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27 May 2016 20:46 in response to haze44

Hi folks,

Here is another story I want to share with you all.

An Idaho teenager escorted his mom to prom after she feared she'll miss his future wedding day.

Kerry Huffaker of Twin Falls, Idaho, was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer with a 1-2 year prognosis. So, her son Dylan brought her as his date to the Canyon Ridge High School prom.

"That was the most beautiful I think I've ever seen her," Dylan told ABC News. "I thought about it and I can look back after years and years and remember who I went to prom with. I'll know it was someone I loved who meant something to me."

Weeks before the prom, Dylan showed up to where his mom Kerry was receiving radiation treatment with a box of donuts. Written in icing was a message that read: "Will you go to prom with me?"

Watch the hospital suprise below:

"I was taken by surprise, that's for sure," Kerry told ABC News. "I try not to focus too much on the future. I try to live today as best as I can, but [thought], 'Who's going to dance with my son when the mom is supposed to dance with the groom at his wedding day?'"

"My reaction was, 'You don't want to go to prom with your old, bald mom. You'll be embarrassed.' And he said,'No I won't. I'll have the prettiest date there.'"

Dylan said the best part about the night was sharing a special dance with his mom to "The Dance" by Garth Brooks.

"The D.J. cleared the dance floor and let us dance the first half, just me and my mom," Dylan said. "I put her through 17 years of hard times, so it's worth it to take her to prom. I love that my mom is as caring as she is. No matter what your going through, she's willing to help -- no matter what hard times she's facing."

I hope you like this, Brian.

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28 May 2016 06:45 in response to woodworm

Morning Brian,

That is absolutely amazing, a wonderful story that has me sitting here with tears in my eyes. Thank you for sharing it,


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28 May 2016 14:20 in response to haze44

Hi all, as Brian is having a busy weekend thought I might add one instead.  

Hazel xx

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28 May 2016 18:47 in response to woodworm

Like Mandy just found this a most emotional read  - thanks for posting it here. Jules x

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28 May 2016 18:49 in response to haze44

An amazing  tale Hazel and though his training would have prepared him for such a situation  this does  not take away the fact that his actions were fantastic and he so derserved his award.  Thanks for popping it on this thread.  Jules x

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28 May 2016 19:04 in response to jules54

Hi Jules.  Yes, I realise this would be part of his overall job, as with all the emergency services, but I still thought his bravery was outstanding.

H xx


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28 May 2016 19:18 in response to haze44

Could not agree more Hazel.

Hope you have had a good day in the lovely sunshine (once the cloud cleared away early this morning - needed a brolly for my walk to the gym!!).  Jules x

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28 May 2016 19:24 in response to Mandymops

Hi folks,

Thanks Mandy, Jules and Hazel.

Here is another small story.

When a teacher’s cat passed away, she was left speechless by the act of kindness her students performed.

To help ease her sadness, the students walked into class with flowers, balloons, cakes, and, finally, their big surprise — two new kittens.

I hope you like this one, Brian.

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28 May 2016 19:32 in response to woodworm

Oh, how lovely, Brian.  Good kids, I can just picture it.

How is your show going, it was certainly good weather for it - well, it was here anyway, hope you had the same.

Hazel xx

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29 May 2016 08:34 in response to haze44

Hi folks,

Thanks Hazel

Here is todays offering.

There weren’t a lot of jobs suited to Russell Carey, so the young man with autism, who also suffers from seizures, was given the chance to use his passion to earn his own income.

When Carey is walking, he’s an unstoppable force. The 28-year-old just doesn’t like to stand still — he has to keep moving.

He tried a job as a dog walker, but he wanted to wander farther than the dogs could even go.

That when his caregivers hit on the idea of setting him up in advertising. “Carey’s Signs” lets Carey walk far and wide, carrying signs promoting local businesses in Oak Harbor, Washington.

His initial $80 fee buys a client a custom sign and an hour’s worth of walking and waving it at passing traffic over six weeks.

Real estate agent Clay Miller is a steady client who says Carey’s Signs gets his business a lot of attention.

“I’ve had a lot of people stop me and comment on it or post photos to Facebook,” he told the Whidbey News-Times.

For a man who requires 24-hour care, the job offers Carey a sense of independence, the opportunity to pay his own rent and bills, and, best of all, the chance to be on the move.

Good on him too, Brian.

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30 May 2016 08:13 in response to woodworm

Hi everyone,

I have something I want to share with you all concerning something that happened yesterday at our craft fair. One of our members makes lovely wooden toys and this young girl aged about 9/10 took a fancy to a wooden yellow teddy bear that was on his stand. She only had £6.50 and it was marked up as £9.50. She came over to my stand where her grandmother was and told her about it. So after finnishing her conversation with me both of them went back to the toy stand and the grandmother gave her the extra money. The young girl left the marquee with a big smile on her face, but returned a few noments later to say her dad had told her to bring it back and ask for her money back as he wouldnt let her have it. All of us stallholders could see she was visibly upset. She went and looked at the next table to me and was admiring the guys wooden Yew apples and pears. As she started to move away he called her back and told her she could have one of them for free. I dont think it registered at first for she asked how much they were but he againg told her she didnt have to pay. She thanked him and a little while later left the tent with an even bigger smile on her face. They were priced up at £10,50 and were really well turned . I thought that was kind of him and told him so and he said it was worth it just to see the smile back on her face, Brian.


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30 May 2016 19:45 in response to woodworm

What a great story Brian, hope her dad was a bit ashamed of himself!  I bet she'll treasure that apple for years.  

Thanks for that.

Take care, Hazel xx

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5 Jun 2016 08:56 in response to haze44

Hi everyone,

Here is a story I think you'll like.

A video of a young girl named Emma Bennett, who has a prosthetic leg and received an American Girl doll with one as well, has gone viral. The clip features Emma bursting with joy after being surprised by custom-made doll that looks like her.

“She’s got a leg just like mine!” Emma can be seen saying in the video.

“Thank you for making a doll like me!”.

Courtney Bennett, Emma’s mom, told KHOU her reaction to the experience is simply: “There are no words.”

Since the video was posted to Bennett’s Facebook page on June 1, it has received 10 million views and over 100,000 shares, compelling people to leave comments like “Omg! I’m balling like a baby,” and “I’m crying as much as [Emma] did.”

Emma, who lives in Cypress, Texas, was born with a rare birth defect and has worn a prosthetic limb for most of her life. Yet, this has never slowed her down. The sporty 10-year-old plays volleyball and soccer, swims and is a cheerleader. But when she’s not spiking or kicking a ball, Emma, like many girls enjoys collecting American Girl dolls and always longed for one that resembled her.

Her parents decided to did a little research, found “A Step Ahead Prosthetics,” a prosthetic company that also makes alternations to dolls so that they mirror kids who are missing limbs.

The couple sent a doll off to the company and a month later a modified doll arrived with a pink prosthetic — Emma’s favorite color.

As for all the attention the video is getting, Emma’s mom, Courtney is truly grateful.

“I can say all day long that I try and put myself in Emma’s position, but one will never truly know what it must feel like to want a doll just like you,” she wrote on Facebook. “I knew she would love it, but never could have imagined how much she ‘truly needed it!’

What a nice story, Brian

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6 Jun 2016 09:49 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

Here is the next addition to this thread.

This kid didn’t miss a beat.

When Nicholas DeGregorio, 11, of North Bellmore, NY heard that an elderly veteran was on his way to a cancelled Memorial Day parade, he offered to play “You’re A Grand Old Flag” for the man on his trumpet.

The act, that was as sweet as apple pie, clearly delighted the vet:

Nicholas, who is a fifth-grader at Newbridge Road Elementary School, was totally amped to play with his school’s band in the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, Bellmore Patch notes. But due to rain, the event was cancelled.

“Nicholas felt so bad for all of the veterans that would not have a parade in honor of all their fallen comrades,” Mary Bellissimo-DeGregorio, Nicholas’ mom, told Patch. 

But that didn’t stop Nicholas and his parents from paying tribute in their own way. According to DeGregorio’s YouTube page, the three jumped into the car and drove the parade route, windows down, while Nicholas played his trumpet for all to hear.

When the DeGregorios arrived at a memorial by Nicholas’ school, a woman walked up to the family and asked if the parade was still happening. They said no, and the woman explained that her father, Chris Iannacone, a disabled WWII veteran, would be arriving soon and would be disappointed that the parade was cancelled.

That’s when young Nicholas volunteered to play his trumpet for Iannacone.

“He was thrilled and Nicholas was thrilled as well,” DeGregorio wrote on Facebook. “To have the opportunity to play for him and brighten his morning. Behind every cloud is a silver lining.”

Well done young man, Brian

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13 Jun 2016 09:29 in response to woodworm

Hi everyone,

Here is todays addition to this thread.

A stranded dolphin was just given a second chance at life, thanks to a helpful tour guide in Walvis Bay, Namibia. Naude Dreyer, a guide with Pelican Point Kayaking, spotted something strange moving in the sand while driving along the beach after a Wednesday morning tour. Dreyer and his client pulled over at Paaltjies Beach for a closer look and realized it was a young dolphin stranded on the shore. “He was moving a bit and I immediately knew he was alive,” Dreyer told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Dreyer quickly got to work, hoisting the dolphin into his arms and back into the ocean. At first, the dolphin was still as Dreyer walked it out into the surf. Then, it wiggled its tail and took off into the water. “I was not very hopeful,” Dreyer wrote in a Facebook post, “but as soon as he got into water and realized where he was, he took off like a bullet.” While the rescued animal resembles a mini orca, it actually appears to be a juvenile Benguela dolphin, also known as Heaviside’s dolphin, a species which can be found off the coast of Namibia Africa and South Africa.

Dreyer isn’t sure how the dolphin ended up on the beach, but he knew he had to help it in any way he could. “I was just doing what was the right thing to do,” he told the newspaper. “I couldn’t leave him there.” And he made the right call, according to marine biologists. Kim Holland, a researcher at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, said that, while it depends on what condition a beached marine animal is in, putting it back in the water is the best thing to do. “Certainly, even though the chances may be slim, they have a better chance of survival if they are put back in the ocean than if they are left stranded,” Holland told The Huffington Post.

However, the Marine Mammal Center advises anyone who comes across a beached dolphin to report it right away so that officials can properly return the animal to safety. Lucky for this little dolphin, Dreyer was there to save the day.

I love stories like this, Brian.