Brother John Cleary is blessed ~ Surgeon's saved his life twice

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565


It is often said, “Freedom is not free.” I've had thoughts about that in recent days. Especially, with demonstrations and marches occurring since the outrageous death of George Floyd!

Then this morning, I read this blog written by Dorie Dillard.  It is about her younger brother who became part of history, when shot at Kent State on May 4th 1970. It's a valuable read!

We are also to be reminded that not only is freedom not free, Change that benefits mankind is often not free!  There is a cost often paid!

My younger brother John Cleary has a special relationship with the 2 dates of May 4th and May 5th. 50 years ago on May 4, 1970 a surgeon saved his life after he was shot at Kent State as an observer of the protests. He found himself displayed in a haunting photo on the cover of Life Magazine. John returned to Kent State, graduated and became an architect in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His wish is for new generations of students to never forget the historical importance of what occurred that day.


John was asked to write a chapter in the book “The Cost of Freedom.”

John was also interviewed by CBS which aired the week-end before May 4, 2020 just days before another surgery 50 years later on May 5th for his pancreatic cancer.

On May 5, 2020 the surgery preformed proved successful and John is home getting his strength back, gaining weight getting stronger to fight 6 more rounds of chemotherapy beginning the end of June. This article will run in the Pittsburg Gazette and was placed yesterday on their website. May 4th and May 5th are definitely days of celebration for John. His steadfast faith, wife and family make all the difference in the quality of life John lives. We are all grateful to the surgeons who saved John's life twice.

"The miraculous thing is that miracles do happen."

Joesphenine Pinckney



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Comments (11)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Myrl Jeffcoat ,

Thank you for the re-blog. It was a tumultuous time and you are so right "Freedom is not free." I still remember that day my dad called and they were at the hospital waiting for John to get out of surgery!

Jun 06, 2020 04:54 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl I remember the Kent State protests very well.  I was just about to graduate from High School, and join the Navy.

Jun 06, 2020 05:54 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Myrl.

Dorie has reason to rejoice, as does her brother.  

Jun 07, 2020 01:42 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Myrl, for sharing this very interesting reblog selection.

Jun 07, 2020 03:59 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Myrl Jeffcoat what a great choice for a reblog....and I'll leave a comment for Dorie, too.... this was an amazing story.

Jun 07, 2020 04:49 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful post to reblog.  I read Dorie's post yesterday, and I had similar thoughts as you did.  Wishing you a delightful Sunday.  A

Jun 07, 2020 07:15 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


What a gem to find and repost. I was at Ohio State during this time and almost went to Kent State that day. My boss wouldn't let me out of working, another long story. Hope all is good for you, cheers cvc

Jun 07, 2020 09:46 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Myrl,  Such a bad day,  I know some people that were there both as students and some of the national guard, plus my daugther when there from 1997 to 2001 and got here MBA from there.

Jun 07, 2020 11:39 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Myrl. -What a great reblog. Also an amazing story.

Jun 07, 2020 12:26 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That was an amazing post by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR (it touched my heart)

Happy Tuesday evening to you Myrl Jeffcoat 

Jun 09, 2020 09:17 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thank you for sharing this, Myrl. I had not seen it but it was a special post to read. Will leave a comment on Dorie's post as well.


Jun 09, 2020 10:15 PM