This section is intended to collect stories of everyday compassionate acts. Please tell us a story about an act of kindness you experienced or witnessed.

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1. Since we moved here in 1968 we’ve loved Fayetteville. A university town is good to raise kids but Fayetteville is a special place for our family. Andy our son was born in Fayetteville. Life is a challenge for us. With his disabled life condition the city and university has provided excellent services for our family and Andy. It is good place to be. We appreciate it. 

Fayetteville High School Service Learning Class students recently worked with elementary school students in re-writing and illustrating the Charter for Compassion. Watch the video below to see the students in action:

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2. Compassion Fayetteville: Burke Fanari

Burke Fanari was looking for a temporary job when he started working at Washington Regional Medical Center.

Seventeen years later, he’s still delivering mail to patients in the hospital, spreading his contagious joy.

“It’s been inspirational,” Michael Mathis, Burke’s aid from Life Styles, Inc. said.

Though Burke has Cerebral Palsy and has trouble speaking, Mathis helps him out.

However, Mathis said he gets the better end of the bargain.

“He’s got a calming effect on people as well. I’ll get uptight about something and he just stays calm, gets us through it, it’s very neat,” Mathis said.

Burke earned a bachelor’s degree in science, volunteers regularly and helps advocate for others with disabilities.

“He’s kind of like Norm on Cheers. Everywhere he goes, everyone knows him.”

The achievements earned him the Carol Hart Vision Award through Life Styles, Inc. a program designed to allow adults with disabilities lead independent lives.

Humbly, Burke said he was shocked and very honored to receive the award.

“He’s positive every time I see him, always has a smile on his face, makes others smile. It’s just a rewarding experience,” Mathis said.

Burke’s missions continue, bringing a few minutes of happiness to patients, one knock at the door at a time.

“If he didn’t have compassion, he doesn’t think he’d be where he is today,” Mathis said.

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