An Anonymous Stranger May Have Saved This Mother's Life


“Graduations, weddings, births, being a grandma one day — she will miss it all,” Skylar Headley-Skinkle wrote on a fundraising page for her mother, Stephanie Headley, who lives with systemic scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disorder that can cause the hardening and tightening of skin, connective tissue and sometimes vital organs.

Skylar made the plea when her family’s fundraising campaign fell short in early July, meaning her mom, who has battled the disease for 13 years, would not be able to receive stem cell therapy from a doctor in Chicago she had read about. Things seemed grim. But Headley, a 48-year-old single mother of four from Ottawa, Canada, told the CBC that she had a feeling she would pull through.

“This loud voice kept telling me, ‘There’s something out there, there’s something out there,’” she tells the news outlet in the video below. “You’re not meant to die.”

That something turned out to be an anonymous man who called Headley, said he would like to make a donation, then showed up at her door 10 minutes later with an envelope. In it, was a check for $128,000 CDN (about $119,000 in the U.S.).

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“Huge miracle!” Headley wrote on Twitter, along with a thank-you to the nameless man.

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