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One good deed deserves another

Have you done a good deed today?
Have you done a good deed today?
Friends of Sadie McCann Facebook page

There is nothing like doing charity after receiving charity for a good length of time. If you doubt this, all you have to do is see the good deeds some parents choose to do in the wake of losing their child. Whether the loss is sudden or the child has suffered with it over time need not make a difference; the difference comes from within.

Take for instance the parents of Sadie McCann. In order to honor their daughter lost to the throes of Aicardi syndrome, they developed their Acts of Kindness which allows people to pay-it-forward to unsuspecting recipients. On the Friends of Sadie McCann Facebook site, many people have written in, either as recipients or as the doers of the good deeds.

Many people that provided the good deeds to others furnished an ‘Acts of Kindness’ card with Sadie’s name and photo on it. It looks as if the acts provided an entertaining thrill to the participants.

Some people paid for food for a single person or even a group of individuals with Autism. Letters were written to military members, diapers were purchased, cookies baked, yards cleaned up and a mess of other great tasks performed.

The great thing about the Acts of Kindness is that they are taking place all across America by all ages, races and genders of people. It is though Sadie and her family are touching each of these people and showing them how much they will be appreciated for the small things that they are doing to help their fellow man out.

Just a short time after Sadie was born, she was diagnosed with Aicardi syndrome. This disease is a rare genetic disorder identified by the French Neurologist, Dr. Jean Aicardi in 1965. According to the website, Aicardi syndrome is characterized by the following "markers":

  1. Absence of the corpus callosum, either partial or complete (the corpus callosum is the part of the brain which sits between the right and left sides of the brain and allows the right side to communicate with the left.)
  2. Infantile spasms (a form of seizures)
  3. Lesions or "lacunae" of the retina of the eye that are very specific to this disorder
  4. Other types of defects of the brain such as microcephaly, (small brain); enlarged ventricles; or porencephalic cysts (a gap in the brain where there should be healthy brain tissue)

(More detailed information about diagnosis can be found in a recent article by Dr. Aicardi.)

Because of this diagnosis, the family spent a great deal of time in the hospital caring for their child, knowing full well that someday soon they would lose her. Friends and family helped out. Sadie’s parents were so grateful that they decided to honor her memory by paying back. That is when the idea of “Acts of Kindness” occurred to them.

Acts of Kindness are easy to perform. They are still being performed in Sadie’s honor right now. Whose memory would you honor if you performed one?