3 Stories to Restore Your Faith in Humanity

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The original three stories appear below, but it seems there is no shortage of inspirational people who are dealing with blood cancer, so here is the latest:

Fans Wear Crazy Clothes to Support Craig Sager

You may know him as that sideline reporter for TBS and TNT, or maybe you just know him as that guy in NBA basketball that always seems to be sporting a loud jacket. Garish and cartoonish are words that come up time and again in describing this man's wardrobe.

Whether it's his image or his character, people now want Sager to know they are pulling for him -- even people he does not know personally want to show their support.

According to CNN, Sager, 64, took an 11-month break from his job as NBA sideline reporter after being diagnosed with leukemia in 2014. He returned to the air about a year ago, after a bone marrow transplant from his son, saying his cancer was in remission. But in an interview for HBO's "Real Sports," Sager said his leukemia had returned.

Now rallying around the hashtag #SagerStrong, supporters are dressing loud and splashy in Sager's honor and encouraging others to do the same. They're also asking people to donate to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which is seeking a cure for these and other blood cancers.

What's in it for Them? - When Darwinism Doesn't Work:

The expression “survival of the fittest” is often attributed to Charles Darwin and, although the theory of evolution has many applications in biology, there are a number of gaps when this theory is applied indiscriminately to humanity.

"Darwin-itis" is the tendency to explain everything in Darwinian terms -- even when there is no evidence to support such an explanation. Case in point, as detailed in “Aping Mankind” by Raymond Tallis, evolutionary psychologists apparently tried to use science to explain why pink is for girls and blue is for boys, and the reasoning follows:

 “Women in prehistory were the principal gatherers of fruit and would have been sensitive to the colors of ripeness: deepening shades of pink. Men, on the other hand, would have looked for good hunting weather and sources of water, both of which are connected with blue.”

Such theories, according to Tallis, would incorrectly imply that properties of brain were shaped in the Pleistocene epoch, while in fact there is evidence that color preference is at least in part culturally determined -- “In fact, in Victorian Britain blue was regarded as the appropriate color for girls, being associated with the Virgin Mary, and pink for boys -- being a watered down version of the “fierce” color red.”

Sometimes People Help Others

Sometimes people help others, even when there is no foreseeable payback. What might explain this behavior from the perspective of evolution and Darwinian theory?

That is the subject of quite a bit of debate.

No one knows for sure, and there is disagreement about altruism among expert evolutionary theorists.

Altruism has a very specific meaning in biology that differs from common usage. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “For the biologist, it is the consequences of an action for reproductive fitness that determine whether the action counts as altruistic, not the intentions, if any, with which the action is performed.” So the whole question of motives, albeit an interesting one, is circumvented.

3 Stories of Human Compassion and Good Will

Whether these individuals are unknowingly promoting their own genes or not, here are three heart-warming stories that are bound to restore your faith in humanity:

1. Juliana’s Survival Story

Juliana Fuller was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma at age 19, follicular lymphoma at age 26, and melanoma in situ at 27 -- and there was a basal cell carcinoma in there somewhere, too -- so she knows what it’s like to face challenges. Now a married woman, with a smiling, cooing baby named Noelle at her side, Juliana has a message for any of you out there who may, at this moment, really need it.

A Message of Hope: “The main thing for me is that I want people to be hopeful. I want them to know that I could do things I was dreaming of -- that cancer doesn’t have to be the end of the story. I can have my life too. I am so grateful for the littlest things, like feeling good when I wake up and being able to have Noelle,” says Juliana.

2. Patriots QB Tom Brady invites 8-year-old girl with leukemia to visit.

 “BETHEL, Maine – A Maine 8-year-old battling leukemia got her Christmas wish to meet New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The Lewiston Sun Journal reports that Hailey Steward, of Bethel, received a video invitation from Brady on Christmas Day, asking her to visit him Saturday at Patriot Place in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Thousands of well-wishers follow Hailey’s Facebook page, “Hailey’s Journey Our Journey,” and relayed her wish across the Internet.”

3. Flip Saunders #Wolvesnation - RIP, Philip Daniel "Flip"

Flip Saunders announced in August of 2015 that he had Hodgkin lymphoma – a cancer of the blood and lymph system that is usually considered very treatable and curable. At the time, he even planned to stay on as the Timberwolves' head coach.

Things did not go Flip’s way, and he succumbed to the disease relatively quickly. What kind of man was Saunders? His social media presence says it all. Here is his tweet from August 11, 2015 (3.4K favorites and counting): 

"The outpouring of support today has been overwhelming, has truly reminded me that the goodness of people should never be questioned."

Flip Saunders died Sunday, October 25, 2015, and is survived by his wife, Debbie, and children Ryan, Mindy and twins, Rachel and Kimberly. Ryan is an assistant coach for the Timberwolves. Soon after the announcement that cancer had taken Saunders, Kevin Garnett posted a picture of himself sitting in Saunders’ vacant parking spot, with the caption, “Forever in my heart.”


Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Biological Altruism. Accessed December 2015.

CRI. Are there Non-Religious Skeptics of Darwinian Evolution and Proponents of Intelligent Design? http://www.equip.org/article/non-religious-skeptics-darwinian-evolution-proponents-intelligent-design/ Accessed December 2015.

Raymond Tallis, Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis, and the Misrepresentation of Humanity (Durham, UK: Acumen Publishing, 2011).

ESPN. Tom Brady grants Christmas wish to 8-year-old with leukemia. Accessed December 2015.

CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/29/living/craig-sager-tnt-nba-sagerstrong-leukemia-feat/index.html. Accessed March 2016.


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