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The growing ‘Circle of Love’

July 21, 2013
Mary Burns Deas , The OBSERVER

The ripple created from a small pebble thrown into a pond expands ever onward. It is said that the gentle flap of a butterfly's wings and the movement of air can affect weather across the world. Known as the butterfly effect, small changes in seemingly unrelated things can eventually modify a large and complex system. Such a chain of events with many variables may be as complex as quantum physics, but in human relations and conditions it can be as simple as one kind act leading to other acts of love and service, increasing exponentially with countless people comforted and uplifted. This phenomenon easily comes to mind when seeing the work of "The Circle of Love," a large group of dedicated volunteers who act as a support group for cancer patients primarily throughout Chautauqua County, but also Erie, Alleghany, and Cattaraugus counties.



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