Aug 11 2012

Inspirational Kids

Hero boy, 4, dies after saving 3-year-old girl in pool. NBC News 

The parents of Xander Vento, a little boy who was forced under the water while saving another child at a neighborhood pool in Fort Worth, Texas, earlier this week, say they are taking their son off life support.

Cris and Misty Vento released the following statement Thursday:

"We’ve made the extremely difficult decision to remove our precious son Xander from life support. We send heartfelt thanks to all of you who kept our family in your thoughts and prayers; we’re appreciative of your love and support.

We in some way hope our son’s life serves as an inspiration. He was the angel in the pool who sacrificed himself to save another. And now he continues to give as an organ donor. We were blessed to have such a kind and caring boy as Xander who set an example for all of us and even now he will be saving lives by giving of himself."

Xander, 4, held a struggling 3-year-old girl above the water, and after becoming exhausted, slipped below the water’s surface, the Associated Press reported. He was found at the bottom of the pool. After Xander was pulled from the water, rescuers did get a pulse from him, the Dallas Morning News reported, but he was unable to breathe on his own before they loaded him into a helicopter.

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12-Year-Old's Heart-Breaking, Life-Affirming Videos. Shine from YAHOO! 

An incredible girl is teaching hundreds of thousands of Internet followers what courage means. Talia Joy Castellano, who turns 13 on August 18, was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer that forms in the nerve cells, in 2007. Numerous rounds of chemotherapy eventually left her bald. Not a fan of wigs, she preferred to use cosmetics to feel pretty and confident--and developed some sophisticated skills. About a year and a half ago, she started a video blog channel featuring makeup tutorials and has uploaded over 150 videos so far. "I love makeup," she says, "using it as my wig." Her mom, Desiree, beams that her daughter "has made bald beautiful."

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