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It’s a long journey from a fun-loving pro-wrestler to a stay-at-home dad caring for a child who can’t talk or walk and depends on him around the clock.  Watching over his softly silent 7-year-old daughter, Steven Sharp calls her birth in 2006 both the greatest and the worst day of his life.

Brain damaged since arriving into the world, Samantha Grace Sharp was given two years to live, but that grim life sentence has come and gone -- and she is hanging on.  With his wife’s job providing health insurance, Steven has taken on the role of stay-at-home dad and nurse. He changes his daughter’s diapers, administers her medicine, feeds her and gives her stretches. 

Samantha can’t walk or talk – though she has some movement in her arms and legs – and is dependent on her parents’ care 24 hours a day. She’s basically an infant in the body of a 7 year-old, her mom noted.  Carlene, Steven’s wife, calls her husband's care amazing.  “It is truly a blessing that I have him because I don’t know many men… who would have hung around,” she said, adding she sees a strong bond between father and daughter. “Sam will always be daddy’s girl. Always and forever.”
 
Marty,
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Published in Random Good News

Father's day was extra special this year for Terrell Starr.  Terrell grew up under his grandmother's wing not knowing his father.  Chris Truesdale, Terrell's father, spent 29 years not knowing that he had a son!

This all changed in 2009 when Terrell started searching Facebook for "Chris Truesdale" in order to find his father.  “I thought that I was going to live the remaining years of my life without knowing who my father was.”, Terrell stated.

Facebook conversation with Terrell and his father Chris - Image Credit: Terrell Starr


Luckily for both of them, Chris purchased a computer just two weeks earlier!  When he saw the message from Terrell, he immediately knew.  “When I saw the picture…oh yeah,’’ Truesdale said. “We don’t have to go to Maury (Povich).”

Terrell's mother found out that she was pregnant after Chris left his military base and unfortunately she was never able to find him.

“I'm not a guy that has children and don't take care of them,’’ Truesdale said. “Shoot, I mean, had I known he was my child, he'd have been right there.”

The two have been reunited and have gotten real close.  So close that Terrell moved in with his father at 31 years old when he couldn't find a job!

“It's cool,’’ Terrell said. “I love him... he came at the perfect time in my life.”

And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Lifestyle

Daughter gives life to her mother

This past Mothers Day like always was a special day to recognize and thank our mothers for all they have done for us. 

Kelly Sia, daughter to Mindy Lam took this day to celebrate giving life to her mother who gave life to her.  19-year-old Kelly donated a kidney to her mother Mindy who three years ago was diagnosed with hypertensive nephropathy, which almost took her life.  When the family found out of their mom's condition, Kelly was only 16 and the minimum age to be a living donor is 18. 

Mindy went through many treatments over the last couple years, and when Kelly finally turned 18, she never hesitated to give her mother a kidney.  On this past Valentine's Day, the two women went into successful surgery, and now have matching scars which they consider to be a badge of honor. Kelly says "Its more precious than a tattoo and symbolizes the rebirth of my mom". 

What an amazing gift, and an amazing story.  Good luck to you both.

 

Have a great day, and let the Good News be Yours!

Jeremy

Published in Lifestyle
Dorian Joyner Jr. was set to graduate from Morehouse College in Georgia on May 19th.  What made this day even more special was that he would be walking next to his father Dorian Joyner Sr. who was also set to graduate from Morehouse College.  in 1988 Dorian Sr was a student at Morehouse College when he took a career in computers instead of finishing his degree.  He worked at law firms, and other major corporations for the next 20 or so years.  His interest in law brought him back to Morehouse to finish his degree.  When on campus, both father and son would support each other, who often shared the same teachers but were never in the same class. 
 

"I'm definitely proud of him," Joyner Jr. said. "I'm proud of him as a man to go back and fulfill a degree. A lot of people his age have a family, have a career and really don't have the time or finance to go back to school. The fact that he took the opportunity to find financing and time to go back to school while maintaining a social life and a family is very astounding. That's hard to do."

Congratulations to the Joyner family, and we wish the luck on their respective career paths.

 

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

Jeremy

Published in Lifestyle

Steve Barrett ran a stock race car for years until he wrecked it in April 2012.  In June of last year, he was ordered to deploy to Afghanistan for 10 months.  Steve promised himself that he would rebuild his favorite stock car which he knew would be a huge project when he came home. 

What Steve didn't know was that while he was gone, his family and friends were secretly rebuilding a new super stock race car for him!  When he returned last month from Afghanistan, his friends and family had a ceremony for him where they revealed their big secret. 

 

 

Enjoy your new Stock Car Steve!!

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours :-)
 
Jeremy
Published in Lifestyle

Have you ever felt that peaceful and calm sensation when there is a nice warm campfire or a collection of candles in a quiet house?  Well the Robbins family wanted to experience that feeling each night in their Orange County, California home!

Stacey Robbins explained - "The way people feel when they leave a camping experience is like, 'Ahhh.' It's like they're exhaling a little more deeply and they're sleeping better and they feel more refreshed. And I thought, 'How do I bring that into the conveniences of our home?'"

Stacey and her husband Rock decided that the entire family would turn off all electricity at sunset every night for a month.  No computers, no phones, no lights!  The Robbins family enjoyed it so much, they extended their one month trial to four! 

Their sons, Seth and Caleb, really enjoy playing piano and violin by the candles.  The Robbins have become closer and have noticed more positivity during their candlelit hours!  Plus it saves on electricity :)

And that's what's good,
Jon

Published in Lifestyle

18 year old Samantha Manns is remembering her beautiful great-grandmother, Virginia ("Jinjey"), in the best way possible - with good deeds.  Samantha's great-grandmother, who had a profound effect on her life, recently passed at the age of 89.

“Some of her last words were, ‘I don’t want anybody to be upset.’ And I was really upset for a few days,” Samantha stated. “Then I thought, maybe I can’t be happy right now, but I can do things to make other people happy.”

It all started at the McDonald's drive-thru where she paid for the person behind her in line.  Samantha said she looked in her rear-view mirror and saw that the customer was crying tears of joy.  “It made me feel pretty good.”, Samantha said.

She went on to creating a Facebook page called 89 Acts where she continues to list her good deeds.  As the site grew in popularity, she created 89 Acts packets which detail good deeds that anyone could do.

“It’s crazy how many people have asked me for the packets,” Samantha said.

And that's what's good,
Jon

Published in Lifestyle

Noah Harrison, 19, has always made all of his gifts to his mother by hand.  Every birthday, every Christmas, and every holiday.  This year his gift was the gift of life.

Two years ago, Noah's mother, Erica Johnson was diagnosed with kidney failure.  She has suffered from years of chronic high blood pressure. 

“I am pretty sure this year’s gift will top them all,” Noah stated. “And what makes it even more special is that she didn’t even ask me. It’s something I really wanted to give her. Anything I can do to help my mom. She really needs this transplant. I want to be there for her like she has been for me all these years.”

“It has been a very humbling experience for me,” Erica emotionally stated. “As a mom, we are supposed to take care of our children and look after them. Here they are, helping me. They all made selfless decisions to donate."

“I have worked to protect my children from harm and pain and for one of my own children [Noah is her youngest of three children] to go through this for me … he is just such an awesome young man,” Erica tearfully said. “I always said I never had to raise children who would become doctors or lawyers, but they had to be decent human beings. “I feel I have accomplished that.”


Peace & Love,
Jon
The Good World News

Published in Health

Dog saves child from runaway vehicle

Geo, a seven month old German Shepherd-Collie mix is now a famous hero after saving a young boy's life. 

Carly Riley and her three sons Charlie, Ben, and Josh from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex were out for a walk with their puppy, Geo, when an out of control car started speeding their way.  The erratic driver jumped the curb and was heading straight for 10 year old Charlie.

Geo sprang into action and pushed Charlie out of the way and took the hit himself.  The impact launched Geo into the street where the crazy driver hit him again and drove off without stopping.

"Geo must have sensed it [the truck] as he leapt on Charlie and took him out the way. It could have wiped us all out." Riley said on DogHeirs.com "If it wasn't for Geo I am 100 percent sure it would've been Charlie".

Geo, the hero, was in critical condition.  He had a broken spine, broken leg, and many internal injuries, but miraculously the veterinarians say he will make a full recovery.  This full recovery will cost $16,000, but the family has no question about trying to pay the bills to save their dog, no matter how hard it may be to pay it. 

“Geo and the boys have a fantastic relationship,” Riley said. “They always play with each other, whether it be football or Geo’s favorite, jumping on our trampoline with them. He is family."

The Riley family has set up a facebook page to tell the story, share pictures, and take donations.

This wonderful canine is definitely a hero.  He has performed a selfless act that will be forever remembered!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

 

Published in Random Good News

Parents each donate a lung to save their son

Marius Schneider, a 12 year old in Germany, is now on a steady path to recovery thanks to his loving parents.  Marius was suffering from cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease which causes thick mucus to build up in the lungs.  His family was desperately waiting on a lung donor, but time was running out.  Marius was breathing through a ventilator in order to survive. 


Even though times seemed rough, Schneider was in luck.  He has parents that were willing to do anything to get him healthy and they had the help of Germany's top transplant surgeon, Professor Dr Axel Haverich.  Marius' father, Lars, stated, "We were desperately waiting for an organ, waiting for a call every day".  When a donor could not be found, Marius' parents decided that they would each donate one of their lungs to save their child.  Dr Gregor Warnecke, the doctor in charge of Marius' care said "The transplant was his last chance.  The hospital would not have operated on his parents if it had not been an absolute necessity".

The surgeons at Hannover Medical University operated on all three of them at the same time and the procedure was successful.  "Marius was already somewhere between heaven and earth when we operated", Professor Dr Axel Haverich stated. "He was living in a state of almost perpetual anesthesia.  But he is a real fighter. We had a team of 40 and he came through."

Marius was released from the hospital after 155 days and he can now lead a healthier life without breathing assistance thanks to his loving parents!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

Published in Health
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