Weekly News 16

This piece of news is terrific. Here’s a couple of stories from a couple of cabbies. One guy saved a man who apparently had fallen, and couldn’t get up. They say, by the cab driver calling 911, he likely saved the man’s life. The other man helped a woman give birth right in the cab. Hope he got those seat cleaned. There’s just so much life here.

We all know it’s getting a little colder, at least for Tennessee. And one car dealership is trying to make a difference. They’re going to donate coats for over 60 local area kids. Awesome. Check out the simple quote for why the head of the dealership is doing this:

‘We’ve been here almost 30 years and Dyersburg has been good to us. We wanted to give something back.’

Cool. Or…warm. Ha.

A man takes matters into his own hands and develops a special sleeve for aortas. Take a look at the beautiful details.

Tal Golesworthy, 57, suffers from Marfan syndrome, a genetic, life-threatening condition that left his aorta – the largest artery – in danger of splitting. But faced with grueling surgery and a lifetime on blood-thinning drugs, he designed himself a made-to-measure knitted polyester sleeve to fit around his aorta. He persuaded doctors to use him as a guinea pig – and the ground-breaking procedure was a complete success. Inspired by its success, Mr Golesworthy and a team of surgeons decided to make the technology available to other patients. To date, more than 40 patients – the youngest being just 16 – have had their own individually designed surgical sleeve fitted in London, the John Radcliffe Hospital, in Oxford, and the Leuven University Hospital in Belgium.

Wow. Tal is an engineer for what it’s worth. So, he’s got the brain power to figure out how things work. Let’s keep this up.

We’re still fighting homelessness. From a Biblical standpoint, we always will be. That doesn’t mean we quit.

A residential program that will help 60 homeless moms manage mental health illnesses, gain stable housing and find employment celebrated its grand opening Friday in Pacoima.

The whole story is a good read.

A 24 year old woman from San Diego donated her kidney to a complete stranger…that she met on Facebook…who lived in Florida. Yeah.

This piece of news touched me.  All this guy did was return a lost wallet. He’s homeless. And, because of returning that wallet, well:

The hotel general manager, Scott Stuckey, said he wanted to offer the man a reward for doing the right thing. When Hartman returned to the hotel Friday night, Stuckey offered him a room, $500, food and new clothes.

But that was just the beginning. Since learning of Hartman’s story, dozens of people have offered to help him.

“We’re getting calls from people from all over the United States, from Hawaii, Canada,” Stuckey said Monday. “They’re all people wanting to know what they can do to help.”

Cash, gift cards and clothes have been brought to the downtown hotel. Others have offered Hartman holiday meals, jobs and even housing until he’s back on his feet.

Yeah. We need to reward our heroes. Let the world know we appreciate people doing the right thing. We give so much attention to people that have done bad; it almost doesn’t even matter if we’re trying to make a positive difference.

Charlie Sheen has made a couple of key donations this month. First, he donated $10,000 to The Walk To End Epilepsy charity, which aids children living with the disease. Very recently, he also donated $25,000 to the People’s Recovery Empowerment Development Assistance (Preda) Foundation.

The money given by the actor will help find children who went missing during the typhoon, as well as provide food for shelters.

Awesome. Love hearing when celebrities make these types of moves.

Thanks to a couple of kids being observant, they saved a home from potentially being consumed by fire.

This is a neat medical breakthrough. We’ve got some folks working on a glove that can track blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and even perform an ECG without any blood tests.

The device will consist of a leather glove having photodiodes, capable of converting light into current or voltage, blood pressure and electrocardiography sensors integrated with a central circuit. The measurements will be readable by patients in the form of colour codes that will tell them whether they are at low, high or moderate risk regardless of numeracy and literacy skills.
“It will be linked to a cellphone and the data may be transferred to a physician, if required,” she explained. “The cellphone can provide audio feedback, as well. This will be aligned to the latest guidelines and also be translated to adapt easily to local languages.”

Sounds exciting!

And now, a story of inspiration.

Now, almost eight years on, Ellie, who attends St Michael’s School in Rowley Regis, has proved to everyone around her that she will not let the meningitis, or her amputations, hold her back. A keen horse rider, she also likes playing with textiles and adores swimming and cookery. She also loves animals and has dreams of either becoming a vet or possibly going into law after school.

Yeah, when Ellie was five, she nearly lost her life from meningitis. She lost most of both of her legs as well as her right arm.

This story here is one of those stories that keeps pushing me to do what I do at DALANEL. A man spends his time getting food for those who can’t get it themselves.

Stan loves being a driver for Meals on Wheels, an American Red Cross program that delivers meals to those who have disabilities, are chronically ill, or those who just returned from the hospital.

Yup, you may have heard of Meals on Wheels. It’s great people like Stan do this.

Another story is how a food pantry had food stolen from them. They told the public and then they were flooded with donations:

“All we can say is there was tremendous outpouring of sympathy for the poor, and that we are grateful for those who contributed,” said Father Edward A. Murphy, the pastor at Saint Anthony of Padua Church. “Whatever was taken was replaced, and we are pleased to say we have enough to give out to all those who need it for Thanksgiving.”

Thanks to the folks who donated. Man, let me not cry. There’s good people out there, folks.

Here’s an important story. A bishop disguised himself as a homeless man. Nobody that he knew recognized him. Here’s why he did it:

Musselman is touched by his ward members’ actions, but he says it wasn’t his goal to embarrass or make them feel ashamed.  Instead he wanted them to remember to be kind to people from all walks of life; not just at the holidays, but all year long.

Yes, he was trying to teach his church a lesson. And, when he walked in, there were some mixed reactions. Read the story to see some reactions. There’s one by the children I thought was interesting.

UPS playing a part in the rebuilding efforts in the Philippines.

On Thanksgiving Day, a UPS aircraft departed Louisville, KY, loaded with 15,000 pounds of vital medical relief supplies, a donation to assist the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.


I read this original story and was tempted to put it in a Good News post just a couple of days ago. However, it didn’t feel “good” in my standards. However, the update to the story is good. A Pizza Hut manager was fired for refusing to open on Thanksgiving Day. The update had the heads of Pizza Hut step in and recommend that he’d get his job back. The local branch agreed.

Ah, another week of news down. Thanks for stopping by.



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