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HOW Humanity One World--John Carson: A Force to Be Reckoned

Updated on March 21, 2014
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H.O.W--Humanity World One and John Carson

Upon hearing this story I am about to share, I was literally moved to tears. I had been searching for days to come up with a beautiful and touching story to also help in my friend Billybuc’s Cause called HOW Humanity One World. In Bill's own words, "This movement is dedicated to helping the less-fortunate in this world, to bringing us all closer and for loving one another." The two seemed to work perfectly and go hand-in-hand. By the way this story, I feels truly embodies this movement perfectly.

It should be noted that this young man’s mother (she also was a lifelong resident of Long Beach, New York and lost everything during Hurricane Sandy, but is more concerned about her son) works with my husband and they are trying feverishly to get his message out there and to get him just a bit of recognition for all that he has done and accomplished. He doesn’t have a clue what his mother is trying to do for him, but she is his mother and so very proud of him. He would probably scoff at having anything done for him per say, because that truly isn’t the type of man he is (humble to the end), but still and all if anyone is worthy it is John. Please read on and see why.


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A Life Changing Moment in Time...

Hurricane Sandy has changed and affected the lives of millions along the East Coast, many have lost homes, friends and loved ones. As those who were impacted begin the painful steps in rebuilding their lives and communities, a story of hope and inspiration, which is one of many, has emerged from Long Beach NY.

John Carson, resident of Long Beach witnessed the destruction of his beloved home town and is tasked with rebuilding his life. However, Sandy was not the toughest obstacle that John had to face; it was just another opportunity for him to once again help his family and community. John is no ordinary man and has an extraordinary backstory, even before the hurricane occurred.

On the evening of July 16, 2009, this wonderful newly married energetic young man, with so much to live for, was training and riding his bike on the shoulder of a local road, when he was struck down and hit by an SUV. From the accident, John suffered a Spinal Cord Injury at Vertebra C5 and C6.

He was airlifted to a level 1 trauma center hospital, where they did everything that could be done to at least make it be able that John could breathe on his own, but as for walking, the doctors were not so very optimistic even though he didn’t break his neck or completely severe his spinal cord, the injury was still extremely serious and was given the prognosis that he most likely would never walk again, being classified a quadriplegic.

Although initially this seemed to have indeed upset him, he decided that he wasn’t going to give up and fought the long uphill battle to be able to walk again. In his own words, he has told other interviewers that in those first six months after his injury, he pushed himself to the limit by being the first in the doors of the rehab center and also the last out six days a week.

The results shocked the naysayers in the medical field when John did indeed start to walk again unassisted without the wheelchair and/or crutches.

In May 2010 (almost a year after his ill-fated accident), not only was he walking, he even participated and competed at Ironman Lake Placid, where he ran and finished a triathlon race.

When the accident did first occur, The Christopher Reeve Foundation had reached out to John’s family and advised them on the best treatment and hospitals that would help in the best possible recovery outcomes for him. John felt indebted to them and has since joined in helping this wonderful organization to raise money for others who are in need. Trying to give something back after all they had done for him, he also mentors other quadriplegics, has helped his own friend walk again and even lent support to Livestrong, They Will Surf Again Foundation, and I Will Foundation (Matt Long). Just an all around angel living amongst us.

Almost a year afterwards the unimaginable happened.  Not only could John walk, he ran in highly acclaimed race.
Almost a year afterwards the unimaginable happened. Not only could John walk, he ran in highly acclaimed race. | Source

Hurricane Sandy and John Carson..

On Monday October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit landfall in the New York local tristate area. One of the towns that was so greatly affected and impacted was Long Beach, NY. This was the hometown of the aforementioned John Carson and his family. From this barbaric storm, John and his wife lost their home and all their worldly possessions, but through it all he remained focused in the aftermath to make sure that his friends, family and neighbors were taken care of after the storm had indeed passed.

Some of the things he did to help out were as follows:

  • Syphoned gas out of boats (Long Beach is a beach community on the South Shore of Long Island) to run generators for all his neighbors;
  • Made sure that all his family members who lived in neighboring communities were all safe and accounted for;
  • Set up three family members that lost their homes from this horrific storm;
  • Assisted his brother, Robert, who had recently had hip surgery and was unable to do anything to prepare for the storm and the aftermath;
  • And even waded through waist deep cold waters to retrieve and attempt to salvage his loved ones personal belongings.

This courageous young man, who has had all his own struggles from his previous accident, took it upon himself to help everyone else out in need during this truly trying time and never once really thought of himself. He is what true heroes are made of and I can’t say enough how he is a reminder to all that one person can truly make a difference in this world, especially at a time when most people are truly too selfish and blind to see their own noses on their faces, let alone put others needs ahead of their own. Bravo to John Carson and I felt his story was worthy to share and put out there as a tribute to a loving and caring man, who has helped make the world a little better and brighter, because of his spirit and efforts.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tears.....more tears.....that was beautiful, Janine....just beautiful.

      Thank you for sharing this remarkable story, and thank you for caring enough to take time out from your hectic life to help our cause. You are one of a kind and I'm proud to be your friend.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you Bill for starting this cause and movement. I was truly honored to write and share his story here will everyone. He is simply a hero in my eyes and am blessed to have gotten to put his story into words. And the feeling is so mutual about being your friend, too :)

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      What a courage from John Carson Janine. I see here a compassionate story. At first I thought he was going to help out even if he was in a wheelchair. Reminds me of the movie, "Chariots of fire." My hats off to a genuine New Yorker. What a pity for some millionaire Football player killing his Girlfriend and then himself. Thanks for the amazing writing in here. There should be more young people like John Carson around. Thanks so much Janine!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks so much Joseph and to me what made him special was not only to he fight back to indeed walk again, he ran in races and then helped with all of the Hurricane Sandy efforts. True hero in my book and was humbled to share his tale!!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Beauty related from each remarkable life is a call for each of us to do the remarkable. We are compelled Thanks John and Janine for propelling us to good works. Way to go Billybuc

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so very much Eric and again just humbled to share this wonderful story here with everyone and am thankful for Bill's movement, too!!

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      Wow, what an incredible story! Thank you for sharing this story and reminding us that it just takes one person to make a difference in the world. Now I need to go back and read more about HOW.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Man is magnificent. Amazing story and so inspiring.

      Beautiful story, Janine :)

      voted up as beautiful/useful

      Sharing it across

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      Honey Halley 4 years ago from Illinois

      This is an awesome, inspiring story and a valuable asset to the H.O.W. mission. I'm glad I learned about the heroing acts of John Carson. What a true friend to all he knows and to those in need. Thanks for sharing. Voted +++

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      John's story is powerful in portraying the strength of human kindness. What a remarkable person in character. I admire his determination in walking again. Thanks for sharing how people can make a difference by helping others.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Wow...I'm a little speechless after reading this Janine. This one really touched me. Wow. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us. Makes you think about life in a whole other way and how precious it is. Voted up and sharing!

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Janine,

      So much to learn from John's life! Kudos to him ! I admire the way Bill started this remarkable H.O.W. movement and great hubbers including you adding value to it. Really very touching story of John and I thank you very much for sharing this beautiful story with us. Sharing it all over Janine. Cheers, Rema.

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      europewalker 4 years ago

      What a remarkable person John is. His strength and courage is amazing. He has shown what strong will and determination can do. Thanks for sharing .

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      This to me personifies a person with undaunting spirit and strength. So many give up and just accept their fate on even lesser matters. Here is one of a kind person always ready to give but also strength within. Beautiful hub and well written as always.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you and my absolute pleasure Cara to share John's story with you. He truly is an amazing guy and just wish more people could be like him.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so very much for reading, commenting and for sharing too. I truly appreciate it Ruchira!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks HoneyBB and couldn't agree more about John. He truly is one in a million and if onlythe world had more like him, but he does make the world around him just a bit better to live in!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks so much Dianna and I honestly couldn't agree with you more about John. His story is one that I know I won't be forgetting anytime soon!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Mel and before I wrote this up, I too was actually a bit speechless and cried also. He just is so amazing and his story, too. I felt blessed to have been the one to tell his story if that makes sense!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much Rema and I agree about Bill starting this movement. He really is such a wonderful man and was so very honored and proud to get to include this powerful story in his series.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks and again my pleasure to be able to share this story with you and the Hubpages community, Europewalker.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks so very much Carol and again couldn't agree with your description of John more. His story has been an inspiration to me and hope it has to others, too!!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      What a wonderful way to start my Monday morning, Janine, bu reading this uplifting and inspirational Hub about this man. Thanks for letting us know about him and sharing his story. The world should have more like him.

      Voted UP, and will share.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      A great article Janine, and he was truly, truly giving despite his own suffering. A great man, and a great share!! Sharing.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      It is very inspiring and sometimes reading hubs makes you feel the world is not bad at all.

      You just need to see the people around trying to help each other. :-)

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Jane....Your Hub has deeply touched me in a very profound way. This young man is a TRUE Hero and deserves to be recognized and appreciated. His strength and determination is an inspiration to the world. It speaks to us of what is possible, when the sheer will of man takes control!....Thank you for this, in contribution to H.O.W......UP and UABI! Shared.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh Mary, it really has been my pleasure to share this one. John is an angel walking amongst us and just can't say that enough. His mom knows how I feel and I was completely honored that the family asked me to write this up for him. Thank you so very much for reading, voting and sharing!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks so very much Michelle and I can only say again that this story was so very inspiring to me, too. Totally appreciate the shares too!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Ignugent17, that is exactly how I felt when I heard a bit about John even before I got to writing this one up. So I can completely relate and understand. Thanks!!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Fpher48, my absolute pleasure and can't help, but agree with you about John. I just wrote the article, he actually lived it and is my Hero truly after having gotten to know him in this share. Thanks seriously for reading, commenting, voting ad sharing, too!!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      What a beautiful story! What an amazing man and family! He is an inspiration. Thank you do much for sharing this. UP+

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Btrbell and truly appreciate you reading, commenting sharing and voting, too!!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Such a wonderful story of courage and giving. Thank you for sharing John's story.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks so much Ruby and my pleasure truly in sharing John's story with you!!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Bravo to John Carson and for you Janine Huldie , for sharing the story.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I am so proud of you and this wonderful hub.. people like John carson is amazing and I am so glad you could tell the story.. it really is wonderful;..and I take off my hat to all that is participating in the HOW movement.. God bless you all I will attached this link to mine.God Bless and Merry Christmas

      Debbie

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so very much Lastheart and my pleasure to share this with you!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks so very much Deborah and truly my honor and pleasure to have written this and to also participate in the HOW movement. Thank you for attaching my HOW article to yours and have done the same with your to mine Thanks again and a very, Merry Christmas to you, too!!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story of inspirational hope and courage. Passing this on.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks so much Gypsy Rose Lee for reading, commenting and sharing, too!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This is an awesome hub and I am sharing to help spread the word about this amazing young man. We don't always hear about some of the heroes that are around us! Thanks Janine. This lifted my spirits today.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is a truly wonderful story of a very brave young man. It is a strong man that does not feel sorry for himself, but goes on to fight his battle with such determination that he wins where others thought that was an impossibility. Again, it is a strong man that worries not for himself and his own belonging during the storm, but care more for others. It's too bad that the news media doesn't report news such this brave hero's story. It is up to use to share this everywhere we can! Voting up, awesome and sharing to the max!

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      Quotes Lover 4 years ago

      Very inspiring and heart touching hub, keep doing good work.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Glimmer Twin Fan and so happy to be able to have this story lift your spirits a bit today!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Sgbrown and agree that the news channels should showcase him and other stories like his, because it is so sad that all we see are the worst on the news and nothing this uplifting. Seriously, also appreciate the votes and share!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks Quoteslover, very much appreciate your kind words!!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Janine, John is a real hero, and someone who makes me feel totally humbled. not only overcoming his injuries like that, but to then go on to tackle the hurricane and aftermath. Wonderful story, told by you so well, so congrats to showing such a great man, voted up and shared!

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      Lucy Jones 4 years ago from Scandinavia

      I can't even begin to imagine the heartache. Wonderful hub. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Nell so very much and I can't help, but agree with you about John. He really is just a wonderful human being and am proud to have been able to share his story with you.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks so much Starbright and so happy that you did enjoy!!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What an inspirational hub Janine! So happy to share this one and to vote up. Thanks for contributing to an important cause too xx

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Christy for your kind words, tweet and again this one was truly my pleasure!!!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      How lucky we are that you are able to find time to write such wonderful, heartwarming hubs. God bless John Carson for his determination, dedication, and love for his fellow man. You have showed us true inspiration!

      Voted every button but funny! Truly beautiful hub.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      Such a great cause and an outstanding hub Janine!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Awesome Awesome Awesome! John Carson is an amazing human being and the world needs more like him. I have goose bumps. Fantastic addition to the movement my friend.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so very much Mary and so happy to indeed write and share John's story here for all and very much appreciate all the votes, too!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Julie and my pleasure!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Becky and this one was my absolute pleasure and truly happy to share with you!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      What a touching hub, Janine. I have no doubt that this man is incredible and I hope - I HOPE - I at least have 1 cup of the overflowing love and affection this man has for his follow people. He's someone I would want to aspire to be in terms of determination and strength. Wow!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Cyndi, I thank you so very much for reading and all your kind words about John's story. I couldn't agree with you more about John, because he seriously is a truly genuine and wonderful person, who has inspired me, too!!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      I clicked the Awesome button, for your hub and for this amazing man! Great story and he is a true inspiration Janine, thanks for sharing.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Julie and can't disagree that John is truly just amazing and am thankful yet again that I was able to write this one and share here, too!!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What a great story I truly loved it Janine and thank you so much for introducing me to John. I am voting up,across and sharing all around I hope you are having a great start to your New year.

      Lots of love.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Blackburn 4 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      This was a very inspiring story filled with hope and determination, and Janine did a great job putting it into words. Wonderful! It was a heartwarming look into the life of John Carson. Awesome hub!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks so very much Eddy and happy to share his story here. Hoping you are having a wonderful New Year and sending love back at you!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Web923, I am so glad you were able to read John's story and enjoyed. John, to me, is just a special person, who embodies so many wonderful qualities. Thanks again and just so happy to share with you and others, too!!

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      Sherri Tuck 4 years ago from Virginia

      What an inspiration. Thank you for sharing John's story.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you Sherrituck for reading and commenting, too!!!

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Thanks for sharing this inspiring story. Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers and on social networking sites.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so very much for your kind words and also for sharing this one, too! Very much appreciated.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Came back for another read, absolutely awesome Janine, voted up and shared, nell

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks so much Nell. Seriously appreciate it!! :)

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      President Obama gives a citizen's medal yearly for people who do outstanding work. You should mention this guy when it next comes around. A truly worthy warrior and a courageous Soul. Anyone who supports Bill's H.O.W is a noble soul in my view, and I commend you highly

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Never thought of this and will totally have to look into it. Thanks for sharing and totally my pleasure in letting other know about John!

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