According to the latest statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 million Americans are suffering from Diabetes.
This alarming disease happens when our body’s ability to produce insulin to regulate glucose levels is impaired.
The alarming disease that claimed the lives of about 1.6 million people brings a string of health problems. Diabetes increases our risk of developing heart diseases, damages our blood vessels, destroys our nerves, hurts our kidneys, and can even cause visual impairment.
Gene Hubbard is among the 30 million Americans suffering from Diabetes. When the old man was diagnosed with Diabetes years ago, the doctors told him the real deal about his situation.
From that day onward, Gene acquainted himself in monitoring his blood sugar levels and giving himself insulin shots.
Gene also accepted the fact that one day, his diabetes may damage the nerves of his eyesight which will leave him blind for the remaining years of his life.
But Gene is a strong man who wouldn’t let the lemons life is giving him turn him sour. After becoming blind 20 years ago, Gene is able to practice independence and continue working like he did before.
How does he do that? Well, despite his visual impairment, Gene is still able to come to work on his home thanks to his good spatial memory. After memorizing schedules, maps, and routes, Gene can commute from one place to another without compromising his safety.
However, due to a construction work, changes has been made in the path he treads every single day. With this sudden changes, the old blind man felt like he was lost in the middle of uncharted waters.
“If I don’t have a regular locating point to start from, I may as well be in the middle of the ocean.” Gene described his ordeal in an interview.
Fortunately, a kindhearted bus driver noticed his plight. Feeling for the old blind man, Thaddaus Turner spared some of his precious time to help Gene out. The bus driver pulled the bus over, took the keys off the ignition, hopped off the bus, and happily assisted the distressed Gene.
Thaddaus took Gene in the arm and carefully helped him cross the street until he was back on a path familiar to his spatial memory.
Unbeknownst to the young bus driver, a fellow bus driver, Sydney Kazmierczak, took notice of his kind and compassionate gesture – taking a photo for the rest of the world to see.
“I feel like I was placed there at the right time to capture this moment!!” Sydney wrote on her Facebook account. “I am so happy I quickly pulled out my phone to snap the picture! Thad deserves to be recognized!!”
The photo touched the heart of thousands of people and caught the attention of various news agency. Thaddaus kindhearted gesture did not only make him popular, it also earned him the title of a modern hero.
However, the young bus driver refuses to call himself a hero. According to Thaddaus, what he did was nothing special because all bus drivers would have done the same thing.
“The route was barricaded, it was rough for me as a driver, I can only imagine how rough it was for him,” Thaddaus explained in an interview. “I was surprised when I saw it in the news. I didn’t think I would be here right now over something that is second nature to me, and my colleagues.”
Watch and SHARE the heartwarming gesture of compassion and kindness caught on camera below!
May Thaddaus and Gene’s story remind us that kindness does not have to come in grand packages. Sometimes, sharing a minute or two of our time to help out is more than enough to make a big difference!
This story originally appeared on January 2019