Oct 31 2013

The Most Successful Football Play Of All Time!

As a sports fan, I will admit that, as fans, we can put too much emphasis on sports at times. But, there are times that sports can deliver messages that we can all cling to, sports fan or not.  Football congers up images of gladiators dressed in their pads and helmets looking to physically out match their opponents, but on occasion you get a glimpse behind the all the padding to see what it is that really holds a team together… HEART!

All the students at Olivet Middle school, in Olivet, MI, know classmate Keith Orr as a hugger. Keith struggles with some learning difficulties, but it has never stopped him from participating in school, Keith even joined the football team this year.  Without letting their coaches know,  the team cooked up a plan to help Keith score a touchdown, which even required them to kneel down on the 1 yard line, when they could have easily scored.  Keith came in and ran the ball across the goal line, scoring his first touchdown!  His team said they wanted Keith to know that he was most definitely part of the team, and that they would "always have his back".

This isn't the first time that you have seen a football team do something like this, so what about this play makes it the "most successful football play of all time"?  It's the way that it effected Keith's teammates. Wide receiver Justice Miller, through tears, told CBS News reporter Steve Hartman, "Keith has never been cool or popular, He went from being pretty much a nobody to making everyone's day."  With tears streaming down his face, Justice admitted that he would have never thought of this, saying "I kind of went from being somebody who mostly cared about myself and my friends to caring about everyone and trying to make everyone's day and everyone's life better."  Which is precisely why CBS reporter Steve Hartman said, "this may just make that touchdown,  "the most successful play of all time."

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Oct 30 2013

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month: One Women's Courageous Story

This time of year you see lots of pink, and for good reason.  Breast cancer awareness is something that has helped save millions of lives over the years, and having lost my mom to a battle with breast cancer, I am so grateful to see more and more women winning the fight!  

Sadly not everyone does, one of those women is Jennifer Merendino, shortly after Jen and the love of her life, Angelo, were married, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Throughout her fight, Angelo documented her journey with pictures that tell their story, many of which are included in a book that Angelo has written called, "The Battle That We Didn't Choose: My Wife's Fight With Breast Cancer".  Angelo said he will never forget the sound of Jennifer's voice on the phone the day that she was diagnosed, he says it left him numb.  They learned to navigate through their struggles thanks to their friends and family, who cared for them, helped with everyday chores and raised money to help them cover their medical expenses.

The love they felt from their friends and family was Angelo's inspiration to turn their own personal tragedy into a triumph for others.  Angelo's book and pictures are helping fund a charity called "The Love You Share", which helps provide financial assistance to women who are battling breast cancer.  Angelo says that it is fitting legacy to honor Jennifer's memory.  

Angelo says that each challenge brought them closer, one night, battling extreme pain, she grabbed Angelo's arm and said, "look into my eyes, it's the only way I can get through this."  Angelo says that he learned so much from Jennifer through this fight,  "Jennifer taught me to love, to listen, to give, and to believe in others and myself.  I've never been as happy as I have during this time."  

Angelo hopes that their story would be a reminder to all of us to, as Jennifer put it, "Love every morsel of the people in your life."

You can find out more of Jen's story and see some of their pictures here:



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Oct 25 2013

Chatting with Roma Downey

Our guest today was Roma Downey, star of Touched By An Angel, and co-producer of the History Channel's mini series "The Bible".  Roma and her husband, Mark Burnett, co-producer of "The Bible", as well as producer of TV shows like, "The Voice", "Survivor" and "The Apprentice" are working with 20th Century Fox to bring an edited version of "The Bible" to the big screen, called "Son Of God".  Roma shared about the significance of the movie, and how God is using "The Bible" series around the World.  If you would like to learn more about "Son Of God" you can visit http://www.sonofgodmovie.com/index.html

You can vote for "The Bible" in this year's People's Choice Awards here

 In case you missed it, here's our conversation with Roma:




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Remembering Joplin
May 22 2012

Remembering Joplin

In Joplin, tornado-ravaged house is one family's testament. Los Angeles Times

Joplin remembers deadly tornado, 1 year later. Associated Press

Joplin, MO Official Website

Joplin, Missouri Wikipedia

Joplin Death Toll at 116 Making It Deadliest Tornado in Nearly 60 Years. abc NEWS

Eight Girls Pull Best Yearbook Prank Ever. Shine from YAHOO!

The Truth Behind 5 Sun-Safety Myths. Parenting.com

9-year-old Food Critic Reviews School Lunches. Gives Low Marks. Shine from YAHOO!

Save on Summer Fun. Shine from YAHOO! 


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5/22/2012 1:21:22 PM
Priscilla United States
One year ago today, our city was devastated by a powerful and deadly tornado, like none we had ever seen before. Those affected ranged from young to old; Joplin residents to passers through and even disaster relief workers. We will never be the same. For some, the journey to healing is still a long rocky and winding road. For others, the blessing of peace has been a comfort for a number of months. Wherever we are on the road to healing, I know that the people of Joplin are stronger. We are better neighbors, better friends, better spouses and better leaders for each other. Only days after the devastation, my sister shared the lyrics of a song we both loved and its new meaning to her in connection with our crumbled city... the song "Beautiful things" with/by Gungor. The pain, loss and faith felt in the song is something that brought us hope, yet still to tears. Today, a year later, I have witnessed over and over again how God truly can and is making beautiful things out of the dust of this town and out of US. He has done amazing things with the lives of everyone who has opened their hearts to Him and "let go" of the cares and pain of this World. Thanks be to God for the beautiful things He is doing - for the hope - for the healing and for the strength he has given so many who lost so much. Only HE can rebuild the lives, the hope, and the hearts of the town. And so far, of course, He is doing AMAZING.
5/22/2012 6:32:10 PM
erika parks United States
erika parks
Have you seen me?! Tomorrow evening at approximately 5:41 p.m. marks one year since the tornado ripped me from my Mother's arms. What happened after is still a blur-I think I got into a vehicle (sorry, I was so shaken up I can't recall who exactly picked me up...). I tried to tell them I had a family and we needed to call them, but I guess they didn't understand. All I know is I MISS MY FAMILY. I have a hunch they miss me too. I bet my brother sits by the door just waiting for me to come home. Isn't a year long enough? Will I finally get to see my Mom? I sure do have a lot of work to do once I get home! I need to make sure my furry friends and their owners know what to do in a disaster. Please, TAKE ME HOME.

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