Two grown men who grew up on the South Side of Chicago are now achieving the goal they had since they were little boys. Older brother Demarre McGill now plays lead flute with the Seattle Symphony and his younger brother Anthony McGill is principle clarinetist for the world-renowned New York Metropolitan Opera.
Really wasn’t easy for them growing up. It required a lot of sacrifice for their family. Just to make sure their gift of music could flourish, their parents Ira (a retired school teacher) and Demarre Sr. (a former firefighter) mortgaged their house 5 times, so the kids could have their lessons and continue the music they loved so much. The brothers have had some really unique experiences , including Anthony having the chance to perform the piece “Air and Simple Gifts” by John Williams during the 2009 inauguration of President Obama.
Even though they’ve achieved their career goals, they’re now going back to where they grew up on a regular basis to help those elementary students have the same opportunities they had so they can help them achieve their lifelong goals.
Six year old, Dylan Siegel, has a friend who’s name is Jonah and he’s been diagnosed with glycogen storage disease type 1B , a rare liver disorder and sadly it doesn’t have a cure. Well, Dylan decided to raise money for research to help Jonah, but Dylan didn’t want to go the typical route – he actually decided that he wanted to write a book!
His 16 page book is called “Chocolate Bar,” and he actually uses the term to mean “cool.” So he says things like “Disneyland is so chocolate bar,” and neat enough, he finishes the book with the phrase “I like to help my friends. That is the biggest chocolate bar.” He’s also selling chocolate bars to help gather more donations. Whole Foods has donated hundreds of chocolate bars towards the fundraising efforts. Word has also gone out about Dylan’s book through a local Barnes & Noble bookstore, and the boys appeared on CBS TV show “The Doctors” last week.
Already in the last couple of months, Dylan has raised $30,000!
Dylan’s goal is $1 million, his father said.
Since the tragic event at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, there has been an incredible out pouring of love by way of letters and packages for the families and members of that community. From handmade cards to pictures school children have drawn, the town has received an estimated 175,000 pieces of mail.
One of the local residents of Hartford, Yolie Moreno, thought of the idea to respond to as many of those pieces of mail as possible. With that in mind, Newtown has assembled a group of volunteers called the Newtown Volunteer Task Force to handwrite notes. Yolie said, “We want all those that send something to know that their notes and gifts were held, read, touched, photographed, and shared.”
14 year old Fawad Mohammadi was featured in a short film that was nominated for an Academy Award. So the director of the film invited him to take his first plane ride ever and walk the red carpet to represent the film. This is a big deal for him because from the time he was five, he was financially supporting his widowed mother and six siblings by selling souvenir maps on the streets.
He made $1500 for being featured in the film and he gave his entire earnings to his mother to help the family. He was so excited about his first plane ride and he wants to be a pilot when he grows up.
A soldier returning home from Afghanistan after nine months away decided to dress up as a Power Ranger to surprise his two young boys.
Army SFC Daryl Chandler staged the surprise on Saturday, after he and his wife Cathi reunited earlier in the day at the airport in Stockbridge, Georgia.
Their sons Cole, 7, and Idan, 3, thought they won a contest to earn a visit from the superhero, until the masked man removed his costume and the boys realized their father had come home.