Everyone knows that it’s a nurse’s job to take care of their patients. A good nurse tends to their medical needs—but a great one looks out for all of their needs: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Nurse Cynthia Robinson at 21st Century Oncology in Las Vegas fits that bill. For months, she took care of a 17-year-old named Basil Dallas. Basil had developed a brain tumor, but was fortunately making a recovery. Yet, all was not well with his family.
During an appointment with Basil, Robinson overheard his family say that they were going to be homeless in a few days. To make matters worse, his mother, Marcia Duncan, was unemployed and having no luck in the job search process.
Robinson first helped by getting in contact with the local hotel, which gave them a place to stay for two weeks. Still, she knew she had to do more.
“When I see them cry, it kinda gets to me because I know she’s been looking for a job for months and just can’t find one,” Basil’s younger brother, Shamarie, said of his family. “It’s kind of for all of us actually, with no type of support other than Cynthia.”
So Robinson reached out to FOX5 Las Vegas to see if their Surprise Squad would be able to help. She told them she didn’t want Basil’s situation to be “the disaster it was headed to be.”
“It just came to me that I had seen so many wonderful things done for other people, [and] that they were also deserving of a chance to have something nice for them. So we [at 21st Century Oncology] just went out on a limb,” she told FOX5 in an interview.
FOX5 alerted their local Nissan dealership, which sponsors Surprise Squad. When staff member Jon Simon heard the story, he was beyond excited to help.
“Y’know, when FOX5 called us … They said ‘Jon, why don’t you check out this address and see what you think? We’re gonna help out a family,” he told them in an interview. “Immediately I got in my car, went over, checked the area, texted Don [Forman, the business’s owner] later that night, and said ‘Ready to go. Let’s go for it!'”
The Surprise Squad arrived at the family’s hotel just a few days before their two-week stay would end. Robinson was there to help with the surprise—but even she didn’t know what they were going to do.
Fox reporter Cassandra Jones greeted the family and told them that, once they got in their car, they would get to meet a special friend. That friend turned out to be Don Forman, who offered the family a home for Basil’s 12-month recovery process, along with a new car.
When the family got a look around the house, they were moved to tears. Everyone got big rooms with brand new furniture—and a player from the University of Las Vegas basketball team showed up in-person to invite the family to a game.
Marcia, who had been sleeping on the couch so that her sons would have a bed to sleep in, was especially touched to have a new bed all to herself. This gave her kids incredible peace of mind.
“Now I know she’s stress free,” Basil said. “It’s the worst feeling in the world to know that your mom is struggling because of us. I wished, if she didn’t have us, she’d be better off. Sometimes it just gets to me but I don’t show it … That’s what I do what I have to do to make her proud.”
Since then, Marcia has gotten a job at a senior care center and her whole family is doing well thanks to Nurse Cynthia Robinson and her words of encouragement:
“No matter what, keep your head up high and keep your faith because in faith all things are possible.”