The medals brave men and women receive in the line of duty are well deserved.
Such achievements should be treasured and appreciated, which is why so many awards get passed down through families.
But when a decorated Royal Marine heard about a little girl in desperate need of help, he knew he could do something to help.
It was on Facebook that 35-year-old veteran Matthew Goodman read about Lottie Woods-John, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma last year. She was only 2 years old.
Goodman had never met Lottie but he knew how expensive her treatments would be – the cancer treatments would cost upwards of $250,000 – and her parents weren’t wealthy.
So, he stepped up and decided to auction off the three service medals he received while serving in the Iraq War.
“As a father myself, I couldn’t imagine seeing my baby daughter, Freya, suffering like that and I knew I had to help in some way,” Goodman told The Sun.
“My medals were just sitting in the drawer doing nothing, and I thought they could be used for something worthwhile.
“They were awarded for the sacrifices I made, but I’m happy to forgo that honor if it means helping a little girl in desperate need.”
After a 13-hour operation during which time doctors were able to remove 95 percent of the tumor, Lottie started her immunotherapy to kill off the last of the cancer.
Unfortunately, she also needs a new vaccine treatment that’s only available in the US, which of course adds to the cost. And she’s going to have to really fight to survive.
Said her mother, Charlotte Woods:
“Lottie has been given 20 per cent chance of surviving the next five years and there’s an 85 per cent chance of the cancer returning.
“The vaccine treatment prevents the cancer from returning, so Lottie needs the cutting-edge treatment straight away, meaning we need the £200,000 imminently.”
She said when Goodman contacted her and told her what he planned to do, she was “speechless.”
As for the selfless hero in question, he finished by saying:
“If people stand up and support families like Lottie’s then it makes all the difference.
“Once they’re sold, in the place of my medals I’ll be wearing a childhood cancer awareness ribbon.
For me, nothing is worth a child’s life.”
If this doesn’t brighten your day, nothing will.
Source: The Sun