In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a son's inspiring message to his mom spreads to the larger community. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.
You may remember this - a massive message carved into the snow on top of a parking structure at Rush University Medical Center reads "Hi mom, god bless you," with a smiley face in the "o" for good measure.
In a hospital room above, Shari Hart was undergoing leukemia treatment.
The message was the idea of her 14-year-old son, Will.
"I thought it would be nice for my mom to see it and for others to feel happy," he says.
So, that's good stuff for a son and a mom, but even better stuff for the rest of the patients! It turns out, the message cheered everybody up.
“It was a big, proud mommy moment,” Hart says.
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In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a Minnesota man starts a fund to help kids in need get hot lunch. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.
In Minnesota right now, there are 45 public schools that will turn a student away from the lunch counter hungry if his account is empty. Staff will pull him out of the line and even stamp his hands.
Dave Axel says he can't stand for that.
“I just didn't like it and I sent my money in right away," he says. "The more I thought about it, the more intense I became about it, and I wanted to do something for them.”
Axell has started the "Otter Angels" fund to pay for lunch for those students who can't afford it.
The best part is it's all done through the cash register so the fund kicks in automatically and anonymously.
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In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a Minnesota cop gets a kidney and takes to social media to help his donor. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.
Carlos Baires Escobar spent two years waiting for a kidney when his prayers were answered in the form of 20-year-old Sebastian Rivera responding on social media.
“Without any reservations, he just decided to help somebody who he didn’t know,” Baires Escobar said
Rivera says he doesn’t regret the decision at all.
“Helping someone out, just because…it should be a normal thing, you know.”
Well, unfortunately Rivera had to go through something other than just losing his kidney.
Shortly before he donated, he crashed his car in the awful Minnesota weather. And then, with his recovery came an inability to work to pay to get it fixed.
That's when the man carrying his kidney decided it was time to step up for him.
The Facebook page where the police officer once asked for an organ, now includes a plea to help Rivera.
If you’d like to help, you can donate to any US Bank branch under the Help a Hero fund.
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In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a boy fighting cancer gets an amazing personal message from Pharrell Williams. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.
Damon Billeck is a fourth grader from San Antonio, Texas, and he recently was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer.
To keep his spirits up, he's been using Pharrell's "Happy" as his theme song. Billeck's dad thought Pharrell would want to know, so he called in a favor with a friend in the biz.
They contacted Pharrell's manager, who contacted the artist.
They thought they'd maybe get an autograph at best. But no – what they got was a personal message of encouragement.
Pharrell said: "Damon...I was just briefed about your story. Remember what the present is, dude. It's a gift. And your life is just beginning."
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