There’s so much negative news in the world, some of us have chosen to stop reading and/or watching entirely.

I’d like to help change that.

Every Tuesday, I’ll highlight an article I find that focuses on GOOD NEWS. This column is called Good News Tuesday.

Spread the word.

This week’s entry comes to us from Ron Recinto of Yahoo News.

Billionaire Ty Warner gives woman $20,000 for her cause after asking her for directions

A woman who helped a lost man ended up with a surprise $20,000 gift.

That’s what happened last month when Jennifer Vasilakos guided Ty Warner when he stopped and asked for driving directions in Santa Barbara, Calif.

While Warner didn’t know exactly how to get to where he was going, Vasilakos didn’t realize who she was helping.

Warner is the billionaire founder of Ty Inc., the Beanie Baby company.

Vasilakos was at the intersection trying to raise $20,000 for a stem cell procedure she needs to help save her life because she suffers from kidney failure and does not qualify for a transplant.

She describes their encounter in her blog:

I often get asked by random strangers for directions.  Not one to miss an opportunity, I handed him my flyer and he made a fifty dollar donation.  As he drove off, I thought that was the end of our encounter… He’d returned after an hour or so.  Rolling down his window, he reached out his hand and introduced himself.  I immediately recognized his name.  He was kind and sincere as he looked directly into my eyes…  I listened as he repeated over and over that he was going to help me.  That my fundraising was done.  That I didn’t need to worry any longer.  He said he would send a check after he returned to his offices during the week.

He was true to his word. Vasilakos, an herbalist and Reiki teacher, received a package on July 16 with a $20,000 check and with a handwritten note from Warner. The note read in part, “Someone up there loves you because I was guided to meet you Saturday. I never lose my way, but fate had me lost and ask you for directions. The rest of the story I hope will be a wonderful new life for you.”

“Of course I started crying, because that’s what girls do,” Vasilakos said. “I’m incredibly thankful to Ty Warner and to everyone who has supported me with love and prayer.”

The check cleared a few weeks later and she booked a surgical procedure at an undisclosed foreign hospital to begin hematopoietic stem celltreatment. Hematopietic treatment takes a cell from the blood or bone marrow that can renew itself and develop into a variety of specialized cells.

“After I serendipitously met Jennifer, I further educated myself on her stem cell needs. I was shocked that this particular type of treatment wasn’t available to her in the U.S.,” Warner said in a media release. “My hope is that we can bring this lifesaving treatment to the forefront so that it can become more readily available and provide alternatives for people like Jennifer.”

So the chance meeting allowed both Warner and Vasilakos to each continue on their journeys.

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Here’s the part where you tell me: do you believe in pure luck, or is this fate? What’s the difference?

11 comments

  1. What a beautiful story…I believe in fate – and I believe this is an instance of fate. Luck happens – sometimes we get lucky in life. But I believe fate is an overall predestination of lives intertwining when and how they are supposed to. I met a wonderful man that I now live with one night while out to post-work drinks with a coworker. He’s wonderful in every way – some may call it luck that we happened to be at the same bar on the same night at the same time, luck that our eyes connected and we started talking and hit it off…but I call it fate. It was meant to be.

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  2. This is an awesome story and it brought tears to my eyes (I cry easily, leave me alone :)) That was a generous gesture for sure, and I believe in fate. I believe that certain people are brought into our lives at just the time we need them. It’s happened to me more than once, so yes, I absolutely believe 🙂

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