Submitted by Gail Brazeau
I actually have to tell you about our two amazing men for our "one" story. Both of my children receive regular care from University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. It is about 7 hours away from us in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They have been patients of Dr. Steve Kasten and the craniofacial team since birth due to cleft lip and palate. This year my son's 5th grade class read the book Wonder, which is about a child with facial differences. I reached out to Dr. Kasten to see if he would maybe do a video message or an email to the class, thinking he could talk about the work he does with these children and what he has learned or wishes other children knew. Imagine my surprise when he said, "No, actually I would like to come to his class and take a more interactive approach." He and two other members of his team took a day out to come all the way to our little town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and talk to 5th graders about their jobs, the kids they work with, and choosing kindness. But wait, I want you to hear about our other hero. Dr. Steve Ouwinga in our orthodontist. He lives in our town, but works closely with the team at U of M. When he found out they were making the trip all the way up here, he rescheduled a day of appointment to come and talk with the kids too. Many times the world feels like people are only thinking of themselves. We hear about doctors being too busy to listen to patients. I wanted to share this story because these two men are examples of people going above and beyond the call of duty, and for no other reason but to be kind.