Thank You Homer Hickam And Doug Stanhope

Kiera Wilmot, recently expelled and laden with felony charges for a science experiment gone wrong, has seen a turn for the better in her life.  This is one of those stories that, without the help of the internet, may well have fallen into obscurity, and lead Kiera Wilmot down a sad and unjust fork in the road on her life’s journey.

Homer Hickam: A Win For Science, Education, And Human Decency

The charges have been dropped, which is excellent, but what’s particularly awesome is that a fellow by the name of Homer Hickam, a former lead astronaut training manager for Spacelab and the International Space Station, has stepped in to purchase her a scholarship for her and her sister to attend NASA Space Academy.

“I couldn’t let this go without doing something,” Hickam said. “I’m not a lawyer, but I could give her something that would encourage her. I’ve worked closely with the U.S. Space Academy, and so I purchased a scholarship for her.” [ mommyish.com ]

A Show Of Solidarity And Compassion From The Atheist Community

It was entertaining seeing Robo-Blitzer stumble through an interaction with a human, but it’s all good fun. What was wonderful to see is that the atheist community came out in support of this woman.  Doug Stanhope got the ball rolling by starting an Indiegogo campaign to raise at least $50,000 in support of Rebecca Vitsum and her family.  They not only achieved this mark in less than a day, but as I write this the current tally is at $68,481 with 59 days remaining for the campaign.

 “It’s important that our community shows that we have your back when you come out publicly as an atheist Let’s show the world that you dont need to believe in a god to have human compassion nor does all charity fall under the banner of religion. Let’s get this courageous woman and her family back in their own home.” – Doug Stanhope

People, whether of faith or not, have the potential for great generosity and compassion. Thank You Homer Hickam and Doug Stanhope, and to everyone out there with a charitable nature, no matter what you believe.

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