Another year coming to a close. Where does the time go? It seems my mother was right, as always: The older you get, the quicker the years fly by.
For this last column of 2012, some updates.
First, as promised, a follow-up to my last column, about the Miron brothers from Escanaba, who took their earnings from their steer at the Escanaba State Fair this summer and gave them to charity instead of buying electronics or other items appealing to young men.
Four charities, to be exact, benefited from the Mirons' generosity, the last being the Wounded Warrior Fund.
Several readers let me know they responded to Dayton and Denham Miron's kind deed by donating to the fund themselves.
One of them, Donna Hilborn, noted the column happened to run the day after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that took the lives of 20 first-graders and six adults.
"After yesterday's school shooting tragedy in Connecticut, it was so inspiring to read about the Miron brothers from the Escanaba area. So many kids these days get a bad 'rap,' and it only goes to prove that not all kids are self-centered, etc. I do also believe the parents have a huge involvement in how their child grows up, so I also applaud the parents of these two brothers," she said
To all who were inspired by the Mirons, thank you. The comments of those who responded made it clear, again: The Upper Peninsula is filled with generous souls.
And to Denham and Dayton, again thanks for being such amazing young men.
In the aftermath of the Newtown horror story, my colleague and friend Jackie Stark wrote a spot-on column about the media's coverage of what happened. That column ran last Saturday, Dec. 22. If you missed it in the print edition, please read it at www.miningjournal.net/page/content.detail/id/582812/Missing-the-mark-Media-mistakes.html?nav=5141.
It's well worth your time.
Another update is quite wonderful news: Michelle Mulder's kidney transplant went very well.
Michelle received a kidney from her sister, Carrie Myotte, about 10 days ago in Madison, Wis. The sisters are originally from Pickford, but Michelle lives in west Ishpeming. She first came to our readers' attention when she was part of a series on organ transplant that appeared in The Mining Journal in April 2011.
On Dec. 9, Michelle and Carrie were featured in stories about the planned transplant. And it's fantastic to be able to report that the surgery was successful and the recovery for both donor and recipient is going great.
In this season of giving, the sisters' story should serve as a reminder of not only how important it is to be an organ donor, but that one can be a living donor.
If you haven't already become an organ donor, for more information, visit giftoflifemichigan.org, Michigan.gov/sos, or call 1-800-482-4881.
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.