Britney Spears Raises $1 Million for the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation

Britney Spears is giving back in a major way for a cause near and dear to her heart!

The pop icon raised $1 MILLION with donations from her “Piece of Me” show ticket sales, all to be donated to the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. Using the funds, the foundation is opening up its Britney Spears Campus,  a 16,000 square-foot facility which will offer over 45 pediatric and adult services, this fall.

There are many things I’ve done in my career that I am proud of, but none more than this,” Britney revealed in a statement. “The fact that I was able to use my celebrity status to raise the money to build this incredible facility to help sick children and their families when they need it the most not only brings many tears to my eyes, but really brings tremendous meaning to this amazing journey that I have been on.”

Britney’s own Aunt Sandra passed away from cancer, so she knows firsthand the effects that this disease has on not only those who are battling it, but also their families. “I’m just glad that I can help in some small way. I want to thank the NCCF for the amazing work they do on a daily basis and I look forward to being there to officially open the Britney Spears Campus of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation in the fall,” the statement continued.

NCCF currently helps over 400 pediatric patients, survivors and their families in southern Nevada. Once it moves into this new building, the foundation’s healing arts services program, The Caring Place, will double in size and offer extended service hours.

It’s awesome that Britney used her major platform to be able to give back to NCCF. She’s definitely no stranger in giving back, but it’s always nice to read of what all she and other celebs are doing to help causes in this country and in the world!

New York Nun Offers Housing and Mentoring to Women Recently Released from Prison

One caring nun up in New York is helping women get readjusted to life after prison in a powerful way!

Sister Tesa Fitzgerald is the founder of Hour Children, a non-profit in Long Island City that provides housing, mentoring and job training for mothers recently released from behind bars. Since 1986, Sister Tesa has helped thousands of women (about 200 a year) to get their lives back on track through the program.

One mother, Stephanie Reis, knows the power of Sister Tesa’s work for herself. After Stephanie was released from prison after two years, Sister Tesa helped move her and her 2-year-old son, Major, into one of the nonprofit’s three apartment buildings, AND got Stephanie enrolled in college. Sister Tesa’s love made the difference in my life, as I know it did and does for many,” Stephanie revealed to PEOPLE. “There’s been no more stumbling through darkness to figure out which turn is right. Instead, a hand is extended and you’re embraced the entire way. I’m extremely grateful.”

Check our more of Sister Tesa’s work with Hour Children below!

The program has also helped women to be able to rebuild relationships with their kids who visit, with Sister Tesa and her team encouraging the moms to even take parenting classes. “Our guiding principle is that children who grow up with their moms have a better chance of becoming successful adults,” Sister Tesa said. “We’re all about second chances. More than anything, we want these women and their children to have dignity and hope.” That’s what it’s all about! 

Funded primarily through donations and sales from two Hour Store thrift shops, Hour Children also runs a food pantry and will soon be opening a teen center. Wow…Sister Tesa and her team are seriously busy! This nonprofit is so necessary, because often, ex-cons are written off without a second chance to come back and make a positive influence on their community. These women that take part in Hour Children have a real second chance to get things right, and this organization shows that there are people around who care enough to help them. I look forward to hearing more good things from them! 

Woman Starts Coffee Shop That Specifically Employs Adults with Mental Disabilities

Positive stories like this first thing in the morning really do make my day!

In Wilmington, NC, Amy Wright has gotten national attention for creating a coffee shop that employs people with mental disabilities! Not only is business booming, but Amy and her team are helping to shut down stereotypes at the same time.

Before the shop’s official opening in January 2016, Amy and her husband were shocked to discover that almost 70% of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities do not have jobs. Thinking of her own children, Beau and Bitty, who both have Down syndrome, Amy decided to take action.

She created Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, which now employs 40 people with disabilities, as well as two managers who have degrees in special education. “I realized it would be the perfect environment for bringing people together,” Amy told CNN of starting the shop. “Seeing the staff taking orders, serving coffee — they’d realize how capable they are.”

Check out more about the shop below!

The idea of this shop is so great to see because people can have preconceived notions about people with disabilities, like they all aren’t capable of doing things or having positive interactions with others, when they are! The interaction between customers and staff her at Bitty & Beau’s helps breaks that stereotype.  “Creating this has given people a way to interact with people with disabilities that [they] never had before,” Amy said. “This is a safe place where people can test the waters and realize how much more alike we are than different. And that’s what it’s all about.”

All the profits from the coffee shop go to Wright’s nonprofit, Able to Work USA, a nationwide initiative created specifically to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) find meaningful employment!

This was definitely really cool to see. If you’re in the Wilmington area or close by, you should check it out. Maybe one day I’ll get down there for a visit myself!

Father Bikes Over 1,400 Miles To Hear His Deceased Daughter’s Heartbeat

Five months ago, father Bill Conner had to do the unimaginable—say goodbye to his 20-year-old daughter Abbey. Abbey had passed away over winter break in Cancun, suffering irreversible brain injury after being found unconscious in a resort pool.

However, Abbey still lived on, as she donated her organs to give others life. One of those people included 21-year-old Loumouth Jack, Jr. who had a heart attack at his young age. His heart was going into failure…and then came Abbey’s heart. Overall, Abbey donated four organs, allowing four males, ages 20 to 60, to live. She also donated her eyes and other tissues.

Bill Conner Daughter Abbey Son Austin
Bill, Abbey, and his son Austin (GoFundMe)

So, in honor of Abbey, Bill decided to bike over 2,600 miles from his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the hospital that recovered Abbey’s organs for donation back in January. The center reached out to all of the recipients to see if they would like to meet Abbey’s father while he was on the journey. However, only Loumonth responded.

On May 22, Bill took off on his bike for a cross-country ride, riding 1,400 to meet Loumonth in Baton Rouge, LA and hear his daughter’s heartbeat. The touching moment had my big crybaby self SOBBING!

Watch the two meet below…

Abbey may have passed on, but her selfless sacrifice will never be forgotten!

LOL: YouTuber Khadi Don Remixes Eminem’s “Stan” For Beyoncé

This was definitely a much needed laugh this morning!

As most of us normal people do, I LOVE Beyoncé and consider myself a member of the BeyHive, though more on the chill side! There are definitely different levels to being a fan and a full fledged member of the Hive. Well, YouTuber Khadi Don took her standom to a whole other level. She did a special dedication to Queen B, putting her own spin on Eminem‘s “Stan.” Which, if you’ve ever heard the song or seen the video, is about this crazy dude who goes off for Em HARD.

In this cover, so does Khadi, who’s a little bothered that she didn’t get an invite to Bey’s recent delivery of her twins, because they’re supposed to be besties! The girl got her hair dyed blonde like Bey’s, tweets and writes to the woman regularly, and even has two goldfish named Blue and Ivy. I CANNOT!

Watch below!

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