5 Amazing Kids Who Need To Be Celebrated
In case you missed them, these super kids did some amazing things in 2017!
1) Shane Boylan
Did you know that in the U.S. depression affects over 20 million adults each year? That's one in ten adults. Shane knew he had to do something to help so he started a fundraiser. In conjunction with the Hope for Depression Research Foundation, Shane set up the Depression Doesn't Ride 10-mile bike ride fundraiser in their town of Highland Park, New Jersey in honor of his father. "My dad liked to ride his bike, so I decided to do a bike ride. We looked for someone to help us and that was Hope for Depression Research Foundation."
2) Jessica Meyer of SURVIVORville
Jessica is a brain cancer survivor, who is a part of the Women Survivors Alliance. The Women Survivors Alliance is 501(c)(3) organization that was founded by women cancer survivors for women cancer survivors. They celebrate survivorship and its journey, and ultimately give hope to others.
3) Swim Across America
In 2012, Mary Ellen's son Jonas was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the retina, when he was just 3 years old. After getting his right eye removed and starting chemotherapy, just 3 months later Jonas beat his cancer and was fitted with a prosthetic eye.
The same year, the president of Swim Across America Janel Joregensen-McArdle and former Stanford teammate of Mary Ellen reached out to her to talk about her family's story. Swim Across America is non-profit that puts on open water swim events to raise money for children like Jonas who are fighting cancer. After speaking to the group in Atlanta, Mary Ellen decided to start Team Jonas—and was ecstatic to use swimming to help find a cure for childhood cancer. "I felt that our gift to Swim Across America was our family's story," says Mary Ellen.
4) Jack Cunningham
Jack Cunningham is a normal kid. He does well in school. He loves playing sports and hanging out with friends and family. He also happens to be missing both of his legs... But he hasn't let his condition stop him from living life to the fullest.
5) Jonathan's Dream
In the early 90s, Amy's son Jonathan was born with spinal muscular atrophy (which is similar to Lou Gherig's Disease). One day while at the park with 9-month-old Jonathan, Amy noticed a young girl in a wheelchair, who was unable to play on the jungle gyms and other park features. This inspired Amy to action—she decided that kids living with disabilities like her son should have access to parks designed for their unique needs. Two weeks later, Jonathan passed away.
TV personality and mother of 2, Marysol Castro shares stories that highlight the good in the world! This week Marysol shares feel-good stories including a dog who can perform CPR and a man who's traveling the country cutting lawns for free. Watch the full video at https://onlygood.vhx.tv/the-weekly-good-with-marys....
After surviving ovarian cancer, Caly Bevier got a once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform on The Ellen Show and on America's Got Talent. On this episode of Caly on the Good, see Caly (and her girlfriend Sam) attend the Ovacome Annual Gala "UnMasque! THE TEAL REVEAL", an annual fundraiser that honors and celebrates ovarian cancer survivors. Watch as she moves the room with Rachel Platten's Fight Song and her acceptance speech for the 2018 Ovacome Excellence Award. Watch the full video at www.onlygood.tv!
Celebrity shoe designer Taryn Rose is both a doctor and a fashionista. In 1998, Taryn changed the footwear industry when she created shoes that were both fashionable and good for your feet! Recently, she teamed up with non-profit "Delivering Good" to donate 5,000 pairs of comfy black pumps to women in need with the goal of making them feel comfortable re-entering the workforce. Watch the full video on www.onlygood.tv!
Art classes allow young people to express themselves in important ways. Unfortunately, arts education is disappearing from schools in America; since 2008, 80% of school districts have cut funding for art programs. Simultaneously, student creativity scores have dropped. Fortunately, there are people and groups out there fighting to keep arts education present and vibrant in schools across the country.
Tennis is a popular and fun pastime, in that it requires mental focus and athletic ability. But due to the cost of equipment and court time, lots of kids never get the chance to try their hand at the sport. Leaders of the Junior Tennis Champion Center (JTCC) recognized this cost challenge, and decided to do something to change it. In 2009, JTCC launched a Community Outreach initiative, with the goal of introducing underserved kids in Prince George's County, MD, and Washington, DC to tennis. And the program has become an indisputable success.
What's more fun than watching a fashion show? How about a fashion show featuring incredibly cute dogs??
Jim Curtis is an award-winning health industry pioneer. But reaching the pinnacle of success, as he has today, was no cake-walk. Only after accepting the curveballs and challenges that life threw his way could Jim find happiness and thrive in his career.
The inaugural Universal FanCon (FanCon) is the first large-scale, 24-hour, inclusive event that celebrates the diversity of fans, the diversity of fandom, the true needs of those who love pop culture and a celebration of the differences that make us strong. Hosted at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD, April 27-29, 2018, FanCon's mission is to create a sense of belonging by providing authentic connections and experiences through fan-centric parties, programs, panels and partners.