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Hot Off The Press: Does doing good count if your motives are bad?

Posted on: July 28, 2010

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this morning i sat mouth wide open as i read the heart wrenching story of a yale college student, mandi schwartz, who has leukemia and is in need of a stem cell transplant in order to survive.   the good news is that she is scheduled to receive her transplant next month thanks to some extraordinary efforts of a total stranger. 


tedd collins iv went to all ends; spreading the word about her need for a donor.   on many accounts he would be perceived as a hero but there is a catch.  he has been accused in the past of charity fraud.   he has been sued for setting up charities that asked individuals for money so he could fund a cause.   but when investigated these organizations don’t exist or have never seen the money that he raised.

i’m not advocating fraud; but should his good deed of getting her a transplant be discounted because of a less than desirable past?  if his motives were bad should he not get praise for saving a life? 

i’ve got no answers for this one but think it’s an interesting question to ponder about judgment, giving back and intent…

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