Journalists are a bit like police officers and court officials in that we often see people at their very worst.
Most reporters learn fairly quickly that there are people in the world who literally do not care who they hurt.
I was a reporter and editor for a long time and can recount dozens of stories that still make me shake my head about the cruelty some people can inflict.
It could be overwhelmingly depressing except that I also can recall dozens of stories that spotlighted someone's generosity, kindness and compassion.
After all these years, I still believe most people are good, not evil.
Last weekend, I saw good people come together to celebrate life.
I had never been to Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley's annual Step 'n Stride fundraiser. I went this year as part of a team covering the event for a live video stream on our website, www.herald-mail.com.
I watched people celebrate the fact that they or a friend or a family member was alive because of medical advancements and aggressive educational efforts that have led to early detection and successful treatment for hundreds of people who live in our area.
Watching the survivors make the first lap in the ARCC at Hagerstown Community College was uplifting to see. I saw people laughing and crying at the same time.
The heroes of this story are the people who have faced breast cancer with courage and strength, the men and women who work to promote treatment and education yearlong in the battle against this cancer, and the people who embrace the effort and lend time and money to the cause.
It's definitely on my list of "good" stories.