Daymond John on why he went public with cancer diagnosis

The decision to go public with his thyroid cancer diagnosis was easy for Daymond John. “I wanted to talk about it because we often see people in the news, like my dear friend Big Ang, after it was too late,” John, 48, tells Us Weekly. Big Ang died in February 2016 after a battle with…

Australian iron ore magnate donates $300 million to charity

Iron ore mining magnate Andrew Forrest said Monday he was donating 400 million Australian dollars ($300 million) to charities in what has been described as a new record in Australian philanthropy. Forrest, the 55-year-old chairman of Fortescue Metal Group, and his wife, Nicola, announced the money will be spent on cancer research, Australian university research,…

Homeless veteran biking across country for charity 

Homeless veteran Harold Palmquist has traveled over 5,000 on his bike with his dog Daisy. Palmquist is raising money for Veterans and Their Pets. The group helped him keep his dog when he wasn’t allowed to bring her into a shelter. “They fostered my dog for me,” he said. “They kept us together, so she had her homeless shelter,…

Meet ‘The Mutants’: The students who wear their autism with pride

Between about 8:00am and 9:00am they amble into the classroom at Aquinas College, in the Melbourne suburb of Ringwood. Chris Varney, founder of the I CAN Network, greets each student as they arrive for their fortnightly mentoring session.By the time the class starts, about 15 Mutants have assembled. If you’re worried by the name, don’t…

Record gift from GameStop executive delivers big for Make-a-Wish 

Amy and Robert Lloyd have made a historic gift of $750,000 to Make-a-Wish North Texas, the largest single donation since the chapter was established in 1982. As executive vice president and chief financial officer of GameStop, Robert Lloyd also has encouraged the company’s longtime support of the charity, whose board he serves on. “Wishes are…

Inspiring Young Cancer Survivors Partake In Westwood’s PMC Kids Race

Many participants of the Westwood mini Pan-Mass Challenge had a personal reason for riding — they, or a loved one, have battled against cancer. “Today is all about people riding for people to earn money for people with cancer,” explained Allisa Freiberger, a young cancer survivor. Source: Inspiring Young Cancer Survivors Partake In Westwood’s PMC Kids…

Mother with cancer finds help for her daughter at Camp Kesem

Kellee Edwards sits on the front porch of her home in the Meadowthorpe neighborhood watching bicyclists and walkers power past. Because of her advanced cancer, she can only watch the people with powerful limbs and boundless energy soaring by. Her future is fuzzy. But she can plan for the future of her daughter, who is…

Boy raising funds, awareness for autism in honor of brother

In honor of his little brother, a local boy continues his efforts to raise funds and awareness for autism. This Saturday is the second annual Ryan’s Prayer of Hope and Healing for Autism Walk in Follansbee. 8th grader Jason Polgar started the organization to raise money for iPads with a communication app to help kids…

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! St. Jude cancer survivor beats odds to become a mom

Considering all she’s been through — an eight-year fight against cancer, her body shot through with toxic chemotherapy drugs and radiation — Tayde Cruz Dodds had no reason to think she’d ever be enjoying an afternoon spent bouncing her smiling, cooing, baby girl on her knee. “Uno, dos , tres — weeee!” the 37-year-old native of Mexico said as she played with…

Mom starts charity run to honor son lost to addiction

Two years ago, a mother and her son and daughter ran among nature at Anchor Park in Delray Beach. The trees, plants, and animals. And the peace. For Juliet Ciambrone, the run was more than these things. It was a moment shared with her son. “We had a wonderful experience that day,” she said.On Tuesday,…