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The Ryan Hreljac Story

Updated on January 26, 2015
I am a naïve dreamer and proud of it.
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Transporting water for drinking in Uganda
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“Everyone has the ability to make a profound impact on the lives of others. That’s the message I try to get other people to realize. Whether the cause is water or something else, just be naïve enough to think like a First Grader.” Ryan Hreljac

I continue to look for stories of ordinary people making a difference in the lives of others. Whether it be a single parent fighting the long odds to raise a child in a loving home or someone with an incurable disease who refuses to succumb to negativity and in fact serves as an inspiration for others, there are similar stories in every walk of life on this planet.

We do not have to look hard for the heroes in this world. I recently wrote an article about Arthur Boorman, seemingly crippled during the first Gulf War, who reached out for help and found it in a yoga instructor. Today Boorman is walking and pain free, 140 pounds lighter and loving life. There was nothing extraordinary about Boorman other than the fact that he refused to give up.

That, my friends, is one of the defining characteristics of human beings, the ability to meet staggering challenges and succeed despite them.

Today I give you the story of an ordinary six-year old boy who, upon hearing in school about the shortage of drinking water in Africa, decided to do something about it. Six years old!

Please say hello to Ryan Hreljac!

BABY STEPS AT FIRST

The story begins with Ryan in the first grade. His teacher, Mrs. Prest, was explaining to the class that there are many sick and dying people in the world because of the lack of drinking water. Specifically she spoke of the African countries where people would walk for hours to get drinkable water and even then it might be dirty.

Ryan was surprised because he just assumed, as any six-year old would, that everyone was like him, that if you were thirsty you just walked ten feet to the nearest faucet and quenched your thirst. He decided that day that he wanted to do something about the problem. He went home and after several days of talking to his parents was told that if he did extra chores he could earn the $70 he believed was necessary to build a well in Uganda.

After four months of work he earned the $70 but then found out that a well actually costs closer to $2000; the realization also hit him that the problem was much bigger than he realized.

Not to be deterred he began speaking to school classes, service clubs and anywhere else he could go to tell his story and raise awareness about his crusade. Mind you, this boy was six years old at the time.

His determination paid off and he finally earned enough money for his first well at Angolo Primary School in Uganda.

BABY STEPS BECOME BIGGER STEPS

A remarkable journey had begun. From those first efforts Ryan moved forward, eventually establishing “Ryan’s Well Foundation.” He is the chief speaker and a board member of the Foundation as well as a college student at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Canada, and he has made several trips to Uganda to meet the people he has helped and to see firsthand the exact nature of the problem.

To date the Foundation has raised money for over 660 wells and 715 latrines in developing countries and the work continues. Total number of people helped so far….over 715,000. Ryan is highly sought as an inspirational speaker and has delivered speeches about water issues and the importance of making a difference around the world.

His message: find something that you are passionate about and then take the necessary steps to make it happen.

ORDINARY PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

I think we need to stop at this point and review what you just read. A six year old boy decided to make a difference and eventually affected the lives of nearly ¾ of a million people. It began with an idea and it was fueled by determination and willingness. Not once did it occur to this average six-year old boy that he could not accomplish this task. He met obstacles, he met resistance and he just continued moving forward towards his goal. How many lives did this boy save? How many people has he inspired? How many acts of kindness have grown from his initial action?

Allow me to tell you a personal story. When I was in college we were challenged in our Sociology class to make a difference. While thinking about this challenge it occurred to me that our school, Seattle University, was located in a rather poor district in the city and that many of the neighboring kids were underprivileged and possibly receiving a sub-standard education. I asked my professor if I could begin a reading program for the neighborhood and make that my semester project. He signed off on it and I began my task.

Please do not think for a second that I had any idea how to do this and I certainly had no funds with which to finance it. I simply had an idea, one which I believed had merit, and so I went about making it happen. I talked several of my college classmates into volunteering their time. Next I went to the local schools and asked them for a list of below-grade level readers who might need some tutoring. I hung up pamphlets in the community stores and I arranged for a meeting place where we could all meet twice a week to hold our neighborhood reading program.

It took one month to organize and when we began our first session we had eleven kids show up. By the end of the year we had seventy-two participating in our reading program.

The reading program is still being operated today, forty-two years after we began it. How many kids do you think have been helped in those forty-two years? How many kids do you think we empowered in that time? How many lives did we improve?

I had no special skills back in 1968. I certainly had no rich financial backer nor did I have any experience in creating such a program. I just had an idea and, as Ryan stated, I was naïve enough to believe I could accomplish my goal. It never even occurred to me that I could not accomplish the task.

One small act grows, like the smallest of seeds, into a giving tree that continually bears fruit.

THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE

Yes, I am naïve! I readily admit it. Put me in front of a jury of my peers and I will declare my guilt for I am a naïve dreamer who believes that each and every one of us is capable of so much more than we have done to this point.

Yes, I am naïve! I believe that the only limits we have on our potential are imposed by us. We either lack the courage, confidence or the willingness to move mountains and achieve personal goals.

Yes, I am naïve! I believe that every single person can better their life AND become a caring, giving and loving member of society. I believe that every act of kindness goes forth and spreads just as the ripples caused by a single drop of water in a pond.

Yes, I am naïve! I believe if you tell yourself you can’t do something then you will never achieve it. I also believe if you tell yourself you can do something then the sky is the limit.

I mentioned earlier that one of the defining characteristics of humans is the ability to overcome obstacles and succeed despite them….hell, thrive because of them. I will tell you one other defining characteristic and then I will give you leave today.

Human beings have an unlimited capacity of compassion and empathy. We can feel the pain of others, rejoice in the happiness of others and celebrate the victories experienced by others. Imagine, if you will, if each one of us adopted one project the sole purpose of which was to help others. Imagine how many ripples of kindness and love would be generated from those individual acts.

H.O.W.

Imagine if there were a movement of everyday people, a movement that said we are tired of the suffering and misery in this world, and we are going to do something about it. What would that movement look like?

It would look like H.O.W., or Humanity One World. Join us as we attempt to change this world one person at a time. You can find us on Facebook here!

Imagine, as Ryan did, the profound impact we could have on the lives of others. It would be incredible. It would be revolutionary. It would be…….LOVE!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)


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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Graham...thanks for keeping this article alive. :) Quality will always stand the test of time, eh?

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      Graham Lee 16 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. A revisit for me Bill. Just as good as my last visit. That the reading programme is still functional is proof of its merit.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wwe, I agree with you completely...he is an awesome dude. Thanks for the visit.

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      Wwe 3 years ago

      Awesome dude this guy is

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steve, I agree! I have often wondered why one person is capable of doing so much, when others would never even know how to start such a project. Thank you, Steve, and have a great weekend.

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      Steve West 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

      Humans like this are far from ordinary people.......Extraordinary! This was awesome billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Gypsy! I just find this young man's story very heartwarming.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Just inspiring. A young man to be proud of in this world. Need more like him. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, thank you for stopping by again. Ryan is certainly a lesson for everyone....just get 'er done! Quit making excuses! Quit looking to see how difficult it is and just make it happen!

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Excellent article, Bill! This should really tell us something. A six-year-old doesn't see all the reasons why something can't work, he sees only what needs to be done. The reading program you started is another. I'm so glad I had a chance to read this!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, three times in one evening. I am honored. Thank you and I agree; this is a remarkable young man.

      hugs back atcha,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Honey, good to see you again, and thank you. I think Ryan's story is incredible and a lesson for us all. Thank you for sharing this remarkable story.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      What a story...I am ever so glad I saw this the second time around, Bill.

      Ryan is a beautiful inspiration of possibilities with passion.

      Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Honey Halley 4 years ago from Illinois

      Wow Billybuc, Excellent article and Hey Ryan! Amazing story and great way to help people see that they don't have to know exactly how to make a difference, they only need to have an idea or feel passionate about a cause and let it be known to others who can help them to make the difference or help them know where to turn to realize their goals. Thanks for sharing! I will share this on my facebook page. Voted+++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, isn't this kid something else? I just wish I had taught him so I could take some credit! LOL I'm glad you got to read this great story about caring and compassion.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michele! I never get tired of stories like this one. :)

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I loved reading this again. After learning more about H.O.W. reading it, it took on a whole new meaning.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, this is an amazing story about an amazing youngster who considers the world as a priority rather than Xbox and electronic gadgets. It is comforting to know there are those in the upcoming generation that feel the need to heal the world. There is hope yet!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, I'm glad you could read this; I find it to be a remarkable story of determination and love for mankind. Thank you for the visit my friend.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      This is a great and wonderful message! Perfect for H.O.W. Thank you for sharing it again for those of us who didn't see it the first time around! Great , great hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, I just find this young man incredibly inspiring. Thank you for taking the time to read his story.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      I agree with JANINE Bill. We hope to get far in this cause. Nothing can stop a quill and a mind! Great example from Ryan Hreljac!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, this story blows me away. So young to be so caring and determined. At his age I was collecting baseball cards and had no concept of a world view. :) This kid is a huge inspiration for me.

      Thank you my friend; I'll leave you alone now; no more new hubs today. :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      So glad you updated this and will tell you that you are totally right that this fits in with the H.O.W. movement. What a wonderful and inspiring story that you shared here about this little boy Ryan and was truly amazed at what a truly giving and wonderful thing he did. HAve of course voted up and shared all over!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Raci, bless you for the work you do and thank you so much for taking the time to read this story about a remarkable young man.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      What a great story Bill...by the way it took me 36 years to do what a six years old do, and you a college student...for i am now sharing my time teaching the native children in our place and sought help from friends to donate materials in their studies...and it's really rewarding to be able to help and make a difference...

      i'll be sharing this hub on my wall, to let other people know so they too can start making a difference...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rosemay; he is quite a young man! The story pretty much wrote itself with little help from me. :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A very inspirational hub Billy, I remember reading that story. I know from my time in papua New Guinea just what can be achieved when an idea or a need presents itself.

      Hitting all the appropriate buttons

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I make no promises TT.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      *cracking up* You are too funny. Just as long as it doesn't end up on youtube. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll be your agent TT...that way I get to see the show every day and still make money. It's a win-win situation for this old man. :) I'm sure Bev won't mind....hahahahaha

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      ROTFL!!! I think I just figured out how to make some money. lol!!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, I would pay to watch you do that....just sayin'

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      lol @ bill! Hubby lived there for awhile and really wants to take me there. I'd rather belly crawl naked across sandpaper. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jama, that's how I remember it from when I was there in the 60's....my parents said it was the cheapest vacation they ever took....now, forget about it. I'd rather have a nun slap me with a ruler than go there.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Bill and TT, I lived in Las Vegas three times (for a total of 18 months) back when there was plenty of open space in the Valley and two finite tourist seasons: from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and in the winter whenever the airports back east weren't snowed in or iced in. Meaning in winter, most of the tourists were from Southern CA, and there weren't a whole lot of 'em. Life was simple. The Mafia ran the town, and it hadn't yet been transformed into the adult Disney World it is now. Locals rarely went near the Strip unless they were playing tour guide to visiting friends and relatives from the Midwest. At that time, believe it or not, there were more churches per capita than anywhere else in the U.S.

      The beauty of living there then was easy access to the perks of a resort and great entertainment without being surrounded by the madness 24/7. Oh, and great but inexpensive food. It was possible to leave home with $10, have dinner, see a (free) lounge show, have a few drinks, gamble a little, and come home with $15! There's not enough $$ in the world to get me to live there now.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT :)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      We are definitely on the same wavelength. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, I was in Vegas when I was twelve years old and decided at that young age never to return....and I haven't....and I won't. I knew I liked you for a reason. :)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      billybuc! That's blasphemy! lol! There are plenty of places in this world I couldn't care less about visiting that I've been told "you just HAVE to see it!" Like, Vegas...no interest. I would probably be bored. I like nature, not neon. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jama, great story! I think...hell, I know...that many people spend so much time thinking of reasons why they can't do something that they talk themselves out of trying. I guess some of us are wired differently and I'm thankful for that. As always, so nice to hear from you.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Ryan's parents should be nominated for sainthood for not telling him he couldn't do what he set out to do! Great story!

      On a smaller scale, and with nowhere near the impact of what Ryan did, one year three neighbors and I (all with small children) decided to organize a city-wide Halloween parade in our town of 30,000. Right down main street. Marching band, judges, Girl and Boy Scouts troops, TV and newspaper coverage, a fire truck at the end tossing candy to onlookers. The whole 9 yards. Didn't have a clue what we were doing at the beginning, but we did it. In THREE WEEKS. Each time we hit a speed bump (a permit, for instance), we just figured out a solution and got 'er done. It became an annual event, but WE bowed out for the subsequent years. OUR kids wouldn't let us do it again. They barely saw us those 3 weeks! ;D

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I am a big believer in the human spirit and I do believe that we are capable of miracles if we are willing and determined. Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've never been to the Grand Canyon TT but I really don't care to see it either. I know, weird, but it just seems like a big hole in the ground from what I can see. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Very inspiring story. I believe children learn from example, but there are a special few who rise against all odds and do marvelous work. Thank you for sharing..

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Sweet! I can't wait. :) Hubby has been, but I haven't been lucky enough...or the Grand Canyon. :(

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I can hardly wait for you to see it...it is magical, especially along the Yellowstone in Hayden Valley!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Um...it's on my bucket list? :) Not yet, we're planning on visiting it this summer, tho. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LMAO! At least you are close to Yellowstone Park! That would be my ultimate goal, to live within an hour or two of Yellowstone. I trust you have gone there, right?

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      lol! yeah, WAY different. :) They have Montanians. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, well yes, Montana is way different! :)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      lol @ billy! Montana is just a hop and a skip and more housing. We'll probably be looking at crossing the border soon. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thank you Teaches...I'll just call you Teaches even though I know your name....I really do appreciate the person you are. Bless you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, that would be great! I take it you guys are staying in North Dakota then. Well, may God have mercy on you. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I love hero stories like this. Just an ordinary person doing extraordinary things that make a difference in the world. Wow, billybuc, you were making a difference way before this! Enjoyed your topic, as always.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I'm hoping by the end of summer. It depends on if the little farm that we're looking at becomes available. Otherwise, we'll probably board them at the local boarding facility.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very cool! When will that be?

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I am so jealous! :) Yep, that was my first horse, Smokey (appoloosa) and he was 8 in that picture. We have two, 2 year old Kentucky Mountain Saddle horses now, they are half brother/half sister to each other. Right now, they are still in Florida. I can't wait to bring them up! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blushing AND laughing! Quite the combination. I love horses by the way...when we get our farm in three years we will have a horse for sure. Is that your horse in the picture? How old is he/she?

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Rotfl! I bet you say that to all the happy horse lovers in North Dakota! :) Now I really AM blushing and laughing! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, TT, you are a beautiful person and I rarely say that to someone living in North Dakota. :) Actually my nephews and nieces all live in North Dakota...Minot to be exact. Anyway, sincerely, thank you!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Bill & Bev, that is AWESOME! Can't wait to subscribe to your channel!!! I know you will have a positive effect on those that watch you. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, you may have started something. Bev and I are going to produce a YouTube video each day because of your suggestion...thank you so much for giving me the idea.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Billy; I appreciate a good writer when I read one. :) They're hiring radio personalities here. :) I wonder if you made a demo tape and sent it in to one of the talk radio stations if they would give ya a shot...hm...then there is always the whole podcast thing... :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pickles, I loved this story too! It has so much meaning for all of us. Thank you for your wonderful comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes it is, Vinaya! Thank you for taking the time to read it. He is an exceptional young man.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Ryan Hreljac's story is very inspiring.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      I love this hub Billybuc! I believe people have done simple things that turn into great things sometimes because no one told them they couldn't...so they did. I wish everyone lived their lives to be of service. SO many problems would be eliminated. I vote a big Vote up!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, you are so right! You and I both know that we can all make a difference, whether it be by teaching or writing or just being a loving person. Thank you my friend!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Beautiful, inspirational story! There's a saying, "who you are makes a difference" - and it just goes to show. If you can, you CAN! :)

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      Vidya Mallar 5 years ago from India

      Billy, you are most welcome.. God bless you always for your genuine and kind thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vidya, thank you so much!

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      Vidya Mallar 5 years ago from India

      Thank you dear Billy... Yes we still do have hope.. Almighty still has trust in us that we will take care of this beautiful world he has gifted us.. lets all do our best...Live and let live.. And each time I read your hubs some sort o positiveness fills in me....Looking forward to share more here..

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vidya, it is always a pleasure to hear from you. Your wonderful words fill me with hope for the future. As long as there are caring people like you we all have hope.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, if I could find someone dumb enough to put me on the radio I'd do it in a heartbeat. If it ever happens you will get that call. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, you are oh so right. Even small acts of kindness can mean so much. Bless you and yours!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Bev, thank you! My wondrous heart combined with your love of life...unbeatable combination.

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      Vidya Mallar 5 years ago from India

      Wonderful hub Billy, actually we have many examples of ordinary people doing great things in life... Each one is born ordinary on earth and become extra ordinary only when they sum up their confidence, courage and willingness to do something... Each one reading this hub has something to ad into their life...I too have got it.. Great work.. voted up..

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      This is the message that everyone in the world needs to take to heart Bill! I like TT's Idea also. If you ever do that, call me, I will come up and run the technical end for you!

      Voted UP!

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for this hub, it is wonderful. Sometimes our acts of kindness are large, and sometimes they are small. Both of them are good. At least that is what I believe. It is better to do something good, even if it is small, then never do anything.

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      kingmaxler 5 years ago from Olympia, Washington USA

      I cry every time I read about this young man. You picked a great video for your hub. Thank you for sharing and your beautiful voice that comes from your wondrous heart.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, wouldn't that be cool? I'd jump on that opportunity with both feet. :) You are very kind to me and loyal beyond belief. I thank you and appreciate you my North Dakota (Alaska) friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Graham! Much appreciated!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Fantastic hub, Billy! Very motivational! You should have a radio show motivating and encouraging people. I'd rather listen to that than all the negativity that's in all media outlets these days. :) I look forward to reading your hubs for that reason. They are like a little rainbow in the middle of the storm. Hope you have a beautiful and colorful day, my friend. :)

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      Graham Lee 5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      A very nice hub Billy. Inspirational and interesting. Graham.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hubert, I love your words at the end. We can all make a difference; we just need to be willing to do so. Thank you sir!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Keith, you are oh so right! Motivation seems to be sorely lacking in the world today. I hope stories like this one will help others to realize what they are capable of doing. Thank you my young friend!

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      Hubert Williams 5 years ago

      Thank you for reminding me of what one motivated, unbiased child can accomplish.

      Take guidance from those who say you can. Gain strength and momentum from those who say you can't. ~Hubert Williams 2012

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      We all have the power to make an impact; the only problem is motivating yourself to do it. I think that's what stops many from actually making a difference. Thank you for sharing this. A story like Ryan's is definitely a huge motivator for other people to get involved in making differences and impacting lives for the better.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelley, I agree completely! I have seen it happen too often not to believe it. Thank you my friend and I will visit your site shortly to see what you have been doing.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Billybuc! I am a firm believer that ordinary people Make the biggest difference. I vaguely remember hearing this story and have to wonder how awesome his parents were in role modeling this behavior to him at a young age. Great story! Thanks for sharing! Take care, Kelley