Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Monday, October 20, 2014

Real Life Superhero: Cancer Can't Stop Mom with 17 Adopted Kids

Every year there is sure to be one or more blockbuster movies about a superhero. It is exciting to watch the hero uses his superpowers to vanquish some villain. It's great escapism, but it is not real. It is just some fabulously wealthy actor standing in front of a green screen with the CGI action added later.

It is great to know that there are real life heroes who put these pretend heroes to shame. My local paper, The Deseret News, does an excellent job profiling these men and women who go beyond what normal people would do and perform superhuman feats. I am going to share three of these stories and add more in future posts to inspire readers to recognize that superheroes are not make-believe. They walk among us doing selfless, real life deeds far greater than Superman, Batman, or Spiderman.

The most recent story is that of Sally and Chris Mart who, unable to have children of their own, ended up adopting 17 special needs children. Mrs. Mart has stage 4 cancer, but she is not letting that stop her superhero mission. Read here. (Warning: have a supply of tissues nearby.)

Menlo Smith grew up in poverty during the great depression.  He started his own candy business (ever hear of SweeTARTS?) and became a great success. That was not enough. He started an international program to do micro loans to poor people in developing countries that has raised 3.3 million people out of poverty. Read here.

Ray Bachiller is a retired military officer who could have spent his golden years relaxing, travelling, and looking after his interests first. Instead he gets up early in the morning and gives free tennis lessons to underprivileged teens, teaching them life skills and encouraging them to excel in school and beyond. Read here.

People can do amazing things. And the cool thing is, everyone can find ways to be a superhero.

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