Paying It Forward


2014-0411 Myles EckertThe story in this post does not directly pertain to survivors or caregivers. The story does not directly address adversity (brain injury, stroke, seizure, ataxia, autism, etc.). However, the story proves even a young person can, with a positive attitude and an act of kindness, make the world a better place.




There are many articles about the main story and its related or follow up stories, but no article I found shares the information as clearly and concisely as the following videos.

However, I want to mention an article, written by Jeremy Baumhower for the Toledo Free Press, because the article identifies a mantra that may have caused Myles Eckert to make the decision he made. According to Baumhower, Tiffany Eckert, Myles’ mom, teaches her children:

  1. Kindness always wins
  2. You get better not bitter
  3. Pay it forward


The first video clearly explains how the story began.

Shortly after Myles Eckert gave $20 and a hand-written letter to  Lt. Col. Frank Dailey (a stranger), thousands of people shared the story. The following video reveals how a single act of kindness inspired many acts of kindness.

Call to Action

Use the comment field below this post to share your favorite story about paying it forward.


Thanks to Myles Eckert for sharing his story about the act of kindness that quickly captured the attention of millions of people;  late Army Sgt. Gary “Andy” Eckert who inspired Myles to pay it forward even though Sgt. Eckert died when his Miles was only a few weeks old; Tiffany Eckert for teaching her children the values to which we all aspire; Lt. Col. Frank Dailey of the Ohio Air National Guard for his many acts of kindness; Cracker Barrel for allowing its restaurant to be filmed; CBS News; ABC News; interviewers; reporters; videographers; Snowball Express for helping children of fallen heroes; Toledo Free Press; YouTube for hosting the videos I used in this post; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, videos, and text I used in this post.


    1. Nancy, some of the stories I write about in this blog are shared with me by readers of this blog. If you see an article about a story you think would interest other readers of this blog, please share the article with me. I will gladly share the article with others. ~ Scott

  1. Beautiful story. Myles, your Dad is smiling down on you from heaven. You are a beautiful young man and you Mom has taught you well. Bless your family and your father for his ultimate sacrifice for our country.

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