Kevin & Bean’s Great News: Meet the Teen Organ Donor Who Saved 9 Lives

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

June 17, 2019

Today on Kevin & Bean 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 Allie introduced us to a dad named Howie Dittman. He showed up to the Pittsburg Pride Parade wearing a T-shirt that made a lot of people very emotional, it said “Free Dad Hugs.” He gave out hundreds of hugs at the parade. He highlighted one that was very important because there were too many like it. The hug was from a woman, he doesn’t know her story, but it was clear that she needed a hug from him at that moment. “She saw me from across the street. By the time she got to me, she had tears in her eyes, she stood in front of me and looked up at me, with a look of sadness and helplessness that I’ll never forget. She hugged me with everything she had. And I hugged her back. She held on for so long, melting into me, and thanked me endlessly.” He ends with “Please don’t be the parent of a child that has to shoulder that burden. I met WAY too many of them, of all ages, today.” What a beautiful thing for him to have done. This was Allie’s GREAT NEWS!!! Click here to read the entire story.

Kevin brought our attention to an 18-year-old organ donor, Michael Sigler. On the day of his High School graduation, he was involved in a motorcycle accident. Sigler, unfortunately, did not survive the accident, but he was, however, a registered organ donor. Two weeks before his accident Sigler registered to be an organ donor because he knew it was important. He was kept alive on life support machines so his organs could provide a second chance at life for 9 other people. The hospital where he was being treated, University Medical Center organized an Honor Walk for him. The halls of the hospital were lined with staff from the hospital, the families of the people he was donating organs to, and finally his family. Throughout the walk, everyone was crying because this amazing and generous 18-year-old was going to be helping to save the lives of 9 other people. This was Kevin’s GREAT NEWS!!! Click here to read the entire story.

Today Bean told us about 89-year-old Ronald Dembner from suburban Atlanta. He used Uber to get home from the hospital. His Uber driver was Lauren Mulvihill and she got him home and helped him inside. She was horrified by what she saw and the terrible conditions he was living in. It was at that moment she knew she needed to help. Dembner is a widower who lives by himself and is not able to take care of himself. Getting around has been difficult for him, so he hasn’t been able to clean the house. With no living family and no friends, she put up a post on Facebook to ask for help. Dozens upon dozens of people stepped up to help and within a week the garbage, the old carpet, furniture was removed and even a local restaurant catered so all the volunteers had food to eat. The next step is painting and putting in a new floor and fixing the mold situation. The community came together to help him and now he has so many friends. They’ve set up nursing visitations and someone to look after his dog as well. There are a lot of Uber drivers that would just pull up to the curb and say ‘beat it, old man’. But the fact that she went in, saw that and didn’t just say ‘Not my problem’ is unbelievable and that is Bean’s GREAT NEWS!!! Click here to read the entire story.

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