Steve Eighinger

This month's gold medal winner takes caring to a new level

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 15, 2017 8:25 am

Someday I would like to meet Mohamed Bzeek. I think you'll understand why after reading the 19th edition of "Good Guys of the Month."

Bronze medal

Judge Frank Caprio should be applauded for a ruling he made in Providence, R.I.

A woman named Sarah was contesting a parking ticket, and when Caprio read the charges aloud, he immediately dismissed them.

Good call, Frank.

"Inside Edition" reported that Sarah had received a ticket for parking in a no-parking zone with restrictions from 8 to 10 a.m. When did she receive the violation? The officer who ticketed her said her offense occurred two seconds before the zone restrictions were up -- 9:59:58 a.m.

Technically, a violation? Well, yes, but ...

And in Sarah's defense, she told Caprio the clock in her car said it was a couple of minutes past 10.

Silver medal

This is the kind of story that gives me great hope about today's younger generation.

Each of more than 100 students at Mount Notre Dame High School in Cincinnati donated at least 8 inches of hair to Beautiful Lengths, a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and Pantene that collects hair to be used to make wigs for cancer patients across the country.

In 2015 girls at Mount Notre Dame donated more than 720 inches of hair.

"Yes, my hair is important to me, but I feel like it's so much more important to someone who doesn't have any," sophomore Caroline Rueter told Cincinnati radio station WKRC.

Gold medal

If you can, try to remember the name Mohamed Bzeek. More important, try to remember what he has done -- and continues to do.

Hailey Branson-Potts is a writer for the Los Angeles Times who recently brought to light the work of Bzeek, 62, a man she describes as "a quiet, devout Libyan-born Muslim who lives in Azusa, Calif."

Branson-Potts' story about Bzeek was incredibly moving and let the world know of his more than two decades as a foster father. Bzeek takes in the children no one else wants -- "the sickest of the sick in Los Angeles County's sprawling foster care system," Branson-Potts wrote.

"Bzeek has buried about 10 children," she continued. "Some died in his arms."

Her story says Bzeek now "spends long days and sleepless nights caring for a bedridden 6-year-old foster girl with a rare brain defect. She's blind and deaf. She has daily seizures. Her arms and legs are paralyzed."

Bzeek simply wants her to know she's not alone in this life.

We could all learn from Mohamed Bzeek.