Because we’re totally expecting the weekend after Back to the Future mania week to be awesome.
Speaking of which—it’s a surprise to no one that this past Wednesday was Back to the Future II day (the day Marty McFly traveled to in the film)—perhaps the biggest news of the whole week, was about shoes. Remember McFly’s mind-blowing, self-tying Nike Air MAGs featured in the movie? The shoemaker announced this week that its actually making the shoe—in real life. And then it got even cooler. Nike sent this tweet: “The 2015 Nike Mag is a limited edition release. It will only be available via auction, with all proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The specific details on the auctions will be posted to Nike News and via Twitter @Nike in spring 2016.”
After the groom-to-be called off his wedding last Saturday, the bride’s family decided not to let the $35,000 party go to waste. They invited families from local homeless shelters to come and enjoy the banquet-style reception feast. “When I found out on Monday that the wedding would not be taking place, it just seemed like, of course, this would be something that we would do to give back,” Kari Duane, the mother of the bride, told local station KCRA.
One of the more than 90 people who came out for the free feast told KCRA, “When you’re going through a hard time and a struggle, for you to get out and do something different and with your family … It’s really a blessing.”
A few years ago, Dr. Daniel Ivankovich got tired of watching people in Chicago struggle to get adequate health care because they didn’t have proper insurance. So Ivankovich decided to start treating patients whether they could pay or not, co-founding a nonprofit called OnePatient Global Health Initiative. Now, OnePatient has three clinics in Chicago, where Ivankovich performs more than 600 surgeries each year. As of this year, Ivankovich estimates the program has helped more than 100,000 people.
I know I can’t fix everybody, Ivankovich told CNN. “My goal is to be the battering ram to help break down the barriers to get these patients the care and the resources they need.”
Seven-year-old Evan Wellwood of St. George, Ontario, has been battling brain cancer for five years, and doctors say he probably won’t live to see this Christmas. His mom, Shelly Wellwood, decided to make sure Christmas could make it to Evan. She planned a party for October 24, but Wellwood family and friends planned bigger. So this Saturday, little Evan will have a special dinner and a full-on parade, all with the halls of St. George decked for Christmas. As of today, the “Early Christmas in St George” Facebook page has 3,100 attenders, and a Gofundme campaign raised more than $14,000. Merry Christmas, Evan.
Last year, 95-year-old Bill Palmer’s wife, Sheila, was taken to a nursing home. Bill and Sheila had been friends for 30 years, but were only married last summer. Earlier this week, Palmer called into a show on BBC Radio during a phone-in segment to tell his story, confessing that though he visited his wife every day, he was feeling lonely living on his own. “I listen to the radio and watch TV and have lots of friends,” he said, “but unfortunately, when you get old, people don’t visit—that’s life.” The host immediately invited Palmer to come into the studio, where other listeners called in to talk to him, offering support, advice and lunch dates.
The show’s host said Palmer had “touched the hearts of thousands of listeners” and it was his “nicest moment in 30 years of broadcasting.” As for Palmer, he called the show the “highlight of his life,” and told one caller “I didn’t know such kindness existed.”
Which we’re told is exciting.
Dargan is a former RELEVANT editor turned freelancer. Find her online at darganthompson.com or follow her extremely random train of thought on Twitter @darganthompson.