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October 2nd, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Good News Story

When we hesitate to forgive our offenders, let’s remember this story. This is such a beautiful example of loving without limits. -Ashlyn

Nashville Musician Befriends The Woman Who’s Negligent Driving Left Him Paralyzed

Nashville musician David Francisco immediately forgave the woman who left him paralyzed — and the two have been invaluable to each other’s recovery since.


Photo credit: Tennessean.com

Freya Markowski drove through a red light on April 27, 2016, and struck David Francisco on his bicycle. Markowski, who was off her bipolar meds for the first time in years, says she heard a million manic voices in her head while driving that day. She sped through a red light at 40mph.

Francisco went to the emergency room with a spinal cord injury that left him unable to move his legs.

“I felt like I’d killed someone,” she told the Tennessean. “I remember being in a black hole.”

A few months later, Markowski also went to the emergency room for a heroin overdose. As she recovered, she sent a long apology text to Francisco.

“Flashbacks of your body covered in blood haunted me,” she wrote. “I would’ve traded places with you in a heartbeat… I lost my soul after the accident. I want you to know not a day goes by without me crying for your pain.”

“I forgave her at the beginning,” he said.

The two formed a friendship based on that forgiveness, and each has been instrumental in the other’s recovery since the accident.

“I figured she probably also was going through a lot,” he said. “I’d been shown so much support, I wanted to show her some support.

“The thing for me was, maybe I’m just too practical or pragmatic. It just didn’t make sense for me to be angry, as long as it was an accident. I was never angry at her. I was angry at my legs.”

On the day of her court date, Markowski was blown away. Charges were dismissed.

“I thought I was going to jail that day. Instead this angel of a man shows up with open arms. David’s dad gave me a really big hug,” she said. “How is that possible? The dad of the guy who I paralyzed?”

After writing and texting back and forth, the two decided to meet in person at a coffee shop in South Nashville.


Photo credit: Dylan Snowden / Tennessean.com

Markowski ran to him, and the two embraced for nearly a minute without speaking.

It was a miraculous moment for Markowski, who had been beating herself up since the accident.

“I forgave myself the moment David held me in his arms.”

No Joke: These ‘Comedy Kids’ Are Serious About Raising Money for Cancer Research

July 5th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Good News Story

Innovation! Don’t ever say you don’t have the resources, talent, etc, to make a difference… Just take what God has given you and use that.

Have you heard the one about the pair of 8-year-olds who raised $30,000 for childhood cancer research? Just by being funny, one joke at a time?

Well, here’s how that one goes.

It started during indoor recess in Chappaqua, New York. Third-grade buddies Max Chwatko and Alex Travin came up with a plan to help sick kids like Max’s sister, Scarlett, who was battling a brain tumor.

The boys decided to do what they loved the most: tell jokes. They would charge their classmates a nickel for each one and planned to donate the money to research.

Rumana Monzur, blinded by husband, graduates from law school in Canada

June 7th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Good News Story

Rumana, 38, has come a long way since her then-husband savagely attacked her and gouged out her eyes, permanently blinding her in 2011, said Catherine Dauvergne, dean of the school.

It took two years to recover from the brutality, and then she started studying law at UBC in Vancouver, Canada.

On Wednesday, she graduated from the Peter A Allard School of Law.

When Rumana was guided to the podium to give a speech to fellow graduates, a hush fell over the crowd of more than 1,000 people gathered at the Chan Shun Concert Hall, according to the CBC News.

“As a result of this horrendous attack, and life-threatening attack, I became blind. I never saw the world again,” Rumana told the assembly. Her 11-year-old daughter was also present at the graduation ceremony.

Rumana, however, spared the audience the graphic details of her husband’s attack which was witnessed by her little daughter six years ago.

“Many people helped me after the attack but UBC gave me direction when I was lost,” she said in her speech. “It would not be possible for me to get through law school without the support of my UBC family.”

One person, Rumana thanked, in particular, was Catherine Dauvergne, dean of the law school.

“It was exciting this morning. I cried,” the dean said after the ceremony as she praised Rumana.

“She’s unique, she’s forged her own path forward, and I can’t think of another person who could’ve done it in the same way.”

Outside the concert hall, Rumana embraced the students she had come to know over the course of the programme.

Many of her classmates dedicated their time to guide her to class or help her find her professors’ offices.

The attack on Rumana came after her husband grew enraged because she had told him she would be returning to Canada to continue her education. At the time, she was taking a master’s at the University of British Columbia.

Rumana made international headlines after she spoke about the attack from her hospital bed in Dhaka.

When she returned to Canada with her daughter, she learned her husband Syed Hasan Sumon had been arrested and had died of a ‘heart attack’ while awaiting trial.

Source: bdnews24.com