Oh, this made me want to cry, Brian.
Here is another heart touching story, Brian
An autistic boy who told his mum that he had sent himself birthday card as no one else would has received THOUSANDS after his story went public .Ollie Jones, who turns 15 on Saturday, broke his mum’s heart when he made two birthday cards for himself thinking they would be the only ones he would get. Mum Karen turned to Facebook for help, appealing for people to send him birthday cards on a local community site. And the pair were thrilled when people did just that, with 8,000 cards flooding in for the only child.
The cards started to arrive in their box-loads on Thursday morning with hundreds more at the local post office waiting to be delivered.In addition, the phone at the family’s home in Exmouth, Devon is ringing constantly with other goodwill messages.Karen, a full-time single mum and voluntary support worker for parents with autism, said: “He has no friends because of his autism and when I saw he had made the cards it pulled my heart strings.
“I thought maybe we could just try to get him a few extra cards this year. “So, I put a little post on Facebook asking people to send him birthday cards and now I’m having messages from all over the world.” The 49-year-old said that the birthday messages had given a big boost to her son, who also enjoys opening envelopes. Ollie has received 8,000 cards after his mum's Facebook plea went viral She added: “We are a small family - it’s just us two and the dog.”
Her Facebook post has now been shared more than 9,000 times with people across the globe pledging to send a card. Ollie had said: “No one gives me birthday cards, just me.” Karen added: “It just brought tears to my eyes, I thought ‘oh my God’, it was a lump in the throat moment. “All I can say is thank you, the kindness, love and goodwill of everyone has been phenomenal.”
Good morning folks,
Here is todays good news story.Brian
A farmer who was diagnosed with terminal cancer has been given a helping hand which shows what a community can achieve when they pull together. Carl Bates was told he has a "fast, aggressive cancer" which has spread to different parts of his body, including his spinal column and kidney, his family revealed. When his younger brother Earnie told the Illinois farming community where Carl lives in Galva, Illinois about the illness, they set about harvesting all 450 acres of his corn - in just one day.
Carl, who decided to skip treatment, was resting when his friends pulled together and completed the harvest on September 25, which would usually have taken a week to do. It was Carl's cousin Dan who first came up with the idea, according to ABC News, and he brought together 40 people, who donated machinery and man hours to the cause, including 12 trucks from local grain broker Rumbold and Kuhn. Dan's daughter-in-law Melissa Bates said: ""It’s not a new thing. Farmers have been pulling together like this forever, when someone is ill or has an accident, just in our daily life. "We just come together and do it. Even people who were not very close to their family wanted to be involved. I think if they are in the same situation, you can’t do it by yourself."
Brother Ernie revealed that Carl's been faming since he was around four years old. Although he's not a man to ask for hand-outs, he was grateful for the aid, said Ernie. "He was very pleased with everybody and happy they came out."
Great story and farming communities have a wonderful way of being there for each other in times of crisis. have a friend of a friend who farms in Wales. She first lost her son in a tragic accident and then her husband to cancer. Now she runs the farm with some help from other local farmers. It just warms the heart when you hear/read these tales. Jules
Thanks Hazel and Jules.
Here is another nice story. Brian
An old soldier whose appeal for work to stop him “dying of boredom” went global has landed a job in a posh cafe. Joe Bartley, 89, was “over the moon” after acing his first ever interview to become a waiter at the Cantina Kitchen and Bar. He starts on Sunday but is already a hit with regulars as he learns the ropes.
The widower, who retired from his last job as a college cleaner six years ago, said: “I don’t think I’ve had a job interview before. I’m joyfully surprised at the outcome – I’m really glad I got it.” Joe, who has no children and lives alone after his wife Cassie died last year, added: “I’ve spoken to a lot of people here already.
'Please save me': 89-year-old war veteran desperate to work as he battles loneliness following death of his wife Joe, 89, impressed in his job interview - his first ever Cafe co-owner Kate Allen says: 'We’re really looking forward to having him' “They all seem really nice and one lady gave me a kiss. You don’t see anybody where I am, in a flat, so I’m looking forward to getting involved and meeting people.”
The pensioner, who served as a wireless operator with the 6th Airborne Divisional Signals in Palestine after the war, was inundated with offers after taking out an ad last week saying: “Save me from dying of boredom!” The former soldier will be waiting tables, cleaning and preparing veg in his new job He hopes to work around 20 hours a week waiting, cleaning and preparing veg at the cafe near his home in Paignton, Devon – and is even keen on a bit of overtime.
Co-owner Kate Allen, 43, said: “We’re really looking forward to having him.”
I thought it about time this tread was re-surected.
Here is a nice story of something good out of something bad.
I hope you like it, Brian.
A 12-year-old girl and her mother were selling Girl Scout cookies outside of a Safeway supermarket in Union City, New Jersey on Wednesday night when a youth approached them with a gun and demanded all of their money.
The family was thoroughly shaken by the robbery, but they were left unharmed. In order to make up for the incident, the police association bought out the entire remaining stock of the mother and daughter’s cookies, amounting to over $1,000.
“At that time, we did what we could to make it, loving and compassionate and healing,” Lisa Gratez told ABC7.
The suspect is still at large, but this is reportedly the first incident of armed robbery in over 100 years of selling Girl Scout Cookies – let’s hope for 100 more.
Brian just a great story. With all the bad news stories in the media it is certainly refreshing to get a good news story. Enjoy everyone and thanks again Brian for putting a smile on our faces.
Thanks Ian and Jules.
Here is another nice story, Brian.
A family pet saved its owners from an early morning blaze after their mobile home caught fire in Alberta, Canada. At about 3:30 a.m., firefighters were called to Clairmont where a mobile home's underside was on fire. The parents and two children were asleep at the time when the cat came into the parents' bedroom and bit the mother on the arm to alert her to the fire. The family escaped and called the fire department.
"It's pretty interesting to see that it was the cat that did alert them that there was an issue," said fire Chief Trevor Grant.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the underside of the mobile home and extinguished it quickly.
Here another nice story.Brian
These three retail workers didn’t have to go out of their way to create a walker for this disabled toddler – but that didn’t stop them from doing it anyway. 2-year-old Silas was born with Norrie Disease, a rare genetic disorder that delays muscle development and leaves male infants blind. His mother, Jessica Johnson, had searched high and low for a walker that would be big enough for her son after he had outgrown every other model on the market. Little did she know that these three Home Depot workers in Fort Worth, Texas were going to be the answer to her prayers. Jessica’s grandfather had gone to the store the week previously to buy tools so he could build his own walker – but when he explained Silas’s situation to the store’s supervisor Matt Spencer, the grandpa was introduced to Eric Bindel and Christopher Wright. The two employees said that if Johnson came back a few days later, they could make a customizable walker for his great-grandson. True to their word, Jessica and Silas returned to the store only to find a lime-green contraption waiting for them. “As soon as we put him in there he was spilling around,” Jessica told CBS. “He was able to move; the cause and effect of him doing that — that’s awesome.”
Silas’s doctor says it’s important for the toddler to move in order to improve his muscle development, and since the walker is adjustable, he won’t be outgrowing it anytime soon. As for Eric and Christopher, they were just happy to help a child in need.
Here is todays story, Brian.
A hero dog saved her paralysed owner's life by lying on top of him for 24 hours in sub-zero temperatures to keep him warm long enough to be rescued. Kelsey the Golden Retriever leapt into action when he heard Bob's screams for help - after his owner slipped in the snow and broke his neck late on New Year's Eve. He had soon started fearing for his life after the accident which happened at around 10.30pm at night. The 64-year-old had ventured out to collect firewood - without a coat or proper footwear in temperatures of -4°C - and his nearest neighbour lives a quarter of a mile away. Bob tried screaming for help - and while no human responded - he later explained: "But my Kelsey came."
Indeed his pet provided enough warmth to get the pair through the night and most of the following day. Bob - who can remember he lost consciousness for a short time - was eventually discovered by his neighbour at around 6:30pm the following evening. He was rushed to hospital by his daughter Jenny where doctors discovered he had broken his neck and was paralysed in his legs - as well as suffering from hyperthermia. Bob, who asked for his surname not to be printed, has since regained some movement after surgery - but will need to undergo rehabilitation too. Dr Chaim Colen, a neurosurgeon at McLaren Northern Michigan Emergency Department who treated Bob, said his recovery was miraculous. Bob is in no doubt he has "man's best friend" to thank for being alive. Petoskeynews reports that Bob said later: “By morning my voice was gone and I couldn’t yell for help but Kelsey didn’t stop barking. “Kelsey kept me warm, alert and never stopped barking for help. "Dr Colen saved my life and ability to move. They are truly heroes and I will be eternally grateful.” He counts himself lucky too his injuries were not worst. “I was surprised to find out that I didn’t have any frost bite,” said Bob. “I am sure it was because of Kelsey’s determination to keep me warm and safe.” Dog walker dies when cliff collapses onto beach as dozens desperately try to dig him out. Dr Colen is in no doubt why his patient is alive either. He said: “I think animals can help and his dog really kept him alive and really helped him, he was very fortunate." Bob and Kelsey have since been reunited in hospital. Shocked motorist spots dog chained to top of trailer cage being pulled by car on busy motorway. Jenny said: “He was right out of surgery and she licked his face, and they were crying and it was beautiful."It was everything that you would think the reunion would be." Kelsey is however pining after her master at home. Jenny added: “It’s so emotional thinking about her and you could tell she was bringing everything she had of his to lie on. “She’s the sweetest dog and we all say how smart she is.”
Following on fron our lovely Lucie post about Random Acts Of Kindness , here another which highlights it.Brian.
While there's the appetite - and certainly the material - for gloom, doom and despair in the news, some stories stick out because few people can fail to be moved by a random act of kindness. But to be on the receiving end, as was Jerina Edwards, from Oklahoma, is pretty special.
Jerina, who is currently battling breast cancer , was having dinner at a small Chinese restaurant when, at the end, she received a note. The touching note read, which Jerina uploaded to Facebook read: "I lost my wife to cancer five years ago. I know how tough it can be going through this. Your meal is on me. Merry Christmas."
Recounting what Facebook, Jerina accompanied the picture with: "Right as we were getting ready to ask for our ticket the waitress brought us this instead. Someone in the restaurant had paid our bill and left us this note. "More than anything, having cancer has shown me that there are a lot of good people in this world and that I am grateful my own family won't be leaving notes like this for others. "It has been hard, I have fought, I have been sick, tears have been shed, I have missed out on things, I have lost my hair, and I will lose my breast, but I will live. "My parents will still have their daughter, my husband will still have his wife, my children will still have their mother. Whoever you are - thank you."
Great to read your story and it clearly helps people. I have a post that i would like to add but in no way do i wish to take over your great work and you are an inspiration. My post is a bit long and if you dont like please edit it or remove it. I am at home with my hopuse free at the moment and been listening to some nice music but i want to chat and help me but also help others. Please forgive me if i have taken over but as i say renove it. You seem like a really nice purpose and hope you appreciate my action if not tell me and i will remove it. All the very best,xx
The below story is my eleven years in full. This should hopefully explain the highs and lows during this time. This has been used by my local MP who has taken it forward to the health department to hopefully obtain a substantive response as to why the drug has been removed from the NICE list?
My story started when I was diagnosed with a Neuroendocrine Tumor to the pancreas.
I was at my Doctors surgery and I noticed that they were providing well man checks for the over 40s Male. I decided to take these basic checks. After a couple of weeks, the initial blood test that I had given came back with abnormalities.
After further checks I was sent to the local hospital for an ultrasound check. Not long after having this check within minutes I was given a CT scan that resulted in a large mass being located on my ride hand side of my upper body that was the size of a CRICKET BALL. I had felt no pain.
It was diagnosed as a Neuroendocrine tumor to my pancreas that must had been secreted there for years and years.
The surgeons moved quickly and remarkably it was supposedly all removed and I was given the all clear. I lost my spleen and tail end of my pancreas during surgery as well as the large tumour.
This remained the same for approximately seven years when I returned to the Doctors for an unrelated matter, Due to my mental state at that time the Doctor recommended me for another CT scan that picked up that tumors had returned to my Liver and pancreas that were in operable.
I was subsequently allocated a Specialist Professor. He took care of me for the next four years providing routine treatments in order to control the tumors. This worked for about five years whereby I was able to live a normal life with hospital visits whilst still living with my cancer.
Following this period I was allocated another Specialist Professor who continued the treatments He also used other treatments in order to control the tumors. Also during this time, I was provided with a Nuclear scan that was supposed to light up the areas affected by the tumors. A number of limited areas showed up on the scan. I was provided with Everolimus, but due to my low immune system I contracted Encephalitis and nearly died as a result. This was an horrendous illness because I became seriously ill and at this time I had to retire from my job as a Detective Sergeant serving 26 years within the police Service at a reasonably high level. Even though I was very poorly it could have been much worse because it is a life threatening illness. However, I came off lightly losing a few brain cells J and getting epilepsy. I also cannot drive anymore.
The time was shocking for my family and still leaves a legacy today. My family were very worried and struggled to cope and became increasingly worried and aware that my treatments were becoming limited and that my options were running out as my calcium had also started to rise as the tumors sought more calcium from my body and my levels started to increase alarmingly.
This continued for approximately two years whereby I was in and out of hospital on a regular basis. Whilst in hospital I was provided with fluids and other medications that did not succeed at lowering my calcium levels that continued to rise. The Doctors became worried because nothing would lower my calcium levels,
It was also starting to take its control over Myself.
I began to lose my speech and ability to hold a conversation. I also could hardly walk a few feet as my legs were becoming increasingly weak, I was more or less bed bound at this time. It also made me increasingly susceptible to loud noises and I became withdrawn in Myself.
It was also very hard for my family who had to increasingly get used to my regular mood swings. It was also impossible for me to button my shirt or my trousers due to my deteriorating health. During this time, I also suffered heavy falls in hospital and at home leaving me Badly bruised and sore. The Specialist staff continued to give me treatments that did not work and allowed my calcium to become at dangerous levels threatening my bone marrow and other parts of the body.
By this time my normal treatment options for reducing calcium were ending and showed no signs of any improvement and I continued my very poor health remaining weak and withdrawn. About six months to nine months ago, I was being considered for palliative care at home such was my state of health.
The route of all my problems was my calcium levels being so high and were affecting my basic bodily functions.
At this point Professor X recommended me to Sheffield to speak with Doctor Y who was performing a relatively new treatment that involved nuclear medicine that was non evasive and injected into my arms. It was clear to the Professor that one of the tumors appeared to stand out and was requesting the extra calcium to enter the blood stream. An earlier nuclear scan was provided to Dr Y along with my medical records. The scan showed up limited areas where I had been effected.
Despite my very poor health I was accepted for the PRRT L90 DOCTATE Therapy treatment by Dr Y
In October 2016, and had my first treatment staying overnight at the hospital before leaving the next day.
Nothing really happened for the next week apart from me being tired but I suffered no real side effects.
Within a week and without any warning I started to feel subtle changes and the benefits of the treatment.
It was life changing because all of a sudden I was able to join in conversations and my coordination became back allowing me to eventually walk five miles. Walking my Golden Retriever dog. The change was unbelievable and people started to comment on how well and coordinated I had become. My memory is becoming sharper as I am able to recognize names and faces again. I also more tolerant with family and friends. I can now dress Myself and walk and run in a straight line. It’s incredible how this has become true after only one treatment.
My family and Myself have recognized a massive change in my overall health and the fact that they are able to perform less tasks on my behalf. I am now also able to get up early in the morning and occupy Myself rather than staying in bed to lunchtime or late afternoon. The health benefits have been terrific and unbelievable. I feel like person reborn and given another chance in life. Before I always used to think how long I have got and when am I going to die? Now these thoughts have gone and I intend to live my life to the full with the help of Dr Y whom took that chance with me and that has handsomely paid off with added bonuses to my health. Only recently, I am able to compile this report to you as it was impossible previously.
I am now so enthusiastic about life and enjoying it with my family. Life is now a joy as I communicate on face book my many friends and family to tell my story to give help to others with the message NEVER GIVE UP !. I am sure that this treatment will provide others with the unbelievable health benefits that I have achieved through the treatment.”
I really enjoy representing the charity. I also do some more work when I get time for the NET Foundation that deals with my type of Cancer.
I also find it great working for CRUK and liaising with my MP David Davis BREXIT Minister. He responds very well with me along with his Parliamentary Secretary.
THE MAIN THING IS I AM SURVIVING FOR MANY REASONS- GREAT NHS, CRUK for research and trials and the porters to the Specialists. There are more but the list is too long.
JUST NEVER GIVE UP! YOU NEVER KNOW LUCK MIGHT FALL ON YOUR SIDE.
Thank you for reading
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. It is inspirational. I know some people have issues with the NHS but I can only speak from my experariance, I couldnt have had better service from all levels right from start to finnish.
What you say about enjoying life to the full reasonates with me for thats how I feel too. It really does make you appreciate the simple little things in life that we used to take so much for granted.
Well done and I wish you all the best for the future, Brian.
My goodness Andy, you have had such a rough time. Thank you so much for sharing your story, I'm sure it will be an inspiration for many people on this forum, not only because of your own outlook but from the fact that your NHS teams fought so hard for you. I hope you continue to thrive under their watchful eye, and send you my best wishes for a great future.
Take care, Hazel x
Just came across this lovely story and wanted to share it with you all. I once saw a documentart wher they visited a supposedly primitive tribe. If the hunters went out and only 50% of them caught something, they shared it equally amongts themselves. Made me wonder who was the more primitive, them or us, Brian.
Just found this heartwarming story and wanted to share it with you all, Brian.
Since he can’t actually fly, this Texas Superman drove 11 hours to Illinois to surprise a seven-year-old cancer patient.
Senior Corporal Damon Cole of the Dallas Police Department is a member of Heroes, Cops and Kids, a group of officers who dress as super heroes to lift the spirits of children in their community. Cole felt compelled to make the long trip to little Bryce Schottel’s home after checking out his Facebook page; Schottel has been fighting lymphatic cancer since February, and only super heroes have been able to bring a smile to his face before each round of chemotherapy. The officer gave the boy a Superman cape, action figure, and a ride in his Superman-mobile. Cole said the child’s reaction was “the best ever.”
Before leaving, Cole pulled a second costume change, dressing up as Iron Man to blow bubbles, play cards and battle it out in video games. “There’s not a lot of people in this world that do anything like this anymore, who are so selfless and generous,” mom Regina Carlton told ABC News. “It was a complete stranger who made that trip to make my son smile.
Here is a great story I want to share with you all, Brian.
A mystery donor has pledged £150,000 to allow a leukaemia sufferer to continue his cancer treatment in the U.S. In a seemingly random act of kindness The Seattle Children’s Hospital informed Charlie Fearns' parents, Sophie and Rob, that the treatment Charlie needs will be paid for in full after the anonymous gift to the 11-year-old. In a video posted to the Charlie’s Chance Facebook page, Sophie said: “We received an email asking us if we would accept a gift off an anonymous donor who wants to pay for the full amount of Charlie’s treatment. “We are completely overwhelmed because this is not something we thought anyone would be able to do. “Wherever you are, from the bottom of our hearts, it means ad incredible amount.“
Last year, well-wishers donated over £150,000 to send Charlie, of Litherland, to the States for pioneering Car T-cell therapy after he was diagnosed with the condition for a third time, the Liverpool Echo reports. But his parents Sophie and Rob have now learned that the treatment, which uses a patient’s own immune system to attack the cancer, has failed. A second attempt, which needs to start within two months, will cost another $187,000 (£150,000). Charlie’s dad Rob said: “The anonymous donor requested to be able to donate directly to Charlie which is bizarre. We thought we were going to have to fight to the nail to raise the money. Liverpool FC legend Steven Gerrard was among the kindhearted Scousers who supported Charlie last year, making a donation of £25,000.
Charlie’s family and friends have managed to raise £1,500 in just a few days for the new appeal and are setting up a new online fundraising page. Mum Sophie raised £200 through a car boot sale on Sunday and supporters are planning a skydive in Blackpool on March 10. Rob said: “We had been taking on the role of helping other families through Charlie’s Chance but now we are in this position we need to concentrate on Charlie.”
Here is another nice story I think you will like.
An 18-year-old woman is a shining example of Canadian kindness – and Canadian resilience to the cold. Eileen Eagle Bears was warm and dry at home with her family during Monday’s blizzard near Brandon, Manitoba when highway cameras showed a trucker stuck in the snow on the side of highway 10. Heartbroken by the driver’s situation on television, Eileen vowed to help. The trucker, a Winnipeg driver named Peter Douglas, had had to spend Monday night in his truck waiting for the snow to clear up. On Tuesday morning, however, he awoke to an unusual surprise.
Eileen had trekked two and a half miles on horseback – and some of the distance on foot due to the ice – so she could deliver a thermos of hot coffee to Peter. Later that day, Eileen returned once more to give Peter water and a thermos of stew. Peter was eventually towed, but he was still shocked that the youth underwent so much trouble just to help him out. “She had to walk that horse half a mile up that hill and half a mile down because it was so icy. Blew me away,” Douglas told CTV. “She said she saw me on the camera. Her and her family were watching.”
What a great story Brian. For all the bad news we see in the world this good news story certainly outways the bad. Have a great day everyone and lets stay as positive as we can.
Here is another little story I came across today, Brian
Christina Reitz has been searching for the boy who left a heart wrenching apology note and $5 bill on her door – and now, she has finally found him. Christina, a resident of Lakewood, Washington, had originally posted a photo of the note from her Chrissy Marie Facebook account asking if anyone knew the identity of the author. The letter read: “I am sorry that we stole your windchimes. Our mom died and liked butterflies so my sister took it and put it by our window. I am sorry this is only money I have please do not be mad. Jake.”
Rather than being mad over the stolen decoration, Christina was moved by the heartfelt message. She started searching for Jake in order to return his money and give him another windchime for him to keep as his own. After the letter’s post went viral, Jake’s aunt finally came forward saying that she knew the boy. Since the family has been grieving, however, they prefer to have their identities remain anonymous. But Christina says that she will soon be meeting with Jake in order to fulfill her mission of showing some compassion to a boy who needs it more than ever.
Here is another heart warming tale, Brian.
All most people can hope for is to live a long, happy and healthy life. But as you get older, it's inevitable to have regrets or dreams you don't think you'll ever accomplish. It's usually going on holiday to somewhere in particular or seeing your grandchildren walk down the aisle - but for one woman, her final wish was to be arrested. And police were only too happy to oblige.
The Dutch cops, based in Nijmegen in the Netherlands, posted sweet photographs of the woman sitting in a jail cell on their Facebook page . In the snaps, she's positively beaming as she shows the camera the handcuffs around her wrists. They captioned the photograph to explain that the woman, Annie, is almost 100 years old and her granddaughter had asked police to help her fulfil one of her last wishes on her bucket list - experiencing being arrested and locked up in a police cell.
The police officers arranged it so that Annie could sit with handcuffs on in a cell - and she was absolutely delighted, as their photos show. They said it was a 'day to remember', but we're sure it'll be far more memorable for Annie. The police officers then posted the photographs on their Facebook page, where her antics quickly went viral and won over hundreds of people praising the department for helping her. Claudia Ruesga commented: "What a great Police Department! You helped accomplish a part of her bucket list."
Thanks for sharing Brian. A rather strange bucket list request but delighted it was made possible for her by a caring police force. To bring some happiness to someone else is a beautiful gift. Jules
Here is another GOOD NEWS STORY, Brian.
A California family whose son was diagnosed with leukemia is thankful for volunteers who spent the week at their home in order to give one special little boy a big surprise.
“Special Spaces of San Francisco partnered with Disney On Ice performers this week to transform the small bedroom Austin Bolender shares with his brother into a place fit for a king — a Lion King, which is one of Austin’s favorite movies.”
A large mouse named “Mickey” was there for the big room reveal.
Diagnosed in May, 2014, Austin has undergone several chemo treatments and will undergo a complete bone marrow transplant on February 9th at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
Thanks Ian and Jules. Here is another good story, Brian.
Over 100 students from 15 different universities participated in the "Solar Spring Break" program through the nonprofit GRID Alternatives, which offers free solar arrays for low-income families, while providing work experience to student volunteers. "Instead of going to party somewhere, they’re spending their spring break out here," said Paul Cleary, executive director for the organization. "Solar Spring Break was deeply eye opening, mind opening and heart opening," comments Jasmine Tan, an undergraduate at Duke University. "I felt so much more connected, not only to the solar and sustainability industry, but also to a whole new community and network."
Here is another story that lives up to the title of this thread,. Its a long story but worth reading, Brian.
Twelve-year-old Brooke Mulford had been counting down the days to see the movie "A Dog's Purpose." Ever since she saw the trailer in a theater near her home in Voorhees Township, New Jersey, months ago, she couldn't wait to see it — especially since she loves dogs and has a golden retriever named Bailey, just like the dog in the movie.
But things didn't go as planned: in January, a tumor on Brooke's skull grew into her brain and caused a brain bleed that resulted in emergency surgery and later brain radiation, and Brooke has been inpatient at Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP) in Philadelphia since the end of February. The tumor was part of a cancer that Brooke has been fighting since 2009, when she was first diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system, at the age of four. The cancer recurred in 2012, and Brooke has been in treatment ever since. Recent scans at CHOP show that her cancer has gotten "much worse," her mother, Amy, told TODAY
For months, 12-year-old Brooke Mulford had been waiting to see "A Dog's Purpose." She was afraid that wouldn't happen after she was hospitalized in February.One day last week when family friend Marcie Aron and her sister, Alice, were visiting Brooke and her mom in the hospital, Mulford said Brooke grew "very tearful" about how much she wanted to see "A Dog's Purpose." "Now she was afraid she wouldn't get the chance," Mulford said. Marcie Aron took action, writing a post on Facebook asking if anyone could help Brooke see the movie. Though she quickly received responses offering to find a bootleg copy of the movie somehow, Brooke was adamant that she only wanted to watch the movie in a legal way. "She wanted to make sure it was completely legitimate," said Mulford. Word reached Cathryn Michon, who helped write the screenplay for the movie along with her husband, W. Bruce Cameron, who also wrote the original novel upon which the movie was based. The couple arranged for Brooke to receive an autographed copy of the book and movie T-shirts. For Brooke — I wrote this story because I believe love is eternal and that we all go on to meet again," Cameron wrote on the book's title page. "A Dog's Purpose" author W. Bruce Cameron sent Brooke an autographed copy of the novel with a special note. But that wasn't all. Cameron and Michon contacted the movie's production company, Amblin Entertainment, and arranged for a "completely legitimate" copy of the movie to go to Brooke's bedside at the hospital, where she had a private viewing.
"The day went perfectly!" said Mulford. "Marcie stopped at a movie theater on the way here and got two tubs of popcorn. "Brooke loved the movie. When it was over, she just kept saying, "That was so beautiful," said Mulford. "She says her favorite part of the movie was the ending."
As luck would have it, Jennifer Henderson, a dog handler who worked on A Dog's Purpose, happened to be in Pennsylvania last week too. As a special surprise, she arranged for Trip, the dog who played "Bailey" in the movie, to fly to Philadelphia to meet her, and together, the two paid a visit to Brooke just a half an hour after she finished watching the movie. Brooke was surprised by Trip, the dog who played "Bailey" in the movie, who flew in to meet handler Jennifer Henderson and visit with Brooke and her family and friends after the movie. "Brooke was the happiest I've seen her in so long," said her mom. "Trip got right into bed with Brooke, and Brooke told him what a great job he did in the movie. We both have been missing our dog Bailey so much and couldn't stop petting Trip." Author and screenwriter Cameron told TODAY Parents he "was honored to be able to help grant the wish of such a courageous dog-loving girl." Henderson and Trip stayed a few hours with the Mulfords and their friends. "Brooke was on a high the rest of the day into the night," said Mulford. "She said it was one of her best days ever and that she felt so much more like herself than she had in a very long time. Seeing her so happy was so good for my heart. It will be a memory I will treasure always."
Thanks Ian. Glad you enjoy reading these snipets of good news, Brian.
U.S. Army service member Cadence Davies was stationed overseas in Iraq when she received a heartbreaking message from the Red Cross: her mother had just passed away and was being laid to rest in Rhode Island. Cadence could only reportedly make it as far as North Carolina, but then she would have to make a 950-mile drive to Rhode Island. Since her family was already struggling with funeral costs, none of them could afford to pay for a gas or a rental car.
Cadence then wrote to Boots For Troops, a nonprofit care package program for soldiers around the world, and explained her situation. Without hesitating, the program’s members rented a van for Cadence and sent her gas cards for the trip. “We are so incredibly thankful for BFT for helping us so much… during such a hard time,” says Cadence. “They were also caring and compassionate the entire time we spoke to them; they often checked in on my family during our travels; they genuinely cared about me and my family, and we are so blessed to have found them and received help from them.” Cadence Davie is the 53rd service member who has received travel assistance since the organization was founded in 2015. The organization aims to continue bringing military families together and proving to U.S. troops that they will always stand behind those who stand in front for them.
Good caring folk. Many out there who do not always get the recognition they deserve but work tirelessly to help in times of trouble.
I think our own country has responded in much the same way since the horrific attack in London this week.
Take care all. Jules
I totally agree Jules.
Here is a lovely story I feel sure you will all like, Brian.
Formerly Abused Dog Saves 3-Year-Old Girl She Finds Naked And Shivering In A Ditch. Peanut arrived at the Delta Animal Shelter in Michigan last April with two broken legs, a belly full of carpet, and broken ribs. Peanut's former owner has been convicted of animal abuse and Peanut has healed. She also got a new chance at life and has a "great new home with a wonderful family", according to the shelter. Now, a year later, Peanut's the one doing the rescuing. Delta Animal Shelter saved Peanut's amazing act of heroism on their Facebook page after receiving the following letter on Mar 20, 2017 from her family:
I must share a heartfelt story about how wonderful our little Peanut has been! She has truly been a blessing to our family and we love having her around. As you know, her background was so heartbreaking and we are so happy that we were able to take her into our home and give her the love and the family she deserves. However, I think she still has some "sixth sense" about her past life that she has carried with her. Today, Peanut was responsible for saving the life of a 3 year old little girl. About 11am this morning, Peanut started going crazy at our house. She was running up and down the stairs, barking and yelping. She then went and got my husband, who was in the garage working on some projects, and alerted him that she wanted to go outside. He said he could hear her running around upstairs but didn't understand why. He let her outside where she went barreling into the field behind our house at full speed. My husband followed her and to his surprise, he found a naked, shivering, 3 year old girl curled up in a ball. He scooped her up, wrapped her in his sweatshirt, and brought her inside. He called 911 and reported the incident. By the time the ambulance and police arrived, the little girl could only say one thing – "doggie." Thanks to Peanut, a little girls life was saved today. She has been such a blessing to us, and now to others. Words cannot express how grateful we are that we have Peanut in our lives and how amazing she is. She is a part of our family now and thanks to wonderful people like you at the shelter, she is alive. Without her, not only would she have been gone from this world, but the life of this little girl might have been taken as well."
Michigan's Delta County Sherrif's Office confirmed the family's story in a news statement on Monday, crediting the canine for alerting his owner to the child's presence.
This one is a story about a dog who went missing and what the villagers did to help, Brian.
A Chihuahua missing for five days has been rescued from an abandoned mine after villagers near Abertillery in South Wales raised more than £1,200 to fund a drone to help find her. The drone - which was later supplied for free by a local firm - used a thermal imaging camera to spot the dog's body heat and found her trapped in the old mining tunnel. "It is absolutely amazing," Cherry's owner Katinka Slingsby said. "It was overwhelming. I just want to say thank you as we couldn't have found Cherry without the community and I'm so touched by everybody's help."
"Using thermal imaging cameras mounted to one of our unmanned aircraft we were able to locate Cherry within 20 minutes," John Larkin, from Resource Group Unmanned Aviation Services, said. "This just goes to show the wide spread applications of drone technology from aerial inspection and surveying to search and rescue situations, highlighting the breadth of our unmanned aviation services." Slingsby launched a crowdfunding project to pay for an eye-in-the-sky to join the hunt after Cherry disappeared and more than £1,200 was donated. But the cash was not needed in the end after a local drone company heard Cherry was missing and provided their services for free.
Great story, great result and am sure that the dog's owners must be totally overwhelmed by the generosity of the community and the company which supplied to drone. Well done to all concerned. Hope the money raised went to a good cause when no longer required to fund the rescue drone. Jules
Thanks Jules. Hope Sue reads this one, Brian.
In a dramatic rescue operation, a ten-year-old elephant calf was pulled out of a 70-feet deep well, more than 24-hours later it had fallen into it, using ropes and a JCB machine.
The calf was found in a dry but deep well on Tuesday night after a group of forest officials, who were patrolling the area around Govanur village in Tamil Nadu in southern India, heard anguished cries of the animal. After closely following the source of the sound, they found the calf helplessly stuck in the deep well.