There are many second chance stories in progress. Some people
have just realized that they have received a second chance. Others are
in the middle of doing something productive with them. Some have had
success and are finding ways to give back. All are inspiring and motivating in their
Paramedic Firefighter's accident, fight for survival, and recovery has changed him, his attitude and his life.
As reported in The Tampa Tribune: after a horrific motorcycle accident, in which Eddie Jackson was hit by a wheel as it fell off of a tractor trailer: "He has witnessed the power of community, the comfort of prayer, the enduring love of family. It has transformed him into a more compassionate man, keenly aware of the suffering of others.
Jackson was used to going to the aid of strangers. But in undergoing four surgeries and the endless therapy necessary to become whole again, he had to learn how to depend on others and accept their help. He learned humility, patience, and appreciation.
'I got my second chance, and I am so thankful," Jackson says. 'I know I will never look at life the same way again.'"
The Nutcracker gives a brain injury survivor a second chance in New Hampshire
Alan Wilbar, 46, is legally disabled. As reported by Dan Tuohy: "He is a major brain injury survivor returning to his dance roots, a move two decades in the making. In the 1970's, he performed as one of the children in the fabled Christmas party in the celebrated seasonal tale. But back in 1988, Wilbar was working to disassemble an old circus tent when he fell through and plummeted 47 feet. He suffered multiple internal injuries and neurological damage, and was in a coma fortwo weeks."
Being a Santa to a Senior gives back and gets more...
According to The Sentinel Reporter: "Most people aren't aware that there are ....seniors in every community who have no family and are alone," said Kurt Kay, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office in Mechanicsburg..."The holiday is often considered a time for children, but for seniors - especially those who are isolated and lonely - need to be remembered as well. Be a Santa to a Senior is designed to give back to those need seniors as well as ...help social interaction for older adults who are unlikely to have guests during the holiday."