My husband and I are in the process of adopting a special needs little girl from China, so my heart’s especially tender for children in that part of the world...and the story of 10 year old Ryan Elizabeth brought me to tears.
Ever since she learned about the orphaned children after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, she offered what money she had and raised even more, to encourage her parents to open their home to an orphan. She would cry at night and her mom would say adoption was expensive and they just didn’t have the money.
But she was determined and as holidays approached, she asked for donations rather than toys. Her persistence led the family to Show Hope, an orphan advocacy group, and the family started praying for the kids featured on the website. This past March, the story of one such child captured their hearts like no other.
It was about a 1-year-old girl living in a Chinese orphanage with a cancerous tumor. She was diagnosed with Stage Four cancer and has less than a year to live but the family felt the Lord putting her on their hearts and they took a leap of faith and adopted her. A children’s hospital in Kentucky agreed to treat their baby at no cost. They say “peace and stage four cancer don’t go hand-in-hand, but they just have it with her.” Wow.
NBC has actually stepped up to buy the sequel to the hit cable mini-series, “The Bible,” which appeared on the History Channel. The follow-up series is gonna be called “A.D. Beyond the Bible,” and it’s gonna trace the early history of Christianity. It will again be supervised by producer Mark Burnett and his wife, actress Roma Downey.
“The Bible” was the top-rated new series of the year on cable. Its premiere in March reached 13 million viewers and its final attracted 11.7 million people, which is huge in ratings for cable TV.
A principal in Washington got an award for allowing P.E. to count towards a student’s GPA. Principal Jim Dunnan was named the High School Administrator of the Year by the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation and Dance. His idea to allow students to take P.E. on a voluntary basis to count towards their GPA was considered great, out of the box thinking to help students. Because of the change, District 308 got to hire more P.E. teachers for a total of six this upcoming school year.
Source: Peoria Journal Star
A 3 year-old boy experiences something for the first time that most of us take for granted: the ability to hear.
Little Grayson Clamp was born deaf and last month became the first child in the United States to receive an auditory brain stem implant. The device allows his brain to process sound.
The procedure was performed at University of North Carolina Hospitals and cameras were rolling the day Grayson heard his father’s voice for the first time. Grayson’s jaw dropped and eyes were wide open as he heard his dad say, “Daddy loves you. Daddy loves you.”
His parents say Grayson is finally able to experience the world like everyone else.
Peoria won the 2013 All-America City Award Sunday night in Denver.
This is the city's fourth All-America City Award, and it's first since 1989.
The effort was led by the Peoria Chamber's Young Professionals, who thank people and businesses across the region for helping them bring the award home.
Peoria also won a separate online video contest, getting 20,000 views and over 1,800 likes on YouTube.