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Doctor Gets Over $500,000 Of Medical Debt Forgiven For His 200 Cancer Patients

We keep saying that kindness is all around us because every single one of us truly has the potential to change lives within their means. Thanks to one doctor over 200 Cancer patients are starting off their year debt-free. This doctor single-handedly managed to get rid of $650,000 of his patients' debt.

He went above and beyond when treating them, even though he didn't have to, but because he could. The incredible doctor from Arkansas, made the decision to do everything in his powerful to help his patients overcome their medical bills because he cared. Here's how he made it happen.

Meet Dr. Omar Atiq

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Dr. Omar Atiq has been a medical oncologist for nearly 40 years. He's had many patients come and go but he also saw that their bills didn't always leave with them. Many couldn't afford to pay off what they owed even though they had no option but to get treated.

After nearly three decades in business, Dr. Atiq is closing his clinic, but he's not leaving his patients behind.

No One Choses To Get Sick

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The worst part about being sick isn't just the illness itself but the fact that it's imposed. No one "chooses" to get sick, especially a fatal life-changing one like Cancer. The even worst part is that some people truly can't afford to be sick. They can't afford the time off without losing their job, their families, their homes even if their body is falling apart. They can't even afford to go see a doctor.

Being alive is a human right yet we've put a price tag on it and only those who can pay to get better can find treatment back to health. This means that those who chose life but can't afford it, just end up with debt they can never imagine getting out of.

The Sick Can't Work

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An Illness like Cancer isn't like the common cold where you can just show up to work anyway and push through. It completely puts a pause on life where the one and only priority is to resume basic function. Dr. Atiq's patients had anywhere between hundreds to thousands of dollars in debt and he wasn't okay with that:

"Since I started practicing, I’ve always been rather uncomfortable with sick patients not only having to worry about their own health and quality of life and their longevity and their families and their jobs but also money," he said to ABC News. "That’s always tugged at me."

Dr. Atiq Took Matters Into His Own Hands

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Dr. Atiq couldn't bear watching his patients' suffering any longer. Not only did they have to worry about their body's declining health, but basic needs like bills. When the billing company tried to get him to reach out to his patients for several months after closing to try to collect payments, he decided that needed to stop.

"Over time I realized that there are people who just are unable to pay," Atiq told "Good Morning America." "So my wife and I, as a family, we thought about it and looked at forgiving all the debt."

"We saw that we could do it and then just went ahead and did it," he said.

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He Managed To Forgive $650,000 Of Debt

Just in time for the holidays, Dr. Atiq gave his patient the most generous gift of all, forgiveness for all their outstanding guests. Around 200 of his patients received a holiday greeting that read,

"I hope this note finds you well. The Arkansas Cancer Clinic was proud to serve you as a patient. Although various health insurances pay most of the bills for the majority of patients, even the deductibles and co-pays can be burdensome. Unfortunately, that is the way our health care system currently works. Arkansas Cancer Clinic is closing its practice after over 29 years of dedicated service to the community. The clinic has decided to forego all balances owed to the clinic by its patients. Happy Holidays.”

We Can All Help The Best We Can

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We may not all be able to work with insurance companies to forgive hundreds of thousands of dollars for debt but it is the principle here that matters. Dr. Atiq went searching for a way to help his community. He saw the suffering of his patients and he knew that simply treating them wouldn't be enough: "I saw patients over the years who just didn’t have anything or who went bankrupt trying to pay for their treatment," he said. "In many ways it seems like a totally unfair situation."

So he went out of his way to think of whatever means he could take advantage of to help. Rather than be complacent because we assume there's nothing we can do, there's always help that can be of service to our community if we just look hard enough.

A Family Of Helpers

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Dr. Atiq has passed on his desire and willingness to help those around him to his entire family. He has four children, all of whom are either doctors or studying to become doctors and who all share the belief that, "one of the things that always bothers everyone I believe is to see sick patients having to worry about things other than they’re getting healthy or getting better."

The family never turns away patients when they can't pay. They hope that more patients can live their lives debt-free and only worry about their health.

So What Are You Waiting For?

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The Four Zodiac Signs That Make The Best Husbands

Women give a lot of time and thought to their idea of the best husband. Most would agree that he must be caring, loyal, attentive, understanding, and independent. No woman is looking to marry a man-child who is just looking for someone to mother him while he contributes the bare minimum. The tricky part is that most men are skilled at charming women into thinking that they will give them the world only to later find out that this was nothing but a facade, an idea they presented but had no intention of maintaining.

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Aries: A Man On An Honest Mission

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​Aries is the kind of man who steps up to the plate without waiting for an invitation. You don't need to ask him twice to take out the trash, because he loves to take charge and be proactive. When they're at their best, Aries men want to become the financial head of their family. They want to ensure that they are working independently to provide and care for the one they love to the best of their abilities.

What makes Aries men great husbands is that they take care of themselves first so that they can actually care for a partner. Sometimes this means that they'll avoid relationships and stay single for long periods of time before they feel like they're in the right place for marriage. However, they tend to be honest about where they are along their path and with their intentions, making them easy to trust and later upfront husbands. You usually don't have to play guessing games, as they'll lay out their cards for you straight on the table.

Leo: Carefree Nature

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Leo men usually have a carefree nature and are happy to do their own thing while letting their partner do theirs. They are easy to plan with and communicate with because they are just happy if you are happy. They're not the jealous type or the overprotective kind that needs you home by a certain time and feels the need to check your phone when you're not looking. The trusting and natural connection they build makes for healthy relationships where both partners are independent in their own ways but can unite in an equal partnership.

Leos are also known to be courageous. Their carefree nature allows them to take risks without overthinking the outcomes. They are likely to go out of their way to make the first moves and put in the effort. They will make their wives feel supported, protected, and lifted.

Virgo: Supportive And Thoughtout

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A Virgo man is husband material because he actually takes the time to think things through. He doesn't rush into relationships and commitments unless he truly feels that it is right. This means that once he chooses the woman he wants to marry, he becomes entirely loyal and dedicated to her. He's willing to work through the hard times and doesn't give up easily. He takes time during arguments to think of logical responses rather than fight in the heat of the moment.

Virgo men are good at providing validation and reminding their wives that they are loved and cared for. They take their hard work ethic with them in their relationships because they understand that love is a muscle that needs to be trained in order to keep functioning at a healthy level. When Virgo men make a promise, they keep it forever.

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Taurus: Protective Of The Heart

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​A Taurus man is both caring and loyal. He is the kind of husband who will always reassure you that he's on your team. He wants to face all your problems with you, not against you. You can count on him when you need support or even just a little help around the house. His reliability means that he always shows up, and remembers birthdays and anniversaries.

Taurus men have a great moral compass that easily guides them in their relationships. They hate to disappoint you so they go out of their way to make sure that you know how much they are trying to love you. Taurus is a romantic at heart, which makes him the ideal partner for a stable relationship that doesn't get comfortable and boring. From the moment he marries the woman he loves, he becomes protective of her heart

Cancer: A Lover Of Love

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Cancer men can't help but love everything about love. They can come off as needy but they are just craving to be loved the same intense, everything in, passionate way that they give love. They are emotional and sentimental making them some of the most romantic partners. They love to surprise their wives with flowers, or acts of service without being asked, just to see her smile at the end of the day.

They give a lot of affection and actually enjoy spending quality time with their wives. They are not confrontational and are great communicators. Marriages with them tend to be calm and patient because they don't let issues bottle up and talk calmly whenever there is an issue. They are genuinely kind and make caring partners.

Get Personal And Break The Cycle

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We don't blame you for being frustrated with dating but if you're struggling to find and keep a quality man click here to find out how to break the cycle. In any relationship, always look at how you feel and ask yourself: does this person make you love yourself more? Do you want to grow old with them?

Love is more than just kisses and butterflies, it's much more than that. If you want to know more on what your birth chart reveals about how you love and what you need out of a partner, check out this personalized report based on date of birth.

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