Heroic amputee lost his leg but found something special

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Heroic amputee lost his leg but found something special

Source:  , Detroit Free Press ColumnistPublished 12:00 a.m. ET May 6, 2018


It’s coming on graduation season, but I’ve already heard the best commencement speech of the year. It wasn’t delivered in a cap and gown, over a microphone, or to the sound of applause. Instead, it came in a phone interview, with a somewhat tired high schooler who had been to his prom the night before.

Sean English has had a heck of a senior year. Thirteen months ago, he and his parents were on their way to church for a school singing event, when they spotted a Jeep on I-96 that had flipped over with six teenagers inside. They stopped to help. As English recalls, “It was a family decision to stop.” There was never a thought of driving past.

Another car stopped as well. Out stepped a woman named Cynthia Ray, a pulmonary and lung cancer doctor at Henry Ford Hospital. Both she and Sean’s family tried to help the teens.

It was a pure act of kindness. But it was not rewarded in kind.

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