Kevin & Bean: GREAT NEWS!!!

Every Monday morning we bring you feel good stories to balance out all the bad news

February 11, 2019

Monday morning on Kevin & Bean means we have GREAT NEWS stories for you. We find news stories that make you feel good and restore your faith in humanity to balance out all the bad news you hear on the news.

This morning Kevin talked to us about the The Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen TX. They were planning the funeral of Air Force Veteran Joseph Walker. They tried to find relatives, but they could not find any family or friends. They then posted on Facebook, “We have the distinct honor to provide a full military burial for unaccompanied United States Air Force Veteran Joseph Walker on MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery," the post read. "If you have the opportunity, please come out and attend. We do NOT leave Veterans behind.” Over 1,000 people showed up at this man’s funeral. A lot of them were Veterans, Biker gangs they all came out to pay their respects. This was Kevin’s GREAT NEWS!!!

As we may or may not know, Bean has a soft spot for organ donation stories because it is a cause he is personally invested in. A mom from Illinois named Abby Dunkle from first became aware of Organ Transplants about 20 years ago when her friend died and she got to meet the man that got her friend’s kidney. Ever since then she’s wanted to donate a kidney to help save a life. Last summer an opportunity presented itself. On her Facebook feed she saw a post about Ryan Armistead, a police officer in Missouri who was in desperate need of a kidney transplant. He was on dialysis 5 days a week and in really poor health and she decided to reach out to see if she was a match. She finished the processes and was a perfect match and she sent Armistead a text message letting him know that she will be donating a kidney to him. Just before Christmas, Dunkle and her husband went to visit Armistead at home to meet him. The surgery was on January 22nd in St. Louis and both are doing well and they are now life-long friends. This was Bean’s GREAT NEWS!!!

A little girl named Abigail Arias had a really big dream. She wanted to become a police officer. On Thursday February 7, 2019 that dream came true. She was sworn in as an honorary officer in Freeport TX. Abigail is only 6 years old and she suffers from something called Wilms tumor, a type of kidney cancer in children. The chemo and radiation hasn't worked and the family has finally said that it is time to enjoy life right now. Abigail first met Freeport Police Chief Raymond Garivey Jr. at a Pancakes with Santa event back in December and she expressed that she wanted to be a police officer when she grows up. Chief Garivey immediately put things in motion to fulfill her dream. He reached out to a company called Cop Stop to get a custom made Freeport uniform specially designed for Abigail. Cop Stop's owner, Rick Fernandez, donated the uniform and the gun belt to her. This is an amazing video to watch. A beautiful moment where this little girl gets to realize all her dreams are coming true. In the video Chief Garivey said, “In my 27 years, this thing will be the best thing ever in my career, it’s more than just putting bad guys in jail.” This was Allie’s GREAT NEWS!!!

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