• Boy plays golf to raise money for cancer in memory of his friend

    “I really liked him, he was really nice to talk to, and I really want to help other people that have cancer."

    Ryan McGuire (left) will play 100 holes in one day to honour classmate Danny Nickerson. (Golf Fights Cancer)Ryan McGuire (left) will play 100 holes in one day to honour classmate Danny Nickerson. (Golf Fights Cancer)

    For the love of his friend, six-year-old Ryan McGuire set out to make a difference and raise money to fight cancer. 

    He has done so after his kindergarten classmate, Danny Nickerson, recently died from a rare kind of brain tumor.

    “I really liked him, he was really nice to talk to, and I really want to help other people that have cancer,” Ryan told TODAY.com of his friend. 

    McGuire will play 100 holes of golf in one day at the MGA Links course in Norton, Mass. on June 17 in memory of Nickerson.

    According to his fundraising page, McGuire has set his goal to $15,000. And so far, he has already received over $10,000. 

    All the money raised will go towards the research of Nickerson’s doctor, Dr. Mark Kiernan, at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. 

    McGuire’s ambitious goal is part of a fundraising event hosted by Golf Fights Cancer, a non-profit group where his mother, Cheryl, is the program director. 

    “I said ‘no’ at first, but then I thought more about it and he was so amped about

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  • Ben Moon and his dog have stood side-by-side through a lot of troubles.Ben Moon and his dog have stood side-by-side through a lot of troubles.

    From the highs of surfing, camping and road trips, to the lows of cancer and deciding when it’s time to let go – this photographer and his dog stood side-by-side through it all. 

    Ben Moon uses snippets of old photographs and moving shots to recall the times that the two shared together over the last 14 years - but from his dog, Denali’s, perspective. 

    The video begins on a sombre note, with Moon – as Denali – saying: “I’m pretty sure Ben knows I’m dying. I’m not sure if it’s the cancer or something else, but he’s been taking me to all the places we use to go and checking on me a lot.”

    “The other day he asked me to let him know when I was ready to go. He said he didn’t want me to suffer.”

    The almost-eight-minute long video goes on to chronicle the lovely trips the two had gone on together and all of the fun they shared during their inseparable journey.

    The times weren’t all happy, however, as he expands on the difficult moments they had including Moon’s bout with stage three

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  • Elementary school students line up for yearbook signatures from their custodian

    “The kids know if anything happens, Mr. Steve is going to take care of it.”

    Custodian Steve 'Mr. Steve' Weidner signs a line of yearbooks for his second grade fans. (Facebook/Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53)Custodian Steve 'Mr. Steve' Weidner signs a line of yearbooks for his second grade fans. (Facebook/Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53)

    He may not be globally known, but Steve Weidner is the closest thing these children have to a rock star.

    Over 100 second-grade students waited patiently for their turn to get the signature from their beloved custodian, who they call “Mr. Steve.”

    Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53 posted the photo to their Facebook page, the caption reading that Weidner “reached Rock Star status as he autographs yearbooks for his ‘fans!’”

    The photo shows around half of the second-grade students waiting in line to get Weidner’s signature, while the other half had already gotten it before the picture got taken.  

    “He pays attention to the kids,” Principal Shirley Padera told WGNtv. “He knows who they are.”

    “The kids know if anything happens, Mr. Steve is going to take care of it.”

    Weidner, who has been a custodian at the school for 15 years, told ABC News that he and the students “get along great.”

    “They are really great. We joke around a bunch and they’re able to talk to me and stuff like that.”

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  • Washington firefighter watches girl he saved 17 years ago graduate high school

    “I don’t know really how to describe it, they’re happy tears, to realize some things could have gone wrong.”

    Mike Hughes saved a baby from a house fire 17 years ago and joined the rescued girl for her high school graduation. (Screengrab/KOMO NEWS)Mike Hughes saved a baby from a house fire 17 years ago and joined the rescued girl for her high school graduation. (Screengrab/KOMO NEWS)

    A very special high school graduation took place in Wenatchee, Washington last weekend.

    Retired firefighter Mike Hughes was in attendance to cheer on senior Dawnielle Davison. When she was just a baby, Hughes saved her from a fire.

    Komo News reports that 17 years ago, Hughes and his team were called to a house fire. The fire was out of control when firefighters arrived on scene, and they had no idea a nine-month-old baby was trapped in her crib.

    Mike Hughes joined Dawnielle Davison for her high school graduation. (Screengrab/KOMO NEWS)Mike Hughes joined Dawnielle Davison for her high school graduation. (Screengrab/KOMO NEWS)

    “The room was full of hot smoke,” Hughes said to Komo News as he described the scene from years ago. “Another 20 seconds and it would have been a different outcome.”

    Hughes found the baby in the first room he checked.

    “This was a special, special deal. This is a rare occurrence, the way this situation worked out,” Hughes said.

    The rescue was so important to Hughes that when he retired seven years ago, he tracked down Davison on Facebook and the two have been in touch ever since.

    When asked how her graduation felt, Davison told Komo News it

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  • A mysterious gesture of incredible kindness is helping a Virginia family soften the blow of losing the family pet.

    Moe, beloved 13-year-old beagle of Mary and Roberto Westbrook of Norfolk, VA, passed away in April. Moe’s loss was felt especially deeply by Luke, the Westbrooks’ 3 1/2 year-old son. Luke kept asking if Moe was coming back; Mary explained to Luke that Moe was in heaven now. So Luke asked if they could write Moe a letter.

    The letters became something of a habit; Mary and Luke would write Moe a letter, and address it to “Moe Westbrook, Doggie Heaven, Cloud 1.” Mary dutifully put each letter in the mailbox to be picked up. When Luke went to sleep, Mary would retrieve the letter from the mailbox.

    And then, once, she forgot.

    “One night about two weeks ago, I forgot to take the letter out of the mailbox while Luke was asleep,” Mary Westbrook wrote in Distinction Magazine.

    “The next day, it was gone. I assumed the post office would throw it away — or that someone might even

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    In January, doctors told Jay Kallio he had six more months to live.

    Kallio, 59, has lung cancer. This is his second bout with the disease.

    “You run out of emotional steam,” he says. “I’ve never been a weak willed person, so for me to end up running out of steam… that’s kind of what cancer does to you.”

    For example, when Kallio’s lights in his apartment burnt out or his toilet stopped flushing, he didn’t want to bother the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to have his home fixtures repaired because he says he is “not long for the world here.”

    “You might as well wait until I die and then go in there and do everything,” he told them.

    Two weeks ago, the trans man, and long-time gay activist, posted to a Facebook group popular within the LGBTQ community that he had decided to give away all of his belongings.

    Shortly thereafter, Ella Grasch, 36, came to pick up some free soap and asked Kallio if she could come up to his apartment.

    “I said, ‘No, it’s in too terrible a condition; I

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  • Maike van Niekerk (supplied)Maike van Niekerk (supplied)

    Maike van Niekerk was only 15 years old when her mother passed away from breast cancer. She remembers the last months of her mother’s life still being joyful ones, thanks to the work of devoted volunteers.

    “I have dedicated my entire life to commemorating her (my mom) through volunteering and advocating to improve the lives of others,” van Niekerk, now 19, told Yahoo Canada. “In reflecting on the last few months of her life, I remember the smiles and joy that volunteers brought to her (my mom). Therefore, when I am asked what motivates me to do the initiatives I do the answer is simple - everyday I have a chance to see and remember my mother’s smile in the individuals that I help.”

    The memories of that smile have inspired van Niekerk’s numerous philanthropic organizations that support healthcare and education locally and abroad. These initiatives got the attention of Plan Canada, a Canadian charity dedicated to helping children around the world, and they recently made van Niekerk one

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  • 92-year-old woman adopts 76-year-old daughter

    "My life has been a beautiful picture, but one piece was missing."

    Muriel Clayton (right) officially adopted Mary Smith, who's been her daughter for more than six decades. (Screenshot: ABC News)Muriel Clayton (right) officially adopted Mary Smith, who's been her daughter for more than six decades. (Screenshot: ABC News)

    It’s never too late to be a mother and 92-year-old Muriel Clayton has proven that.

    Mary Smith, who is now 76, has been Clayton’s “daughter” for more than sixty years – just not officially.

    Growing up, Smith knew Clayton as her fun-loving older cousin who she got along with great, but due to a family tragedy, the dynamic was forced to change, USA Today reports.

    “Her father passed away and her mother was ill, so she was not able to take care of Mary,” Clayton said.

    So without a second thought, Clayton took Smith into her ever-growing family, and since then she has been one of the children.

    Over the next six decades, Clayton carried a secret dream to one day have Smith legally be her daughter. But out of respect for her birthmother, Clayton chose not to act on it until her mother passed away.

    “I just wanted her to be mine,” said Clayton.

    The secret came out this year, one day before Mother’s Day, when Clayton had Smith over to her North Dallas home.

    “I’ve been thinking about adopting

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  • Canadian woman creatively cares for baby animals around the world

    “It makes me incredibly happy to have a hobby that can help in some small way."

    A Wildlife Rescue Nest being used by Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. (Facebook/Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary)A Wildlife Rescue Nest being used by Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. (Facebook/Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary)

    A woman in Canada has taken an original approach to helping animals wherever she can.

    Katie Deline-Ray makes knitted nests for injured and abandoned baby animals. These handmade creations become temporary homes for these wildlife babies. 

    Deline-Ray, who lives in Ontario, came up with the idea one day when she came across a woman online who made nests for wildlife groups in the U.S. 

    “I thought it was such a wonderful and kind idea and went searching to see whether there was anything like it set up for our wildlife rescues in Canada,” Deline-Ray told the Huffington Post. 

    From there she started contacting wildlife groups in Canada to find out if they were interested in the idea.

    Today Deline-Ray sends her adorable nests for free to animal rescue groups not only in Canada, but across the world including Australia, the U.K., Ireland and the U.S. All she asks in return are some photos of her knitted nests being used by the animals. 

    On her Facebook page called Wildlife Rescue Nests, she

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  • Man proposed to high school sweetheart on eve of her final chemo session

    “I wanted it to be a symbol or closing the chapter of cancer in her life and opening a new chapter with our lives together."

    This cancer patient had no idea that she would be celebrating the end of chemotherapy with a proposal!This cancer patient had no idea that she would be celebrating the end of chemotherapy with a proposal!

    It was a very special moment for a very special question. 

    Tamara Bruzzo, 24, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma just over a year ago, and she’s had to endure six, 96-hour long infusion sessions. 

    Her supporting boyfriend, Lucas D’Onofrio, stood by her side the entire time. Even shaving his head to show his loving support. 

    On her last chemo session, D’Onofrio throws her a surprise proposal at the hospital. 

    In the video posted on Youtube, the hospital room is decorated with balloons and candles as D’Onofrio waits for his girlfriend holding a boutique of red roses. The “Thinking Out Loud” tune from Ed Sheeran plays in the background as Bruzzo entires the room holding her IV machine. 

    “I don’t know what I’d do without you. I know we are meant to be since six years ago,” said D’Onofrio in the video. “God gave us another chance,” he added while holding his girlfriend’s hand.

    Tearing up and holding her hand over her mouth, Bruzzo said yes. As planned, fireworks went off outside the

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