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“Daddy's girl”: Ex-wrestler devotes his life to caring for disabled daughter

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.”
 
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Rapper Nas raises money for family in need

Rapper Nasir Jones aka Nas was visiting Washington D.C when he heard a news story about a man who had lost his home. 

 

Stanley Young raises his 8 kids under one roof, who lost their mother just one year ago.  Their current house caught fire after the store that he lived above caught fire.  To make matters worse, Stanley had just lost his job and the family is currently living out of a local Holiday inn. 

 

Nas and his manager opened a fundraising campaign with a goal to raise $50,000 to help Stanley and his family get back on their feet.  Nas’ manager Anthony Saleh sent out a message reading:

 

Our original plan was to help Stanley purchase a few necessities, but we were inspired to take this another step further. We want to involve our inner circle of family and friends and take Mr. Young’s plight to the public. We hope that we can all come together and open our hearts to this social cause. In these times where trial verdicts are creating an uproar & films about innocent men getting executed in the public by the police are released, we felt a community-driven fundraising event can shine some light on some of America’s dark moments.”

 

To date, Nas has helped raise $65,000 for the family.  If you would like to donate, visit https://www.crowdtilt.com/campaigns/help-the-young-family/contributors#activity



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

Jeremy

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Thieves return stolen computers to non-profit with apology letter

On July 31st, burglars broke into the San Bernardio County Sexual Assault Services non-profit office.  They stole several desktop computers, monitors, and a laptop.  This can be devastating for any company to recover from, especially a non-profit.

Thankfully, the thieves had a heavy heart.  The very next day, the thieves returned all of the stolen goods. 

"All my stuff was in front of the door.  There was a shopping cart, and there were the PCs that were taken, there was the laptop - everything was there.", said Candy Stallings, the nonprofit's executive director.

When the police opened the laptop, they found a note inside which read, "We had no idea what we were takeing. Here your stuff back we hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in peoples live. God bless," said the note with many misspellings.

"This is the first time in my career I have seen the return of stolen items," said San Bernardino Police Lt. Paul Williams.

Stallings made a copy of the note and plans to frame it!


And that's what's good,

Jon

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Anala Beevers is a 4 year old prodigy

Imagine hearing a child recite their ABC’s at just 4 months old, and also count in Spanish and English by 1 ½! 

4-year-old Anala Beevers never leaves her home without her map of America, which she can also recite every State and State Capital.  She was invited to join MENSA which is an international organization for people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test. 

Her parents understand they have a little Einstein on their hands and say that “she’s a handful, and she needs a reality show”!  

Nala aspires to be a nurse when she grows up, but I have a hunch that we will be hearing of a lot more remarkable things out of her before then.  Keep up the good work Nala!

 

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

Jeremy

 

 

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Magician makes money appear for those in need

Forget rabbits in a hat!  Stuart Edge is making money appear for those in need!  He brought smiles to faces and received plenty of hugs when he performed a simple magic trick for individuals asking for money on the street.

The trick went as follows... He put a one dollar bill in their hands, then put a $100 in their hands.  Stuart then pulled out the $100, put it in his own hands, then fist bumped and Abracadabra! The $100 magically appeared in the other person's hands!

Pretty sweeet!  Check out the video, it's priceless :)

 

And that's what's good,

Jon

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Superheros visit Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital

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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Pit bull saves owner from burning home

A pit bull is being hailed as a hero after saving his owner from a house fire.  Jackie Bonasera was drying her hair in her Long Island, NY home when she heard her dog, Cain, barking loudly.  When she ran downstairs, she saw that the house was on fire.  She immediately ran out of the house without injury thanks to Cain.

"He's definitely the town hero. He's a pit bull, too," Jackie said. "They have such bad reps, but he's such a good boy.”


And that's what's good,

Jon

 

References: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/04/18055161-pit-bull-saves-new-york-woman-from-burning-home?lite&ocid=msnhp&pos=8

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Man gives free haircuts to the homeless

Anthony “Joe the Barber” Cymerys started volunteering at homeless shelters in Hartford, Conn around 1988.  Around that time, he met a heroin addict who looked as though he needed a haircut, and Anthony decided to help him out.  Ever since then, he came up with an idea to give free haircuts to the homeless in the area. 

 

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25 years later, Anthony is still giving out free haircuts every Wednesday in the city park to those who need them.  The haircuts aren’t totally free though…Anthony requires that you give him a hug in return.  Anthony’s friends have also started to hand out food to the needy after they receive they haircuts.  Last year the city honored Anthony for his humanitarian work.  Thank you Anthony for all you do!

 

 

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

 

Jeremy

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55 customers pay it forward at a donut shop

What a great way to start your morning when you get to the front of the line and realize somebody has paid for your meal!  At a popular Massachusetts donut shop, Eileen Taylor went to pay for her drinks, and the cashier told her the woman in front had already paid for her! 

She thought about this kind gesture during the day, and actually came back later just to pay for a random strangers meal herself. Eileen had recently lost her job, and money was tight, but she thought it was just the right thing to do because it made her feel good when someone did it for her. 

What she didn’t realize is that 55 customers later, the pay-it-forward was going on because of her!  The only reason the chain ended was because there was nobody else left in the line!


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

Jeremy

 

References: http://screen.yahoo.com/55-drive-thru-customers-part-121500056.html?vp=1

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Soldier saves man in wheelchair on subway tracks

A man in a wheelchair was trying to read a sign across the tracks at the Metro Center station in Washington, DC when his wheelchair rolled and fell off the platform.  As this was happening US Army Spc. Michael Menchaca was on his way down to catch the subway when he noticed something go over the track. 

Menchaca instantly jumped down to try and free the man, but initially struggled to free the man from the seat belt.  Two others good Samaritans jumped down to help, and together they were able to save the man before the subway came through.  

"It was just the right thing," Menchaca said. "Pretty much like anyone else would have done."  Army Spc. Michael Menchaca is now being considered for the Soldier’s Medal, which is the Army’s highest peacetime award.


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

Jeremy

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