I hope you are all staying safe, healthy, and inside during these unprecedented times! No matter who you are, where you are, or what you do - it is truly a time unlike any other. In light of this, I know I could use some good news, and I'm sure all of you could as well.  I wanted to pass on a "Good News Newsletter" for you to brighten up your Friday. This is much based on John Krasinski's awesome video "Some Good News" (If you haven't seen it yet, PLEASE check it out! )

Here are some stories that brightened up my week, and I hope brighten yours too. 

Math Lessons from the Outside:

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When 12-year-old Rylee was having trouble understanding algebra, her math teacher Chris went above and beyond to help. Not only did he respond to her email with written instructions, he grabbed a whiteboard and drove to her house down the street to give a one-on-one lesson through the glass door. Rylee got the lesson, and we have this awesome picture to brighten our day. 

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Bagged Lunches "Made with Love"

A Maryland mom has started to leave hundreds of bagged lunches for her community. This unidentified individual has started leaving healthy meals on a tent-sheltered table. She hasn't done this just once, but does so everyday, leaving free lunches between 11AM and 1:30PM. There's lots of good in the world!

 

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Healthcare Workers Head to New York:

Southwest Airlines recently posted this photo of two-dozen Georgia

healthcare workers on a flight bound to New York City. Wanting to "do their part to help those in need," they are on their way to do their part in one of the epicenters of this crisis. To all my New York donors - I hope you are staying safe! 

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The Golden Girls of Quarantine:

Three grandmothers from the U.K. have turned quarantine into a never-ending sleepover. Doreen, Carol, and Dotty decided they didn't want to stay home alone, so they hunkered down together for the foreseeable future. They currently are passing the time drinking wine and enjoying each others company (while also "squabbling" once in a while). Hopefully you and whoever you are quarantining with feel the same! Screen Shot 2020-04-03 at 3.47.20 PM.png

 

A Social Distancing Parade for a 15-Year-Old Girl's Last Cancer Treatment: 

Here's my personal favorite (and Krasinski's too!): 15-year-old Coco finished her last chemotherapy treatment last week. Due to social distancing, she was unable to have the typical ceremony the Children's Hospital Los Angeles typically does at the end of treatment. Instead, her friends and family lined her street in their cars, with signs, balloons, and music to celebrate this awesome milestone. Check out the video here (I promise your eyes won't be dry!): .

 

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I hope wherever you are, you're able to find the good news and small wins in your day to day too. If you discover any great stories, or have your own positivity you'd like to share, pass it along and maybe there will be more of these to come. Thank you for support in helping me to bring love to the Dana Farber community, I hope this brings some love to your day too! Stay safe, healthy, and keep washing those hands!

 

Gianna Bender