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High School Student Helps Woman Deliver Baby On BusA Minnesota mother welcomed her baby boy into the world thanks to some help from a group of strangers on a city bus. High school senior Jane Mulcahy was on the bus to Highland Park when the woman went into labor. "It was really painful, but I didn’t want anybody to know because there was a lot of people in the bus." "She says 'The baby is coming!'… and I didn’t think she really meant that." Michelle Agyei did mean it though! Minutes later, her baby was on the way. "She had been having contractions maybe like two minutes, and then within about 30 seconds, the baby was born." "We started hearing the sirens and the baby was crying and breathing so we figured it was probably going to be ok." Baby Andrew made his surprise debut weighing in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces. "I thank them for what they did for me yesterday. I really thank them."
Singing Samoans Battle Wildfires, Lift Spirits In CaliforniaA group of firefighters from American Samoa is bringing hope to California through their singing as they battle wildfires. The National Park Service’s Samoa 61 Fire Crew has traveled nearly 5,000 miles to help save the land and lift spirits. "Everyone always asks 'where is American Samoa?' and we're like 'it's just a little dot on the equator.'" "It’s a church song and it’s just something that’s part of our culture. Our belief in God is very strong." Wyberski and the men he calls his "brothers" say they just want to help. Other firefighters say the positivity the Samoans bring makes things better for everyone. "These guys have so much energy that people just want to be part of it."
High School Student Helps Woman Deliver Baby On BusA Minnesota mother welcomed her baby boy into the world thanks to some help from a group of strangers on a city bus. High school senior Jane Mulcahy was on the bus to Highland Park when the woman went into labor. "It was really painful, but I didn’t want anybody to know because there was a lot of people in the bus." "She says 'The baby is coming!'… and I didn’t think she really meant that." Michelle Agyei did mean it though! Minutes later, her baby was on the way. "She had been having contractions maybe like two minutes, and then within about 30 seconds, the baby was born." "We started hearing the sirens and the baby was crying and breathing so we figured it was probably going to be ok." Baby Andrew made his surprise debut weighing in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces. "I thank them for what they did for me yesterday. I really thank them."
16-Year-Old Girl Beating The Boys At Bull RidingA 16-year-old girl in Minnesota is showing all the boys how it's done in the male-dominated sport of bull riding. Laurel Andol usually competes in barrel racing, but asked her father if she could try jumping on a bull last year. "Wasn’t thinking, I just rode it. Then when I hopped off I was like, 'I’ve got to do this again.'" "After about 12 seconds we started yelling at her to get off because you're only supposed to ride them for 8." "Announcer: Here's Laurel Andol. This is the cowgirl. Look at the cowgirl! Even since then, she's just been hooked." Laurel is the real deal. She's won five out of six competitions this year. The teen hopes her success encourages other girls to try the sport. "Don't let the fear stop you. Just let it push you towards being like that. And just go out there and do it. Get'er done."
Father With 3 Jobs Surprises Daughter With Dream DressA Pennsylvania dad working three jobs to pay the bills has gone viral after surprising his daughter with her dream dress. Nevaeha Smith found the perfect dress for her eighth grade formal. The problem was its $200 price tag. Her dad, Ricky Smith, works at Circle K, Popeye’s, and McDonald’s. He was determined to come through and decided to surprise Nevaeha with a video at his job. "I told her that her grandmother bought it for her. She said, 'Oh ok, is it a two-piece?' and I was like 'I don't know.'" "I was like, 'Oh my God! This is the dress! This is the dress I wanted!'" The 14-year-old had a blast at the eighth grade dance. The emotional video has been viewed almost 13 million times.
Police Officers Go Viral With Taylor Swift Tribute VideoA Pennsylvania police department is reaching out to the community by channeling their inner pop star. The Connellsville Police Department put their lip syncing and dance moves to the test as they performed Taylor Swift’s hit song, “Look What You Made Me Do.” "Me and Detective Patton will be at the Taylor Swift concert on 8-7-18, if she's listening! Hopefully if she needs any backup dancers, we’ll be there." The officers owe their slick moves to Premier Dance Center, who choreographed the viral video. The Taylor Swift tribute has already been viewed over 200,000 times since being posted on Facebook. Connellsville's mayor says residents kept asking for their officers to join in on the nationwide fad. "It feels good because it’s all positive. It shows us in a light maybe some people don’t see."
Child Who Survived Cancer Uses Her Art To Help Sick KidsAn 11-year-old in Texas is using her artwork to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer research.Sadie Keller didn't choose this cause at random. Sadie was diagnosed with Leukemia when she was seven. "This was a picture of me laying down on a hospital bed." Before turning to painting, Sadie found different ways to help other children with their cancer treatment. Sadie started with home videos meant to cheer up fellow patients. As her condition improved, she started a foundation to collect toys for cancer patients at Christmas. Sadie then went to the White House after successfully lobbying for new childhood cancer legislation. "I wanted to take my treatment and turn it into something that would help other kids."
Teen Who Lost Dad Gets Special Surprise From Local Fire DepartmentA New York teen coping with the loss of her father received an amazing surprise from the firefighters he served with. John Pouletsos served the Terryville Fire Department for 50 years. He died of a heart attack in March, just a few months shy of his daughter Cara’s senior prom. "He was like, 'Oh no, I want to come out, I want to take a picture of you in the dress,' when I wasn’t even sure what dress I was getting." Pouletsos' former coworkers made sure they got that picture for the late fire commissioner. "I don’t think she knew what was going on at first, and then we all settled in, and she was just overwhelmed." Two days later, Cara graduated from Comsewogue High School and an even bigger crew from the fire department showed up to cheer on the teen. "He was there with me. I didn’t feel like I needed to cry, because I felt like with all of them there, that he was there with me."
Vegas Shooting Survivors Welcome Baby GirlA California couple who survived last year's massacre in Las Vegas is thanking their newborn baby for saving their lives that night. Kami Biorkman and her husband Elijah just found out she was three weeks pregnant before heading to the Route 91 Music Festival in October. A decision to move away from the crowded stage to protect their baby saved their lives. "If I wasn’t pregnant we wouldn't have moved. We would have just toughed it out and dealt with the drinking, the marijuana, and the cigar smoke." The couple says they sadly learned that a woman they met by the stage was one of 59 people fatally shot that night. "I think that’s just what we’ll tell her is simply that she saved us.If I hadn’t been pregnant with her, we might not be here, and that I think that's kind of cool that a 3-week-old embryo can do that."
Third Grader Gets 3D-Printed Prosthetic ArmA Staten Island third grader is finally able to shake hands thanks to his new prosthetic arm made entirely with a 3-D printer. The expression on 9-year-old Jeremy Seacott’s face said it all, and just a few weeks after getting his first prosthetic arm he’s mastering the little things like picking something up off a table, or even shaking someone’s hand. “Just doing things that we take for granted I think was really cool,” mom Janet told CBS2. Jeremy was born missing part of his right arm. While he has no trouble showing off his favorite dance moves without it, he says the new addition has made life a little better. “I feel like I just got an upgrade,” Janet says that upgrade came courtesy of Michael Perina. He owns Assembyl 3-D Printing on Staten Island and partnered with e-Nable, an organization which connects volunteers using 3-D printers with people who need prostheses and provides the blueprints for making them. “It’s my favorite project that I’ve ever done,” Perina said. Printing out all of the parts for Jeremy’s new arm took about 20 hours. The third grader ended up with not one but two of them, one of which was custom painted to match his skin tone. The other is modeled after his favorite Transformers character — Optimus Prime. The prostheses were provided free of charge, and Perina says more will soon be in the works. “It’s wonderful that he has such an amazing heart and is able to do this and able to help other people,” Janet said.
Mother’s Dying Wish To See Daughter Graduate FulfilledA high school senior in New York had an early graduation ceremony in order to fulfill her mother's dying wish. Elizabeth De Leon battled colon cancer had an early graduation ceremony in order to fulfill her mother's dying wish. I would always tell her that I won’t get my cap and gown until the day of graduation and she always thought that was really stupid, but I now know that she wanted to see me in my cap and gown. I was able to get into the school over the weekend, with the help of my secretary. Retrieve her diploma, get a cap and gown, and bring it up to the hospital. Graduation is a tremendous accomplishment. She was happy, and me and Cassidy told her 'mom, it’s okay. You can go now.' Elizabeth De Leon passed away just hours after the special ceremony.
Teen Conquers Disability, Walks Across Graduation StageA WHEELCHAIR-BOUND COLORADO TEEN FULFILLED HIS DREAM TO WALK ACROSS THE STAGE AT HIS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. DESPITE HIS CONDITION, CARSON BECAME MANAGER OF CHATFIELD HIGH'S FOOTBALL TEAM AND SET AN AMBITIOUS GOAL FOR SENIOR YEAR. My goal was to walk across the stage at graduation because I think I can do anything when I set my mind to it. FOR TWO YEARS, CARSON WORKED WITH PHYSICAL THERAPIST HANK SCHWARTZE TO BUILD MUSCLES HE HAD NEVER USED BEFORE. IN 2017, THE WORK PAID OFF AS CARSON TOOK HIS FIRST STEPS ON HIS OWN. He's putting in hundreds of hours of time, for him to only walk 50 feet. THIS SPRING, CARSON RECEIVED HIS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA IN FRONT OF A CHEERING CROWD. HE SAYS HE HOPES HIS JOURNEY INSPIRES OTHERS. If you want a goal, work at that goal. It may take you 15 years, at some point you will do it.
Family Heirloom Lost In Hawaii Found 50 Years LaterA FAMILY HEIRLOOM LOST OVER 50 YEARS AGO HAS BEEN RETURNED TO ITS OWNER THANKS TO A KINDHEARTED DIVER AND SOCIAL MEDIA. ALEXANDER "SANDY" MORISON WAS SURFING IN HAWAII IN 1966 WHEN HE RAN INTO A BOAT. I dove off my board, he hit my board, he kind a hit my shoulder and I tumbled around under the water and I came up and the cross was gone. THE GOLD CROSS FROM 1932 HAD BELONGED TO SANDY'S FATHER, WHO PASSED AWAY WHEN SANDY WAS FOUR. IT WASN'T SEEN AGAIN UNTIL MORISON GOT A MESSAGE ON FACEBOOK SAYING A DIVER IN WAIKIKI FOUND IT. JON ABILA FOUND THE HEIRLOOM IN SOME CORAL ON THE OCEAN FLOOR, IN THE SAME PLACE IT FELL 50 YEARS AGO. I felt like somebody earned it and I wanted to get it to the rightful owner. I feel absolutely blessed. I'm so humbled. A GROUP ON FACEBOOK RAISED MONEY TO HELP SANDY FLY FROM CALIFORNIA TO HAWAII AND THANK JON IN PERSON.
‘Role Model’ Worker In Need Of Bike Gets A Whole Lot MoreA MINNESOTA MAN WITH A DISABILITY HAS A NEW BIKE THANKS TO THE SHOPPERS HE HELPS EVERY DAY AT WORK. PAUL PYYKKONEN CAN'T READ OR DRIVE. HE IS FORCED TO BIKE TO HIS JOB AT MENARDS HOME IMPROVEMENT CENTER. He said he needed a new bike and he was going to go start looking for a new one, so I figured it’s time to step in and do something about that. A GOFUNDME PAGE SET OUT TO RAISE $500. IN JUST A FEW DAYS, OVER $25,000 WAS DONATED FOR PAUL. Overwhelmed and excited that there were people out there that cared so much about me. THE FUNDRAISER COLLECTED ENOUGH TO BUY TWO BIKES AND HELP PAUL AND HIS WIFE, WHO IS ALSO DISABLED, RENOVATE THEIR HOME. I want to say thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.
Photo Of Good Samaritan Helping Man With Math Goes ViralA WOMAN'S FACEBOOK PHOTO HAS GONE VIRAL AFTER SHE SPOTTED A MAN HELPING A STRANGER TO LEARN MATH. DENISE WILSON WAS ON A NEW YORK SUBWAY WHEN SHE SAW THE TWO MEN GOING OVER A CHILD'S MATH PROBLEMS. He was just telling a guy, 'I’m in my 40s and all of this is new to me, so I’ve got to re-learn this to teach my son because he failed a math test.' It’s been around 30 years I would say since I did fractions. THE HEARTWARMING DEED HAS BEEN SHARED OVER 40,000 TIMES ON FACEBOOK. MR. SIMMONS DIDN'T GET THE MAN'S NAME, BUT WAS GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP AND THE SPECIAL LESSON HE COULD SHARE WITH HIS SON. You need help sometimes and you shouldn’t want to bite your tongue, to not ask for the help. So don’t feel shy to ask someone for help, it’s OK.
One Of The TSA’s First Screening Dogs Is RetiringA VETERAN TSA SCREENING DOG GOT A HERO'S SENDOFF IN ILLINOIS AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF SERVICE. LACY RETIRED FROM HER JOB AT MIDWAY AIRPORT. SHE'S SCREENED OVER ONE MILLION FLYERS IN HER CAREER. THE BLACK LAB WAS IN THE FIRST GRADUATING CLASS FOR SCREENING DOGS AT AUBURN UNIVERSITY IN 2011. SHE'S BEEN WORKING IN CHICAGO AIRPORTS EVER SINCE. LACY AND HER HANDLER DIANA KREMER LUCKILY NEVER FOUND WHAT THE DOG WAS TRAINED TO SNIFF OUT: EXPLOSIVES That's a good thing. It's positive and also serves as a deterrent. When folks see that we have a canine out front they're gonna think twice. LACY NOW GETS TO TAKE OFF HER "DO NOT PET" VEST AND ENJOY RETIREMENT LIVING WITH DIANA AND HER NEW TSA SCREENING DOG. She enjoys being on a treadmill. She can play with the kids and have all the toys that she wants.
Officer Injured In Vegas Shooting Gets Surprise GiftA POLICE OFFICER SHOT IN THE HEAD DURING THE 2017 LAS VEGAS MASSACRE HAS BEEN GIVEN A NEW CAR TO HELP WITH HIS ROAD TO RECOVERY. MICHAEL GRACIA WAS AT A PARTY IN HONOR OF HIS PARTICIPATION IN A CHARITY RACE, JUST SIX MONTHS AFTER THE MASS SHOOTING. BUT HIS FAMILY AND THE ONTARIO POLICE DEPT. SURPRISED GRACIA WITH THE CAR, MAKING HIS TRIPS TO PHYSICAL THERAPY EASIER. Michael just started driving recently, and it will give him some freedom to go to and from his speech therapy appointments on his own. It’s been a hard, long road — a long road ahead of me. So it’s everything to me. Thank you. THE CALIFORNIA OFFICER'S CO-WORKERS SAY THEY'RE MOVED BY HOW HARD HE'S WORKING TO GET BACK ON DUTY. When people put this badge on, it changes their life and he wants to continue to change lives out there in a positive way, so we’re gonna support him and welcome him back.
Man's Kidney Donated To Friend In Need After His Death2 FAMILIES IN PENNSYLVANIA HAVE BEEN LINKED FOREVER AFTER A FATHER DONATED HIS LATE SON'S KIDNEY TO HIS CHILD'S BEST FRIEND. RYAN MINETT WAS KILLED BY A DRUNK DRIVER. HIS GRIEVING FATHER REMEMBERED RYAN'S FRIEND HAD A RARE DISEASE AND NEEDED A TRANSPLANT. We sat there talking and it just clicked. I’m like, ‘His buddy needs a kidney.’ Truly amazing, the most difficult decision of your life, and you’re thinking of your neighbor, you’re thinking of a kid who’s in need. ANDREW DIETZ SUCCESSFULLY HAD RYAN'S KIDNEY TRANSPLANTED. MR. DIETZ SAYS THE NEIGHBORS WILL SHARE THIS BOND FOREVER. Every day, when he gets to come outside, he gets to see Drew and he gets to see his son Ryan live on through Drew. Every time I see him, I’m going to see part of my son. I just couldn’t believe how everything worked out.
Make-A-Wish Kid Now A Doctor In The Hospital That Treated HerA MAKE-A-WISH KID WHO WAS TREATED FOR CANCER IN MINNESOTA HAS RETURNED TO THE SAME HOSPITAL, BUT THIS TIME SHE'S THE DOCTOR. DR. JEN PRATT WENT TO CHILDREN'S ST. PAUL OVER 20 YEARS AGO FOR BONE CANCER TREATMENT. I had about a year of chemotherapy and surgery to remove the tumor in my leg and during that experience I was introduced to Make-A-Wish. DR. PRATT WAS 11 WHEN MAKE-A-WISH SENT HER TO DISNEY. AFTER THE TRIP, JEN KNEW WHAT SHE WANTED TO DO WHEN SHE GREW UP. I wanted to give back and support other families the way that we felt so supported. From that point on I knew that I wanted to go into medicine. DR. PRATT NOW WORKS WITH SOME OF THE SAME NURSES THAT TOOK CARE OF HER. SHE PLANS TO VOLUNTEER WITH MAKE-A-WISH THIS FALL.

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