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Nerlens Noel befriends Leukemia patient

Nerlens Noel looks like the clear shot to be the #1 draft pick in this years NBA draft after just one year at the University of Kentucky.  Noel tore his ACL during the year, and during that time he made frequent visits to the Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington.  He made friends with a special kid named Kelly Melton, a 7-year old battling Leukemia.  Noel decided he would bring Kelly as a special guest with him to the Kentucky Derby and all of the red carpet events.  You be the judge of who's the sharper dresser here :-)
 
 
Have a great day, and let the Good News be Yours,
 
Jeremy
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8th grader with Down syndrome becomes basketball star

Owen Groesser is normally the Van Hoosen junior high school basketball team's manager, but not this game.  On the final game of the season, the coach made him a starter. 

His teammates passed him the ball on the first play of the game and he nailed a 3 pointer!  Within 2 minutes, he nailed a second three pointer!  The crowd went absolutely wild.

The Van Hoosen junior high school students quickly spread the story on Twitter with the hashtag #GetOwenOnSportsCenter.  Within hours, Owen was on ESPN's Sportcenter!!



And that's what's good,

Jon

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8 year old with cancer plays soccer with the pros

The Make-A-Wish foundation truly does some amazing things to make kids dreams come true. 8 year-old Atticus Lane-Dupree learned he had cancer last year, but that didn't deter him from playing the game he loves.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation organized a soccer game between a team of 8-year-olds, and the MLS Portland Timbers.

Not only did Atticus Lane-Dupre's team beat the Timbers, but he scored 4 goals! The video is amazing as 3,000 fans cheered the kids on.

We at Good World News wish Atticus well in his fight against cancer, and also keep your dreams alive maybe one day we will be watching him as well on the Timbers!





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

Jeremy

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Josh Hamilton gives fan an unforgettable autograph

Josh Hamilton is known for his interaction with his fans, but on this day he took it one step further.  Hamilton signed a ball for an excited fan during a game between the Angels and A's which in itself is awesome for a fan.  He also added a message on the ball which read "Your hair is awesome" :-).  The fans reaction is priceless.

 

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

 

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Baseball fan gets Twitter response and more from his favorite player

In this new social media era, you can always attempt to converse with your favorite Athlete or Celebrity.  Typically you get no response, but sometime you get lucky. 
 
On this day, Alex Berg, a Minnesota Twins baseball fan got his wish.  He tweeted "Got screwed over online on the Twins tickets I bought last night for today's game. Any chance my fav.player @glen_perkins could help me out?" 
 
Minutes later, Glen Perkins, a Twins relief pitcher responded by asking how many tickets he needed!  Next thing you know Alex, his girlfriend, Grandma and Cousin all had tickets to the Twins game that day! 
 
Alex tweeted again...but this time it was a picture from the ball game! :-)
 
 
Have a great day, and let the Good News be yours,
 
Jeremy
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College athlete gives up career to donate bone marrow

Two years ago in a school cafeteria, Cameron Lyle had his mouth swabbed to be a part of a bone marrow registry.  Just a couple months ago, he was told that he was a perfect match for a 28-year-old suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Cameron was told that the patient had only 6 months to live without the transplant. 
 
Cameron is a Division I track & field college athlete who had a decision to make.  Giving this transplant would mean an end to his college athletic career. 
 
"It's just a sport," he said. "Just because it's Division I college level doesn't make it any more important. Life is a lot more important than that, so it was pretty easy. It was kind of a no-brainer for a decent human," Lyle said. "I couldn't imagine just waiting. He could have been waiting for years for a match. I'd hope that someone would donate to me if I needed it."
 
Lyle will make the bone marrow donation Wednesday morning at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital.  We at Good World News wish Cameron the best. 
 
 
Have a Great Day, and let the Good News be Yours.
 
Jeremy
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A ball boy's wish comes true

Ted Kremer’s dreams and wishes came true the day he was honorary bat boy for the Cincinnati Reds. Earlier in the year Ted’s parents attended a fund raiser where they won an auction for their son to be a bat boy for one Cincinnati Reds game. On the day of the game, Ted had two simple requests from the ball club… 11 strikeouts for free pizza and a home run from his favorite player Todd Frazier. On that day, both of Ted’s wishes came true! Ted was born with down syndrome and doctors originally said the he would likely never smile, talk or walk. Ted’s smile couldn’t have been any bigger that day on the diamond in Cincinnati. The Reds may want to keep Ted as their bat boy full time for the future!

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

Jeremy

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Football star Adrian Peterson calls fan with cancer

It's a magical moment when you see someone's positive wish come true.  This is the case for Blake Cognata, a 17 year old Fairport High School student who's wish was to receive a call from his inspiration and role model Adrian Peterson.

Blake had to stop playing football and lacrosse because he has cancer.  He has an incredible support team of family and friends.  When Blake had to go to the hospital, his friends starting trying to get in touch with Adrian Peterson through Twitter.  They started tweeting #APCallBlake.

News quickly spread and within 90 minutes, Blake received a phone call from the legendary running back himself!

Blake's mom said that she heard her son say, "Can I ask who's calling? For real? Oh, my gosh, I can't believe you called me.'"

The two chatted for 5 minutes.  Adrian told Blake to never give up and also gave the 17 year old his personal cell phone number and said to call anytime he wanted to talk to someone!

And that's what's good,
Jon

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Man with brain cancer gets first place in marathon

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

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7 year old with cancer runs 69 yards for a Nebraska touchdown

Jack Hoffman, a 7 year old with cancer, was able to run with the big boys on Saturday.  Nebraska's football team was having their spring game and they asked the little man to suit up with them!

They arranged a play where he was handed the ball and was given an opening where he took down the field for a 69 yard touchdown!  The crowd of 60,000 went wild :)

“Jack is a fighter, a strong kid,” said star running back Rex Burkhead who is a friend of the little man and captain of Jack's support network, "Team Jack". “To see him run around and enjoy the Husker experience, it’s a dream come true, especially for kids in the state of Nebraska. For Jack to get down here and do it, I know it made his day.”



And that's what's good,
Jon

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