Aug 27

Tattoo Artist Turns 8 Year-Old Girl’s Dull Leg Braces Into Colorful Disney Villains

Taken from sunnyskyz.com

Tattoo Artist Turns 8 Year-Old Girl’s Dull Leg Braces Into Colorful Disney Villains

A tattoo artist in Fall River, Massachusetts helped a little girl feel proud to wear leg braces by outfitting them with a set of spectacular Disney designs.

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“I’m glad to be in a position where I can help the community in any way,” Aaron Guillemette told Today. “When I was first approached about designing Hope’s braces, I thought it would be an awesome idea — especially when I heard what the subject matter would be. Hope wanted Disney villains on her braces, not princesses.”

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Credit: Jack Foley / Herald News

Hope was born premature at 24 weeks and has been wearing leg braces for the past four years.

When she first saw her new braces? “I screamed,” she told the news outlet.

The experience was special for Guillemette too, as he told Today Parents, “The look on her face when I gave them to her was worth everything it took to make them.”

(h/t) Huffington Post.

Aug 26

The Power of Music is REAL!!!

Family Shares Video Of Son Responding To ‘Brave’ By Sara Bareilles. Now, She’s On A Mission To Find Him
Taken from SunnySkyz.com

A family from North Bend, Ohio has got the attention of Sara Bareilles after she recently saw a video of their son’s reaction to her song “Brave.”

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AJ Stafford just celebrated his 5th birthday. It’s a big milestone for his family who’s been taking life one day at a time. He has a few medical conditions, but his primary diagnoses are Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy.

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“He can’t walk, he can’t talk, he can’t roll over, he can’t sit up on his own, so all his needs are met by me and Andy,” says AJ’s mother, Stephanie.

But one day this summer, the family noticed something huge.

“We were on our way home from vacation and her song ‘Brave’ came on the radio and he got very vocal and he was just thrilled by the song and we were, like, giddy because we’ve never seen him act like that before,” Stephanie said.

Stephanie posted the video of AJ on Facebook and it’s been viewed more than 13,000 times – enough to get Sara Bareilles’ attention.

 

Aug 25

A Stray Dog Saved Her From Being Attacked She Spent Thousands Of Dollars Returning The Favor

Taken from Sunnyskyz.com

A college student who was harassed by two men while vacationing in Crete, Greece, has spent thousands of dollars to adopt the dog that saved her from the attack.

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25 year-old Georgia Bradley says she was approached by two men on the beach. After she refused to go “have a drink” with them, one of the men grabbed her by the arm.

To her surprise, a stray dog suddenly appeared and did not stop barking at the pair. The small, black dog stood by Bradley’s side until the men walked away.

Bradley, who’s decided to name the dog Pepper, told the Plymouth Herald: “She saved me. Pepper shot out of nowhere, jumped up at me and began barking and licking my hand, and that made the men think twice. She must have noticed something was wrong.When I went back to the apartment she followed me and finally let us stroke her. We had an instant bond.”

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“When I got home I couldn’t stop thinking about her so I took the soonest flight back out that I could, which was two weeks later.”

Bradley would fly over 6,000 miles back and forth to the Greek island over a span of five weeks searching for her rescuer.

“It was a real risk because we may never have found her again. But when we saw Pepper on the beach, it was the best feeling ever.”

Pepper was microchipped, wormed with a rabies jab and given a pet passport. After adopting Pepper, she flew her home to the UK.

Pepper then had a further surprise for her new owner, as she gave birth to six puppies.

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“It’s been such a crazy journey,” Bradley added. “But I am over the moon.”

Aug 24

How do you teach your 11 year old great values? You “Be Awesome”

I’ve been lucky enough to be friends with the Sangs for over a decade now. Axel and Angelique are pretty great folks that always seem to be helping someone and trying to teach their son Ivan how to be a respectful young man by leading by example. What they decided to do last week as a family, is a great representation of who they are.

They came together and decided to make a difference for some charities. The outcome? They are proud 49ers Faithful with season tickets at Levi’s Stadium. They decided to give a pair of their tickets, located in section 106, away randomly every week to someone who donates $100 to any charity of they want! Just pick a charity, donate $100 or more, and post and share it on social media using the #49erTicketsForACause! 24 hours before each home game they play in the regular season, they will pick a winner and email the tickets! Trust me the tickets are worth more than that!

Such a great positive story! The contest is open to anyone! Just be sure to use the #49ersTicketsForACause! In the words of Ivan while deciding to do this, “LETS BE AWESOME!” Mission Accomplished!!

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Aug 20

The Wolf Pack’s Positivitey is Working for Trevor!

A few weeks back I asked the Wolf Pack for a simple favor on a Saturday afternoon. On July 21st,  24 year old Trevor Stotka was in a major car accident on I80 that has left him in a coma in ICU at UC Davis Medical Center here in Sac.

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I went on air and asked you to just send some positive thoughts and prayers to Trevor and his family. Then I dedicated “I Love This Life” by LoCash to him and waited to hear how he was doing. Well Wolf Pack, I am very happy to say that Trevor has made some baby steps in his recovery! He has had some movement in his hands and legs! He has even been taken out of the ICU and moved to a Neuro department.

I’m asking again, please send all the positive thoughts and prayers you can to Trevor and his family! Leave a positive message for them here if you would like! I’ll make sure his family get a copy of them to read to him!!

Thank You All!!

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Aug 19

A Blind Teenager With Autism Delivered This Moving National Anthem At Fenway Park

Taken from sunnyskyz.com

08/19/15

A 14-year-old blind singer with autism who delivered the national anthem at Fenway Park before the Cleveland Indians-Boston Red Sox game received a loud and long ovation from the players and fans.

Christopher Duffley, from Manchester, New Hampshire, was born prematurely and weighed only 1 pound, 12 ounces at birth. He was rendered blind due to Retinopathy of Prematurity.

His conditions haven’t stopped him from excelling at life, though.
Read more at http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/1287/A-Blind-Teenager-With-Autism-Delivered-This-Moving-National-Anthem-At-Fenway-Park#if5JAdFhZbIzwl8i.99

Aug 18

Service Dog Dials 911 During Fire And Saves Blind Owner’s Life

Taken from sunnyskyz.com

Service Dog Dials 911 During Fire And Saves Blind Owner’s Life By Pulling Her From The House

A heroic service dog saved the day by dialing 911 and pulling her blind owner to safety after the home they shared in Philadelphia caught fire.

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Red Paw Emergency Relief Team

Yolanda, a Golden Retriever, called 911 on a specialized phone and alerted authorities about the blaze and firefighters responded.

Maria Colon, who has been blind since 1992, said she woke up to her house on fire. Colon said when service dogs are trained, the word “danger” is used frequently. So she shouted “danger” over and over to get her service dog, Yolanda, to help her.

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After her owner was safe, Yolanda was rewarded with food, toys, treats and supplies, according to the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team’s Facebook page. The group, which provides help to pets displaced by fires and other residential disasters, said Yolanda has been a hero before.

Red Paw Emergency Relief wrote: “The crazy part, this is not the first time she’s call 9-1-1 for her owner! Last year Yolanda’s owner fell in the house and was unconscious, she called 9-1-1 then too! Yolanda is a superhero!”

As it turns out, this is the third time (at least) that Yolanda has come to the rescue.

In 2013, Yolanda began growling when she heard two men talking downstairs while her owner was asleep, NBC 10 reported. She closed the bedroom door and chased the burglars out of the home, but not before they turned on the gas on the stove. When Yolanda’s owner realized what was happening, she called police. They were already on the way because Yolanda had contacted them via her special phone.

(h/t) DailyMail.

Read more at http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/1285/Service-Dog-Dials-911-During-Fire-And-Saves-Blind-Owner-s-Life-By-Pulling-Her-From-The-House#kzgkURPo2AmV6oOq.99

Aug 17

‘Batman’ who visited children in hospitals killed when car hits Batmobile

Taken from CNN.com 

By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN

(CNN)Lenny B. Robinson, the Good Samaritan who visited children in hospitals dressed as Batman and entered the public spotlight after police pulled him over in costume, died Sunday after a car hit his custom Batmobile on a Maryland interstate.

Medical personnel pronounced Robinson, 51, dead at the scene, Hagerstown State Police said in a statement.

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His custom Lamborghini broke down while he was driving east on I-70 in the fast lane. He got out to check the engine while still in the lane, and a Toyota Camry struck his car, which in turn hit him, the statement said.

The Camry driver was not injured, the police statement said.

Robinson became a household name in 2012, after police dashcam footage captured him getting out of his Batmobile in full costume during a traffic stop on route 29 in Silver Spring, Maryland. The video went viral after the Montgomery County Police Department shared it on social media, earning Robinson the moniker “route 29 Batman.”

In a statement Monday, the department said it was “saddened” by the news of Robinson’s death.

“The footage depicted a positive and humorous interaction between officers and Robinson. It was evident that the officers and Robinson had a mutual respect for each other and the job that each was trying to accomplish that day,” the statement said.

“Robinson was not much for attention and wanted to remain low-key as news reports of his interaction with MCP hit national and international news. When we replay the traffic-stop video, we smile and laugh, fondly remembering the day that MCP met a real superhero.”

On top of the cost of his Batmobile and Caped Crusader suit, Robinson said, he spent tens of thousands of dollars each year on coloring books, sunglasses and other gifts for children he visited in hospitals across Washington and Maryland.

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But he never wanted the story to be about him or his gadgets: “It was about coming here for the kids,” he said in 2012.

“It’s rewarding in a completely different way, just making that child smile. If I only touch one kid out of all this, then I know I’ve done really something really successful.”

And yet, Robinson became a viral video sensation after police pulled him over while he was on his way to a hospital visit. The dashboard camera in the Montgomery County police cruiser caught the entire scene, including the officer calling for back up.

“You can send me Robin if you wish,” the officer snickered to the dispatcher before asking the driver, “What’s your name other than Batman?”

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The police pulled over Robinson’s car because instead of a Maryland license plate, he had the Batman logo. Robinson liked his outfit and car to look just right when he visited hospitals to cheer up terminally ill children.

When police saw that the official license plate was inside the car, Robinson was on his way to both the hospital and Internet stardom. For months, whenever he showed up a at a hospital or charity event, cameras followed.

The benefits were clear to those who worked with Robinson.

“Some of these kids recognize that this is not Batman, but in their head it is, and this is a great thing for them,” Dr. Joseph M. Wiley said in 2012 during one of Robinson’s visits to Baltimore’s Sinai Hospital.

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“It is absolutely clear to those of us in the field that attitude and play therapy and distraction help children overcome illnesses, so this is a big deal for all the kids who are here today.”

Robinson began volunteering full-time in 2007 after selling an industrial cleaning business he started in high school. The business — which cleaned office buildings, churches and synagogues — was fulfilling, but being Batman and cheering up sick children was his calling, he said.

“You see what’s going on. It has to be moving. Sometimes you’re crying on the inside, but you’re strong on the outside. These are the real superheroes. It’s not me; it’s not you. They’re fighting for their lives every single day,” he said.

“Remember, at the end of the day, ask yourself, ‘Self, did I make a difference?’ And the answer had better be yes.”

Aug 17

Cute wallaby gives a big hug to a teddy bear

Taken from Today.com 

Cute wallaby gives a big hug to a teddy bear

By Jordan Muto

Truth be told, who doesn’t need to hug a teddy bear every now and then? The comfort those furry snuggly friends provide is honestly like no other. Humans and animals alike (yes, you heard correctly) just can’t resist them at any age.

This little wallaby, cutely known as Doodlebug, is no different. He just loves his teddy bear.

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Earlier this week, Tim Beshara of Australia posted a picture on Twitter of an orphaned wallaby named Doddlebug sweetly hugging his teddy bear. Beshara said his mother, Gillian Abbot, is a a wildlife caretaker and took the photo.

Talk about a bear hug! The adorable photo has since gone viral, getting thousands of retweets and favorites. Good thing Beshara’s mom had her camera handy because this was a moment not to be missed. It’s picture perfect!

Beshara is right. There really is a value to a good hug for all. We’ve all had our days of needing ones just like Doodlebug. This wallaby and his teddy are just so precious!
Aug 13

Woman Gives Birth To Her Cancer-Surviving Twin Sister’s Baby

Woman Gives Birth To Her Cancer-Surviving Twin Sister’s Baby

Taken from SunnySkyz.com 

August 12, 2015

They say nothing is stronger than the bond of two sisters, but what about that of twin sisters? Just ask identical twins Dawn Ardolino-Policastro and Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker, who have an amazing story to tell.

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Six years ago, Allison was diagnosed with breast cancer and when the doctor delivered some devastating news, her twin sister came to the rescue.

“Dawn accompanied me to one of my doctor’s appointments and as we sat in my oncologist’s office and he said to me if you survive this, you will never be able to carry another child,” Allison revealed in a Facebook post. “Well before he even finished his sentence Dawn jumped in and said it doesn’t matter because I am going to carry their child. You kept that promise through all the devastating highs and lows, but throughout it all, you have been constant in your optimism, support and loving care for us.”

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Dawn gave birth to Hudson William earlier this month, but not before the two lovely ladies posed together to commemorate this amazing time in their lives.

Dawn even kept the baby’s gender from Allison. This explains the cute snap below.

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In the same Faacebook post, Allison went on to thank her sister for the precious gift that she gave her.

“How can we begin to thank you for the tremendous generosity and sacrifice you have so willingly bestowed these last few months? You have given us not just the fulfillment of a wish we’ve had for the last six years, but a whole new life, and a family of 4 we thought we’d never have.”

“We cannot thank you enough for the gift you have given us. Although biologically this child will be made up of the two of us, we certainly hope that the strength, selflessness, and power you have shown are traits that he takes from you during his life. Not many people have the ability to make someone else’s dream come true. But you have done so, and with extraordinary thoughtfulness openness and sensitivity.”

Sources: EOnline, Fox News, Facebook Sunnyskyz.com

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