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"I whip my hair back and forth!".  No this isn't the song by Willow Smith :)  This good news story is about seven students at Oak Knoll "upper school" in Summit, New Jersey. 

On October 13th, seven great students donated their hair to the American Cancer Society as part of the Pantene's Beautiful Lengths program.  The hair gets made into wigs for patients going through chemotherapy.  So far, the Pantene program has donated over 24,000 real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society.

The seven students and their Physical Education teacher, Rachel Lasda, each donated at least 8 inches of hair.  Lasda has donated her hair several times and thought this time she would get students involved in honor of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Ms. Lasda stated, "It is crazy how something most of us take for granted can be such a beautiful gift for someone going through one of the most difficult times in her life,".  Eight grader, Elizabeth Sweetra (what a fitting name!) commented on why she donated her hair - "I wanted to donate it because I really wanted to be able to give some other girl the gift to have hair again,".  After seeing how little 8 inches is, Elizabeth decided to take off two more inches!

Another Oak Knoll student donating her hair

Donating my hair was an amazing experience," Mary Mallany '15 said. "It felt so freeing and gratifying to feel the weight of my hair leave my shoulders. I know that it may be a while until my hair grows back, but honestly it's worth it. The most important thing to me was that I knew that someone would hopefully gain a bit of happiness from it."

On thing is for sure - they are making positive differences in peoples lives!


Peace & Love,


- The Good World News



Justin Legg, 34, a former Navy SEAL went from Hercules to bed ridden.  He was used to amazing feats - lifting incredible weights, running marathons, and swimming amazing distances.  One day he woke up feeling a pain in his chest.  This pain turned out to be a form of leukemia which destroyed his lungs.

He received a pair of lungs from a young suicide victim and was determined to make a difference in the world.  Only eight months after the transplant, he was able to run two half marathons.  Through running, he has raised $39,000 for cancer research and is planning on raising another $11,000 by the end of the year.  Once he raises $50,000 this year, he will be eligible to name a cancer research project which he plans to name,  Jarred McKinley Carter,  after the kid who's lungs he received.

Way to keep inspiring and raising money for good!


Peace & Love,



Good News from Sunstone Online:


Of course, we all know in theory that reading is good for us. Now, however, researchers are proving just how good it is and how much benefit may be derived for those bookworms out there. Neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield explains that reading helps to lengthen attention spans and to improve a child’s ability to think clearly.

As she explains,

“Stories have a beginning, a middle and an end – a structure that encourages our brains to think in sequence, to link cause, effect and significance. It is essential to learn this skill as a small child, while the brain has more plasticity, which is why it’s so important for parents to read to their children. The more we do it, the better we get at it.’

As John Stein, emeritus professor of neuroscience at Magdalen College, Oxford, explains, “Reading exercises the whole brain.”

A study in 2009 found that reading actually helps us to create new neural pathways, as our brains process the experiences that we read about. This does not occur from watching television, playing computer games or engaging in other passive activities.

Another fascinating study from the University of Sussex in 2009 found that a mere six minutes of reading can reduce stress levels by more than two-thirds. They found that this amount of reading was more beneficial than listening to music or going for a walk.

Finally, one more study, from the University of California, Berkeley, that was published in the Archives of Neurology, showed that reading from a young age can actually help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s. It inhibits the formation of amyloid (protein) plaques which are found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. The scientists who conducted this study found that people who had been doing brain-stimulating activities like reading, playing chess, writing letters and more since the age of six showed very low levels of amyloid plaques as they aged. For those who hadn’t engaged in such activities, the plaque levels were heightened.


Fisherman, James.  "Reading, A Dose of Medicine for the Mind and Body". Sunstone Online. 26 August 2012. Web.

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