So many people wake up each day and face challenges that others may take for granted. These challenges include things as simple as bathing, dressing, and walking. Nike knows a thing or two about this, and decided to use the story of a boy with cerebral palsy to inspire.
Bill Bowerman, the college track coach who founded the iconic shoe company, actually suffered nerve damage. This came from inventing his shoes in a poorly ventilated workspace. His shoes are loved by everyone, but his mobility was limited by his creation. But a breakthrough of how we actually put on our shoes came about because of a young man with cerebral palsy. Matthew Walzer has the disease and it was nearly impossible for him to tie his shoes each day because of it.
This boy sent Nike a thoughtful letter, and they took what he said into consideration. Nike came up with a revolutionary new way to aid Matthew in living independently as he prepares for college. The design was very successful. Matthew was brought in to help create a production version and meet some of his fellow celebrity designers including his favorite basketball player, LeBron James! more >>
Australian surfing champion Mick Fanning narrowly escaped a brazen shark attack with some desperate punches during the final of the World Surf League's J-Bay Open competition in South Africa Sunday, and the frightening encounter played out on live television to a shocked audience.
Fanning, 34, had just begun paddling out to ride his first wave in the competition when the shark's ominous fin appeared next to him.
"I was just sitting there, I was just about to start moving and then I felt something grab … get stuck in my leg rope," Fanning told FoxSports. more >>
A Jewish Barron in Britain, who was rescued by Christians from his homeland of Austria during the Holocaust in 1938, says he has a favor to repay. He has established an effort to rescue over 2,000 Christians at risk of being killed by the Islamic State terrorist organization in Iraq and Syria.
Ninety-five-year-old Lord George Weidenfeld once faced very similar circumstances as Christians in Iraq and Syria — the possibility of being martyred simply for one's faith.
Fortunately for Weidenfeld, he benefited from a group of caring English Quakers and Plymouth Brethren who took it upon themselves to evacuate Weidenfeld and other Jewish children to the U.K. to ensure their safe escape from the grips of genocidal Nazi Germany. more >>
Throughout the country, college sports are a very big deal. Many of these college teams have massive fan bases that exceed even professional team rivals. Some even have good luck charms which they believe deep down inside helps them win. For this team, a very special girl helps lead them to victory every time!
Many teams will do anything they can to gain a winning edge. For the University of Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball team, their edge is an 18-year-old fan called Marlana VanHoose. This beautiful young girl was born with cerebral palsy and underdeveloped optic nerve that left her blind, but that hasn't stopped her from developing a love for the game. She had the opportunity to sing the national anthem at the Wildcat games, and the team is 4-0 in those games. She has brought luck and love to team she loves and it is amazing!
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A few months into his imprisonment in Iran three years ago, pastor Saeed Abedini had a dream that he was out of prison celebrating his daughter Rebecca's 9th birthday. Rebecca turns 9 "in a few months," according to his wife, Naghmeh Abedini, and she is now looking to God to move on behalf of her husband.
"He (Saeed) hopes that he will be here for Rebecca's 9th birthday. He mentioned to his father that the first few months of his imprisonment he'd been in solitary and he had a dream that he was here when Rebecca was not much older. He thought she was maybe 9. He had a dream about that and he's really hoping that he would be here before she turns 9. If he misses her 9th birthday, he would have missed four birthdays, pretty much half my kids' lifetime," said Naghmeh Abedini in a CBN news interview Thursday.
On Wednesday Naghmeh expressed her disappointment at the news that her husband and three other Americans would not be released as a part of President Barack Obama's much criticized nuclear deal with Iran, but publicly noted that it "makes sense." more >>
Children with disabilities have their resilience tested every day. Some go through their daily rituals without a single complaint, even though the challenges they face mean less time for fun and play. Then this wonderful campaign came along with an idea that is life changing for some kids.
The Umea Institute of Design in Sweden is transforming the daily struggles of what it's like being a kid with disability and turning it into this creative and fun experience. They aimed to have children who need prostheses become more involved in the designs from start to finish. These kids were given the ability to completely remake the current prosthetic limbs into something completely different.
Whatever he or she desires her hand to look like, they can make the vision a reality. That is simply amazing for these differently abled children. It allows them to have fun! more >>