Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"Biggest Heart: Beth David"

From The Journal

The Journal Times has released their "Best of Racine County 2015."

The winner with the "biggest heart" is Beth David:

September 27, 2015 5:00 am

"As a child, Beth David can recall being counselled by her mother, Cynthia Wanek, with advice that would shape her life. During Cynthia’s time in Cleveland from 1943-51, she became acquainted with a tailor who had spent time in a German concentration camp during World War II and still had a number from those horrible days tattooed to his arm. He would tell Cynthia, 'Sometimes you have to speak up for those who can’t,' and she passed that wisdom onto her daughter.

"'It was always a life lesson,' David said.

"As David deals with what she said is a worsening case of multiple sclerosis approaching her 46th birthday Oct. 17, David continues to devote her life to making a difference in Racine, where she moved from her native West Allis in 1979. From finding living quarters for a homeless man and his dog in the dead of winter to initiating summer lunch programs for needy children to heightening community understanding with 'Peacefest,' which held its fourth annual event Aug. 23 at Quarry Lake Park, David lives for the betterment of others.

"Her award comes occasionally, such as when she recently greeted a boy she calls 'M' at her lunch program.

"'He was bouncing off the walls,' David said, 'and I looked at him and said, "Hey, 'M,' do you need to hug it out?" He looked at me and he came over and gave me the biggest hug ever. Everybody was dumbfounded. And then he came back two more times to get a hug."
— Peter Jackel

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Congratulations, Beth David!  No one deserves it more than you.


kkdither said...

Congratulations, Beth! Bravo, might be more appropriate, as this appears to be ingrained in who you are. If more people took initiative to help others, this city would thrive, and be what I remember as a child. I am always dumbfounded when I read of something positive happening in our local paper, and I look to the comments and see the small, regular group of nasty commentators who use the opportunity to turn it to their negative voice.

My hope in life is that I can offer comfort to others, and give more than I take. The latter is harder... when you give, you wind up receiving.

Beejay said...

Beth deserves this recognition. She is such a positive for Racine! kk, those negatives would never lift a finger unless it was to their own benefit. To them I say, "pffft."

lizardmom said...

Congrats, Beth. She's so humble about it all, yet is such an amazing lady. This world needs a lot more "Beth"'s!