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Helping hand from big star

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 24/11/2009 (3378 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

This act of kindness happened a number of years ago, but I would like to acknowledge it.

I had arrived at the Winnipeg airport with my son, who was about 10. He has cerebral palsy and needs a wheelchair. It was winter, and there was a lot of snow and ice that had not yet been cleared in the passenger pickup area.

My sister had met us and then gone back to get her car to pick us up. I was struggling with getting the wheelchair over the ice and snow, when a gentleman who was also waiting to be picked up came over and offered his assistance. I thanked him, but being focused on the task at hand, I didn't really look up at his face.

My sister drove up, got out of the car and excitedly said, “Do you know who that was? Burton Cummings!”

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 24/11/2009 (3378 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

This act of kindness happened a number of years ago, but I would like to acknowledge it.

I had arrived at the Winnipeg airport with my son, who was about 10. He has cerebral palsy and needs a wheelchair. It was winter, and there was a lot of snow and ice that had not yet been cleared in the passenger pickup area.

My sister had met us and then gone back to get her car to pick us up. I was struggling with getting the wheelchair over the ice and snow, when a gentleman who was also waiting to be picked up came over and offered his assistance. I thanked him, but being focused on the task at hand, I didn't really look up at his face.

My sister drove up, got out of the car and excitedly said, "Do you know who that was? Burton Cummings!"

I have always had an appreciation for Mr. Cummings’ music, but I was so touched that he took the time to help a mother with her disabled child. While some public figures live their personal lives with a sense of self-importance, he did not hesitate to reach out to someone in need.

I should also mention that there were a number of other people standing around who did not step up to the plate to offer assistance. I suspect Mr. Cummings will not even remember this incident as it is likely it was indicative of his character and probably not an isolated occurrence.

I am pleased to have this opportunity to finally publicly acknowledge this small, but meaningful act of kindness and to publicly thank Mr. Cummings.

-Carol Gavard
 

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