalf of Benjamin and of the rest of our family: Thank you. Really, truly, thank you so very much. I simply have no words. (Well, I mean, aside from all of these words I just typed, I guess…)”

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