Mark Hoyle, aka LadBaby, recently shared a video of a surprise he had for his family. He has promised his now 4-year-old that he was going to bring him a Happy Meal from McDonald’s for his birthday this past week. However, since COVID-19 hit, all McDonald’s (like most operations across the world) in the UK are closed. Sadly, he had to explain to the young boy that they couldn’t go right now. However, he came up with the greatest plan to “hack” McDonald’s for his son. Continue reading “LOL: Vlogger LadBaby “Hacks” McDonald’s For His Son During Coronavirus Quarantine”→
I really needed some good news today. This story is several that did it for me.
Dr. Robert Parry is a pediatric surgeon at the Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio. He regularly performs surgeries on children going through a variety of health problems, which can be overwhelming and traumatizing for kids and their families. However, he’s managed to turn a stressful situation into a happier occasion by using one of his other talents to make a recovering kid smile.
Dr. Parry regularly draws cartoon characters by hand on the bandages for these kids after their surgeries are over! The surgeon told InsideEdition.com that he was inspired to draw by his mother, an art historian and amateur artist, and finds it to be a small escape from reality. “I have a little bit of downtime, but I don’t want to leave the room until I know the kid is OK, so it just fills that time in perfectly,” Dr. Parry said. “It’s fun for everyone, and it’s selfishly fun for me. I love doing it. I love the reactions of the kids and parents and the staff.”
Mom Heather Vincent was surprised to see a picture of Buzz Lightyear on her son Jackson’s belly after surgery to treat his high-risk neuroblastoma, with which Jackson was diagnosed when he was just 2 years old. She smiled at the idea, knowing how happy Jackson would be to see his favorite character when he woke up. “It was awesome,” seven-year-old Jackson said excitedly.
Over the years, Dr. Parry has drawn over 10,000 bandages in his career and is still going! He loves the thought of kids finding beauty in the midst of a hard situation. “Kids are incredibly resilient; they’re strong and they can still enjoy beautiful things, even when some stuff around them really isn’t that great,” he shared. “Children are just eternally optimistic. They’re just born that way. Things can be 90% bad in their lives and 10% good, and kids go to the 10% good. For the selfish side of me, it’s good to be around that optimism.”
This really made me smile. Something so small means so much to these kids and their families, especially with all that they’re going through. Check out more of Dr. Parry’s artwork in the clip below!
Non-profit organization USA Patriots is working to have a positive impact on kids with limb differences with a special summer camp!
Formerly known as the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST), USA Patriots work to bring athletic and veteran amputees together to promote the benefits of inclusive sport and therapeutic recreational activities. This softball team is comprised of veterans who’ve lost limbs in combat and non-combat-related injuries and it travels around the U.S., competing against able-bodied teams. Their mission now trickles over to children with a week-long camp for disabled kids all over the country.
The camp accepts children ages 8 to 12 and is hosted at Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach. The USA Patriots pays for all the expenses for each child and one guardian. During the camp, these kids are able to play softball and connect with wounded veterans who have gone through trauma like them. As they learn the sport, these kids are finding confidence in themselves and their physical abilities again.
“We wanna show you we got knocked down, but we got right back up,” Josh Wege, one of the veterans involved, told Inside Edition.com. Josh lost his legs in Afghanistan after the car he was in hit an IED (improvised explosive device). However, he refuses to let that stop him from competing with his team or living life. “I don’t put on socks and shoes in the morning,” he said. “I strap legs onto my body to be able to walk. So life taught me perspective. My injury taught me perspective. And I can share that with anyone else that comes out.”