Feel-Good Friday

A retired kindergarten teacher received the surprise of a lifetime when her last kindergarten class showed up during their grade school graduation.

Mrs. Hamilton retired from her job as a teacher years ago, but it’s clear she made a big impact as an educator.

When her last class of Kindergarten students were all grown up and ready to graduate cap-and-gown, Hamilton’s daughter Kim organized for them to throw a surprise that racked up 3.2 million views on TikTok.

Just an amazing gesture for a dedicated schoolteacher.

“Hey! Congratulations. That’s cool,” the teacher said when she spotted a former student from her porch. “What’s going on?” The one student quickly became a dozen, as they emerged from bushes, behind obstacles, and all approached their first school teacher.

“Oh my gosh. Did you know this was happening?” she asked her daughter, who was recording. “Oh my gosh, I love you all. Oh my gosh, you’re all just gorgeous.”

If nothing else, Mrs. Hamilton will never ever forget this special moment.

You can see the video at the link.

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Occasionally we see news stories about “heroes” who do something nice for a total stranger. Most of the times it’s finding a lost wallet, walking an elderly person across the street, or donating some money to the less fortunate.

Long Island resident Anthony Zhongor, however, is a literal superhero.

18-year-old Mia Samolinski stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake when she was pulling her Subaru Outback out of a parking spot along the docks of Long Island’s Patchogue Bay.

Anthony Zhongor, who turned out to be a 17-year-old classmate of Samolinski – though neither one of them were aware of that at the time – got out of his car and immediately dove in after her as a crowed coalesced behind him.

As someone who has responded to really terrible incidents, I can tell you most people will not rush to help someone in a crisis. Anthony is a special kind of breed.

The door wouldn’t open from the outside either, but Zhongor noticed that the weight of his body tilted the nose of the car down, bringing the back of the car above water level, allowing Samolinski to escape through the back. Together they swam to shore.

“She just came up to me and said, ‘Oh my God, thank you’ and was crying,” he said. “It doesn’t matter who it was, they were suffering. I couldn’t watch anybody suffer in front of me.”

See if you can guess what Anthony will be doing after graduation?

Zhongor, set to graduate this year, will be heading off to South Carolina for Marines boot camp with the good graces of the Samolinskis, who spoke to ABC-7 news about their gratitude for Zhongor’s bravery.

Yeah, I think America is in good hands with people like Anthony protecting us.

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A Colorado sixth grader was having a hard time in school when none of his classmates would sign his yearbook. Brody Ridder received two signings by teachers, but no one else in his class apparently cared.

Shortly afterward, a group of teens did something truly amazing.

A sixth grader at a charter school in Westminster, Colorado, was depressed and disgusted with himself because almost no one would sign his class yearbook—a glossy book of photos sold to commemorate the school year.

Since he didn’t collect any notes from classmates beyond two teachers, the pre-teen wrote a note to himself in the pages: “Hope you make some more friends. — Brody Ridder.” It broke his mother’s heart, so she posted a photo of his autograph to a Facebook group for parents at the school.

The teenagers got together and went to Brody’s school.

They rounded up a huge posse of friends, including Joanna Cooper—even though none of them had ever met the middle schooler or his family—and headed to The Academy of Charter Schools.

“We walked in and we were like where’s Brody at? Is Brody Ridder in here? And they’re like yeah he’s in the back,” recalls Lightfoot. “And we’re like Brody! We’re here to sign your yearbook bud.”

They took turns writing in the book and when it was all done the pages had 100 entries, including long paragraphs with words of encouragement, advice—and even phone numbers.

This is not only a terrific story on its face, but the bonus is Brody was surrounded by fabulous babes.

Thanks to the Daley Gator for the linkage!

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Before we start, I first saw this at AOSHQ, so Ace deserves the credit here.

Doctors at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have been tinkering with immunotherapy for curing rectal cancer, and the results are astonishing.

She was racing around her home in Washington, D.C., to pack for New York, where she was scheduled to undergo weeks of radiation therapy for rectal cancer.

Dr. Andrea Cercek told Sascha, then 38, that her latest tests showed no evidence of cancer, after Sascha had undergone six months of treatment as the first patient in a clinical trial involving immunotherapy at MSK.

“Dr. Cercek told me a team of doctors examined my tests,” recalls Sascha. “And since they couldn’t find any signs of cancer, Dr. Cercek said there was no reason to make me endure radiation therapy.”

Imagine a cure for rectal cancer, and how that can proceed to other deadly cancers.

These same remarkable results would be repeated for all 14 people—and counting—in the MSK clinical trial for rectal cancer with a particular mutation.

It’s a miracle from God, handed down to these brilliant doctors.

In every case, the rectal cancer disappeared after immunotherapy—without the need for the standard treatments of radiation, surgery, or chemotherapy—and the cancer has not returned in any of the patients, who have been cancer-free for up to two years.

“It’s incredibly rewarding,” says Dr. Cercek, “to get these happy tears and happy emails from the patients in this study who finish treatment and realize, ‘Oh my God, I get to keep all my normal body functions that I feared I might lose to radiation or surgery.’ ”

For someone who has prostate issues, this is a welcome sign, and hopefully a cure for rectal cancer.

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The Shard building / Shangri-La hotel by Cmglee, CC license
A fourteen-year old British girl who is battling Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency would stare at London’s Shard Building while she was being treated. When Angel found out there is a hotel inside, she pleaded with her parents to go.

The hotel is ridiculously pricey, but some fantastic people made it happen.

A sick schoolgirl who dreamed of staying at The Shard as she looked out at it from her bed at Great Ormond Street Hospital has been treated to a $25,150 stay there.

14-year-old Angel Growns was diagnosed with Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency and Sacral Agenesis at birth, which means her lower spine did not develop properly and her right femur was completely missing.

Angel was so excited to see the hospital from the hotel, instead of vice-versa.

In 2018 she nearly died following an operation to amputate her lower leg at the world-famous hospital. While the operation was successful, Angel contracted deadly sepsis afterwards following an infection. It was there that she could see The Shard from her hospital bed and kept asking the nurses about it.

Thankfully Make-A-Wish UK made her dream come true.

The family were treated to the luxury stay through charity Make-A-Wish UK free of charge. The whole family was told to ‘go mad’ on room service and the chef even prepared a special selection of Angel’s favorite food and drink.

There may be better stories out there this week, but I don’t think they’re better than this.

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Well, this isn’t your regular Feel-Good Friday, mostly because it centers around Princess P.

You see, her elementary school’s talent show took place yesterday, and Julia wanted to show off her guitar talents. For those who don’t know, Princess P learned to play guitar online. There are a few really great sites which will help people become more adapt at musical instruments.

In the past few months Julia went from novice to really good. She practices every day in her room, then plays for me when she feels like she has the song down.

So when the talent show came around, Julia wanted to play the guitar, and then decided she would try to sing while playing the guitar. Julia never sang in front of a crowd before, and I think she was a little nervous.

Julia walked onto the stage, stood before the entire school, and played “How You Remind Me” by Nickelback.

Mrs. Earp was able to attend, and was good enough to tape her performance. You can see it below.

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Meet Mike Malott, an up-and-coming UFC fighter who won his match Saturday.

Since Mike is fairly new to UFC, he doesn’t get giant wheelbarrows of money yet. In fact, his entire purse was $20,000. Moments later, he gave half his winnings to his coach’s 15-year old daughter, who is fighting cancer.

UFC’s Mike Malott is aiming to make a big difference outside of the cage. On Saturday, Malott knocked out opponent Mickey Gall in stunning fashion at UFC 273.

After his win, Malott announced that he was donating $10k of $20k purse to his coach’s 15-year-old daughter, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

During his postfight press conference, Malott spoke about how his sister’s illness inspired him to donate the $10k to his coach’s family. (H/TMike AKA Proof)

After his win, Mike addressed the media and talked about his donation to his coach’s daughter…

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The Boynton Beach, Florida police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a group of citizens who helped a woman who was having a medical emergency in her vehicle.

The vehicle started moving under its own power as the driver was slumped over the wheel.

The Boynton Beach Police Department is searching for a group of good Samaritans who stopped a moving car after a woman had a medical emergency while driving.

On May 5, a woman suffered a medical episode and was seen by her co-worker slumped over the steering wheel, according to police. The co-worker then ran into the road to stop traffic as the car slowly moved into the intersection.

The co-worker got the attention of other motorists and they came together to stop the car, use a dumbbell to smash a rear window, and move the car into a nearby parking lot. A nurse who was in the parking lot had called 911 and provided medical attention until the fire department arrived, police said.

While they may disagree, there is no reward large enough for these men and women.

Trust me, if you do nothing else today, watch the video of these heroes at the link.

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Well, this story takes the cake.

In 1945, American GIs swiped a birthday cake which was cooling on a windowsill. The cake belonged to thirteen-year old Meri Mion, who was celebrating her birthday. Seventy-seven years later, the Army made up for the incident.

In 1945, American GIs stole a birthday cake from a 13-year old Italian girl while they were embattled with Nazi occupiers

77 years later, the Department of Defense found room in the budget to include a replacement birthday cake for Meri Mion at a ceremony held in the city of Vicenza’s Salvi Gardens.

Americans are well-liked in parts of Italy that saw conflict during WWII—they arrived there before all other parts of Europe. However in 1945, some presumably-hungry soldiers took Meri Mion’s birthday cake, baked by her mom for her special day, while fighting was taking place in the village of San Pietro in Gu.

The DoD included video of soldiers and onlookers singing Happy Birthday to you and Tanti Auguri a te to Meri Mion—who struggled to wipe away the tears.

Yeah, it was a scumbag move to swipe a thirteen-year old’s birthday cake, but making up for it certainly gives the U.S. Army some style points.

You can see the video at the link, but you’ll need tissues afterward.

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While the Swamp is a disgusting cesspool of politicians and lobbyists, there are actually a handful of people in Washington, D.C. who truly care about others.

Take this random Good Samaritan, for example…

Recently, a random act of kindness in the Nation’s Capital inspired a driver to share the video of a Good Samaritan.

It may look like the woman, who was being drenched on the sidewalk, began holding the umbrella over a covered baby stroller, but upon closer inspection, you can see it was someone in a wheelchair holding a newspaper to cover their head.

Not only did the driver go out of his way, the woman used the umbrella to shelter the person in the wheelchair instead of herself.

Okay, maybe this isn’t the most amazing feat you have ever seen, but it really hit home with me. The guy could have stayed in his vehicle while the pedestrians were getting drenched, but he decided to act, and he’s a hero for doing so.

You can see the short video at the link. It’s inspiring.