The universe has a way of sending help from even the most unlikely of places.
When Tony Wood of Spring Hill, Tennessee, received a wrong-number text, he could have just ignored it, as most of us would have done. Instead, he gathered five of his six children and took a picture to send Sydney Uselton, the girl on the other end of the line, just to give her a little encouragement.
“I thought, let’s try and make this young lady’s day,” Tony said. He had no idea that replying to this random text would change the trajectory of his family’s life in a profound way.
Syd was dress shopping when she decided to get a second opinion. Wearing a black, formal gown, she snapped a picture of herself in a dressing room and zipped the text off to a friend. Or… to who she thought was her friend.
Tony sent her a note back right away, but he also wanted to let her know that her pretty pictures hadn’t wound up in the wrong hands, so he included a picture of five of his six kids giving a big thumbs up.
“I figured that the children’s response would accomplish that substantially better than some middle-aged overweight bald guy!”
Syd’s friend Mandi Miller was so tickled by the exchange that she shared it on her Twitter page, where it quickly went viral. Not only is it just a sweet act of kindness on Tony’s part, but look at those cute kids of his!
Once the story hit the web, internet sleuths discovered that one of Tony’s children was missing from the picture. The youngest child, four-year-old Kaizler, wasn’t home at the time because his mom had taken him to his chemotherapy appointment. Kaizler is battling leukemia.
Once Mandi read about Kaizler’s cancer diagnosis, she shared his GoFundMe page, which snowballed into a widespread wave of giving that took everyone by surprise. Thousands of people have donated to the little guy’s page, and donations have far surpassed the fundraiser’s initial goal of $10,000.
“Kaizler is doing well,” Tony said. “We still have about a little over a year worth of treatments to go. He really wanted to try going to Kindergarten, so we gave that a shot, but he was getting sick way too often and had several hospitalizations.”
“That’s more than we had donated in total over the last 2 years,” Tony explained. “It’s been amazing and is a bigger blessing than anyone could ever know. We were backed up to a financial wall. I’ve been working the entire time, but I was slowly but surely succumbing to the financial rigors of the situation.”
Kaizler’s mom Rachel says she can’t express how grateful her family is for the financial help, and no one can believe this rush of good fortune came from a simple wrong-number text!
“It is so refreshing to be reminded that there are good people in the world who still care about others and are quick to be generous and kind to others,” she stated. “I would also like to thank EVERYONE from the bottom of my heart for all the kind words, all the prayers, all the donations, all the love and support. We honestly would never have been able to make it this far in our journey without every single one of you!!!”
The world works in mysterious ways! Sounds like this text message will accomplish more “right” than “wrong” in the long run. Please share this story to spread the love even further.