My granddaughter Madison Spencer is in the 3rd grade at Wayland-Cohocton Central School. Her birthday is today April 4th. When her mom asked her what she wanted for her birthday she said that she really didn’t need anything, so she only wanted money. When her mom asked her what she needed money for? Madison answered nothing for myself. Madison plans on donating all of her birthday money to the Galisano Children s Hospital.
When Madison was only 6 weeks old she had to have surgery to repair Pyloric Stenosis. She feels that if they hadn’t taken such good care of her that she might not be here today. She brought tears to her mother eyes.
We are so proud of our Birthday Girl. Happy Birthday Madison Avery Spencer
For most high schoolers, getting into an Ivy League college would be a miracle, but for one Long Island student it was a piece of cake. In fact, he didn’t just get into one, he got into all eight.
Seventeen-year-old Kwasi Enin, a senior at William Floyd High School in Mastic who scored in the 99th percentile on his SATs, applied to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia, but didn’t expect such a rousing response.
“By applying to all eight, I figured it would better the chances of getting into one,” he said.
And getting into an Ivy League college is no easy feat, with less than 9% of applicants receiving acceptances from the prestigious universities. So imagine everyone’s shock when Kwasi got into every one of them (as well as Duke, and SUNYs Stony Brook, Geneseo and Binghamton).
“I’ve never seen anything like it in my 15 years as a high school counselor,” said Nancy Winkler, Kwasi’s guidance counselor. “He’s going to be a leader in whatever he chooses.” And Kwasi, who says he’s leaning towards Yale, has already set a huge goal for his future.
“I’m thinking of being a cardiologist or neurologist,” he said. “A doctor is a community leader, a protector, someone who people turn to … when they need help.”
One waitress in California just had the best shift ever. It was a normal day at Los Angeles’ Spring Street Smoke House, until Chelsea Roff received four incredible tips: $1,000 in cash, a free trip to Hawaii, a new job opportunity and a new car.
As it turns out, the extraordinary tips were part of Break.com’s Prank It Fwd project, which aims to raise funds for social change campaigns. (The site donates $1 to nonprofit organization DoSomething.org for every 1,000 views.)
For the most recent prank, Break.com chose Roff because of her background and nonprofit work. These tips changed her life.
“She’s dealt with her share of life’s challenges, but despite them she’s dedicated herself to helping others, even creating a non-profit yoga organization to help other women,” Now this is the type of prank we can get behind.
Substitute teachers often get a bad rap, but this one deserves a medal. Cindy Santos was subbing at a kindergarten class in Pennsylvania last September when she met five-year-old Katelynn Ernst, who was in need of a kidney transplant. She couldn’t stop thinking about the little girl who went through 10-hours a day on dialysis. She eventually came across the Facebook page Katelynn’s Kidney Journey, and decided to find out if she could help.
Lo and behold, after getting tested, Cindy turned out to be a match, and last December donated her kidney to Katelynn. “There was no denying this was the right thing to do,” Cindy told Today. And the surgery didn’t only help Katelyn. Turns out doctors discovered that Cindy had a medical condition herself that was actually helped by the transplant surgery. Talk about even more good news!
Thousands of people in Ukraine lined up to bring fresh food for the animals and money for the operation of the Kharkiv Zoo when its officials declared an emergency after government funds had dried up.
Two days after the announcement, the zoo announced that it had received 77,603 visitors over three days. From families to business people, friends of the zoo brought vegetables, fruit, bread and money – lots of it. $124,159 was earned through ticket sales and donations during that weekend.
“We sincerely thank everyone who helped the zoo during these difficult days,” said the zoo in a statement. “To our call of ‘Save the Kharkov Zoo!’ it seems like the entire city responded. This weekend our zoo saw huge lines for tickets, tons of food, and lots of positive emotions. Your help and support for our neighbors on planet Earth revealed the compassion, kindness, and love that will always be part of humanity.”
“Everyone who came to the zoo during these days was able reach out to the wonderful world of animals, observe them, look into their eyes, and become more pure and more kind. Your actions showed us that the zoo is our city’s treasure, cared for and protected by all its residents.”
The zoo, which opened more than a century ago, also received support from caring people outside of Kharkov and the Ukraine. Moved by the plight of the elephant living there, Kate Woolf, the founder of the Lotus Elephant Sanctuary, set up an online fundraiser at GoFundMe for international supporters, and it raised $5,000 in five days. An expat American living in Kharkov first blogged about the problem, and later set up a Facebook page to spur donations and let people know what is happening. Get Katherine’s updates at Facebook.com/KharkivZooFriends.
After four years of dating, John Tracy made it his mission to track down the same taxi cab that his fiancé’s grandfather drove for 40 years so he could ask her to marry him inside. Her grandfather Berek Kempinski drove cab with medallion 8D99 from 1955 to 1995. “Losing him was tough to her,” Tracy said. “Whenever we were walking around, she’d see anything near that, and she’d let out an, ‘Oh, shucks! That was so close — 8C99!’ ”
Lesley Frankel has looked for that cab medallion, her entire life while on the streets of New York City and hadn’t found it.
Tracy decided he wanted to pop the question in Cab 8D99 so he went on a mission to find it and thanks to twitter he did. Sergio Cabrera drives it now. Cabrera agreed to set it up so when Tracey and Frankel hailed the next cab coming down the street it would be Cabrera in 8D99.
Frankel recognized the medallion immediately! She said “I was in complete shock and I was shaking”. As the two settled into the back seat Tracey told her he wanted spend the rest of his life with her- then slipped a 1.6 carat diamond on her finger. She said yes!! Sunshine!
Surfer Bethany Hamilton already won our hearts, and now she’s a different kind of champion. The 24-year-old won the Surf N Sea Pipeline Women’s Pro, a major surfing event in Oahu, Hawaii, last week.
It was her first win in almost ten years. Hamilton, who’s known as the “Soul Surfer,” made headlines back in 2003 when, at age 13, she lost her left arm in a shark attack. But instead of letting the accident end her career, Hamilton got back on her board just a month later. And a year after that, she took home her first title.
Hamilton’s inspirational story was the subject of an autobiography, as well as a 2011 movie, Soul Surfer, starring AnnaSophia Robb. Of last week’s win, Hamilton said, “I usually lose so this was great,” calling her success “a pleasant surprise.”
Just last week Austin White, 22, of Hemlock, died after an accident at Whiteface Mountain, a ski resort near Lake Placid.
Austin’s Aunt and Godmother Sandy and Uncle Red sent this Sunshine story in. Why is it Sunshine?
According to them 5 years ago Austin was involved in another serious accident but survived. The Sunshine is that God allowed his family and friends 5 more years with him.
On March 21,2014, the small town of Honeoye,NY sent hundreds of lights up into the night sky to let Austin know he’ll be forever in their hearts.
The students organized the line of vehicles past the funeral home and the launching of the lights. Austin’s classmates and community were there for the White family five years ago when he had his accident and again on March 21 they showed their love for Austin. They organized this beautiful tribute to Austin.
Austin’s favorite saying was “It’s a great day to be alive” and he lived his short life to the fullest. We were given a precious five more years with him.
Fourteen-year-old Ke’onte is full of life and laughter — largely because of his new parents.
But his happiness is also thanks to a television news anchor who featured the boy’s story in Dallas, Texas, not just once, but twice, after a failed adoption brought disappointment.
In 2007, when Ke’onte was just eight years old, Gloria Campos featured him as a “Wednesday’s Child,” a feature produced locally by five US television stations around the country which features children in foster care who need loving parents.
Two years ago, Ke’onte spoke before Congress, describing his four years in foster care where he felt he was over-medicated with mind-altering drugs.
The boy, now happy and off medication wrongfully prescribed, wanted to thank Gloria for her persistence in finding him a home, and he surprised her on the air during her news broadcast.
Watch the video “surprise” below!! Sunshine for sure!
Kendra Muller was crowned Riverton High School’s prom queen Saturday night, but decided the honor might mean more to the runner up.
On Wednesday, Kendra Muller, entered a classroom and handed her sash, tiara and title to Amanda Belnap, a special needs student who had been voted “first attendant”.
Kendra, 16, was paralyzed in an accident three years ago. According to her principal, Carolyn Gough, the students at Riverton are “oblivious to disabilities” and are generous to each other. This story is a testament to that.
The two girls weren’t really friends, but Kendra felt Amanda really deserved it. “I was really honored and happy, but I felt like Amanda would be even MORE happy and more honored to get it,” Muller told ABC.
She was right. Amanda was thrilled and plans to wear the crown all week.