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Thoughts For Thursday: One Person Can Make A Difference

July 21, 2011 · 19 comments

in Thoughts For Thursday

Recently, I was watching a local news show, and there was a story about a man named Dan Dewey, from Metro Detroit.

Dan is an ordinary guy that makes an ordinary income.  What is extraordinary is what Dan does every Thursday morning around 10:00.

On that day, Dan visits the cancer center of a local hospital, where patients are sitting in chairs getting their chemotherapy treatments.  Dan walks around the room and asks each patient and nurse what they would like to drink from Starbucks, free of charge. He makes his list (including cocoa for the kids) and drives a few miles south to the local Starbucks to place his order.

This is no easy feat for one man.  Dan’s usual order is for 20+ drinks that he picks up and delivers by himself, and I don’t think he even spills!  Dan has been doing this for years, and it is all because of his father.

How Dan’s Coffee Run Started

Dan’s father was 81 years old when he received his cancer diagnosis.  Each week, Dan would visit with his dad when he was getting chemo at the very same treatment center as Dan visits today.  When Dan visited his dad at the cancer treatment center, Dan would quite often run to Starbucks.  Before Dan would leave to get his coffee, he would ask if anyone else in the room wanted anything, and a tradition was born.

Dan’s dad did survive the  cancer, but he did pass away a few years later.  However, he did have a dying wish:  that his son continue the coffee runs.

A Man Honors His Father

Dan is 64 years old and has knee problems, so transporting 5 trays of drinks from Starbucks to the inside of the cancer center is no easy feat.  However, the reward he gets from brightening the day of strangers who are critically ill makes it all worth it to him.  You can see from the smiles on the patient’s faces how Dan’s kindness makes a real difference.  I think you can also see how important this weekly coffee run is to Dan too.

To Learn More About Dan’s Coffee Runs:

The barista that works on Dan’s Starbuck’s order each week has created a Facebook page for his cause called Dan’s Coffee Run.  I am not asking for donations for Dan, but you can learn more about Dan’s cause, and of course you can donate if you want to.  You can also click on this link to watch the video about Dan’s Coffee Run.

Watching that human interest story reminded me that small things can make a big difference, and that the goal of a good deed doesn’t have to be to fix the world.  However, if you can fix someone’s day, that is good enough.

 

 

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No Debt MBA July 21, 2011 at 8:25 am

What a sweet thing to do! He’s definitely made a difference in hundreds of people’s lives.

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Kris July 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Absolutely, probably thousands actually!

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Niki July 21, 2011 at 9:24 am

Some people are amazing! It’s hard to remember that sometimes when I watch the news.

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Kris July 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I couldn’t agree more Niki. It is rare the news ever features stories like this.

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Money Reasons July 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm

How cool! Both the story of Dan and the fact that you are passing it forward (very clever)…

Kudos to Dan, and hurray for you for putting it out for people to learn about 🙂

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Kris July 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Dan does seem like a great guy. Very down to earth, and is totally doing this deed from his heart.

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Crystal @ BFS July 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

That is so uplifting! Now I want to go out and do something sweet. Kudos for passing that on. 🙂

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Kris July 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I believe you will be when you start your meals on wheels! I bet you will make friends with all the people you deliver to (and the food will end up cold for the people at the end of your route. :))

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krantcents July 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm

This is a great example of one person making a difference! It is nice to see positive news occasionally.

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Kris July 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Krant, isn’t it great to see a great story instead of a depressing one???

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Lindy Mint July 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I love this story. I would sit in the chemo room with my mom every two weeks when she had her treatments for breast cancer. I can only imagine what a difference in spirit his coffee runs make to those patients. Thanks for sharing this.

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Kris July 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Lindy, I bet this story really hit home for you. I hope you didn’t find it too upsetting. I am sorry your mom ever had to get sick with cancer.

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MoneyCone July 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm

What a touching story Kris! A simple act of kindness touching hundreds of lives. Thanks for sharing.

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Kris July 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I loved this story too MC. So often watching the news, I just see depressing stories about drunk Chrysler workers or the latest murder(s) in Detroit, so this was a nice change.

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Squirrelers July 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Thanks for shaing this. That’s great! I wish there were more people out there like this….that’s a good role model.

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Kris July 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm

He just seems like such a nice guy too- he really enjoys what he does. I wish there was more people like him too.

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First Gen AMerican July 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

my friend ken was a nurse and used to bring cookies to his hospital every day when the hospital cost cut those out of the budget. He was also one man but made such a big difference. Thanks for sharing the wonderful story.

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Rob February 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Val is great… she is the barista that created the next whole buzz about this and has done everything she can to raise money for Dan…. without her this thing would be what it is today. So if you visit the Starbucks on the southwest corner of Woodward ave and Sq Lk Rd in Bloomfield Hills MI make sure you thank her for all the hard work she has done to help Dan. I was just very upset that she hasn’t got the recognition that she deserves and yes I donate weekly to the cause.
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