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A real life Superman saves a man’s life

Michael Johannes was driving his 2006 Chevy Trailblazer on a highway in New Brighton, Minnesota

when it caught fire. Michael didn’t realize his car was on fire until Bob Renning, who was driving

ahead of Michael noticed flames from under his car. Renning waved Michael to let him know what

was happening, but it was almost too late. “The taillights started flashing without control, the brakes

stopped working, the speed calculator went to zero, the electronics just got messed up.” Johannes

recalled to ABC News. All of a sudden the car doors locked and Michael couldn’t get them open.

Renning pulled over and sprinted to the car where he could only hear Michael trying to kick the

doors open. The smoke was so thick that he couldn’t see anyone in the vehicle. With Superman like

adrenaline running through him, Renning miraculously got his fingers on the door frame, placed his

foot against the door, and pulled as hard as he could. The glass shattered as he bent the door frame

in half! Renning helped Michael escape through the window with only seconds to spare. An Air Force

first sergeant, Renning said he had no idea how he was able to bend the door. "It was a miracle. He was

a husband, he was dad," Lisa Johannes told ABC News. "He was just telling himself: 'I had to get out of

there the entire time.'"



Have a great day and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy

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Superman, Spider-Man, Batman and Captain America took some time out from fighting crime to surprise and greet sick children at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.  The Northeastern Building Maintenance Systems crew is contracted to washing the windows at the hospital, and decided to treat the children to something special this day.  The smiles on the faces of these kids are just priceless.  The hospital chipped in by serving cake and giving the kids make-your-own superhero kits.  The pictures are great…enjoy J

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy

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Moctar Dembele from Burkina Faso, and Gerard Niyondiko from Burundi, have invented a soap that repels mosquitos!  Their invention, titled "Fasoaop" is made from shea butter, lemongrass oil, and other secret ingredients.

"After using the soap, it leaves on the skin a scent that repels mosquitoes," said Niyondiko. "In addition, waste water products contain substances that prevent the development of mosquito larvae, because the sanitation problem in Africa is one of the causes of mosquito vectors of malaria."

Malaria is an essential issue to tackle.  In 2010, there were 660,000 malaria deaths, 90% of which occurred in Africa.  Most of the affected individuals cannot afford medicines and anti-mosquito creams.

"So we thought of a repellent and larvicidal mosquito soap which will be accessible and affordable to the majority of the population, seeing that soap is a commodity product and especially not going to add other additional costs to the population," says Niyondiko.

Their invention earned them the $25,000 grand prize in the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC).  This competition, created by Berkeley MBA students, is designed to help entrepreneurs from around the world create ideas with a positive impact.  Niyondiko and Dembele came ahead of 650 other competitors from over 40 countries.  This is the first time that an African has win the competition.

"It is a feeling of joy and pride for us and for Africa in general," said Niyondiko. "It also shows that in Africa we are not back(ward) and that Africa's problems can be solved by Africans themselves."

And that's what's good,

Jon

References: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/10/world/africa/students-invent-soap-malaria-fasoap/index.html?sr=fb071013soaphelpmalaria6p

Published in Health

Kids at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, NC got a surprise visit from superheroes!  Batman, Spiderman, and Ironman scaled the walls, washed the windows, and brought smiles all around.  Additional superheroes visited children inside the hospital.  The superheroes came to the rescue in place of the usual workers at Scottie's Building Services.  Simply awesome :)



And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Health

Nurse saves man from train tracks

An unnamed nurse's quick thinking has saved a man's life in Brisbane, Australia.  Queensland Rail video footage captured the entire scene. 

The video shows the 56 year old man falling onto the tracks.  Queensland Rail employee Jill Lyten ran to the phone to stop the trains while the mystery nurse jumped on the tracks and saved the man.  Talk about a superhero!

Queensland rail released the footage in order to showcase the emergency buttons on the platforms and promote safety.

 



And that's what's good,

Jon

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The kids and staff at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN had an amazing surprise visit from some superheroes.  Jordan Emerson, Danny Oszaniec, and Steve Oszaniec of American National Skyline window cleaning service dressed as superheroes when the cleaned the hospital windows!

 

Spiderman surprises kids at the hospital

 

The kids completely lit up with happiness :)  "SO AWESOME to see them dressed up and making the kids and many adults smile! Thanks from those who work at LB, we loved this!", Sara Warhust an employee at Le Bonheur wrote on Facebook.  Catherine Best Davis wrote, "My 17 month old daughter was waiting to be discharged when she saw spiderman...she was excited! Captain America was also there and he came to visit her. Thanks!!"

Well done American National Skyline crew!  You have brought a lot of smiles to children's faces!


 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

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The Teacher's Desk, established in 2011, has a pretty impressive report card.  The past year they have given over $600,000 worth of supplies to 100 Buffalo schools.  They are "A store where teachers Pre-k through 8th grade shop free for students in need."

Located at 22 Northampton St. Buffalo, NY 14209, they give free supplies to schools that have 70% or more student participation in the National School Lunch program.  On average, each teacher receives $500 of free supplies.  John Mika started the organization after substitute teaching in Buffalo.  "Nobody had paper, either," said Mika. "These kids were struggling."  He found a few supplies in the teacher's desk, but not enough to cover the class.  Mika knew that he had to take action.

There are many schools in the Buffalo area that simply do not have enough basic supplies to use the in classroom.  The Teacher's Desk is making a difference to the lives of these students and they are improving the educational system in Buffalo.  Everyone is grateful - their large store is filled with thank you cards from appreciative students and teachers.  If you are in the Buffalo area and looking for volunteer opportunities, check out The Teacher's Desk.

Thank you to The Teacher's Desk!!!  You are doing amazing work. 

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

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Sometimes there are more important things than the race.  This is probably a valuable lesson to take throughout life.  There will be times when you are so prepared and so focused on a goal that is within site, but you will need to take care of something else that has a greater immediate need.

Meet Seth Goldstein, the hero of this story.  He is a student by day, lifeguard on the weekends, and saves lives during cross country meets :).  Seth was running as fast as he could and he was gaining speed on the lead pack.  He was nearing the end of the race when one of his competitors collapsed in front of him.  The fallen competitor was bleeding out of his mouth and his eyes started rolling in the back of his head. 

Seth took action and knew exactly what to do.  At this point, the race was meaningless.  The only thing on his mind was saving this young man's life.  Goldstein rolled the man on his side so he wouldn't choke on his own blood.

Jessica Chandler, one of the parents who witnessed the whole scene commented, "Honestly, I was in shock.  But this guy [Seth Goldstein] was taking complete control. He was like, 'You -- call 911. You -- go get some ice.' He turned him on his side. I thought he was a parent or an EMT."

"He was so competent and kind. When the boy started to come out of it he just kept saying, 'You're going to be OK. We're here. We're with you. You're going to be OK.'"

It turns out that the young boy had suffered from a heat induced seizure and had bitten his tongue.  Thanks to Seth the boy ended up being OK.  Once the paramedics arrived, Seth got up and asked if he could finish the race!  "The EMTs looked at me kind of funny," Goldstein said. "They're like, 'You're racing? Well, sure, go ahead. I guess you can finish the race."

"Everyone was clapping for me, like I was the chunky kid who couldn't finish. They were all cheering and saying, 'You can do it!' I'm thinking, 'C'mon, man!'"

Seth finished in last place, but he was the true hero of the cross country meet.  Long after the winners of the event are forgotten, Seth will be remembered as the hero of the cross country meet!

Seth, you are the Good World News hero of the day!  This is GREAT news!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

Published in Sports

True heroes are appearing all over the world, every single day.  You don't need superhuman magical powers to be a hero and 14 year old, Marcos Ugarte is proving it.  Note: This story is even better when you play the theme music below while reading :)

It all happened recently in a quiet neighborhood in Oregon.  A fire broke out at Alex Ma's house.  Alex's 8 year old son Cody, got scared and locked himself inside of a bedroom in the house.  All attempts to open the door proved futile as the smoke rapidly filled the house.  Alex tried several times to open the door and yell to his child, but the smoke was too think for him to stand up. Suzanne Ma, Cody's mother, made the frantic call to 911.

This is where the hero stepped in.  Marcos Ugarte heard screaming down the road and saw the growing flame.  He immediately knew what to do.  Marcos ran down the street to help.  In Marcos' own words:

"When I arrived at the door of our neighbor's house, he [Alex Ma] was stumbling down the stairs because he had been completely engulfed in flames.  He had soot coming out of his nose and his mouth, he had just ingested so much of it."

Marcos saw a nearby ladder and took action.  "I took the ladder, and I propped it up on the window, and I crawled up the window and punched the screen out and grabbed the 7-year-old boy -- about 7, he looked 7 -- and grabbed him and carried him down the ladder", Marcos said.

What a rescue!!!  He is rightfully being hailed as a hero.  The local fire department is planning on honoring him later this year.  Amazing!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

 

 

Fitting theme music :) - I Need a Hero

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Sometimes you only have seconds to make a decision that could save lives.  Darrell Krushelnicki didn't hesitate or freeze when he saw a driver chatting on his cellphone, not paying attention to the road, and speeding towards kids who were walking over a crosswalk.  Darrell saw the inevitable and decided to take action.

Darrell was waiting to make a left turn at an intersection in Edmonton, Canada when he saw the motorist going over 50 mph in 20 mph zone.  He inched his car forward in the intersection to see if the speeding motorist would see either him or the kids.  The 23 year old speeding motorist did not show any signs of slowing down so Krushelnicki immediately drove his 2006 Hummer H3 into the vehicle and saved the kids from the collision.  Darrell stated, "It was just a reaction".  Darrell jumped out of the car after the crash to confirm that the kids were safe and were not hit by any of the debris.  Neither driver was seriously injured.

Police officer Scott Pattison told the press, “He did a very valiant thing. Obviously police don’t recommend people do those sorts of things that put their own lives in jeopardy, but certainly, we could have been talking about a very different story today that involved, potentially, the serious injury or death of four children between the ages of three and 16,". 

The reckless driver faces one count of dangerous driving.  Krushelnicki received praises from the police instead of charges.  He's happy things worked out, but he was not expecting praise. “The best thing that could have happened, happened. Twisted metal can always be fixed.” Darrell Krushelnicki said.

With a last name that starts with "Krush", maybe he has fulfilled part of his destiny :)

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

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