When Georgia resident Josh Libman was suffering from a rare form of cancer and had to have his leg amputated, he had someone special to help him through it.
Yet it wasn’t a family member (although they provided their fair share of help as well), friend, neighbor, or pet. The person who helped him through was somebody Libman had never really met before—a local nurse named Alane Levy.
Levy heard about Libman through a Facebook post in a group for Jewish mothers. Moms from all around the area had tried raising money for him through GoFundMe. She ended up meeting with Libman four days prior to his amputation. Levy did not have much to give in terms of cash but she was able to offer up something arguably even more valuable: care.
“I couldn’t write a check, but I could offer my nursing services,” Levy told USA Today.
Once every week, Levy would take care of Libman overnight, giving his family a much-needed break. She didn’t ask for money but instead opted to do it for free.
“I could use the money,” Levy said. “But it’s about doing the right thing.”
As a mother of two, Levy is well-versed in planning big celebrations for events such as birthdays. So, as Libman approached his final chemo treatment, Levy started thinking about what she could do to celebrate.
Usually, cancer patients ring a bell after their last treatment, but Libman’s treatment floor in the hospital didn’t have a bell. Plus Levy wanted to go bigger and louder. She ended up recruiting 50 very special musical guests from a local school. However, as word got around, 150 people eventually showed up.
On Thursday, November 10th, Libman woke up to the sound of drums and horns marching down the street. When he emerged from his house he saw the entire Norcross High School marching band coming down his street.
“We believe that Josh will win! We believe that Josh will win!” they chanted.
This move was so much more meaningful to Libman than simply ringing a bell. Norcross is his alma mater. Seeing students from his old school marching down the street and cheering just for him, he couldn’t help but feel touched.
“There’s so much bad in this world, people just want something good,” Levy said. “You’re part of something so wonderful, this is bigger than anything we could do on our own.”