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Tim Harris has an amazing story of inspiration and hope.  How many people can say they own their own restaurant, and also have WAY more gold medals than Olympian Michael Phelps?

 

Just hours after Tim was born, doctors told his parents that he had Down Syndrome, and many friends of the family told them how sorry they were.  In Tim’s own words, “I guess they didn’t know then just how totally awesome I would turn out to be”.

 

At 13, Tim entered in the Special Olympics playing basketball, hockey, volleyball, golf and track and field.  Through the years, he has totaled dozens of gold medals, which are on display in his restaurant. 

 

Graduating from Eastern New Mexico University with certificates in food service, office skills, and restaurant hosting, Tim now owns his own restaurant located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  “Tim’s Place”—The Worlds friendliest Restaurant offers a very special item on his menu…. HUGS!  Tim says that most people order at least one, and says he’s given out nearly 40,000 hugs at his restaurant! “I even have a counter on the wall to keep track of the total. 

 

"I guess you can say I’m a lean, mean, hugging machine!” said Tim. 

 

Do yourself a favor if your ever in the Albuquerque area a get your hug from Tim’s Place!

 

 

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

 

Jeremy

Published in Lifestyle

Jack Jablonski was a great high school hockey player, but when a bad hit from another player made him paralyzed, most people thought he'd never be part of hockey again.  Jack knew better though :)


He has had an incredible amount of support during his rehabilitation and is making some progress.  He knows he will skate again one day.


During the USHL (top junior hockey league) draft, jack tweeted "Dear USHL teams, Just thought I'd let u know I am eligible for tomorrow's draft".  The Chicago Steel listened and drafted him as their final pick!!!!!!

 

Congrats Zack!!  You are an inspiration.

 

And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Sports

Sergeant Ross Gundlach spent a whole year in Afghanistan with a yellow lab named "Casey", a bomb sniffing dog.  Together they went on over 150 successful bomb sniffing missions.

The two became so close, Sergeant Gundlach put a tattoo of Cacy with angel wings and halo on his arm.  When Sergeant Gundlach returned to The States, he promised that one day he would find Casey again. 

His promise came true when State Fire Marshal Director Ray Reynolds heard his story and arranged a surprise reunion.

“It was a total surprise.” “I owe her. I want to take care of her, but I owe her. I’ll just try to give her the best life I can.”, Sergeant Gundlach said.

 

 

And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Random Good News

NYC helicopter pilot saves the day

Michael Campbell, at 22 years old is the youngest helicopter tour pilot in New York City.  Fresh out of training, he knew exactly what to do when things went wrong.

He was 12 minutes into a 25 minute tour he was giving to four Swedish passengers when the helicopter engine suddenly failed.  Campbell went straight into hero mode.

“You only have a second to make the right decision. It’s sink or swim,’’ said Campbell as he recalls the previous days events.

Miraculously within 30 seconds he was able to keep the helicopter level, deploy the floats, and make a safe landing in the Hudson River without a single injury!

“Someone was looking out for me,’’ Campbell said. “I said a little prayer that everything would turn out OK, and I’m just really glad it worked out and everyone walked away without any harm."

Campbell was ready to come into work the next day, but his boss told him to take the day off :)


And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Random Good News

Lloyd Chen, 17, the valedictorian at Laguna Creek High School and recipient of a full ride to Harvard has overcome enormous obstacles to get to where he is today.

His family immigrated from South Korea to California when he was young.  Lloyd's father was never in the picture, and his mother wasn't able to work so he and his two sisters had to make it on very little.

That didn't stop him though.  Lloyd always took school seriously and studied hard.  His dedication earned him the valedictorian designation at their high school.  While applying to colleges, he did not want to tell his life story because he didn't want anyone to pity him.  His guidance counselor, Alycia Sato, encouraged him to describe his full story because “They need to know everything you’ve overcome.”, she said.

Lloyd applied to Harvard, Yale, MIT, Princeton, Sanford, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and UC Davis…. and he was offered free rides to all of the schools!  That is nearly $3 million in scholarships.

He chose Harvard because “It’s where I felt like I could grow the most as an individual, and because, in Boston, there’s so much vitality.”

And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Lifestyle

David France, a world class violinist, can be found many mornings playing in the Boston subway.  Many people stop and listen to him before they go to work and many donate money to his tip jar.

He enjoys playing violin and making people smile, but his main goal in the subway is to raise money for "Revolution of Hope", an after school program that he created.  Through his program, he teaches inner-city children in the Dearborn Middle School in Roxbury how to play violin.

"Most kids in America in the suburban communities get to play music. They get to learn an instrument," Jose Duarte, the middle school's principal said. "But why is it that kids in urban settings don't? It's not because they're incapable of playing or they don't... don't have that talent. It's that they've never been exposed to it, they've never had the opportunity."

David teaches a rigorous program and the kids are excelling.  The lessons are 5 days a week, 3 hours a day!

"Their appreciation comes from someone showing up and giving an investment in their life.  That's what they care about", David says.

Watch their amazing story.  This is incredible -




And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Lifestyle

Who says gardening aint gangsta?!

"Food is the Problem, and food is the solution" says Ron Finley, a local man that lives in South Central Los Angeles.  He says in his city, more people are dying from the "drive thru's" then the "drive bye's".  Ron wanted to solve a problem that he saw in his area. 
 
He used to have to drive 45 minutes round trip just to get an apple that didn't have pesticides in it.  In the parkway in front of his house, he built a garden in it.  Its the city's property, but they said he has to take care of it.  So why not plant a garden there!? 
 
Ron Finley and his group the "L.A. Green Grounds" who are a "pay it forward" group comprised of local farmers/planters created the garden for him.  His group goes around planting gardens in vacant lots and different places around South Central LA. 
 
People ask him all the time "Aren't you afraid that people will steal your plants"?  "Hell no I'm not afraid!...That's why its on the street!...that's the whole idea...I want them to take it, and at the same time I want them to take back their health". 
 
Ron Finley's plans aren't only to build blocks of gardens around town, but he wants to turn shipping containers into healthy cafe's around the area.  He has trained local kids to learn the trait of gardening.  Wants them to turn to something like this to get their minds off the street life and to learn a life skill that could take them somewhere.  He wants kids to feel the joy, pride, and honor in growing your own food. 
 
According to Ron, if you want to meet with him to discuss things, then there's only one place to meet him....bring your shovel to his garden :-)  Personally I love his ideas, and love his vision.  Do yourself a favor and watch this video.
 
 
Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,
 
Jeremy
Published in Environment

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

Phoenix Police Sgt. Natalie Simonick was on duty one evening when she saw a young man walking late at night.  She assumed he was violating curfew so she decided to investigate.

"I pulled over and I asked him what he was doing," Simonick stated. "He said, 'Walking home, I missed the bus.'"

Christian Felix, 18, was walking several miles back home form his job.  Sgt Simonick discovered that Christian never learned how to ride a bike.  She was so impressed by the young man's work ethic that she decided to give him their spare family bike.

"It's really something when someone comes up on the street and offers to do a kindness for you," Felix said. "These days you don't see anything like that."

On top of that, several other police officers taught Christian how to ride the bike!

"If everybody could help just one person in the world like this, I think it would definitely be a better place to live.", Sgt Simonick said.

And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Lifestyle

Arizona Diamondbacks draft paralyzed player

California’s Mr. Baseball for the year of 2010, Cory Hahn was destined to be in the Big Leagues, and to make an impact. After high school, Cory was drafted in the 26th round to the San Diego Padres, but turned that down to play college baseball at Arizona State.  

 

Just 3 games into in college career, Cory slid headfirst into 2nd base and collided with an opponent.  In a freak accident, Cory had broken his neck and doctors told him he was paralyzed from the chest down.  Cory knew his baseball career was over, but he held his head high and pursued a business degree while being the assistant coach for his team. 

 

Being that he was eligible for the MLB draft again because he was 3 years removed from high school, the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted him in the 34th round this past Saturday.  It was also significant because Cory had worn #34 at Arizona State.  Cory’s story is an inspiration to all, and we wanted to congratulate him on being drafted.  What an honor.

 

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

 

Jeremy

Published in Sports
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