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Thursday March 13, 2014    08:59 AM
Caiden Hooks is an awesome 10-year-old wrestler who happens to be blind.

He's also been diagnosed with autism, according to NBC4 Columbus, but instead of focusing on his own disabilities, he works to help others.

Along with his friend, Brandon Cannon, Caiden is raising money for autism awareness. Together, the boys have started a Facebook page called, "Wrestling Buddies for Autism Awareness."

Brandon, 9, has been by Caiden's side since he first saw him wrestle.

"I'm helping him so that he can become better at wrestling and just be known as a wrestler not just blind," Brandon told Fox 28.

"Being blind, it’s not actually bad. I can still get around and well ... I guess you could


Thursday March 13, 2014    08:58 AM
Dylan Siegel, 7, would do anything for a friend -- especially if that friend is his best one, 8-year-old Jonah Pournazarian.

The pair has been inseparable ever since they met in preschool, when Dylan learned that Jonah faces a rare battle their other classmates didn't -- glycogen storage disease, or GSD, according to LEX 18. The condition causes Jonah's blood sugar to drop to potentially fatal levels, forcing his parents to follow an inflexible, round-the-clock schedule of feeding Jonah through a stomach tube in order to keep his metabolism stable, according to ABC News.

GSD does not have a cure. And, to Dylan, that is unacceptable.

So, back in 2013, when he was 6 years old, Dylan w


Monday March 10, 2014    09:09 AM
Jean-Marie Minani gets to witness powerful emotional moments with the simple use of a mobile phone. Minani is helping reunite families with loved ones in a refugee camp in Democratic Republic of Congo by providing free phone calls. Thanks to the humanitarian effort facilitated by Vodafone, nine-year-old Nirere was able to speak to her mother for the first time since they were separated 15 months ago.

Minani manages four free humanitarian calling booths at the Mugunga Refuge Camp in Goma as part of the Instant Network program run by the Vodafone Foundation, the company's philanthropic arm. 17,000 displaced people in the camp have connected with friends and family with the free mobile calls


Sunday March 9, 2014    01:19 AM
Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas conta


Sunday March 9, 2014    01:29 AM
Ann Makosinski was just another teenager with another science project when she joined her local science fair in Victoria, Canada, last year. Her invention, a flashlight that is powered solely from hand heat, took second place at the competition.

Ann, 16, and her parents, both of whom are HAM radio operators and like to fiddle with electronics, were satisfied with that result.

"It's a very simple project," said Arthur Makosinski, Ann's father. "It has four electrical components. Let's move on and do something different."

But had Ann left her project in Victoria, situated just 25 miles north of Washington State, the world may have missed out on a light source that doesn't use batterie


Saturday March 8, 2014    11:25 PM
The first time, it happened almost by accident.

Just hours after delivery, a baby born with HIV in Mississippi was given high doses of three antiretroviral drugs. More than three years later, doctors say the little girl has no evidence of the life-threatening disease in her blood, despite being off medication for nearly two years.

Now doctors say another child born with the virus appears to be free of HIV after receiving similar treatment. The case report was presented at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston this week.

The girl was delivered at Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach, California, last summer to a mother with AIDS. Doctors gav


Saturday March 8, 2014    11:19 PM
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the passenger jet missing since early Saturday, may have changed course and turned back toward Kuala Lumpur, military officials said at a news conference Sunday.

But the pilot appears to have given no signal to authorities that he was turning around, the officials said, attributing the change of course to indications from radar data. The latest revelation added to the questions that have puzzled authorities since the Boeing 777-200ER, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, went missing while flying from the Malaysian capital to Beijing:

What happened to the plane? Why was no distress signal issued? Who exactly was aboard?


Saturday March 8, 2014    12:12 PM
Two sisters in Edmond, Oklahoma were having trouble sleeping, fraught with worry over whether their home was safe from crime. Their mother even began showing them the locked windows and doors each night and allowed them to sleep with baseball bat under the covers.

Then, Lt. Paul Barbour, on his night shift patrol for the local police department, took a few minutes to pen a hand-written note to the girls assuring them that "everything looked good" in their neighborhood. He taped the note to the door, having learned about the trouble from his wife, who was a friend of their mother.

The note did the trick, and the sisters, ages 9 and 11, are now sleeping with the lights off again.

“I f


Saturday March 8, 2014    12:08 PM
When 52-year-old Otis Orth got Amber, a golden retriever, for his birthday back in December, he didn't realize that his loyal companion would end up saving his life, the Alaska Dispatch reported.

Orth, who lives in a homestead in Trapper Creek, Alaska, took his snowmachine and Amber into town to get supplies on Sunday afternoon, according to KTNA. There was an unseen dip in the road which caused the machine to buck, and sent them flying almost 50 feet away.

Orth was barely able to move at all and had sunk so far into the snow that he couldn't be seen from the trail -- making it difficult for passersby to spot him. He and Amber spent the night in the snow, cuddling together for warmth.


Friday March 7, 2014    02:32 PM
The woman who drove her minivan into the Atlantic Ocean, endangering her three children until rescuers charged into the water to pull them out, has been charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder, authorities in Florida said Friday.

The woman, Ebony Wilkerson, 32, was also charged with three counts of aggravated child abuse, Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said.

As she steered into heavy surf, investigators said, she locked the doors of the minivan, rolled up the windows and told the children to close their eyes and go to sleep.

“You’re supposed to protect your children at all costs,” the sheriff said. “You’re not supposed to be trying to kill your children.”



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