Peyton Thomas of Hamilton, Ontario, is only six years old, but she wanted a skateboard and her Mom, Jeanean, bought her one. During their first visit to the skate park they felt intimidated by older boys who were smoking and cursing, but Jeanean encouraged Payton to try her board anyway. She made a few awkward efforts before a young man approached her. Expecting the worst, Jeanean was ready to intervene when the boy began giving Peyton all the pointers she'd need for a great ride, and picking her up when she fell. Within an hour she was showing off new skills.
Jeanean never got the young man's name, but was so touched by his patience and kindness that she wrote about him to the local paper. "I am proud that you are part of my community and thank you for being kind to my daughter, even though your friends made fun of you for it. Now Peyton feels she can do anything -- because of you." The Cambridge Times later learned the skater was 20-year-old Ryan Carney, who brushed off the fuss about his actions.