Teacher to Donate Kidney to 10-Year-Old Student

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCbs2Chicago.com features the inspiring story of fourth grade teacher Patricia Donohue and her decision to donate a kidney to her 10-year-old student, Brandon Shafer.Brandon’s mother tried to donate her kidney but was not a match. Donohue knows what life is like for Brandon’s family. Her own father had leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant.“I wouldn’t have my father without somebody donating to him, so I can’t imagine not doing the same thing for Brandon and his family,” she said. (details and photo here)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Volvo Pledges Lifetime of Cars to U.S. Doctor Serving Orphans, Mothers in Ethiopia

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe fourth annual Volvo for Life awards were announced and the 2006 grand prize winner is Dr. Ingida Asfaw of Pontiac, Michigan. Asfaw is a medical doctor who has galvanized over 550 medical and non-health professionals in the U.S. and Canada to give their time and talents to address the profound health care crises in Ethiopia. With donations of money and time, he founded the nonprofit Ethiopian North American Health Professionals Association (ENAHPA). His prize, awarded on April 12, is a new car from Volvo for the rest of his life. One hundred semifinalists were also chosen from more than 4,000 nominations.A humble man but a brilliant surgeon, Dr. Asfaw has led volunteers from the health profession into Ethiopia on semi-annual medical missions since 1999.During the May 2005 mission, the delegation performed nearly 100 surgical procedures; conducted advanced training for 250 Ethiopian health care professionals; donated 32,400 books; and provided lifesaving medical equipment, instruments, and supplies to several specialized hospitals, three universities, and a leprosy research training center.Dr. Ingida Asfaw embodies the American dream of the impoverished immigrant who achieves extraordinary success and skill in their adopted land. But he also has educated a generation of health care professionals back in his native country and inspired others to reach beyond borders to bring hope to those in desperate need.ENAHPA serves 1700 adults and children living with HIV/AIDS by providing free anti-retroviral treatment and soon will include 8,000 more. The group supports orphans and maternity wards (with donations of sterile maternity kits) and is building a new Maternal and Child Health Care Center in the city of Awassa.In 1958, at the age of sixteen, Asfaw traveled two weeks from Ethiopia to America aboard a cargo ship, arriving with little money, but a big dream: to become a doctor and return to Ethiopia with healing hands. He has achieved his dream against extraordinary odds, always returning to his homeland to tend the needs of so many of its impoverished and suffering citizens.Ethiopia is the land of beautiful faces. Get involved with the many projects at ENAHPA to help an orphan, save a baby, or help extend the life of someone with HIV/AIDS. Read the Good News Network report featuring the 2005 Volvo Hometown Hero, Hope Bevilhymer, from Utah, who helps people in developing countries to receive prosthetic limbs. The Limbs of Hope Foundation was born out of the difficulties in her own life raising money to buy a prosthetic limb when it was not covered by insurance.Volvo invites you to nominate your hero for 2008. They could win a Volvo for Life.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

90,000 Homes To Be Powered By Chicken Manure

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe world’s largest biomass power plant running exclusively on chicken manure has opened in the Netherlands, converting one-third of all chicken manure residue there into green energy. The power plant will deliver renewable electricity to 90,000 households. (Environmental News Network) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

‘Teddy Clinic’ Treats Stuffed Animals to Ease Kids’ Fear of Hospitals

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTeddy Beat Clinic, 2013 — Children’s Medical Center in DallasMedical students in Giessen, Germany, hosted a “Teddy Clinic” last week, dolling out free care to stuffed animals suffering from a range of imaginary illnesses.The clinic aimed to ease anxiety among children, an estimated 90 percent of whom have fears about hospitals and doctors, according to a 2009 study. It also gave med students the chance to work with kids and save the day by bringing their plush pals back from the brink.(READ more and SEE all the sweet photos at ABC News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Man Pays Off All Overdue Lunch Fees at Hometown Elementary School

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJerry Fenton wanted to give back to his alma mater in a special way, so he opened his wallet—and his heart—to the families with overdue lunch fees.Earlier this week, Fenton walked into Grimes Elementary School of Burlington, Iowa and wrote a check for $700 – enough to pay off the current $458 debt, and to buy lunch for many struggling students in the future. “I gave them extra money in the account so that every kid at Grimes Elementary school won’t be hungry the rest of this school year,” Fenton posted on Facebook last Tuesday. “Now it’s your turn to do something good for your fellow man.”MORE: Mom Starts Packing 2 Lunches After Son Notices Student With Little Food Eating AloneThe donation helped approximately 89 kids and their parents. Most of the students don’t even know when they’re over drafted because the notice goes straight to the parents.“Wowsers! Jerry Fenton, a citizen of our community paid for all overdue lunches of all Grimes kids today!” posted the school on their Facebook page. “Jerry, you are our hero!”Feed Your Friends Some Positivity: Click To Share – Photo by Ben+Sam, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Rather Than Slip into Depression, Man Quits Job, Sells Possessions, and Travels the World With a Ferret

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSWNSDespite enduring a string of heartbreaking losses in the same year, this former airman has transformed his life for the better—and he did it by quitting his job, selling all of his possessions, and traveling the world with his pet ferret.25-year-old Charlie Hammerton was determined to change his life after he was left grieving the deaths of his best friend, mother, and adopted mom all in the same year.His mom Jan died in March 2017 aged 53 after suffering from motor neurone disease; then his best friend Will Moss passed away aged 22 just a few months later from a suspected drug overdose. At the end of the year, his adopted mum Samantha passed away from a heart attack. LOOK: When Grandma Confesses She Has Never Seen the Ocean, Grandson Takes Her On Epic Cross-Country Trip“It was horrible for me, but I didn’t want to get into a rut because of it all,” says Hammerton. “I did think about killing myself a couple of times because I didn’t know where to turn.Living in Arnold, Nottinghamshire at the time, he decided to turn his back on a promising career and put almost all of his money into a globe-trotting adventure with his “best pal”: Bandit the rescue ferret.“I was living in a nice flat, had a good job and had three cars. I had a lot of savings behind me and I was lucky enough to be very secure,” he added. “But it was all just ‘stuff’ to me and didn’t really mean anything. So I decided to get rid of the lot and set off with Bandit.”SWNSHammerton then quit his job and sold almost all his possessions—including his three cars. Collectively, he managed to drum up £15,000 ($19,500) for his dream trip, £5,000 of which he spent on a campervan.Starting out in February 2018, Hammerton and Bandit ventured through Holland, Germany, Sweden, Norway, France, Spain, and Italy.MORE: Man Completes Ultimate Nonstop Road Trip By Visiting All 419 National Park Service Sites in AmericaThe inseparable pair traveled for a total of 8 months to more than 25 towns and cities in 11 countries, all of which Hammerton documented on their public Facebook page.His hilarious holiday album is full of snaps of Bandit posing in front of iconic landmarks—from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the Colosseum in Rome.SWNS“Traveling was the most amazing experience of my life and it was completely liberating,” said Hammerton. “We followed the sun across the world and camped under the stars in amazing places.“It was beautiful and I spent it with my best friend,” he added. “I have less money now but I am much wealthier as a person.”SWNSHammerton rescued Bandit from an animal sanctuary in 2015—and the pair have been inseparable ever since. The little ferret even stayed with him at his military digs in Coningsby whilst Charlie was working for the Royal Air Force (RAF).“He has seen me at my best and my worst and has always been with me,” says Hammerton. “Bandit has been with me through thick and thin.”SWNSIn addition to their cross-continental road tripping adventures, they have also raised awareness for different charities. The pair have walked across Hadrian’s Wall in aid of the motor neurone disease charity MND, and also skateboarded 40 miles across London in aid of a drug awareness charity.In November 2018, Hammerton released a book about his travels called “Before Our Adventures”, which is now available on Amazon.“The book is all about how you can take anything bad and turn it into something really good,” said Hammerton. “Everyone has the right and the ability to do that. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, but there’s no need to.SWNS“I went through a really rough time and developed serious depression. I felt suicidal and just didn’t know what to do with myself,” he continued. “A chain of bad things had happened to me and I had good reason to feel really miserable about my life.“But I decided that was not what I wanted to be. I didn’t want this to define me. I channeled the negative energy and turned it into something positive.”Charlie now works in schools across the country teaching youngsters about how to build confidence, self-esteem, and outdoor living skills such as camping and bushcraft.SWNSBe Sure And Share The Inspiring Story With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Superhero Brings Smiles to 100,000 Sick Children and Families, Healing Himself Since Mom Died of Cancer in 2009

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSuper powers like x-ray vision, the strength of a locomotive, or the ability to fly may be uplifting in a Marvel movie, but what better skill could uplift a victim in the real world than bringing smiles to children who are desperately ill?That’s how one man in a Spiderman costume fulfills his mission at children’s hospitals all across America—and with his visits to Alaska and Hawaii last September, he has now played that role in all 50 states.It’s all part of the fun for Yuri Williams and his Long Beach, California non-profit, A Future Super Hero and Friends, which not only counts hospitals as its turf, but any underserved community. Yuri has organized blood drives, toy drives, and movie nights—all while donning Superhero costumes, and a heart of gold. “They don’t even call me by my real name anymore, it’s just Spidey or Spider-Man,” the man behind the mask told Hawaii News Now.Yuri decided to conjure smiles for suffering children as a result of his own healing journey. The idea—to be a hero for those in the frightening grip of a serious illness—came about during his long bout of grief due to his mother’s battle with cancer.He decided that the best way to deal with his sadness was service to others—and he has since touched the lives of tens of thousands of people.RELATED: After Getting Laid Off, ‘Lasagna Lady’ Responds to Coronavirus by Cooking 1,200 Pans for Strangers in NeedHis surprise visits give the patients, who are sometimes in a dark place emotionally, the ability to be happy again and let down their guard.Yuri Williams – Facebook videoIn addition to his inspiring work with children, Yuri also actively visits homeless camps to hand out food and clothing. He has started a fundraiser on Patreon, to serve even more people, by “providing art programs and other services for the houseless, disabled, elderly, ill, children, veterans, and anyone in need.”In a powerful video on Facebook, Yuri described the life-changing emotions he experiences—no matter which costume he dons. “I live for this. When I have to do something the next day, I can’t sleep because I’m just excited to be helping people. It’s an adrenaline rush.”POPULAR: New Website “Pandemic of Love” Connects 132,000 People in Need of Aid With Those Who Can HelpAnd when this ‘caped crusader’ of hope sees the children perk up in those hospital beds, he knows he’s done a good day’s work. “I feel like a real superhero.”WATCH the heartwarming video…Rescue Your Social Media Feed—SHARE The Super-Good Deeds With Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Governor encourages innovation, creativity

first_imgGovernor Mitch Daniels humored fans of Star Trek as he explained why Indiana should be the place where Notre Dame graduates choose to “go forth and prosper” during his lecture on enterprise and entrepreneurship in the Mendoza College of Business’s Entrepreneurial Insights lecture series. “The objective is to make talented people like you to plant your flag in this state,” Daniels said Tuesday. “We want talented people like you to stay in Indiana.” Daniels emphasized the importance of innovation and the creative minds its fosters in the state of Indiana. “The culture in our state encourages and celebrates those rare individuals who make the most change in our society,” Daniels said. “The death of Steve Jobs made people think about the incredible effect that one person can have on the lives of others. The great scientist inventor has more of an impact on history than the greatest statesman.” Entrepreneurs have had a large impact on Daniels’s own life, he said. Daniels cited his gubernatorial campaign in 2004 as a direct result of entrepreneurial innovation. “The guy who nagged me into running for office is the same sensational, young Indiana entrepreneur [Bill Oesterle] who started Angie’s List [a website for local service company reviews],” Daniels said. Throughout his tenure as governor, Daniels asserted that he has striven to make Indiana more welcoming to the growth of new technological businesses such as Angie’s List. “Seven years ago, until we changed it, if you bought a piece of heavy machinery, you did not pay sales tax,” he said. “However, if you bought high tech equipment, you did pay sales tax. We now have the highest tax credit for venture capital in the nation. I don’t know of a state that is more supportive of venture capital in its public policy than we are. The illusive and single most important element is to ramp up the rate at which new businesses form, succeed and blossom.” Daniels also said government itself could become more effective by learning from business and business practices. “Government is not and will never be a business, but it could be much more business-like,” he said. “We work to reward people, measure everything and build a culture of economy and performance in the state government.” Part of making government more business-like involves making government accommodating of entrepreneurial endeavors, Daniels said. According to Daniels, Indiana is the best “sandbox” for investment in the nation. “The spirit of enterprise is more essential now than ever,” he said. “It’s important to not obstruct the flowering and fruition of innovation. The spirit of enterprise is still strong in our state. There is nothing we prize more than people who invent, innovate and take that invention to the marketplace.” Daniels closed his lecture by challenging Notre Dame students to contribute to the growth of Indiana enterprise. “I hope that most of you will devote your careers to the noble endeavor of creating opportunities for others,” he said. “The very same spirit that innovates our best enterprises is still lacking in the public enterprise. I hope Indiana will be the place where you go forth and prosper.”last_img read more

Mendoza expands program eligibility

first_imgThe applicant pool is open – individuals who attained undergraduate degrees with non-business majors are now invited to apply to the One-Year Masters of Business (MBA) Program within the Mendoza College of Business.  Brian Lohr, director of MBA and Masters of Science and Business (MSB) Admissions, said the changed policy recognizes the achievements of individuals who honed business expertise in the workplace. He said applicants are welcome to apply to the program if they can demonstrate “significant knowledge of fundamental business concepts.”  “The change in requirement takes into consideration more recent trends in the education and employment landscape by recognizing that candidates often have developed considerable knowledge about business through a meaningful work experience after graduation,” Lohr said. “They may have landed in a role that required them to manage budgets, manage projects or supervise others and they gained a lot of on-the-job training in essential business operations.” Lohr said this policy revision was a joint effort between several Mendoza representatives, including both Lohr and Dean Roger Huang. The group changed the policy in order to facilitate the addition of diverse perspectives to the One-Year MBA Program, though the requirements for admission have not changed, Lohr said. “We look for three primary items when we evaluate candidates: academic excellence, leadership and a consideration for others,” Lohr said. “These three components have not changed, this just allows us to look at a little bit of a broader pool.” According to the program’s website, its requirements are, “an undergraduate degree from an accredited university where English is the primary language, a demonstrated proficiency in fundamental business knowledge and skills usually gained through significant work experience, three credit hours of financial accounting and three credit hours of statistics.”  His own experience working in a field he did not study as an undergraduate pushes him to advocate for the extension of eligibility for Mendoza’s programs to prospective students who did not study business during their undergraduate careers, he said. “I am one of those folks,” Lohr said. “I was an English major as an undergraduate but I worked for Lockheed right when I got out of school. About a week after I was hired, I went to my boss and asked him why he hired me, since I didn’t have an engineering or business degree.” He said he felt this experience showed him how when people with distinct backgrounds work collectively to solve a problem, a more innovative solution can be reached.  “I think that’s what makes the classroom environment so different at Notre Dame, those backgrounds allow you to look at problems from different perspectives. I think that is a really good thing that we have going on in Mendoza: about a third of my two-year class is from business, about a third is from math, science or engineering and a third is from humanities. “The diversity makes for interesting discussions and allows students to look back on their experiences to attack a problem from a different angle,” Lohr said. “This [type of education] is unique and fostered here.” Lohr said he expects the extension of eligibility to graduates with non-business majors to increase the quality of Mendoza’s One-Year MBA Program.  “I’m not sure how this will impact the applicant pool, though I feel strongly that it will grow significantly because of that change,” Lohr said. “That just makes sense for Notre Dame, to [work to] attract the best and brightest candidates … to hinder that with stringent prerequisites didn’t make a whole lot of sense. “Our ability to bring in the best and brightest MBA candidates in the world is critical to our continued success.” Lohr said the program has continued to climb Businessweek’s rankings since its inception, and he hopes this change will facilitate the rise of Mendoza’s program. “In 1997 we were not ranked within the top 50 MBA programs and now we’re a part of the top 20 programs based on Businessweek’s last survey,” he said. “We’re excited about what the future holds.” Contact Nicole Michels at [email protected]last_img read more

Jordan Hall installs ‘cutting-edge’ telescope

first_imgThe new Sarah L. Krizmanich telescope atop Notre Dame’s Jordan Hall of Science will soon bring planets and stars from galaxies far, far away within reach of Notre Dame students and faculty members, physics professor Peter Garnavich said. “It’s pretty impressive, and I’ve seen a lot of telescopes,” Garnavich said. “I’ve been, as many of us have been, waiting for a long time for this telescope. It’s very exciting now that it’s arrived, and it hasn’t disappointed.” The latest addition to Jordan Hall’s cutting-edge technology will allow physics professors and undergraduates alike to investigate distant stars and galaxies with unprecedented ease and clarity, associate physics professor Chris Howk said. “The idea is that undergraduates who are taking advanced astrophysics courses will be able to come up here and do projects with this telescope,” Howk said. “Upper-level undergraduates, mostly physics majors, who are doing their own observational experiments will be able to come up here and use this.” Computer scientists and other non-physics majors could also benefit from the telescope and from the experience of using the device, Garnavich said. “We are providing a telescope which is very much like the cutting-edge professional telescopes around the world,” he said. “In fact, this is a professional telescope. And the goal really is to be able to train our students to use the bigger telescopes. “We hope to have a set up so that almost anyone that has some experience with telescopes can use it.” Howk said three light-collecting mirrors make up the telescope and work collectively to focus and direct the light from distant stars. That light creates an image astronomers can view either with an eyepiece or a digital camera. “The primary mirror is 32 inches across, and that makes it one of the biggest in the whole state, certainly one of the biggest on a campus in the state,” Howk said.  Garnavich said finding a telescope with a large primary mirror was a priority, even though the device had to be compact enough to fit in a 14-foot circular dome on the Jordan Hall rooftop. “My goal was always to get the largest aperture telescope we could possibly afford,” he said. “The bigger, the better. More light-collecting area for the mirror means more stars you can see, fainter stars, more galaxies. It just opens up a lot more volume of the universe.” A specialized image collector called a charge couple device (CCD) will be added to the telescope in the coming weeks, Garnavich said.  “It’s sort of like a monster camera similar to the things that are in your cell phone and everything else,” Howk said. “What we want to do is be able to see with very low light and low noise.” The CCD, along with wiring to the dome aperture that is still in the works, will also allow students and professors to control and look through the telescope remotely. “In theory, we can be at home at three o’clock in the morning when the telescope frees up,” Garnavich said. “Then we can sit in our pajamas and observe, then close it up at the end of the night.” Howk said the device, which was donated by the Krizmanich family, will give students and professors more freedom to test new ways of using telescopes and collecting data. “The skies in South Bend aren’t necessarily known for their clarity, but the types of things you can do are ones where you either need to experiment, because you aren’t sure it’s going to work, or you need to have access to a part of the sky over a long period of time,” he said. The physics department dedicated the telescope Sept. 20 and used it for the first time Friday, Howk said. “We looked at what’s called a planetary nebula. It’s a little fuzzy ball of gas in most telescopes, but most telescopes are smaller than this,” Garnavich said. “When we looked at it, it was spectacular. It looked brighter and more distinct than I’ve ever seen it before with the naked eye through a telescope.” Howk said the physics department hopes to inspire students to use the telescope for individual research.  “The important thing is that ultimately this is really for the students,” Howk said. “For the students to be able to come out here and say ‘Wow I get to use this thing,’ and for it to be their telescope, that’s pretty powerful stuff.”last_img read more