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Our son, Thomas, turned 10 on February 12, 2005. He was born pre-mature at 27 weeks and weighed only 2 lbs, 10 ounces. Within 24 hours after his birth, he was dying. We had signed consent for the doctors to try a new treatment, nitrous oxide. When all seemed lost, Thomas's vitals starting creeping back to healthier levels. He was hospitalized in the neo-natal ward for four months. He had double laser eye surgery on Easter Sunday, as he was going blind from retinopathy. He has a hearing deficit. It was necessary for Thomas to receive a Ventriculo-peritoneal shunt. His doctor calls him a miracle.

Thomas now is in the 3rd grade and works very hard in school. We have explained to him the reason he can not run as fast is the cerebral palsy. But he runs, and he runs with enthusiasm. Last summer in Basketball camp, Thomas got the Camp Hustle Award. He plays Little League, and Youth Basketball. He loves sports, and plays not because we encourage him, but because we can not keep him off the fields or courts. Thomas has a big heart, and really has empathy for the less fortunate. He has no idea how special he is.

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Robert L from New Jersety U.S.A. APRIL 13, 2010
Please don't judge unless your ready to be judged.

Isabella K. from Queen Creek, AZ JUNE 18, 2009
I am a teenager who has been taught in my home that people are different and no matter what makes them different or why they are they are always worthy of a chance. I am glad you now realize that just because of someones race doesn't mean they are not a kind and very courteous person. Thank you for your story.

Pat C. from Prairie Rose, ND JANUARY 17, 2009
What a great story, never assume anything.

Miguel M. from Arizona MAY 13, 2008
Awesome. Just don't judge someone on how they look, try to always listen!!

Kayode A. from Lagos, Nigeria FEBRUARY 13, 2008
Congratulations on seeing the light! Believe me when I say that not many people admit that they are wrong, many will just try and justify themselves. Well done!

Kirthishri M.V. from Bangalore, India FEBRUARY 12, 2008
No words to express...simply superb...

Aparna A. from Patna, India NOVEMBER 16, 2007
Help others and you will be helped! A lesson worth learning...

Sudhamshu R. NOVEMBER 9, 2007
You should be patient to listen to others before you give your answer.

Asil from Thailand NOVEMBER 2, 2007
Read this and it will change your life!!

Madhuri from Mumbai, India OCTOBER 18, 2007
Really this inspires one to change from a wrong attitude. Thank you.

Preethi from Thiruvalla, India SEPTEMBER 7, 2007
Bravo!! It's not easy to narrate ones own mistakes but you did and taught a lesson to all of us...To Respect others irrespective of their color, caste, creed Keep it up!!

Andrew R from Denver, North Carolina USA SEPTEMBER 4, 2007
RESPECT....is the only thing I can think at the moment

Raymonda J. from Lakeland, Florida USA SEPTEMBER 4, 2007
Observe before you react. In other words, don't judge a book by it's cover.

Nikolas L. from Florida, USA SEPTEMBER 4, 2007
The story taught me not to judge people by the color of their skin.

Michael R. from British Columbia, Canada JULY 16, 2007
As is often the case, reality dispells prejudice. A wonderful example!

shaquille from UK JULY 14, 2007
RESPECT....is the only thing i can think at the moment...

Ken D from Jamaica JULY 14, 2007
A friend of mine was driving along a lonely Jamaican road in the heat of summer. A lone man waved at him for a ride, but since he was unknown, my friend passed on. Half a mile farther on, my friend's car had a punctured tyre. While he struggled to change the tyre, the same man he passed earlier came to his assistance. After completing the job, my friends offered him a ride. His response was, "It,s OK; I wasn't fit to be helped earlier, so I'll just keep on walking." Needless to say how humiliated my friend was!

Gill from Kenya JUNE 5, 2007
This story has taught us not to look down on other people

JoJo from New Jersey MAY 12, 2007
This is a beautiful story

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