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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

What an awesome feeling to be able to throw out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game. 

 

Alayna Adams was selected to throw out the first pitch at the Tampa Bay/Boston game to honor her father Lt, Col Will Adams who had been deployed in Afghanistan for the past two years.  What Alayna didn’t know, was that her father was behind the catcher’s mask waiting for her to throw him the ball.  

 

What a beautiful moment it was when her father caught her pitch and then lifted his mask.  She instantly ran into her father’s arms, which could possibly be the greatest moment this year in sports. 

 

 

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

 

Jeremy

Published in Sports

Father makes prom dress for daughter

David Herron, a former military man created a one in a kind prom dress for his 17-year-old daughter.  Like any high school girl, Mariah wanted the perfect dress.  Only problem was that she just couldn't find what she was looking for. 
 
"My daughter loves to hunt and fish and be outdoors and she really wanted a camo prom dress," said Herron. "We looked online and everything was so expensive. So I suggested that we go to a fabric store to look at patterns. At that point, I wasn't thinking that I would sew the dress; I just figured that we knew a few people who could if we asked them to." 
 
Herron's only experience with sewing was when he sewed his stripes to his own uniform.  David ended up buying the material, studied hours on how to sew, and turned his family living room into a sewing shop! 
 
The end result was amazing.  Check it out :-)
 
 
Have a great day, and let the good news be yours :-)
 
Jeremy

 

Published in Lifestyle

Not only did Iram Leon win the 2013 Gusher marathon, but he did it while pushing his 6 year old daughter, Kiana! 

Iram is 32 years old and the doctors have said that he will live to be 40 if he's lucky.  Iram is not letting brain cancer slow him down at all.  He ran the 26.2 miles in 3 hours and 7 minutes.  He's not only a great inspiration to his daughter, but also to the entire world, proving that you should never give up on anything.

"People shouldn't wait to live until they're told they're dying," Leon said. "Go home and hug somebody and don't wait to be told you have a disease that's going to kill you. I ran my entire life and I was dumb enough to wait until I was told I was dying before I ran with my daughter."

He's making up for it though.  His daughter absolutely LOVES running with her father.  She yells out "WOOO!" on all of the turns with a big smile on her face.  Now it that's not inspiration, I don't know what is :)

And that's what's good,
Jon

Published in Sports

Younger fathers may be able to keep up with their kids in the playground, but a recent study has found evidence that older fathers may pass on longevity to their children.  It has not been proven yet, but the study does show some really interesting evidence.

The study was developed by several professors at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and University of Washington in Seattle, WA.  This interesting study revolved around "telomeres" which are structures at the end of chromosomes which protect the chromosome from damage.  

Telomeres have been linked to the aging process.  Shorter telomeres have been linked to a shorter lifespan while longer telomeres have been linked to longer lifespan.  These structures become shorter over time in all areas except for within a man's sperm where they actually get longer over time!

This study focused their research on blood samples of over 2,000 people in the Philippines.  The researchers discovered that telomere length was inherited by children AND their children's children!  This means that an older grandfather could pass the longer telomeres to both their son and grandchild!


It's a fascinating study that provides some real good insight into the aging process.  It does NOT mean that men should wait until they are old to have children - there are also mutations that develop over time, but it is a promising study that is potentially unlocking another secret to the world that we live in.

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

 

Research study: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/06/05/1202092109.abstract

Published in Health
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