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Brianna and Patricia Feeney

A “Good News” Story

Do you ever become cynical when you listen, read, or watch the news? It seems as if the media is constantly feeding us a steady stream of bad news. This type of negativity is very difficult for HSPs to process.

Thus, I thought I’d summarize a heart-warming story that I read in the paper about a community coming together to help a disabled girl. It will restore your faith in humanity!

Single mother, Patricia Feeney, sought help for her young daughter, Brianna, who is blind and cannot talk, walk, or crawl as a result of a genetic developmental disorder.

Daily efforts to move Brianna in and out of the house in a wheelchair proved challenging because the home was not handicapped accessible, nor was there any suitable vehicle to accommodate the wheelchair.

Wanting to help the family, several community groups, including the Boyle Memorial Foundation, the local Elks Lodge, and the Knights of Columbus, came to the rescue! First, they worked together to bring in a crew of young people to build a wheelchair ramp for the Feeney home.

“I had no idea that we were going to have twenty kids out here and more who want to help us. I’m not only impressed…I’m just amazed at the compassion!”, Patricia Feeney commented.

The Knights of Columbus chief counselor, Bill Butrico, noted that helping other people is a part of life. “If you learn this at an early age, it becomes very natural to do it throughout your life.”

The groups also held various fundraising events throughout the year to help the Feeney family offset the high cost of a much-needed handicap-accessible minivan, which they were eventually able to purchase.

Feeney said the process has been exciting for her and her family, not only knowing that her day-to-day transport for Brianna will be easier, but also learning that she has so much support from her town.

“What’s been happening has been magical. This is a miracle!” Patricia Feeney said, “Brianna is feeling a lot of love! We all are!”

Isn’t it comforting to know that there is really good in the world? Do you look for the good, or do you become overwhelmed with the negative aspects of life? I choose to look for the good. I’m mindful of the negativity in the world, but I never let it cloud my faith in goodness!

I agree with Albert Einstein when he said, ““The most important question a person can ask is, ‘Is the Universe a friendly place?”‘ What do you think? Do you think that people are good? Do you think the universe is friendly? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

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