This Thoughtful Thursday, we are thankful for Alex and his strength to fight the evil villain, Leukemia, each and every day.
Most kids write to Santa Claus asking for toys; but not eight-year-old Ryan Suffern. He asked if Santa could stop the kids at school from bullying his fraternal twin sister, Amber. He also asked if Amber’s favorite band Big Time Rush could come to Amber’s birthday party.
Ryan’s mom Karen was so touched by her son’s letter that she shared it on her Facebook page. The letter went viral and the family was interviewed on Going Morning America. Little did they know that Big Time Rush was waiting to greet Amber as an early birthday present.
This Thoughtful Thursday we commend both Ryan and Amber for taking a stand against bullying.
We will never forget that day twelve years ago. The tragedy of 9/11 affected each of us in different ways, including the children that were born post 9/11. For 11-year-old Max Siepert, he wanted to honor the brave heroes, so he donated.
Two days after the twelfth anniversary, Max walked into the Greenfield Police Department in Milwaukee and anonymously gave his $10.03 savings to the clerk. He quickly walked out. Greenfield police wanted to thank this kind boy, so they reached out the community through social media to ask people to identify him. They were able to learn who he was through Facebook.
In an interview with Max, he said, “I was happy that I did what I did because one day it’s going to make a difference. Maybe not a really big difference but at least it’s something.” He went on to say, “If every person would do that, we would have such a great world. It would be awesome.”
This Thoughtful Thursday, we thank Max for his kind heart and his desire to honor the brave men, women, and children of 9/11. He hopes that his story will inspire others. We are positive that it will!
When Cieran Kelso was 13 months old, he contracted meningitis, which resulted in having to have both of his legs amputated. But that didn’t stop him from swimming. To help Cieran swim, his father made Cieran prosthetic swim flippers. When he first watched the movie “Dolphin’s Tale,” he identified with Winter, a dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap and was fitted with a prosthetic tail. It was his dream to one day swim with Winter.
On August 16, Cieran’s dream came true. He smiled as Winter performed tricks and frolicked around the large pool. In a recent interview, Cieran said he could have swam with her “for a million hours” if allowed, and “it was greater than great.” Besides her trainers and the actors from the film, Cieran is only the second person to have swum with her.
A quote from Dolphin’s Tale accurately describes how amazing they both are. “In this changing world, it’s harder than ever to find something extraordinary, but every once in a while a symbol of hope breaks through.” This Thoughtful Thursday is dedicated to both Cieran and Winter.
Kanye Ortiz, a nine-year-old who loves watching and playing football, did an unthinkable act of kindness for a stranger in early August. Kanye was given the opportunity to get a football signed by his favorite player of the Houston Texans, J.J Watt. Although he was excited to get the signature, Kanye saw a boy in a wheel chair that was having trouble getting to the field to get his ball signed. This boy was 15-year-old, Zuriel Sanchez, who suffers from spina bifida.
Kanye decided to do the right thing by giving his newly signed football to Zuriel. The 15-year-old boy was shocked by Kanye’s generosity. “If you do something nice for someone, it will help you later on, and it will help you later on in life,” said Kanye. This Thoughful Thursday, we applaud Kanye being a giving individual with a big heart.
Kyle Byrd, a five-year-old boy with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), had his wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America to play baseball with the Arizona Diamondbacks. During Kyle’s visit to Phoenix Chase Field, he received a personalized baseball practice with some of the Diamondback players, a tour of the clubhouse and partook in a team picture before their batting practice. To top off this special day, he threw out the first pitch for the Diamondbacks against the Colorado Rockies!
Both Kyle and his sister Laura have SMA Type II. They are bound to their motorized wheelchairs, but are able to move with a range of upper-body motions and breathe on their own. Despite having SMA Type II, their eager and positive attitudes have helped keep them strong and enjoy each and every day.
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This Thoughtful Thursday is dedicated to the Arizona Diamondback’s newest player, Kyle. American author H. Jackson Brown, Jr. once said, “Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” Kyle has proven that he will never let the odds keep him down. He is always ready to make his dreams come true.