Event this Friday shows the best of
By Mike Fak
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[June 11, 2008]
Sometimes this community and the people within
are like a precocious child. We get aggravated with what they (we)
are doing or not doing, but in the end they (we) do those special
things just so right that a person can't help but love them even
We as a community have our faults, our failings and our failures, to
be sure. And then again we do some things as a population that make
us all rise above our shortcomings and show the world that there is
unbelievable good, caring and sharing in our collective soul.
more so is this redemption more evident than when a fundraising
event to help another is held. It is then that we find the heart and
the soul of this community.
We watch and participate; we work hard to collect and contribute;
and then we give the fruits of our efforts to someone that in most
instances many of us don't know, never met and never will.
But that isn't what's important. What is important is that we
take upon ourselves the effort and the strength to help someone who
at the moment needs not only the good Lord's help, but our help too.
It is at these times, these moments, when this population rises
above itself and says to the world, "We care. We give. We help."
Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, another special and
important fundraiser will be held for Michelle Conrady-Brown to help
her in her fight against Lou Gehrig's disease. At this event I will
bear witness again to one of the most amazing things I have had the
privilege to witness in my life. I will see people coming to try for
just a moment to make someone else feel a little better about their
plight. I will see them leave feeling a little better about
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I have been blessed to have witnessed this circle of caring and
sharing on many occasions, and I am thankful for each and every one
I have had the opportunity to observe. They strengthen my belief in
the good of mankind in a time when so much tells me that the world
has become cold and selfish and uncaring.
I could spend a moment here asking all of you to help and to
contribute, but I already know you will. It is what you do. It is
this caring for others that humbles me so very much when I call this
my home and all of you my neighbors.
May God bless not only Michelle and her family, but also all of
you. You are the best among us.
[By MIKE FAK, managing editor,
Lincoln Daily News]
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