Friday Facts ~ Service with a Heart~

We all of us say we want to make a difference in the World, but where do we start?

It’s often the small things in life which make a Huge Difference

If you watch this short 3 minute Video  you will see that when we do things with our Hearts how much difference it makes..

Working as I have done with Down Syndrome Adults you see how their ability to see through and beyond their disabilities capture our hearts as they give of themselves 100%

For One young man Johnny, He put into practice an idea he had..

And He Made a Difference not only to his place of work but a difference to the people who shopped in the store he bagged for.

Johnny the Bagger.

Recently it has been reported that a breakthrough in Downs Syndrome Treatment in the “research at at Queen Mary, University of London and University College London have been working closely with the team in the United States who have published findings that could eventually lead to the elimination of some common but devastating illnesses linked to Down’s syndrome.” 

Have a wonderful Weekend

 Smile And Pay it forward with a Smile Smile 

Sources:

http://www.itv.com/news/2013-07-18/breakthrough-in-downs-syndrome-treatment/

http://www.itv.com/news/story/2013-07-18/downs-syndrome-cells-corrected/#downs-syndrome-research-an-exciting-breakthrough_233083

http://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/?gclid=CPLOycS0yLgCFaPHtAod21gAgQ

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44 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. marina kanavaki
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 11:01:32

    That’s great news about Down’s syndrome and that quote… so true.
    Happy Friday, my dear Sue.
    🙂

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  2. prenin
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 11:09:16

    Great news hun! 🙂

    I read an article about this a few weeks back – anything that improves the lot of Downs Syndrome survivors is to be praised! 🙂

    Your like button is working so I should be able to post this! 🙂

    Love and hugs!

    Prenin.

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  3. Visionkeeper
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 12:53:08

    We did it again DW….I posted this morning then came here to read and comment and had to chuckle. Great minds do think alike! Jeez that video make me cry like a baby! And I just woke up 🙂 Good way to start the day I guess, having my heart strings tugged…If we all do our part the world will be a better place! Thanks for sharing this info! Have a great weekend and enjoy your wonderful garden…Sending love and hugs your way my friend…..VK

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 27, 2013 @ 15:01:04

      I read it in my email… and will be by straight after this to comment!.. 🙂 Great minds LOL as we each tap into the Consciousness of what is needed to help move our world forward.. Sorry to have brought a tear.. I was just the same when I viewed it… in fact I have watched it several times and each time a lump is there.. Wishing you a Good Weekend VK… and Big hugs your way too xox 🙂 DW xx

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  4. penpusherpen
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 14:27:39

    I have tears in my eyes after watching that Sue, the whole story really touched my heart, Great that they’re making new strides in the treatment of Downs Syndrome. I keep smiling and passing on any help I can to anyone who needs it, ( one woman in a store couldn’t reach a shelf, so I asked her what she needed and found it. No assistants about, so I became one 🙂 ) Trying to become a better person, and ‘pay it forward’ is something to set your sights on, as smiling is a natural talent we all have, so why don’t we use it more, methinks?. 🙂 Smiling right atcha my lovely friend. and wishing you a wonder-filled week-end love and light, Pen xxx,
    (hugs to Herbert too!!)

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 27, 2013 @ 14:58:32

      Hi Pen, seems Johnny tugged at both our heart strings Pen, me too… And like you if we can not give a helping hand to another then what IS the world coming to… It costs nothing to smile, or give a helping hand, and yet I come across so many aggressive shoppers who would sooner run you down than say excuse me please.. Sigh! Thanks Pen, Im combining the day sat in the garden at the moment, with laptop, squinting when the sun comes out as I can hardly read the screen LOL, but determined not to waste time indoors.. I did that this morning,, well not waste time, as I decanted some more Kombucha tea, then I baked some bread, and prepared some Salad and kale for the fridge in containers for munching on later LOL.. and had a visit from my Granddaughter.. So sitting out and enjoying before it clouds over as we have more storms forecast for this evening and tomorrow….
      Herbert says thank you for the Hugs!.. And Hope you too have a great relaxing weekend Pen..
      Love and Light
      Sue xox

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  5. chicasl10
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 15:14:32

    Sue
    In sri Lanka we have now a small project We provide paint and canvas They create wonderful works.And they show it to the world.
    The world is big and small same time.We have to help just around the corner As they said when the first man put his foot on the moon. It means so much
    Tx Johnny Ur a diamond
    MJ

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  6. cat
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 18:15:16

    Excellent info, my friend … tears of joy … I took care of a lovely little girl, named Steffi, during my nursing training … she was diagnosed with MDS (Mosaic Down’s Syndrome) … she was the happiest person I ever saw in my life … and quite high functioning mentally … but she had a heart defect, and so she was rejected for surgery … never forget her smile … Love your smile and encouraging message, Sue … Love, cat.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 27, 2013 @ 14:47:18

      arrgh glad they were tears of Joy Cat.. Yes many as you know have heart defects, and so sad she was rejected for surgery.. The Downs Syndrome lady I worked with came to us as her mum had passed.. But she loved cooking with support and could even knit a scarf of a fashion with a few holes lol… Read and write very well…… And many are very intelligent…and loving… Their smiles made my day! 🙂

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  7. livingsimplyfree
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 23:04:47

    Sue, what wonderful news about Downs Syndrome, I had a cousin I was very close to who had Downs. Thank you for sharing the story of Johnny, he transformed his store in more ways than he probably knows. To have a line of people waiting for him is remarkable as around here if there are lines people get testy and even mean.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 27, 2013 @ 14:43:22

      Yes Lois cueing here we are used to, but tempers flare on more than one occasion I have had the misfortune of witnessing.. Its about time that progress was being made and When I heard it I just had to investigate further.. And like many things in life, the Universe led me to the video, so I put the two together. Love it when that happens don’t you.. Synchronicity… 🙂 Brilliant! 🙂

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      • livingsimplyfree
        Jul 27, 2013 @ 23:26:45

        I too have witnessed the rudeness and tempers when having to stand in a line. Wish we didn’t have to experience those things. I’m glad you found the video, it nearly brought me to tears.

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  8. ruchira
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 02:42:39

    great quote, Sue.

    New Research sure is breaking grounds. Yeah for down’s syndrome 🙂

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  9. kp
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 03:05:24

    That video tells such a beautiful story….great lessons in it for all of us. Thanks for sharing. Kim

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 27, 2013 @ 14:38:15

      Yes Kim as soon as I watched the Video, I knew I had to share… Supporting such individuals it brought a tear or two, as I often wonder how they are doing now… As our team was disbanded from looking after them and those suffering from learning difficulties due to local government cut-backs.. As the work was tended out to private Care firms… I took redundancy in 2010 after working for them for 7 years, and found a job with another Caring organisation Supporting Adults again with learning Difficulties as I loved it so much.. They can teach us a lot! 🙂

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  10. marja
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 04:36:58

    I am very touched by the video and a tear dropped down.
    Once a week we have a group of young adults with down syndrome coming in.
    I love to talk with them

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 27, 2013 @ 14:32:12

      Hi Marja, I have had the privilege to support several adults with ‘Downs’ and each one there own personality, but each so giving.. And each could have their off days just like the rest of us 🙂 Good to know there is a group coming in where you are 🙂

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  11. beverley
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 08:27:49

    I don’t know about people with downs syndrome, i can honestly say that the person who packs my bags is the most amazing person in the world

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  12. Cat Forsley
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 15:57:11

    LOVE and of course i agree on everything u write xxx
    missed u xxx been crazy busy – making stuff happen in my tiny little piece of peace xxxxxx love you xxx i said that already xxx C xx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 27, 2013 @ 16:06:46

      Yes You did, but always nice to keep hearing it Cat LOL 😉 .. And yes missed you too… But all in a good cause, as you are only just beginning your Music Magical Adventure! — Always knew you would make those Dreams come True! xxx

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  13. Gray Dawster
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 22:28:37

    This is a brilliant posting Sue, I am not exactly back yet
    but after this month I will be getting up-to-speed again and
    hopefully making a lot more visits around here 🙂 🙂

    I hope that you are having some of this
    rain, it will be great for your allotment 🙂

    Andro xxxx

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  14. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 01:41:40

    Sue, I LOVE this. It’s just wonderful. I feel my job to be unbearably humdrum – unbearably, I tell you. I do nothing but “office stuff”. I achingly wish to change into a role which serves more of the human spirit rather than the corporate world. I’m seeking right now. I really cannot stand my soulless job any more. Johnny is WONDERFUL. And I love how the manager embraced it, too. Just wonderful, this post, Sue.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 29, 2013 @ 15:29:40

      Once I followed my spirit Noeleen, I never looked back… so pleased this stirred a reaction within your soul… Many are feeling the same as we see we have to start and become more caring and give rather than take… Love to you my friend xxx

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  15. giselzitrone
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 10:02:26

    Liebe Sue wünsche dir einen guten Sonntag,ein guter Beitrag,ja es wird heute von den Menschen viel abverlangt und in den Ärmeren Ländern ist es ganz schlimm,aber vielen Menschen bleibt leider nichts anderes übrig, es ist eine Schande.Wünsche dir einen glücklichen schönen Wochenstart.Grüße und Freundschaft.Gislinde

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 29, 2013 @ 15:27:19

      Danke Gislinde, ja viele Menschen haben die Runden zu kommen, wie sie heute sagen. Ich hoffe, Ihr Wochenende war gut, und dass Sie sich mit einem guten Start in die Woche …
      Liebe Sue xxx

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  16. Valentine Logar
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 11:05:45

    Wonderful posting Sue. My oldest Sister / Cousin is Downs and she is brilliant in ways we so often fail to recognize. When she was born in the 1949 her life expectancy was 12-15. My heart mother was told to institutionalize her, she refused. Candy was raised at home. Back then it wasn’t easy. Schools didn’t offer classes, my heart mother became a teacher and fought Texas for funds. It was a hard slog through, she won.

    This is a great story and shows how much further we have come. My sister outlived all estimates. She was a joy to all our lives. She is still alive though now has dementia and health problems.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 29, 2013 @ 15:21:42

      Val so pleased your heart Mother didnt listen.. the lady I supported was brought up for most part by her Mum, and could knit and read and write and enjoyed cooking with help.. I started looking after two of them one was in her 40’s and the other was my age..They lived together and yet disliked each other, and yet worried about each other when one was not there.. :-D.. great personalties… I was sorry to leave them when the government cut backs kicked in, and I have often wondered if they are still ok, as I supported them for 7 yrs ..
      Sending your Cousin a thought Val.. and you.. xox Sue

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  17. Ruth Nina Welsh
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 11:06:03

    Sue, the video is just wonderful – what an amazing story and to make a difference in that way – I was really taken by it. So many people live with these, supposedly, boring jobs and it just shows that nothing is pointless or boring if you make something of it. The change is us – as you always say. I was also interested by your links on Downs Syndrome – I will go look them up. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a beautiful week Sue. Much love, Ruth xx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 29, 2013 @ 15:17:23

      Thank you Ruth, so pleased so many enjoyed this little video it created a lump within my own throat… Hope you found the links useful .. Many thanks for your welcome visit Ruth.. xox Sue

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  18. Ronnie Hammer
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 19:27:23

    Hi, Sue. You have brightened up a rainy, overcast day and brought some warm feelings in that blog.
    As a speech therapist in Baltimore I worked with some Down’s Syndrome children. If they were treated well and came from happy homes they lit up and loved people. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to find a cure for this sad disease?

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 28, 2013 @ 19:33:10

      Yes it would as many have other health issues too such as heart problems etc… But wouldnt it even be better if we could isolate a Happy Gene and implant that in every one…:-)
      So many who have commented have knowledge of being close to them.. And all have such positive things to say…
      Glad to have brought a little sunshine via Johnny the Bagger… 🙂

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  19. jacksjottings
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 05:42:13

    What a fantastic video and a wonderful person Johnny is brightening up the shoppers day and slowing down the rat-race for a moment of thought.
    The ones that rush to the short queue are the ones that are missing out.
    I feel sorry for them and the baggers they go to probably never gets a smile like Johnny, they are hassled while Johnny is surrounded by pleasant people. Is that an example of Karama? In Aussie we call the bagger the check-out and they have a name tag pinned to their jacket, it is mostly a thankless job so I try to thank them by name with a smiling kind remark. As you say it is the small gestures that have a chain reaction that pass along the way making every-ones day. I really enjoyed your post.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 29, 2013 @ 15:15:48

      Yes I too try to call them by name and strike up a conversation, It costs nothing to smile and be polite, although to look at some faces today you would think smiling has been taxed! 😉

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      • jacksjottings
        Aug 04, 2013 @ 09:29:38

        They have not realiser grasping for things that are impermanent will not bring happiness. They need educating if only they understood. As Robbie Burns put it “For pleasures are like poppies spread you seize the flower the bloom is shed or like the snow fall on the river, one moment white then lost for ever.” Hope I have not misquoted him. To follow your blog would help them. Follow the Eight Fold Path and understand The four noble truths. The wisdom of Lau Tzu for a start.
        Keep smiling Sue the ones without a smile need a smile the most.

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  20. Alex Jones
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 14:38:52

    Small changes lead to larger end results. The hard part is making the first step.

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  21. shreejacob
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 17:09:03

    What a beautiful , beautiful story!!!! Thank you so much for sharing that!

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  22. natswans
    Jul 31, 2013 @ 17:33:15

    Oh my Sue that was very touching a Wonderful story.
    Lovely thank you sharing it with us .
    Hugs Sheila xx 🙂

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