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Chicago Cubs star player creates two endowed funds at Children’s Hospital

Some professional athletes spend their money on luxury homes, cars, and vacations, but the Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo thought of something better.  Rizzo announced a $3.5 million commitment to create two endowed funds at a children’s hospital in Chicago.  One fund will provide grants on a case-by-case basis for families facing financial hardship due to unexpected needs resulting from a child’s treatment for cancer.  The other fund will provide ongoing support for two oncology Child Life specialists.

Over 300 newly diagnosed patients with a wide range of childhood cancers are treated every year at Lurie Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Because Rizzo’s gift is being made in the form of endowments, these resources will be available for patients and families for generations to come.  The 18th floor waiting room will now be named the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation Waiting Room.

Rizzo visits the Chicago hospital every month to inspire patients battling cancer with his motto, “Stay Strong, Dream Big.”  “As a survivor of cancer myself, I know the emotional and financial strain the diagnosis of cancer can put on a family,” Rizzo said in announcing the multi-million dollar donation.  With regard to the first endowed fund, he explained, “I believe that an individual does not battle cancer alone -- his or her entire family does. That's why we’ve designated this money to go directly to help families on the front lines.”  The second endowed fund, for Child Life specialists, is part of an innovative program aimed at reducing anxiety and normalizing the hospital experience for both patients and families.

 

Go Cubs and Go Rizzo!

 

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Marty

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FSU Football recruit is special on and off the field

Bo Paske, a 6th grade student at Montford Middle School in Tallahassee, is autistic.  He’s a sweet child with a smile and hug for everyone.  For whatever reason, he almost always sits alone at the lunch table.  His mother thinks his autism in some ways shields him from noticing he does not get invited to birthday parties, and that he eats lunch alone.  But one special day last year was different.  Travis Rudolph, then a junior and a wide receiver at FSU, was visiting the school, saw Bo sitting by himself, and so joined him for a slice of pizza.  The impact on Bo was huge.

“I’m not sure what exactly made this incredibly kind man share a lunch table with my son, but I’m happy to say that it will not soon be forgotten,” said Bo’s mother. “This is one day I didn’t have to worry if my sweet boy ate lunch alone, because he sat across from someone who is a hero in many eyes. Travis Rudolph thank you so much, you made this momma exceedingly happy, and have made us fans for life!”

“He’s a cool person, I’ll hang out with him any day,” said Rudolph.  The two have remained in contact for the past year.  Rudolph has sent tickets for Bo and his mother to come to FSU games, and he gave Bo a personalized jersey.   Rudolph recently signed a pro contract with the NY Giants, and among those in attendance at the draft party was Bo Paske.

 Do you remember middle school?  That some students can be mean and others can be lonely.  Did you have friends?  Do you remember anyone sitting by themselves in the cafeteria?  What can we all do today to combat bullying?  To help all have good experiences and good memories of school?  And we all need to teach our kids how a small act of kindness can make a big difference.

 

 

 

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Cubs Outfielder Matt Szczur Is Well Known For His Charity Work

Cubs outfielder Matt Szczur made his major league debut in 2014 and has a career batting average of .242.  While not an everyday player, Szczur has shown tremendous value as a consistent pinch hitter and backup outfielder.  What is of special interest is the impact he has made off the playing field – he is well known for charity and community work.

In 2009, Szczur donated bone marrow to a 15-month-old Ukrainian girl named Anastasia battling leukemia. Szczur saved the girl's life given the severity of her condition.  Last winter, he hosted and helped raise thousands of dollars during his “Szcz The Day” fundraiser for the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation.  More recently he picked up a paint brush in an effort to raise money for Cubs Charities which gives grants focused specifically on creating opportunities for at-risk youth in the areas of education, youth sports, and health and wellness.  For his first ever attempt at artwork, Szczur painted the final out of Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.  “Honored and humbled that my first painting was auctioned off for $35,000 for such a great cause,” Szczur posted to Instagram.  “Thank you Cubs Charities for allowing me to give back and be part of something special.”  Way to go, Matt Szczur!

 

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Marty

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Marathon Runners Help Stranger Across Finish Line

During a recent marathon in Philadelphia a female runner collapsed 100 yards from the finish line. Showing the highest sportsmanship, two unidentified runners interrupted their runs, carried the exhausted runner up to the finish line, and set her down so that she could take the final step across the line on her own. She received medical attention and soon recovered. A video of the good deed has been viewed by millions! Lionel Messi, the Argentine soccer player considered to be the greatest of all time, has said; “There are more important things in life than winning or losing.” A lesson we should all learn!

 

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Marty

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Derrick Rose donates $1 Million to After School Matters

Born and raised in Chicago, and now playing for the Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose has always been an

active member of the Chicago community. Derrick Rose recently donated $1 Million to After School

Matters. After School Matters is a non-profit organization that offers Chicago high school teens

innovative out-of-school activities through Science, Sports, Tech, Words and the nationally recognized

Gallery programs.

D-Rose - After School Matters

Rose said “To have a strong community of people who believe in your potential can make all the

difference in the world. So many people have invested in me and I want to do the same for Chicago’s

teens.”


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

Jeremy

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Man with cerebral palsy completes IRONMAN triathlon

Peder Mondrup became the first person with cerebral palsy to complete the IRONMAN Triathlon.  With the help of his twin brother Steen, they completed the triathlon in 15 hours and 32 minutes.  The brothers finished the race under the bright lights and the loudest crowd to any finisher.  The brother’s had a custom made bike which allowed Steen to go 112 miles with a wheelchair in tow; Steen also swam 2.4 miles while pulling Peder on a raft, and then ran 26.2 miles while pushing his brother’s wheelchair in front of him.  When it was all said and done, Peder said “for the first time I felt like the person I see myself as.”

 

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

Jeremy

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Germany soccer star shows support to the host country Brazil

Germany soccer midfielder Mesut Ozil truly appreciated host nation Brazil’s hospitality throughout the world tournament.  He enjoyed and appreciated it so much so, that he has announced that he will sponsor sugeries of 23 Brazilian children, one for every member of his World Cup winning Germany team.  Sports in so many ways are truly more then just a game, and Ozil has proved the impact that these special athletes can have on everyone.    

 

On his Facebook page he wrote –

"Dear fans,
Prior to the #WorldCup I supported the surgery of eleven sick children. Since the victory of the #WorldCup is not only due to eleven players but to our whole team, I will now raise the number to 23. This is my personal thank-you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil."

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

Jeremy

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Isaiah Austin's night to shine

Hearing your name picked during the NBA Draft is what all basketball players dream of.  Seeing the commissioner at the podium reading your name is a moment that you can truly cherish your entire life.  Although Isaiah Austin may never play basketball again, he had his shining moment during the 2014 NBA draft, and fulfilled his childhood dreams.  

During routine physicals for the NBA Draft, Doctors diagnosed Austin with Marfan syndrome, an inherited disorder that affects the ears, eyes, skeleton, and circulatory center.  This condition caused Austin to suddenly end his career in competitive basketball.    Before this discovery, Isaiah was a highly sought player coming off a great year at Baylor.  He was a sure 1st round pick in the draft.  

Thanks to a classy move by commissioner Adam Silver, Isaiah Austin was drafted by the NBA in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft.  This truly shows that life is so much bigger than basketball, and you can’t take anything for granted.

"God has really blessed me," Austin told reporters after being drafted. "He could've allowed me to keep playing, but instead he saved my life."

He called getting his name called "one of the greatest moments of my life."  

 

 

Have a Great Day, and let the Good News be Yours.

Jeremy

 

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High school student nails 40 yard field goal to win 2014 Camaro

Crosstown rivals Simi Valley High (California) and Royal High featured a field-goal kicking competition during halftime of their game.  What’s the prize you ask…how about a brand new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro valued around $24,000! 

 

Former Simi Valley student Invictus Igwe may have had a leg up on his competition because he was a former placekicker himself, but a 40 yard field goal with the pressure of a brand new car isn’t exactly an easy task! 

 

 

With his shoe flying 10 yards down the field after he kicked it, the ball hits the upright and goes straight in!  Igwe is then tackled by the team, which I’m sure he didn’t mind after winning a sweet ride.

 

Igwe actually never drove the car off the lot, because they allowed him to trade in the car for a $20,000 cash prize, which he says he will use to pay off his personal debt. 

 

 

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

Jeremy

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Man with Down’s Syndrome becomes weightlifting champion

One Down’s Syndrome man has overcome the odds to become a champion weightlifter. Not just in special Olympics competitions - Jon Stoklosa regularly beats the best of his non-disabled opponents!

When he was 12-years-old Jon started lifting weights in the basement with his brothers. A year later he was benching 185 pounds. By age 16, he had improved to 225 pounds.  He won a gold medal at the Special Olympics World Games in 1999, but now he competes in power lifting competitions going up against athletes who aren’t disabled.  With his sturdy 5-foot-5 frame, he can bench-press more than 400 pounds, and can squat 440 pounds and dead-lift an identical amount.

Not only are his competitors impressed, but he's also a crowd favorite, often inciting wild applause.  He has picked up a “Most Inspirational” award, a unanimous choice by other competitors, many of whom gathered to watch the 31-year-old make his lifts.  He’s been known to sport a colorful mohawk on the day of a competition. He loves to pound his chest after a successful lift.  He yells.  He flexes his muscles.  Except for when he’s lifting – and his face wears a look of concentration – he’s nothing but smiles.

When asked why he continues to push himself in his sport, Jon replied simply: “It’s fun.”  Sitting at the kitchen table in his family’s Newark home, Jon comes across as a laid-back, almost shy guy. He answers questions with a word, preferring instead to look out the backyard window and let his parents, Hank and Liz, do the talking.

When he’s not working out, Jon stays active at his job bagging groceries at the local Acme grocery store.  Friends and family say Jon Stoklosa, who was born with Down syndrome, is an example of what is possible when people aren’t tethered by labels.

 

Marty,

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