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A 6-Year-Old Boy Writes A Book To Help His Sick Friend

I have an inspiring story about friendship to share with you today.

Dylan Siegel is 6 years old.  His best friend is Jonah Pournazarian, who is 7. Jonah has been diagnosed with glycogen storage disease type 1B , a rare liver disorder that doesn’t have a cure.

So Dylan decided to raise money for research to help his friend. Late last fall, he came up with a plan and approached his parents.

According to ABC News.com, David Siegel, Dylan’s dad, said he told his son “Let’s do a lemonade stand, the typical thing.  He looked at us and said, ‘I want to write a book.”

After just two months on the market, sales of the handwritten and illustrated book and accompanying chocolate bars had raised over $30,000.

Dylan’s goal is to raise $1 million dollars.

The 16-page book is entitled “Chocolate Bar,” using the term to mean “cool.” The book starts out, “Disneyland is so chocolate bar.”  And the ending?  Dylan writes “I like to help my friends. That is the biggest chocolate bar.”

Whole Foods has donated hundreds of chocolate bars.  A local Barnes & Noble bookstore hosted a book signing that drew 200 people.  People from states including have donated money to the cause via Facebook and a website.

By the way, Jonah’s genetic condition afflicts one in a million children, his father said. Most days all he eats is cornstarch mixed with chicken soup with vegetables that his mother makes and feeds him through a tube.

The money from the fund and book and chocolate sales have been sent to the University of Florida School of Medicine in Gainsville where research is taking place under Dr. David Weinstein, who is working with 200 families.

To learn more about the story and visit Dylan’s website, go to chocolatebarbook.com.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Random Blessing Weekend

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons and Friday February 1st is our next Drive-Thru Difference here at the New Shine.FM.  But you don’t have to wait until then to randomly bless someone….you can start this weekend.  Maybe you have a story of how you blessed someone, or maybe how someone blessed you?  Would you share it with me this afternoon? Thanks!

Mini-Resolution No. 15 – Look For A Need You Can Meet Today

Big or small, be on the lookout today for someone who can use a helping hand.  At work, in the grocery store, or even in your neighborhood, if you see a need, step in!

Good News Story: Finding A Job…When You Least Expect It

A woman named Emily had to quit her job because of health problems.  Emily was collecting disability but wanted to get a part-time job to make ends meet. She kept applying and interviewing with no luck.  She was really discouraged, so she started performing random acts of kindness to make herself feel better. Then, one day, one of her random acts started a ripple effect.  Read about it here!

Mini-Resolution No. 14 – Donate to a Good Cause

There are so many ministries and organizations doing great work in our community.  Pick one and donate!  It doesn’t even have to be money.  Lots of organizations are looking for everything from books to canned food items to clothing.  Check out your favorite charity’s website for their list of needs and give today!

Mini-Resolution No. 13 – Write A Handwritten Note and Give It To Someone You Love

Today’s mini-resolutions is to write a handwritten note for someone you love!  When’s the last time you popped a love note in your kids’ lunches, or sent a note to a friend just to say hi?  Today’s the day!

Mini-Resolution No. 12 – Perform A Random Act of Kindness

Pay it forward. Pass it on. “Do unto others…” Today’s challenge is to simply perform a random act of kindness. Need some ideas? Here are some.

Be sure to tell us how it went below!

Kurt, Rob & Lisa

Mini-Resolution No. 11 – Sign Up To Volunteer For Your Favorite Ministry

Hey, it’s Kurt, Rob & Lisa from Shine Mornings encouraging you to continue with us on this 30 day challenge to kick off 2013. Today, our challenge is to sign up to volunteer for your favorite ministry. Some that we at the New Shine.FM really believe in are Shepherd Community Center, Wheeler Mission, Outreach Inc., Team World Vision and Bethany Christian Services.  Here is another great website the will give places to volunteer in your area.

Don’t forget to tell us your volunteer story below!

Good News Story: Joy Jars

Jessica Rees was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 11, and she and her parents would drive to the hospital every day to receive outpatient treatment.  What she did for other kids going through similiar trials is our Good News Story today!

Good News Story: Expecting Mom Gets A Surprise Gift!

A random act of kindness by a restaurant helped brighten an expecting mom’s day. Read more about it here.