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Thoughtful Thursdays is a monthly feature on the Step2 blog that honors people in the news that take time out of their lives to help others.

Generous Donation

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If you found $20 laying on the ground what would you do with it? Eight-year-old Myles Eckert found $20 lying on the ground at a Cracker Barrel parking lot and began thinking of all the ways he could spend it. Myles wanted to use the money to buy a video game but instead he gave it to someone that reminded him of his dad.

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Myles and his family entered Cracker Barrel around the same time Lieutenant Colonel Frank Daily and his family did for lunch. When Myles saw the solider he decided he wanted to give the money to him and his family to show his appreciation for Frank’s service to this country. Myles took the money and wrapped it in a note that read: “Dear Soldier — my dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now. I found this 20 dollars in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It’s your lucky day! Thank you for your service. Myles Eckert, a gold star kid.”

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When Myles was a few weeks old, his dad Army Sergeant Andy Eckert was killed in Iraq. Although Myles’ dad is no longer here on Earth, we hope he is watching over his son and the amazing kindness he has in his heart.

This Thoughtful Thursday we salute Myles for paying it forward with his generous donation.

 

Power of Friendship

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Best friends are always there to pick you up when you are feeling down. When six-year-old Zac Gossage was diagnosed with leukemia, his best friend Vincent Butterfield was right by his side to make him feel better.  During the holidays, Vincent sold scarves and raised $200 to give to Zac’s family.  But Vincent didn’t only raise money for his best friend; he also shaved his head so Zac wouldn’t be the only one without hair!

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 Courtesy of WRCB TV

The power of Zac and Vincent’s friendship is incredible and proves that they would do anything to help one another out. Both boys are learning important lessons from this experience – Zac is learning what it means to have a selfless best friend, while Vincent is beginning to understand what it means to have a fighting spirit as Zac battles cancer. Zac is still undergoing chemotherapy but he still goes to school and sees his best friend all the time.

This Thoughtful Thursday we commend both Zac and Vincent for having each others’ backs.  We are wishing Zac a speedy recovery and sending positive thoughts to him, his family and his friends.

 

Brotherly Love

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Trenton and Lindsay Cochran are more than brother and sister; they are best friends.  Ever since Lindsay was born, Trenton has been by her side. Lindsay was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and has been in a wheelchair since she was two years old. Trenton has done everything he can to make sure his sister is taken care of and treated just like everyone else.

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At the end of last year, K-LOVE, a radio show dedicated to sharing encouraging and positive stories, selected this dynamic duo to be the recipients of their “Unsung Hero Award.”  This award was rightly earned by these compassionate siblings, shown by their unconditional love for one another.

This Thoughtful Thursday is dedicated to the unbreakable bond of friendship that Trenton and Lindsay possess.