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Old Dec 24th, 2009, 11:56 AM   #121
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Posted: 3:55 pm EST December 22, 2009Updated: 6:31 pm EST December 22, 2009


LEESBURG, Fla. -- A 5-year-old girl saved her father's life when he started having a diabetic attack. The young child was quick-thinking enough to call 911 for help.Katelyn Coon likes to read and play with her toys, but the kindergartner loves numbers. And that's a good thing, because she was home alone with her father in Leesburg over the weekend when he began having serious problems.“He was sweating, and he was screaming,” Katelyn explained.She knew her dad was in trouble, so she hopped out of bed and grabbed his cell phone to call someone for help.“I was very scared. I didn't want him to die,” she said (watch full interview).Katelyn dialed 911, but when she did get through to the operator she couldn't understand her, because the 5-year-old was so upset and frantic. So she hung up and called her mom, who was working an overnight shift at the Lake County Sheriff's office.“She was like, ‘He can't hear me, he won't wake up,’” explained Cheryl Lamb, the girl’s mother. “She said she had tried to call the ambulance for him, but she was like, ‘But they don't understand me.’”From work, mom used another phone to call dispatchers directly and, together, they worked to get some important information from Katelyn.“She tried to shake him, but he won't wake up to her,” Cheryl Lamb told the 911 dispatcher.“Can she tell you if he's breathing?” the dispatcher asked.Firefighters were the first to arrive and, when they walked up and knocked on the front door, Katelyn peaked out the window to make sure it was them, unlocked the door and let them in.“They always say teach them, you know, 911 and stuff, but I never thought she would have to do it,” Cheryl said.Katelyn's father is doing better now and the Leesburg Police Department is looking for a way to possibly reward or honor her for what she did.
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Old Dec 24th, 2009, 11:58 AM   #122
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Old Dec 24th, 2009, 01:04 PM   #123
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Came across this story on a CG list I subscribe to:

Since I make my living providing graphics services, my writing experience is pretty much limited to project estimates and invoices (though some people say that they themselves are great examples of fiction). But this time of year, when all things seem possible, please allow me an indulgence as an author so that I can share the following story about a young man that I have been privileged to know:


My family and I first met Laurence Carolin when he was in second grade. He was on my son's soccer team. His family lived a few blocks from us and they were members of our church. So, we shared rides to practices and games and became friends in the process.

The thing about Laurence that impressed all of the soccer parents is that he had a maturity that went way beyond his years. While the other boys (my son included) spent too much time getting distracted at the slightest thing, Laurence was incredibly polite, focused, and a joy to talk to. He could carry on an incredibly detailed and nuanced conversation with adults about his concern for impoverished people throughout the world. This was a boy who talked to you, not at you.

At age 14, Laurence began to experience headaches and fatigue. This boy with the always-pleasant personality began to suffer from depression and thoughts about suicide. His life irrevocably changed when a CAT scan revealed that he had an inoperable and malignant tumor growing in his brain.

The valiant work of the University of Michigan Cancer Center helped to temporarily relieve his symptoms, but it did not stop the cancer?s growth. At best, it bought Laurence some time.

Throughout radiation treatments, chemotherapy and surgeries, Laurence found comfort in listening to the music of his favorite rock band: U2. He also found strength in the band's commitment to fight poverty and disease on a global scale—both in its music and its involvement with advocacy organizations like the One Campaign, which U2's lead singer, Bono, helped to create. The message is simple: if you are one of the fortunate ones, step outside yourself to help those who are not.

So no one was surprised when Laurence told the Make A Wish Foundation that his dream was to meet Bono and see U2 perform live. But, sadly, the response came back that such a meeting would not be possible because of logistics and scheduling problems.

This would break any parent?s heart. But Laurence regards himself as a person who should offer help instead of someone who needs it. Rather than choosing something else for himself, he asked that the money ear-marked for his wish fulfillment be donated to the United Nations Foundation, which treats AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria
patients in Africa. It is one of the charities that Bono supports and represents.

What happens next is Laurence's inspiration writ large.

The story of his request spread through the community and to the local news media. He was featured in two newspapers, a Diocesan Catholic magazine and on local radio and television. Several fund raisers were organized in Laurence's name to raise money for the causes that Laurence supports, including Nothing But Nets, which buys mosquito netting to help fight malaria in Africa.

The president of the Michigan chapter of Make-A-Wish publicized his request. And the cumulative effect of everyone?s reaction got the attention of Bono and U2.

In September, Laurence and his family were given tickets and backstage passes to see U2 kickoff their North American tour in Chicago. Members of the One Campaign met Laurence before the concert and took him to meet Bono, who treated Laurence like a king. He was respectful, engaging, and called Laurence "an inspiration."


Laurence's mother said:
"I wish that you all could have seen Laurence's face when the two met. He was completely at peace. He was cool as could be in sharing his story with Bono, who then asked if he could bring Laurence to a private room where the U2 band members would be saying a prayer before the concert.

He did meet all the members of U2, and Bono returned him to us with just minutes to spare before U2 took the stage."
You can see video of Laurence meeting Bono here:

YouTube - Finally!

Six weeks later, U2 was performing in a concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena that was being broadcast live on YouTube. During their rendition of One a song about unity-- Bono dedicated the last verse to Laurence:

YouTube - U2 LIVE on Youtube concert! "ONE"

If you go to 5:30 on the timeline and let it play through, you will hear Bono say:

"To Laurence Carolin,
a great One Campaigner,
loosing his own life"

Laurence got his wish—both of them actually. Not because he wanted help, but because he never stopped wanting to help others.

May the hope inspired by this incredible young man be with you throughout this Season of Giving and into the New Year.

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Old Jan 3rd, 2010, 09:33 PM   #124
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A Golden Retriever named Angel was credited with saving an 11-year-old boy's life after a cougar charged at the boy in the family's backyard in Boston Bar, B.C. Jan. 3, 2010. (RCMP handout

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Date: Sunday Jan. 3, 2010 8:38 PM ET

BOSTON BAR, B.C. — The way Lloyd Forman sees it, his 11-year-old grandson was saved by an Angel.

That's the retriever who protected young Austin from a charging cougar during a bloody, against-all-odds confrontation Saturday in the tiny British Columbia community of Boston Bar, about 200 kilometres northeast of Vancouver.

"The cougar came (from) about five feet away and made a big jump (at Austin)," Forman said Sunday in an interview.

"The dog jumped in between and took on the cougar."

Austin was in his family's backyard collecting firewood with his dog when the cougar appeared.

The cougar charged toward the boy, but Angel stepped in and fought off the large cat while Austin ran inside and other family members frantically called for help.

Forman, 72, was sitting down to a bowl of homemade borscht soup when the telephone rang. It was the boy's mother.

"They phoned here; the cougar was eating the dog alive, they figured. I said, 'Phone 911,"' Forman recalled. "Fortunately, he (the nearest RCMP officer) was a minute away."

When the officer arrived, the cougar had Angel under the porch with its teeth around the dog's neck. The Mountie fired several shots, killing the cougar.

The dog was injured, but is expected to recover. Austin wasn't hurt.

Austin's father, Jay Forman, was on his way to work when he stopped by his own father's house and learned of the attack. He rushed home and arrived soon after the Mountie killed the cougar.

"He (Austin) is doing pretty good -- he's shaken up a bit," he said.

"I think he's slowly getting over the fact that he was just about mauled by the cougar, and very grateful his dog took the hit."

He said the family's 18-month-old dog is usually quite playful and always running about, but earlier in the day it was quietly following Austin around and making strange noises. In hindsight, the family thinks the dog knew the other animal was near.

"She's very smart -- just incredible," he said. "She's still a pup. It is truly amazing that she jumped in front of that cat to save the boy's life."


Police distributed a photograph of the dog, standing in the snow but covered in blood. A photo of the cougar shows the bloodied animal lifeless, lying on its back.

Sgt. Peter Thiessen of the RCMP said there's no question Austin's encounter with the cougar would have been a lot worse had it not been for his dog.

"The boy was in severe risk," said Thiessen.

"That cougar was advancing aggressively to both of them, and the dog intervened and got between the animal and the young child and the risk was extremely high."

Thiessen said conservation officials will look into what happened and why the cougar came so close to people.

He said it's uncommon -- but not unheard of -- for cougars to go after people.

"We have seen cougar attacks in the lower part of British Columbia," he said. "It's not something that's common, but it is something that has occurred."
CTV News | Dog saves 11-year-old B.C. boy from cougar attack

sad end for a hungry cougar but remarkable fortitude by an 18 month old retriever..take on a big cat in mid-attack on the boy..
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Yes, the dog, named Angel, was truly a guardian angel in this situation.
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May not be a true "feel good" story, but it still made me say "Wow!" out loud.

Washington (CNN) -- NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has reached back 13.2 billion years -- farther than ever before in time and space -- to reveal a "primordial population" of galaxies never seen before.

Hubble peers back 13.2 billion years, finds 'primordial' galaxies - CNN.com
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Long-lost brothers Stephen Goosney, 29, left, and Tommy Larkin, 30, discovered through an adoption agency that they were living on the same Corner Brook, Nfld., street. The pair now are searching for the rest of their family.
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CORNER BROOK, NFLD.–The world can seem such a big place when you are searching for someone missing in your life, but sometimes that person turns out to be right before your eyes.

Stephen Goosney, 29, and Tommy Larkin, 30, were born a year and a half apart. Both were adopted and began life, knowing they were missing vital pieces of their personal history.

The two men told the Corner Brook Western Star they began trying to find out who they were several years ago, both citing medical history as their primary reason for searching.

They did uncover their past – across the street from one another.

The pair learned from an adoption agency that they had been within shouting distance for seven months.

"It was a good feeling, knowing there was actually someone looking for me, too," Goosney said in an interview with the newspaper.

There was hope they would be living close together, but an understanding that, even if adopted by Newfoundland and Labrador families, there was a good chance they could be far apart.

As it turned out, they spent the past seven months living almost directly across the street from each other on Wheeler's Rd. in Corner Brook.

In addition, for more than two years, they have lived on the same street. Larkin moved to a different residence seven months ago.

They say their reunion was a simple matter to arrange.

Larkin just had to look out his living room window, wait for his brother to come home, make the call, and invite him over.

"She gave me his name and asked me four or five times if I knew him," Larkin said, referring to the person at the adoption agency who helped him search.

"I said I didn't, and she kept asking me, if I was sure I haven't met him."

Then, as he paced his living room, talking on the phone, he got the address.

"I said, "No! I am looking at the house right now.'"

Unfortunately, Goosney was out of town that day, but the next, March 25, the brothers met.

"It was all pretty overwhelming," Goosney said. "It's been good. We have been seeing each other pretty much every day, just hanging out and trying to catch up."

They have much in common.

Both were adopted by families who informed them at a young age they were adopted and both have an adopted younger sister.

Goosney grew up in Woody Point and Larkin in Cook's Harbour, two small outport communities on the Northern Peninsula.

Both enjoy the outdoors, snowmobiling and other activities and both flourished as young hockey players.

Goosney is a transport truck driver, something Larkin did before attending school to be a truck and transport mechanic.

Both are continuing the search for the rest of their family, which may be a little more difficult because none of the others is looking for them officially. They believe the adoption agency will come through eventually.

They do have some data. They were born at Grace Hospital in St. John's and their birth name surname is Smart. They know their mother's name but did not want to publish it.

They hope to meet all their family.

Goosney's reunion with Larkin was extra special because he also met his niece, Chloe, who is already calling him Uncle Stephen. "It feels different, having someone I can call a brother. It is the bloodline. We both have families, but this is as close as it gets."
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Danish bus driver gets a surprise celebration...

World's best birthday surprise party. - Snotr

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World's best birthday surprise party. - Snotr

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