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6-year-old’s lemonade stand raises $10,000 for Dad’s cancer treatment

#16 6 years old son raises $10,000 for his father's cancer treatment from his lemonade stand...Another great heart warming story, showing the power of CAN DO...


http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/6-old-lemonade-stand-raises-10-000-dad-165341449.html

Three months ago, Randy Cox was diagnosed with seminoma, a rare form of cancer. That's when his 6-year-old Drew decided to use his lemonade stand to help raise money for his father's medical bills.

"He is so important to me, we love to play with each other," Cox told Texas TV station KLTV. "Lots of times we like to play games."

At first, Drew's lemonade stand was a small operation. After all, how much can one small child really hope to raise toward paying for an expensive series of chemotherapy treatments? It was the thought that counted but not one that was likely to make a serious dent in Cox's mounting medical bills.

But after word got out about Drew's heartfelt effort, the fundraising cause turned into a "block party," on Saturday morning with cars lining up around the block to contribute to the effort.

By the end of the day, Drew has raised more than $10,000 with the help of his Texas neighborhood community.

And the fundraising effort has now spread beyond Drew's lemonade stand.

One of Randy's childhood friends has also set up a GiveForward account to help raise money for his cause. Tameka Loyd Royal has set a fundraising goal of $5,000, with $3,790 having already been donated toward the cause.

On the donation page, Royal writes: "Doctors gave an excellent prognosis and thinks he only needs 4 cycles of chemotherapy using 2 medications. He goes 6 hours a day for a week and then off for two weeks before the next cycle begins."

"Randy is a loving husband to Tonya Cooley Cox and has three adorable little boys Drew (6), Jake (4) and Micah (7 months). This is a family that has cast their worries upon God and has many prayer warriors."

"As a grade school classmate of Randy's and dance class friend of Tonya's, my heart went out to them when I saw Randy's post on Facebook about his diagnosis and wanted to get them as much financial and spiritual support as possible."

The GiveForward fundraiser is scheduled to end June 1.

If you want to make a direct donation to the Cox family, Royal writes that you can send a personal check to: Randy or Tonya Cox to: 330 Walnut St.; Gladewater, TX 75647, and specify that your donation is to help pay the bills connected to his cancer treatment.

"From a small child, you know that love can come from a small child, and just blossom into something so amazing," Robin McDaniel, one of the contributors to the fun, told KLTV.


Player gets released just before the biggest game of his life- Still shows grace and thankfulness


Grace under fire

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A players gets released just before the biggest game of his life by the team. He shows nothing but gratitude for the opportunity provided by the team. His tweets provide a warm insight into being graceful under adversity...


Patriots heartlessly release Tiquan Underwood on the eve of Super Bowl XLVIBy MJD | Shutdown Corner Feb 4 2012

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/patriots-heartlessly-release-tiquan-underwood-eve-super-bowl-004651704.html

Tiquan Underwood, the guy who loved being a Patriot so much that he did that to his hair, was released by the team on Saturday, just hours before the Super Bowl.It's callous and it's cold-blooded, but that's football, and that's Bill Belichick. I'm sure that Underwood is emotionally devastated, but that's a head coach's job. If he feels like another player might help a little more on Sunday, even if it's just for one play, then it's the coach's job to make that decision. Feelings aren't a part of it.

Underwood probably didn't expect this, but he's no stranger to being released, either. It's the third time the Patriots have cut him this season.What might make it even harder on the guy is that he didn't do anything wrong. And in an impressive four-tweet barrage following his release, Underwood put it all in perspective.

Some guys are able to see the big picture, no matter what.That, friends, is a class act.According to the Boston Herald, the move has no disciplinary motive behind it. The Patriots simply wanted another defensive lineman on the roster. Alex Silvestro (ironically, like Underwood, a Rutgers product) is the guy who will take his place. He's been on the Patriots practice squad all season.Belichick recently spoke glowingly of the Rutgers players on the Patriots roster, Underwood, Silvestro, Nate Jones and Devin McCourty."I think all four players are very team-oriented, and they come from a great program. I think that program has, under Coach (Greg) Schiano, prepared their players well for the NFL. I think if you look around the NFL, you see a lot of players from Rutgers in the league, not necessarily all of them are high draft choices like (Devin) McCourty, also including other players who were not drafted or lower draft choices. They've made teams, and I think that speaks to the preparation of that program in terms of getting players ready to play in the NFL — how to prepare, how to work, how to train, how to compete, how to play football similar to the way it is played in the NFL. Those four players have done a good job for us. In terms of the program, you can see those types of players on a lot of teams. When they get to the NFL, most of those players end up making it, at least for a while."In the grand scheme of things, Underwood still has to count himself lucky. He was a part of a Super Bowl team. He experienced everything about Super Bowl week except for the Super Bowl itself. And if the Patriots go on to win, he'll still get a ring, and it will be just as big and shiny as Tom Brady's or Wes Welker's.


Teenagers launch Lego man into space

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Two teens from Toronto successfully launched a Lego figure into near space -- and launched a storm of interest on the Web.

Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, 17-year-old classmates at Agincourt Collegiate Institute, took four months, many Saturdays, and $400 to carry a Lego figurine and four cameras miles above the earth, a project that the two did for fun, not for class.

"We didn't really believe we could do it until we did," Ho told the Toronto Star.

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Lego man in space moves the WebBy Claudine Zap | The Upshot – Fri, Jan 27, 2012

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/lego-man-space-moves-230122438.html

Two teens from Toronto successfully launched a Lego figure into near space -- and launched a storm of interest on the Web.Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, 17-year-old classmates at Agincourt Collegiate Institute, took four months, many Saturdays, and $400 to carry a Lego figurine and four cameras miles above the earth, a project that the two did for fun, not for class."We didn't really believe we could do it until we did," Ho told the Toronto Star.You can see the video they made, using the stunning photos of the Lego man 78,000 feet off the ground, here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MQwLmGR6bPA

The clip of the Lego man in near space has gone viral, with 570,000 views and counting. Searches on Yahoo! for "lego man in space" have soared 325% in just one day.The high school students, both seniors, were inspired by a video of a similar project undertaken by students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.The DIY contraption included a GPS locator so the students could track the weather balloon (a professional-grade one they purchased online) once it landed. Using a website that calculates a weather balloon's landing position based on coordinates and variables like wind speed, the two waited to launch the object until the timing was right for a Canadian landing.The video shows the two-inch high LEGO man holding a Canadian flag flying high above Earth and the clouds, until the tilt of the earth's axis can be seen. And then the balloon pops, sending the Lego guy back to the ground in a mere 32 minutes.Ho and Muhammad may still be walking on air with all the accolades they've received for their successful project. The teens have been offered cameras from Canon and asked to speak at an engineering competitions, and they've been given funds to cover the cost of the project. Even Lego sent its congratulations.Not bad for two kids who haven't even found out yet where they're going to college.


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