A 3-year-old cancer survivor can't leave his house. Now strangers are showing up to cheer him on.


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What happens when a three-year old cancer survivor, whose immune system is compromised, is told he can't leave the house the summer before he's supposed to start pre-school? Well, a bunch of strangers organize to come to him and make it a summer he'll never forget, and it's heart-warming as all get out.


One day shortly after his second birthday Quinn Waters' older sister Maggie noticed he was walking weird and falling over, and told their mother Tara. After a trip to the hospital and an MRI they were given the bad news – Quinn was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a type of large brain tumor.

The stem cell treatment Quinn received left his immune system compromised to such a degree that a simple cold could land him in the hospital and risk his life. That led to isolation in his house, with the only people allowed to make direct contact with him being his immediate family.

That's hard for a little boy who just wants to play outside in the summer sun, "…there would be days when Quinn is literally pounding to get out." Tara Waters said.

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So, they created a Facebook page and the world took note. All of a sudden Quinn found that he opened the window and the world, literally, had come to play with him.

He got all kinds of guests. He saw a carnival, a whole carnival! He got a command performance from local Boston band The Dropkick Murphys.

He was even given a special visit from a whole bunch of his favorite super heroes. And you really have to give it up for the guy dressed as Batman, it looks like it's pretty hot in there.

"He's a feisty, rambunctious 3-year-old — full of energy," said Jarlath Waters, 42, who works as a union carpenter. "He's also a fighter, and we knew he wouldn't let this get him down. But what we didn't expect was such a huge outpouring of support."

And one of the finest displays to date was when the Winslow police and fire departments showed up and put on a show for Quinn. After a great time they drove away to get back on patrol and blasted their sirens. "Be safe!" Quinn yelled after them, which if you think about is incredible since he's still worried about others despite his condition. And it had to have warmed his mom's heart since she works as a police officer.

Even the Europeans got in the act, starting a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for his treatments.

Recently Quinn landed back in the hospital when a blood infection threatened his life, but his indomitable spirit and the help of a local blood drive to help collect for a necessary blood transfusion. Just another way folks are helping the afflicted boy.

Quinn's got a long road ahead of him, but with practically the Earth itself behind him we have high hopes for his recovery. If you'd like to learn more about how you might be able to help Quinn and his family visit some of the links provided in this article for more information.

In 2015, Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price had a life-changing epiphany.

Price, who founded Gravity with his brother in 2004, was out hiking in the Cascade Mountains with his friend, Valerie. She told him her landlord had raised her rent by $200 and she was struggling to get by on her $40,000 a year income. Price, who was making $1.1 million a year as CEO of Gravity, was struck by her story. Not only did he feel for Valerie—a military veteran working two jobs and barely making ends meet—realized that some of his own employees might be facing similar struggles.

And they were. One employee frankly told him his entry-level salary was a rip-off. Another employee had secretly been working at McDonald's outside of work hours to make ends meet. So Price decided to make a drastic change by investing in his employees.

He researched how much money the average person would need in order to live comfortably and settled on $70,000 a year. In one fell swoop, he dropped his own salary to that amount, while also making it the minimum salary for anyone who worked at Gravity.

The move drew media coverage—and dire predictions from pundits. On Fox News and other conservative outlets he was called "foolish," a "socialist" and a "lunatic of lunatics." Rush Limbaugh called the company policy "pure unadulterated socialism" that was "going to fail" and should be a case study in MBA programs on how socialism doesn't work. Talking heads predicted that his employees would end up in the welfare line.

Six years later, Price has proved the haters wrong—by a lot.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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