Feel good story
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Author:  knuckles_95 [ Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:46 am ]
Post subject:  Feel good story

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The event - a foul-shooting contest for top academic students at Compton High School in Los Angeles - was created with a simple premise: Organizers wanted to show the kids at Compton how to create community spirit with college scholarship money as the incentive.

Allen Geui won in front of a packed house.
Following a tear-jerking gesture from the winner - it appears the true lessons learned were by the adults.

The kids in Compton are more than alright.

Three months after winning the $40,000 top prize, Allan Guei donated all of his winnings to the seven other finalists.

Guei, a star player on the basketball team who is headed to Cal-State Northridge on a full scholarship, said he felt the others could use the college cash more than he could. He wanted to give his classmates a chance to make their academic dreams come true, too.

"I've already been blessed so much and I know we're living with a bad economy, so I know this money can really help my classmates," he said in a release from the school. "It was the right decision."

One that stunned Court Crandall, the man behind the event.

"What he has done is exceptional, just like Allan," he said. "Like any young people, whether it's my kids or someone else's, you hope they are given opportunities to show what they can do. These Compton High grads have a lot of talent. They have a lot of drive, and I wish them all the best."

Crandall, a partner at the Southern California advertising firm WDCW and a hollywood screenwriter whose credits include "Old School," came up with the idea after watching his 16-year-old son play on a basketball team with some Compton students.

Crandall felt foul shooting was something that could unite a community regardless of racial divide. He felt doing it in Compton - a community battling an image problem - could help change those attitudes, too.

"I thought the free throw is a good metaphor in a world where there's a bunch of lines that are kind of dividing us," Crandall said afterward. "The focus became, how do we show the world another side of Compton, that's more positive, beyond the stereotypical guns and crime stuff."

The only requirement for the contest is that the students must have a GPA of 3.0 and above. After receiving nearly 100 applicants, eight contestants were chosen at random. The contest was held in March.

"My hope was that what started as a competition would become a collaboration with the kids supporting each other," Crandall told the L.A. Times. "They did, but in the end they did that to a much greater extent than I ever could have anticipated."

The students were filmed throughout the ordeal as part of a documentary that is scheduled to be released this fall.

One of the final scenes figures to be Compton principal Jesse Jones making the surprise announcement at the school's graduation in June.

"Allan is a great basketball player, but he is a better citizen than a basketball player," Jones said. "It's truly a blessing."

Even though Guei was a basketball star, Crandall allowed him to enter the contest to reward him for his academic efforts.

Guei would have been allowed to keep the money under NCAA rules. The other finalists, who will receive roughly $5,500, are thankful that he will not.

Donald Dotson, who also plans to attend Cal-State Northridge, said Guei is "a very deep, intelligent, and warm person."

Dotson figures his gesture will pay forward.

"He's going to go really far in life," he said. "Because of what he's done for us, God will bless him. That's what life is all about; stepping forward to help other people."

The irony in this story: Compton's boys basketball team advanced to the Southern Section Division 2AA title game last winter before losing . The team was done in by poor foul shooting.

Author:  chijohnaok [ Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Feel good story

Another feel good story: ... d12fbc913e

An infant did not have any hospital visitors for five months. So this nurse adopted her.

Liz Smith with her daughter Gisele, who was 9 months old when Smith brought her home from the hospital. (Carla Kath)

By Cathy Free April 3
Two years ago, Liz Smith, director of nursing at Franciscan Children’s hospital in Brighton, Mass., was headed toward the elevator at work when she saw her: a tiny girl with bright blue eyes and a single soft brown curl swept across her forehead.

“Who’s this beautiful angel?” Smith asked the nurse who was wheeling the infant down the hall. “Her name is Gisele,” the nurse told her. The infant, a ward of the state, had been at the hospital for five months, but Smith had never seen her before.

Smith learned that Gisele, then 8 months old, had been born premature at another hospital in July 2016, weighing just under 2 pounds. She had neonatal abstinence syndrome — a result of her birth mother using heroin, cocaine and methadone during pregnancy.

The state of Massachusetts took custody of Gisele when she was 3 months old and transferred her to Franciscan Children’s because her lungs needed specialized care, and she had a feeding tube. The baby did not have a single visitor in her five months at the hospital.

Social service workers were trying to place her in foster care.

"Gisele,” Smith told herself all the way home that evening. “Gisele.” It was at that moment, said Smith, that she knew: “I'm going to foster this baby. I'm going to be her mother.”

Life often interferes with well-planned intentions, and for Smith, who grew up in Andover, Mass., it was no different.

When she lost her mother at age 19 to liver cancer, Smith decided the best way to honor her was to live a good life and follow her selfless example.

"My mom was a pediatric nurse who always put others first,” recalled Smith, a middle child with two brothers and two sisters. “So I grew up wanting to be a nurse, too.”

She also wanted to nurture in a more personal way. For decades, Smith, now 45, always thought she would marry and raise a family as her mother had. After her parents divorced when she was 9, her mom put a lot of effort into keeping the house full of laughter and joy, Smith recalled.

When several of her siblings married and started to have children of their own, Smith said she naturally thought that she would one day do the same. But it didn’t happen.

“I never imagined becoming a mom would be a challenge,” she said. “It’s a desire you can try to push away and fill with other distractions, but it never goes away.”

As Smith threw herself into being “the world's greatest aunt” for her 13 nieces and nephews, her siblings picked up on her pain.

“I always pictured Liz as a mom, since she’s a nurturer by nature,” said one of her sisters, Elly Smith, 40, a homeland security analyst with three boys.

Liz Smith, who had hoped to conceive through in vitro fertilization, found out her health insurance wouldn’t cover the treatment, and she couldn’t afford it on her own. Her sister suggested adoption or fostering, but Smith didn’t want to consider it.

Then she saw Gisele.

"Since the moment I met her, there was something behind her striking blue eyes capturing my attention,” she said. “I felt that I needed to love this child and keep her safe.”

After putting in a request to foster Gisele, Smith went to the baby's hospital room every day after work to sit next to her crib and talk in a soft voice.

“She was behind developmentally, and I wanted to get her out of the hospital and get her thriving,” Smith recalled.

Three weeks later, in April 2017, when Gisele was 9 months old, she received permission to take Gisele home with the stipulation that every effort would be made by the state to reunite the infant with her birth parents.

Her friends at work threw her a baby shower and helped to set up a crib in her bedroom.

"Leaving the parking lot of the hospital with Gisele and a car full of baby stuff, I was in shock that it was happening,” said Smith.

She took two weeks off to settle into her new role.

"I was excited but nervous, realizing that I was committing everything I had to this child who might not be in my life forever,” she said.

Although Gisele’s birth parents were initially granted supervised weekly visits, ultimately the state determined that they were incapable of caring for the infant, and their parental rights were terminated. No other family members were found who were able to take the baby.

Smith was thrilled that she could apply to adopt Gisele, but she understood the sorrow of the situation for the birth mother and father.

“The day I got the call that their parental rights were terminated was very sad,” she said. “My gain was another’s loss. It’s a feeling difficult to describe when you are experiencing this life-changing moment that someone else is as well, in the opposite way. The bottom line is: It’s devastating for another family.”

With plenty of nurturing from Smith, her brother, Phil Smith, who lived with her at the time, and other trusted caregivers, the infant was soon meeting milestone after milestone.

By Halloween of 2017, when Gisele was 15 months old, she was walking, and she knew several words. “Her first word was ‘badoon,’ for balloon,” said Liz Smith. “Today, we still call it that.”

Then last year on Oct. 18, in a courtroom in Brockton, Mass., that was filled with family members, co-workers and friends, Liz Smith’s dream became official: A judge signed off on Gisele’s adoption and presented Liz Smith with legal documents certifying that she was now the girl’s mother.

Liz and Gisele Smith celebrate the day the adoption was made official. (Ashley Pizzuti)

“This is the mother-daughter relationship my sister has waited a long time for,” said Phil Smith, 44. “It’s plain to see that they have brought a completeness to each other.”

Although Gisele, who is now 2, still needs to use a supplemental feeding tube, said Liz Smith, her daughter now weighs 23 pounds and has an appreciation for cheese, avocados and pizza. She is also energetic, loving and often bursts spontaneously into song.

“Her new favorite song is ‘You Are My Sunshine,’ ” said Smith. “And every time she sings it, I think to myself, ‘You have no idea.’

Author:  C_S [ Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:12 pm ]
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Mum looks like she wants to take a bite...

The little girl has sharp canines doesn't she.

Rather frightening. They're vampires.

Author:  chijohnaok [ Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:21 pm ]
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C_S wrote:
Mum looks like she wants to take a bite...

The little girl has sharp canines doesn't she.

Rather frightening. They're vampires.

They’re outside on a bright sunny day, yet they have not gone up in smoke...not (ordinary) vampires. ;-)

Author:  C_S [ Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:33 pm ]
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Author:  Anthropoid [ Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:01 pm ]
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It is definitely a "feel good" story. Hopefully whatever impacts the kid suffers from being a crack baby are mild and short.

Author:  nero [ Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:26 am ]
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The Mueller report exonerates Trump for all wrong doing. Even the access hollywood pussy-grabbing tape was fake news.

Feel good. ;)

Author:  chijohnaok [ Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:13 pm ]
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nero wrote:
The Mueller report exonerates Trump for all wrong doing. Even the access hollywood pussy-grabbing tape was fake news.

Feel good. ;)


Author:  nero [ Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:16 pm ]
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chijohnaok wrote:
nero wrote:
The Mueller report exonerates Trump for all wrong doing. Even the access hollywood pussy-grabbing tape was fake news.

Feel good. ;)



Tule hyvä cacca, alä tule paska cacca, tule magna cacca. :lol:

Author:  jack t ripper [ Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:21 pm ]
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Look, Nemo, have you tried a stool softener? It might help your mood.

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