I’ve got a young friend named Curtis. An ordinary kid by most standards he’s not. My friend doesn’t live a life like most young kids do. His mom has stage four cancer, and they live well below the poverty line.

Several weeks ago while Curtis’ mom was sleeping, he decided to take action. When she awoke she found young Curtis gone. In a fit of fear and concern she went looking for him, only find him knocking on neighbors’ doors several blocks away.

She came to find out he was trying to help his mom. Curtis said, “I was just trying to raise money to pay my mom’s bills and help with my brothers and sisters.” Well, that day Curtis raised $64 and attracted a heck of a lot of attention.

Curtis is 9 years old, and he is one of my heroes. I’m inspired by his spirit and willingness to get it done when no one else could or would.

We need more Curtises in our lives and community. I stand with Curtis, how about you? No matter our circumstances we need to get involved.

On a good note, because of Curtis, hundreds of people have stood up and helped his family. And his mom is fighting the good fight against a terrible disease.

What are you going to do now?

David Clifford

Bluebird Drive

Mount Pleasant