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Father running in Boston Marathon to support center that treated daughter

Thousands of people will be running the Boston Marathon on Monday, all with their own reasons. But for one girl from Scituate, Massachusetts, and her father, the motivation is giving back.

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Maeve Kendall was 9 years old when she was diagnosed with a form of leukemia called acute lymphoblastic leukemia antigen, or ALLA.

“At first I was just worried about it. I was like, am I going to die?” said Maeve, now 12.

While ALLA is highly treatable, it was a long road for Maeve and her family with years of treatment.

“Injections in her spine to make sure the cancer doesn't go to her brain; a kid that age shouldn't have to go through that stuff,” said her father, Mike Kendall.

The family got through those difficult days with love, hope and the support of the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

“I love doing everything they have there, they have crafts. It just makes the experience more easier,” Maeve said.

She’s now cancer-free, but Maeve’s bones are still weak from the treatment. Her dad is her strength.

“He's kind of like my legs, because I can't run. So that's what's cool about it,” she said.

Now her father’s legs are going to carry him 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston to raise money for Dana-Farber.

He his running “to make sure that the next kid or the next man or woman who comes along has a better chance and a better quality of life as their going through treatment,” Kendall said.

Seeing Maeve at the finish line will make it all worthwhile.

“I think about that moment a lot when I'm out there running. That's exactly what I'm doing it for to have that fulfillment at the end,” Kendall said.

The Kendalls are hoping to raise $15,000 for Dana-Farber. To learn more about Mike’s run and donate, visit the Run Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge website.

Clark Howard visits fallen officer's family, delivers nearly $40K in donations

After a Georgia police officer was killed in the line of duty in February, listeners of WSB Radio in Atlanta started asking how they could help.

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And it was not long until WSB traffic reporter/talk show host Mark Arum and WSB-TV consumer adviser Clark Howard, host of the nationally syndicated "Clark Howard Show," jumped into action.

>> On WSBTV.com: Officer killed in line of duty was young father expecting 2nd child any day

Locust Grove Police Officer Chase Maddox was a five-year veteran of the force who left behind a son and an expecting wife, Alex.

Days after Maddox's death, Alex gave birth to the couple's second child, Bodie.

The Maddox family's story touched the hearts of people across Henry County, North Georgia and around the country.

>> On WSBTV.com: Hundreds gather to remember Officer Chase Maddox

Our hearts broke knowing the struggle that Alex Maddox will have now raising two boys on her own.

Arum spearheaded the effort, and partnered with Howard to set up a fund to assist the boys with their future education or other needs.

"My talk show listeners were looking for ways to help the Maddox family and the kids – now and in the future," Arum said. "There's no one better than Clark to handle the trust and the investments. He'll work with Alex (Maddox) to make sure the funds are properly invested and that she and the boys will get the most out of your donations.”

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Last week, Howard drove to south Spalding County and visited with Chase Maddox’s immediate and extended family.

>> Get consumer advice on ClarkHoward.com

Following WSB Radio's campaign, the Maddox family put the fundraising dollars into Clark-Smart investments for the future.

– WSB Radio is owned by Cox Media Group.

Georgia goat forced to ingest whiskey, cocaine begins new life as therapy animal

Kyla Jones has seen a lot of abused animals during her years in pet rescue.

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Animals that have been starved or physically and sexually abused by humans have crossed her path. She thought she had seen it all.

Then came Whiskey. 

The goat of unknown age or origin made news headlines when Sergio Palomares-Guzman, 28, a horse trainer from Grayson, Georgia, was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after posting a video on social media in which a goat was being force-fed cocaine and whiskey.

Jones, president and founder of SNAP2IT pet rescue in Atlanta, heard about the incident but didn’t watch the video. It would have made her too angry, she said. “Cocaine and whiskey is a first,” Jones said in a telephone interview. “Most people want to save that for themselves.”

She immediately contacted animal control and told them she would take the goat. They dropped the animal at her farm the next day.

When he arrived, the first order of business was to give him a name. 

“We tried to think of all kinds of names. We named him Whiskey. It just suits him,” Jones said with a chuckle. 

At the time, Whiskey was undernourished and wary of people. He was scared and didn’t want to get off the truck, Jones said. SNAP2IT volunteers were eventually able to talk to him, rope him and get him out. 

“He was severely underweight when he came in. You could see his backbone, ribs and hip bones,” Jones said. They had to beg him to eat. Volunteers tempted him with quartered apples and lots of veggies. His weight has since increased from a low of about 40 pounds to about 65 pounds.

“Now, he loves his veggies. He loves salad and lettuce and apples and grapes, anything we can give him he loves,” said Jones, who spends about $50 to $70 a day on fresh apples, bananas, grapes, lettuce and celery for Whiskey and her other two goats, Bonnie and Clyde. 

In general, Whiskey is recovering well. He just went through another round of deworming and Jones said they are ready to start feeding him a daily cup of sunflower seeds to help address his mineral deficiencies. 

In a few months, one of the local veterinarians who provides free services to SNAP2IT animals will come out to the farm and give him a full checkup, she said. 

“We want to make sure he is healthy and make sure he doesn’t have any residual effects,” Jones said. 

Socially, Whiskey is also adjusting well. Jones has owned her 5-year-old goats Bonnie and Clyde since they were babies. When Whiskey arrived, she worried about him getting a little too close to Bonnie. Fortunately, Whiskey was too tall for that pairing to work, but that didn’t stop Clyde from playing the jealous boyfriend. “Bonnie was paying so much attention to Whiskey,” Jones said. Now all three goats peacefully coexist and share a picnic table for meals. 

It took a little more time for Whiskey to warm up to people, but he has learned to trust humans again. 

When a group of students came out to the farm for the annual Georgia State University Cares day to volunteer their time, Whiskey showed just how comfortable he had gotten with people. 

Everyone was paying a lot of attention to Mr. Banks, the potbellied piggy who had rolled over to let them scratch his belly. Whiskey watched all the action and came running over. 

The student visitors were freaked out until Jones explained that Whiskey was jealous of the attention being given to Mr. Banks. Whiskey just wanted to give them kisses, said Jones who is leash training Whiskey now and will train him as a therapy animal for kids.

“He is a love bug,” Jones said. “He is the sweetest goat.” 

Man, 20, wants to interview every surviving WWII veteran

A California man is trying to capture history before it fades away.

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Rishi Sharma wants to interview as many living World War II combat veterans as he can to document their stories. Since beginning his quest four years ago, Sharma, 20, has traveled to 45 states and Canada and has interviewed 870 veterans, CNN reported.

"They've given us the world that we have," the Agoura resident told CNN. "It's truly amazing."

Sharma is facing a daunting task. According to the the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 558,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II were still alive in 2017. The youngest of them are in their late eighties, and some are more than 100 years old. The VA estimates an average of 362 of them die each day, CNN reported.

Sharma was a sophomore in high school when he began his project. He first interviewed a decorated veteran, Lyle Bouck, whose outmanned unit had held off a German battalion during the Battle of the Bulge, CNN reported.

Sharma then began biking to retirement homes to visit veterans in his hometown.

He records the interviews on video and burns them to DVDs, which he gives to the veterans, CNN reported. He also has begun posting the interviews to his YouTube channel.

In 2016, Sharma founded Heroes of the Second World War, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving interviews with WWII combat veterans for future generations. He also set up a GoFundMe account to pay his expenses. CNN reported. So far,he has raised more than $182,000, which helps pay for his travel expenses and video equipment.

His age prevents Sharma from renting cars or checking into many motels.

"I live out of the car when I'm on the road," he told CNN. "(It) makes my job a lot harder."

Sharma realizes he cannot interview every surviving veteran, so he doesn’t mind a little help. He told CNN that anyone who is interested in his work can contact WWII vets in their communities and record their stories.

"We don't need to use iPhones to take selfies," Sharma said. "We can actually document history with them."

Lyrid meteor shower 2018: When, where and how to watch

The annual Lyrid meteor shower, named after the constellation Lyra, is just around the corner and expected to peak on April 22.

It’s the second meteor shower of 2018.

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Here’s what you need to know about the Lyrid meteor shower and how to watch the celestial spectacle:

What are Lyrids?

The Lyrid meteors are named after their radiant, defined as the point in the sky from which they appear to come from, the constellation Lyra.

According to NASA, Lyrids are one of the oldest known meteor showers and have been observed for 2,700 years. The first recorded sighting of a Lyrid meteor shower dates back to 687 BC by the Chinese.

What causes the meteor shower?

The meteors’ particles come from comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, named after A. E. Thatcher, who first discovered it on April 5, 1861.

The Lyrids occur as the comet passes Earth and leaves behind “a trail of comet crumbs” or space debris.

What’s the difference between a meteoroid, a meteor and a meteorite?

Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, told Space.com that a meteoroid is essentially space debris. For example, the “crumbs” left behind from Halley’s Comet trail are meteoroids.

These “crumbs” can also be left behind by asteroids, such as the 3200 Phaethon.

Once the meteoroids enter Earth’s atmosphere, they become meteors, or shooting stars.

Though most meteors disintegrate before hitting the ground, meteors that do strike the surface of the planet are called meteorites, Cooke said.

When will the Lyrid meteor shower peak?

The Lyrids are expected to illuminate the night sky between April 16 and April 25, but the shower will peak on the morning of Sunday, April 22. According to NASA, the shower will be active April 21-22.

How many meteors will I see?

With no moon in the sky, stargazers typically notice about 10 to 20 Lyrid meteors per hour.

Cooke told Space.com that this year, you’re likely to see about 18 meteors per hour.

But in the past, people have reported that they experienced as many as 100 meteors per hour during the Lyrids.

How bright will the meteors be?

The Lyrid meteor shower is known for its bright fireballs, but isn’t as luminous as August’s famous Perseid meteor shower.

What is the best time to see the meteors?

According to NASA, the Lyrids are viewed best in the Northern Hemisphere after the moon sets and before dawn.

Where can I watch the meteor shower?

Clear skies are essential for prime meteor shower viewing. Skyglow, the light pollution caused by localized street lights, will block out the stars and negatively affect your viewing experience, so head somewhere far from city lights.

NASA recommends viewers lie flat on their back, with their feet facing south, looking up at the sky. Viewers should give themselves 30 minutes for their eyes to adapt to the environment and bring warm clothing, a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair and leave telescopes at home.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seek charity donations over wedding gifts

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle don’t want wedding gifts. The couple, according to E! News, requested charitable donations instead.

Kensington Palace announced Monday that the couple has “personally selected” seven organizations well-wishers are asked to support. The organizations, the news release said, reflect the pair’s “shared values.”

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“Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill shown to them since the announcement of their engagement and are keen that as many people as possible benefit from this generosity of spirit,” Kensington Palace said in a news release. “The couple have therefore asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion considers making a donation to charity, rather than sending a wedding gift.

“Prince Harry and Ms. Markle do not have any formal relationships with the charities chosen. The couple have chosen charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women's empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces. Many of these are small charities, and the couple are pleased to be able to amplify and shine a light on their work.”

Related: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engaged: What to know

The organizations include Children’s HIV Association, or CHIVA; homeless charity Crisis; the Myna Mahila Foundation, which provides affordable menstrual hygiene items; Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which supports British Armed Forces children who have lost a parent; StreetGames, which aims to make sports available to disadvantaged youth; marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage; and The Wilderness Foundation UK, which promotes the benefits of wild nature.

The royal wedding will be May 19 at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel. More information on each of the charities can be found at the Royal Household website.

Baby’s first photos have connection to fallen soldier father

She never will be able to meet her father, but he will always be part of her life. 

Christian Michelle Harris was born after her father gave his life for his country.

Army Spc. Chris Harris was killed on Aug. 2 by a suicide bomber, six weeks after Christian’s mother, Brittany Harris, found out she was pregnant. 

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She was born March 17, the “Today” show reported and was named after her father: Christopher Michael Harris.

Despite his death, Chris Harris and the Army have been part of little Christian’s life from even before she was born. 

Brittany Harris called in her husband’s platoon to help reveal the baby’s gender. She sent his fellow soldiers, the men that he considered his brothers, confetti poppers to help announce whether she was having a boy or a girl. 

>>Read: Soldiers help with gender reveal for the baby of one of their fallen

One of the servicemen, Joel Crunk, posted with the gender reveal video, “Chris Harris laid down his life for our country. His newly wed wife was expecting their first child. The reveal is in Afghanistan with the men who fought by his side. We are happy to welcome the new member of our company.”

Now Harris is memorializing the connection between father and daughter with a series of newborn photos that will break your heart,  “Today” reported.

Christian was photographed next to a photo of her father and his empty boots sitting nearby. 

A second photo shows the little girl sleeping next to the flag that was given to her mother at their Fayetteville, North Carolina home, after her father died.

In the third photo, the newborn is wrapped in his camouflage shirt, the arm of the uniform wrapped around Chris Harris’ little girl. 

“As soon as I saw the very first preview of the photos, I cried,” Brittany Harris told “Today. “The picture of Christian wrapped with Chris’ uniform is my favorite. It makes me feel like he’s holding her.”

Brittany Harris wants to make sure Christian never forgets the hero her father was.

“I want her to light up and smile when she talks about him instead of feeling sad that he’s not here. I want her to always brag about who her father was and the sacrifice he made,” Brittany Harris told “Today.”

 

Charlotte officer, Hornets player surprise brothers hurt by gunfire with tickets to game 

Two brothers, who were shot while they were asleep in their North Carolina apartment in December, were surprised Saturday with floor seats to the Charlotte Hornets’ final home game Sunday.

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Officer Caleb Costner, with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, was the first officer to respond to the call Dec. 21 after someone fired seven shots into the west Charlotte apartment.

Darryl Ervin, 11, and Jeremiah Ervin, 9, were shot in the arm and hip, respectively.

Costner will take the brothers to Sunday’s Hornets game against the Indiana Pacers.

"One of the worst calls you can get as a law enforcement officer is any kind of harm done to a child. You hear that, your heart sinks because you don't know the outcome," Costner said.

Police are still investigating the shooting, and no suspects have been arrested.

Costner continues to check on the family, intending to build trust with community members.

“At the time, we weren't quite sure if they were going to make it or what exactly the outcome may be, especially when you see that much blood and that much trauma," Costner said. "To see where they've come through the journey, it puts a smile on my face. I know it puts a smile on mom's face. These are some strong kids."

Costner had conversations with Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in an effort to secure the tickets for Darryl and Jeremiah.

"I ended up meeting him and I reached out to him and said, ‘Hey would you ever be willing to help out with the youth in the community?’ I said, ‘I'm really big with helping the community,’ and he said, ‘Sure, let me know,’ and I was like, ‘OK, wow that normally doesn't happen.’"

Tamaker Thompson, Darryl and Jeremiah’s mother, said she is thankful for Costner’s efforts to put smiles on her sons' faces.

"As much as my kids went through, and for someone to put a smile on their face, this is wonderful to us," Thompson said.

Man helps younger brother with epic first date in viral Twitter thread

First dates can be nerve-racking. Luckily, one man helped ease his younger sibling’s jitters, sharing the best moments from the event in a viral Twitter thread.

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Kinglsey Morgan of Jamaica pulled out all the stops earlier this month when his 16-year-old brother, Keneil, asked him to prepare a home-cooked meal for a special occasion.

“My little brother has a crush on this girl and he invited her over for dinner. I’m the chef and I’m geeked,” he tweeted

He then proceeded to document the whole experience and cheered his brother on all night. 

“We have a very close relationship. He considers me his role model and we do everything together,” he told Blavity. “I study with him, we swap stories, he teaches me the latest dance moves in Jamaica, we cook together, go to the movies together — like I said, everything.”

Morgan, 25, created the young girl’s favorite dish: coconut-curried chicken and lemongrass white rice, which she loved.

But Morgan wasn’t the only one to pitch in. Their dad lent an assist, too, by setting the mood with some music. 

“It was clear that he was trying to impress his date, which meant the onus was on myself and my family to share that responsibility as well,” he said. “I wanted him to spend time with her, so dad took on his weekend chores and I took on the cooking from dad.”

The night was a success -- not just with the teen’s date but also with thousands of people online. The Twitter thread received more than 3 million impressions and over 75,000 likes. The first tweet alone has more than 75,000 retweets. 

Morgan was excited about the huge outpouring.

“The response from online,” he said, “has only affirmed that a lot of people still value this kind of treasured and chivalrous approach to dating even with the advent of social media where almost everything is ephemeral.” 

Plus, he was thrilled for his little brother and promised to keep everyone updated on the couple.

Take a look at the full thread here

Mini luxury cars donated for pediatric patients at South Florida hospitals

Abigail Sporke stepped up to a red Ferrari just outside a South Florida hospital, lifted the scissor doors and stepped into the driver's seat.

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“I wish I was small so I can drive this thing,” said Craig Kelley, a board member of nonprofit Little Smiles.

Abigail is 5. And the Ferrari? About 2 feet tall.

Little Smiles donated the mini-luxury car to pediatric patients at Palms West Hospital, near West Palm Beach, Saturday afternoon. Despite its size, the car is impressive. It can travel up to 12 mph, has a working radio, shifts gears and is push-to-start -- a bit different from the toy Jeeps children are used to.

“I can’t wait to see the red paint on the walls when the kids are drifting in the hallways,” Kelley said with a laugh.

Kelley, a luxury car connoisseur, envisions kids riding the convertibles around the hospital to treatments and for fun. And when they’re finally discharged.Earlier that day, Kelley and Brian Murphy, another board member at Little Smiles, dropped off a yellow mini McLaren at Bethesda East Hospital in West Palm Beach.Little Smiles, based in Palm Beach Gardens, donates toys, electronics and even trips to hospitals and families with sick kids. But Saturday was the first time the nonprofit donated mini-sports cars, built by Go Baby Go, a nonprofit that swaps wheelchairs for motorized toy convertibles.

“It makes a kind of uncomfortable situation that much better,” he said.Abigail was at Palms West for four days before the convertible arrived. She has a kidney disorder called nephrotic syndrome, which causes your body to excrete too much protein in your urine. The medication she’s on caused a bout of salmonella poisoning.“It’s tough because kids don’t want to be stuck in a hospital room for days without anything to do but watch TV,” said Caroline Sporke, Abigail’s mother. “I think the kids will love playing in that car though.”Abigail sure did. Wearing a medical face mask and wrist wrapped in bandages from an IV earlier, the 5-year-old stepped in and out of the red convertible several times Saturday. She couldn’t drive it — it needed a 12-hour charge before she could — but she couldn’t resist pushing the buttons and turning the wheel.Abigail’s father will be jealous, Sporke said. “She’s the first one to get into a Ferrari, let alone drive one.”

Jason Aldean visits Las Vegas shooting survivor

Country music star Jason Aldean paid a visit to a special fan Friday.

Jovanna Calzadillas, 30, is a survivor of the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting that occurred Oct. 1. The attack, carried out by lone shooter Stephen Paddock, killed 58 and injured hundreds.

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Calzadillas was shot in the head during the attack, and has spent the last several months recovering from her injuries. Calzadillas and her family were at the Barrow Neurological Institute Friday where she met with Aldean. The country superstar was the headliner of the Route 91 Harvest Festival and had just taken the stage when the shooting began.

Medical experts have called Calzadillas' recovery "nothing short of miraculous," the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Not expected to survive at first, her husband says his wife came to him in a dream and said it would be OK. He made the decision to keep her on life support and she slowly began to heal from her extensive injuries.

Calzadillas has regained the ability to talk, eat and walk with the assistance of a walker. She faces several more months of rehabilitation for physical therapy and to work on restoring her memory, doctors said.

14-year-old raises money for ‘free wash day’ at laundromat

An eighth-grader in Riverdale, Illinois, saved up her money all year to be able to give back.

WGN reported that Jayera Griffin, who attends Washington Junior High School, noticed something while tutoring elementary students.

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“At school, I would tutor young kids and I would notice their clothes weren’t as clean as they could have been,” Jayera told WMAQ Tuesday.

Jayera said she decided to do something about it after talking to her mother.

“I told my mom about it and she said some people aren’t as blessed as we are,” Jayera told WBBM.

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The 14-year-old honor student raised more than $900 to help families wash clothes while Jayera is on spring break this week. The Daily Southtown reported that, according to Jayera’s parents, members of the School District 148 board and Thornton Township board contributed funds as well.

Her parents told WGN they are proud of their daughter.

“We raised her to be like this, where she knows to give and help out other people,” Michael Griffin, Jayera’s father, said. “A lot of people don’t have what we have and don’t have the luck we have. I’m very proud of her.”

Jayera hopes to have another free wash day in August before students start the new school year.

Family could be on Broadway with ‘Les Miserables’ karaoke rendition

The Von Trapps have nothing on the LeBarons. 

The LeBaron family members were all together for Easter this past weekend and decided to have a little family fun karaoke time.

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They lined up and started belting out “One Day More” from the Broadway musical “Les Miserables,” KUTV reported.

Jayson LeBaron said it was all his mother’s idea to sing the song that has made the family internet famous, KUTV reported.

Each of the five siblings took a role and a chunk of the song and sang it perfectly.

But music comes naturally to the LeBarons.

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“We’ve all grown up singing together and we all married musically talented people,” LeBaron told KUTV. “My dad plays the piano and has been our accompanist growing up and my mom has been our music director. We all got involved with musical theater and did a lot of shows in high school and in college.”

Bus driver helps girl with her hair after mother dies

Isabella Pieri’s dad has to leave early for work so she’s on her own to get ready for school after her mother died two years ago after a long battle with a rare illness. 

While she has all of the bases covered, there’s one thing that her dad couldn’t figure out -- how to do her hair, KSL reported.

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Because it was all a mystery to him, Philip Pieri gave his daughter a crew cut. Once her hair grew out, Isabella would quickly brush her hair, throw it in a ponytail and head out. Then her bus driver stepped in to help.

It all started when the driver helped another student with a braid. Isabella had the courage to ask for help too, KSL reported.

It’s now an everyday occurrence. Tracy helps Isabella with her hair. And the morning hair styling has turned into so much more for Isabella.

“It makes me feel like she’s a mom pretty much to me. And it makes me excited for the next day to see what she does.”

It has also helped Isabella’s self-esteem.

Ann Freeze, one of Isabella’s teachers, told KSL, “I just noticed her head was a little higher that morning and she had a little more of a step.”

Bride dies weeks before wedding, but lives on through organ donation

Taryn Budd was just weeks from walking down the aisle at her wedding. Her family was supposed to be celebrating the milestone, instead they had to bury their daughter who died while taking a bath. 

Doctor said she had a brain aneurysm and drowned in her tub, KPRC reported.

But Budd lives on. She was an organ donor and at least three families still have their loved ones because of her generosity.

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Budd’s heart went to a 55-year-old father of two. A 30-year-old woman received both of her lungs and her liver. Another woman got a kidney, KPRC reported.

“We are grateful that there are other people that she’s living through and I’m hopeful that one day I’ll be able to meet them,” Taryn’s mother Stacie Budd told KPRC.

Taryn died in November. Her organs gave the gift of life to their recipients on Thanksgiving morning.

Her memorial service was held on the day that she was supposed to be married.

But her family says she would have been proud of what she did for complete strangers.

“I know that she would be absolutely thrilled to know that she has allowed other people to continue living their lives and especially people that have children. Taryn loved children,” Nicolas Milazzo, Taryn’s financé told KPRC.

For more information on how to become an organ donor, click here.

Parents find long-lost daughter after 24-year search

A couple in southwest China recently found their missing daughter after searching for 24 years.

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According to the BBC, Wang Mingqing and Liu Dengying of Chengdu lost their 3-year-old daughter, Qifeng, in 1994 after Wang left the family's fruit stand to get some change. Although the parents launched what would become a decades-long search, buying newspaper ads, posting descriptions online and scouring the city, police could not find the girl.

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But things started to change in 2015, when Wang started working as a taxi driver to expand his search. He put a sign on his car and handed out flyers to his passengers. Chinese media outlets learned of his efforts and shared his story. 

Two years later, a police sketch artist who had heard about Wang's search drew an age-progressed picture of Qifeng. Last month, 27-year-old Kang Ying, who lives 1,700 miles away in the northeastern province of Jilin, saw the image and thought it looked a lot like her, the Global Times reported. Kang, who was adopted and grew up just 12 miles from Chengdu, tracked down Wang on social media and took a DNA test, which confirmed that she was his missing daughter.

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The family had an emotional reunion Tuesday in Chengdu.

"The whole world told me I didn't have a mother, but I do," Kang told thecover.cnaccording to the BBC.

And Wang was finally able to give his daughter a hug again.

"Daddy loves you," he said.

Boy bullied for having different-colored eyes, cleft lip adopts cat that looks like him

A bullied Oklahoma boy and his adorable new best friend look like they could be twins — well, almost.

According to "Today," Madden Humphreys, 7, of Owasso started feeling sad after other children made fun of his cleft lip and different-colored eyes, also known as heterochromia iridium.

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“He wasn’t (insecure) until other kids started pointing it out to him and then saying not nice things to him,” his mother, Christina Humphreys, told "Today." 

But Christina soon found something she knew would cheer him up — a rescue cat that looked like her son.

“Last week, a friend posted an image of the cat in our cleft moms group," she wrote in a now-viral post for Love What Matters. "This kitty was taken in by a rescue group in Minnesota. We knew immediately that this kitty was meant to be part of our family. Not only does he have a cleft lip like our 7-year-old son Madden, he also has complete heterochromia iridum, like Madden. They were destined to be best friends. Funny how a pet can make you feel less alone."

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Although money was tight, friends helped the family fund the road trip to Minnesota. There, they adopted the cat, Moon.

“We’re usually not spontaneous people, but we knew that we were meant to love this kitty," she wrote for Love What Matters. "Moon, the kitty, and Madden are the perfect companions for each other. In a word full of bullies and hateful words, we will choose to chase love. I think it’s safe to say that this kitty is love, and was certainly meant to be part of our journey and Madden’s journey."

You can follow Madden and Moon on Instagram at @maddenandmoon.

Read more here and here.

‘Roseanne’ star Sara Gilbert on Trump: ‘We never say his name’ in the reboot

“Roseanne” star Sara Gilbert says President Donald Trump won’t be mentioned by name on the highly rated revival of the ABC sitcom.

EW.com reported that Gilbert made the announcement while appearing on “What What Happens Live” March 30. She also clarified that it’s only Roseanne Conner, not the entire Conner family, that supports Trump.

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“The Conners aren’t Trump supporters,” Gilbert told host Andy Cohen. “Roseanne’s character is a Trump supporter — she’s the only one that supports (him) — and we never say his name, actually, in the show.”

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Gilbert also shared that, despite lots of publicity about the shows politics, the show isn’t about that, according to IndieWire.

“The show is not about politics. It’s not about anyone’s position or a policy, it’s really about what happens to a family when there’s a political divide, which is something that I think the entire country can relate to and something we need to talk about. So, with our show, it’s never about ‘doing an issue’ or ‘doing politics,’ it’s ‘how do these things affect a family unit?’”

Related: ‘Roseanne’ reboot draws big numbers and mostly positive reviews

The show will have at least another season to explore how the divide affects the family. “Roseanne” was renewed for another season March 30.

“Roseanne” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC. Watch Gilbert speak about the show and politics on “Watch What Happens Live” in the video below.

Police department’s April Fools’ joke highlights realities of raising bunnies

A Texas police department on Sunday announced a new member of its team: Cross-Hare, a rabbit with tactical training and experience as a Navy SEAL.

The announcement was followed by a hashtag: #EasterIsOnAprilFoolsDay.

Schertz Police Department officials posted the announcement early Sunday, accompanied by a photo of Cross-Hare wearing a police vest.

“Cross-Hare has an extensive tactical background seeing as he’s an ex-Navy SEAL,” the announcement read. “Cross-Hare’s small size will allow him to access small enclosed areas as needed for searches.”

The post went on to express excitement about having the bunny on the department’s roster before proclaiming the announcement a joke.

The department’s followers found the prank funny.

“Good one!” one woman wrote. 

“Cute! You should keep him,” another commenter said. 

Others went along with the joke.

“That rabbit’s got a mean streak a mile wide! He’s a killer, I tell you!” one man wrote. 

Another man who identified himself as a retired U.S. Army Special Forces member made a joke at Navy SEALS’ expense.

“You had me sold until you said ‘SEAL,’” the man wrote. “There’s no hair gel, so he’s not a SEAL.”

The rabbit is actually Miss Bunz, a former shelter animal living on Cape Cod who is sometimes called the “real-life Judy Hopps.” Judy Hopps is a bunny policewoman character on the animated Disney film, “Zootopia.”

Byron Howard, a co-director of the film, caught wind of Miss Bunz a couple of years ago and gave her a shout-out in a tweet.

The rabbit’s owner, Nancy Chen, said that through Miss Bunz’s voice on social media, she raises awareness of the realities of raising domesticated rabbits and promotes the “Adopt, Don’t Shop” movement. 

Miss Bunz’s website, missbunz.com, explains that she is a crème d’argent dwarf mix who spent the first three years of her life cooped up in a cage.

When her former owners moved in 2012, they did not take her or their other rabbit with them, the website said. Both rabbits ended up at the Massachusetts SPCA, where the other rabbit died.

“In a very short time, I lost my human family and the only bunny friend I ever had,” the website reads. “Needless to say, I became very skittish and distrustful of new people, new bunnies and new environments.”

Miss Bunz was at the shelter for three months before being adopted. With time and plenty of patience, she became less afraid and now lives with free range of Chen’s house.

She also has a new bunny brother, Mango. 

She is also harness trained, so she can play beyond the house and garden. She’s become fairly famous, with profiles on the Dodo and the Daily Dot

“There’s a misconception that rabbits are low maintenance pets,” Chen said Monday. “By sharing Miss Bunz’s life and experiences, I hope to dispel that myth while at the same time, showing others that, with proper care, rabbits are intelligent and social animals.”

Tattoo artist offers free removal of hateful ink

An Iowa tattoo artist normally inks his clients. But he’s offering a new service to help people who have tattoos that they regret. 

Not an ex’s name, not just a badly drawn image, but Robert Bader’s going to offer people with racist images or designs with hate speech or gang activity free removal of those tattoos, the Quad-City Times reported.

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Bader, who owns The Crow’s Nest Tattoo Studio, says that while the ink may be permanent, the person’s viewpoints from when they have the tattoos done can change.

“A lot of people don’t have the means to get it removed or to travel to do that,” Bader told the Times. “We’ve had to turn them away.”

But not anymore. Bader’s added laser tattoo removal equipment to his business. He will now be able to offer free removals to anyone who wants to get rid of a tattoo that is related to gangs, hate speech or racism.

He told the paper that it is another step in removing hate from the world.

“It’s basically good versus evil,” Bader told the Times.

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