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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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Good News: Grand Prize Miracle Maker

Our Miracle Makers are making a difference in the community!  The New Shine.FM is giving our grand prize Miracle Maker a Third Day Experience, including tickets to the Third Day show and meet and greet passes.  Read all about our Miracle Maker Denise below:

Denise Stewart (a wife and mother of 3) was diagnosed with Leukemia
about 6 weeks ago. While she has been at the hospital undergoing
intense chemotherapy treatments she has put together a blanket drive
for the other chemo patience and has put together a fund for a family
(Jacinto is a husband and father of 2 and has been battling Leukemia
for 6 years and is about to lose his job). The fund has raised over
$4,900 so far! God has been using her through so many different ways
and is such an inspiration to so many people!

 

To read more of Denise’s Leukemia story, her blog is
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/denisestewart5.

To donate to the Jacinto Fund you can go to
http://www.exchangedlivesministries.com/index.html.

Listen to the Good News Story here.

Boston Marathon Tragedy: How To Avoid Getting Scammed And Help For Real

It’s sad to think that in the wake of such tragedy, some Americans will use scams masked as charity for their personal gain.  In Lisa’s Home School, learn how to be aware of the many scams out there now.  Plus, find ways to give to honor the runners and victims through legitimate charities.

Listen to Lisa’s Home School here

 

 

Good News: Shine.FM Family’s Generosity

Thanks to Shine.FM listener Valentina for sharing her family’s good news story!  She wrote:

Shortly after Hurricane Sandy I heard about a group from the area that was going to travel out east and donate items to the victims. I read the information and thought my family could help. I started to gather items around our house that we had doubles of.  Then I went through my children’s clothes and chose some pieces to donate.

I have 3 children ages 20, 8 and 5. The morning before I was going to take the items to be donated, I explained to my two younger children what I was doing.  I asked them to donate some of their toys. I explained what happened and how there were children that, as a result of the hurricane, didn’t have toys. I had the car all packed and my 5 year old came to me with one last toy – her favorite stuffed chick named “Chicky.”

I thought maybe since she was only 5, she didn’t understand what I was doing and I said, “Oh Miriam, that’s Chicky!  She’s your favorite!”

She said, “I know mom, I want another little girl to have Chicky that doesn’t have toys.”

I was amazed that at such a young age she had enough compassion for another child that she wanted her to have her favorite toy.

As I got the items ready, I decided to include a picture of Miriam and I put Chicky in a gift bag.  I was told that Chicky would travel in front of the U-Haul, and that the driver would be sure that she was given to a little girl.

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Mini-Resolution No 25: Put Together A Care Package

Today’s mini-resolution is to put together a care package for a homeless person for the next time you see one.  This can include personal care items like a toothbrush and toothpaste, socks, hats, and gloves, or even a blanket to keep warm.  You might even want to include a restaurant gift card.