Never Give Up

Soccer Prodigy Records His Best Comeback

Today’s ALGN post is about soccer…and yet, it is not about soccer.  Diane Sawyer’s “America Strong” used a great piece from ESPN about one of the top child soccer players in the U.S.  This young boy’s name is Chris Hegardt.  He was still 7 years old when it was discovered that he had 6 or 7 tumors in his liver.  The doctors were very concerned about the cancer that appeared to already be spreading quickly.  His dad told him that it was a great thing that soccer taught him to be such a tough competitor, because he was in for the toughest competition of his life.  He had major surgeries, including a liver transplant when he was nine that most assuredly saved his life.  But, through it all, even during chemo, amidst total hair loss and at his weakest point, he refused to give up his soccer.  Soccer was the one thing that kept him going.  So, his Mom would even get him out of school early so he could rest and be ready for practice.  Many times, he was too weak to finish soccer practice, but it didn’t matter.  He was out there with his team, doing what he loved most.  This story has a happy ending, too.  Not too long after his recovery, he was back on the field and led his team to the state soccer title, where he was named the MVP.    WOW!!  What an amazing young man.  His passion not only carried him through a very difficult time, but it helped give him the strength he needed to keep fighting during so many tough and lonely days.  May each of us find and constantly nurture our passion…and may it be something that leads us to do good along the way.

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Who Are YOU Thankful For Today??

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!  Today’s ALGN post is one that we found that we thought would be appropriate for Thanksgiving.  Although it is longer than our average videos, we hope you will watch it.  But, before you do, grab a kleenex or hanky!!  Today’s Thanksgiving video is the story of an elementary school teacher and how she ended up saving the life of a young boy who was heading down fast.  That little boy appreciated that teacher for the rest of his life and always let her know how thankful he was for her, sharing his greatest accomplishments with her.  The teacher (Miss Thompson) and the boy (Teddy Stallard) ended up forming a lifelong bond.  I don’t know if this story is true or not, but it easily could be.  And, as I watched it, it definitely got to me.  It made me think of the people in my life that I am thankful for — and it reminded me that I should let them know how thankful I am for them and for what they did for me in my life.  As you watch this video, stop and think what would have happened to Teddy if Miss Thompson had continued reacting to Teddy as she had at the start of the year.  It is scary to think of what the results could have easily been.  So, as you think about who you are thankful for, I would also encourage us to each think of the “Teddy’s” that are in our lives.  Who can we reach out to and be a “Miss Thompson” to, turning their lives completely around because we let them know that we care about them?  May you have your BEST Thanksgiving EVER today!!

Now…Go have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Hero Saves

Even Two Plane Crashes Can’t Stop This Young Man

It is fairly rare that you hear of someone surviving a plane crash.  Do you ever recall hearing about someone who has survived two plane crashes?  That is the case with high school senior, Austin Hatch.  In the first plane crash (back in 2003), he lost his mother, sister and brother.  Austin survived the crash.  So, did his father (who was the pilot) — although he came away with serious burns.  In the second plane crash (nearly 8 years later), Austin lost his father (again, serving as the pilot) and his stepmother.  In that plane crash, Austin suffered head trauma, broken ribs, a broken collarbone and a punctured a lung.  The doctors had to put him into a medically induced coma.  When he came to, he had no idea where he was or what day it was or anything.  It was just 10 days before that crash that Austin had committed to play for the University of Michigan.  nearly 2 1/2 years have passed since that day that he committed to play for Michigan and just last week, he was able to sign his letter of intent to play for them next year.  To me, that only says a lot about Austin, but makes me pretty impressed with the University of Michigan, as well.  It is great to see someone who has gone through so much (especially losing everyone he held most dear in his life) end up having good things happen to him.  And, I think it is ironic that he this young man has survived two separate plane crashes….because something tells me that he is really going to soar in his future!!

Now…Go have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Daisy — The Little Pup Who Believed!!

Today’s ALGN post is about a puppy named Daisy — a wonderful little pup that will be an inspiration to you.  It is our animal / pet post of the week and we hope this will be a great one for you to start your weekend off in a great way.  Daisy’s story starts off rather sad, but you’ll love the way it ends up.  This post is a photo and video montage with music and text to tell the story.  And, it is a great (and TRUE) story.  One morning, a young woman named Jolene was on her way to work when she saw something move on the side of the road.  She pulled over and found that it was a small, scared pup, who couldn’t really move.  Her heart broke for this little puppy. She carefully lifted it into her car to take it to the vet hospital.  The puppy couldn’t lift its head or even wag its tail.  At the hospital, X-rays revealed that this puppy (who they determined was about  about 5 months old) and that her spine had been broken for about a month.  Jolene decided that she wanted to adopt this poor little pup.  The doctors felt that they could fix the spine…and donations came pouring in from all around as people heard of the story.  You heart will soar as you see the results of the surgery.  The video shows this wonderful puppy’s progress at various stages following the surgery.  Although this video is about a puppy, it is a REMARKABLE story of never giving up, even when life has tossed you aside to be forgotten and die….and a story of just how much a little help can change the life of another!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

One Handed Player Gets Shot at College Basketball

I LOVE BASKETBALL!!  It was a love of mine all through my growing up years.  I even played four years of college basketball.  As a result, I know just how challenging of a sport basketball is.   For this reason, I took an even keener interest in this Good News story that was forwarded to us from Nicki F.  I think I would love it anyway, because of the great message it delivers.  But, being a basketball junkie during my growing up years, it made me even more impressed.  This story is about a young man by the name of Zach Hodskins.  He is one of the best high school basketball players in the state of Georgia this year.  That is quite an accomplishment.  He has done this with only one hand.  He was born without the other hand and he just never let himself consider any other option.  He grew up playing baseball, basketball and doing anything else he wanted to do, because he had parents who never said “you can’t”. They always told him that he could do anything he wanted.  He grew up with that belief…and now he is inspiring others — not only other people with disabilities.  He is inspiring ANYONE and EVERYONE who comes in contact with him.  I hope he has a FANTASTIC senior year and that more offers come his way!!  What an impressive young man!!  I hope this video inspires each of us to understand that there is more greatness inside of us and that we will work to develop it and become even better!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

James Ward — The Homeless Dreamer

James Ward is a dreamer.  More importantly, he is someone who works hard and goes after his dreams.  Today’s ALGN post is about James Ward – a young man who was homeless and ended up living in a shelter on skid row with his Mom and two younger siblings.  But, he had a dream — and he never let go of it. This young man is living proof that it doesn’t matter what happens to you.  Instead, what matters is how you respond to what happens to you!!  If anyone feels like the odds are against their success, watch this video from the Ellen show and be inspired to keep going after your dreams.  I hope that you will never let ANYONE steal your dream.  It’s yours for the making!!  As you will see in this video, James’ dream is what kept him going and working.  And, eventually, he had the right champion to help him reach his ‘impossible dream”.  James is a success story that is still in the making (as he is a Freshman in college now).  Later on in the Ellen show (in a separate video from today’s post), James told Ellen that he is going to work to make sure his younger siblings also get out of the mission where they are now and get to college and reach their dreams, too.  Ellen then gave him a $25,000 check and a $10,000 gift card (both from J.C. Penney).  Let’s hear it for the dreamers!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

James Ward Homeless dreamer

Meet Malala Yousafzai – Muslim Miracle Girl

You are going to want to learn more about Malala Yousafzai immediately after watching this piece by ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.  Malala is an amazing young (16 year old) Muslim girl who was the youngest nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.  Just last year, the Taliban attempted to murder her at point blank range as she sat on a school bus.  This happened because for a few years, she had been standing up for the rights for girls to get an education.  The Taliban had enough and decided that it was time to kill Malala, an innocent little unarmed girl.  This video doesn’t tell the story behind why she was shot and continues to be a target to this day.  But, it does focus on the miracle of how Malala survived.  You will see that God was watching over her in an amazing way.  What courage she had then, to say, “I am Malala” (the name of a book about her that just came out) and what courage she still shows today as she carries her message forward, fighting for the right for all girls to get an education.  This young woman is a HERO, indeed!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Meet Malala

A Tribute to the Fallen Heroes of 9/11

Today’s post for “ALittleGoodNews.com” is a music video paying tribute to the fallen heroes of 9/11.  I hesitated just a little bit, because I know that some may feel that this is “sad news”.  But, I feel compelled to show it anyway.  Where would our country be without the fallen heroes we have had in so many battles of our past?  These are men and women who are courageous enough to risk their lives (and, in fact, many times, GIVE their lives) for the benefit of others.  It is true that we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us and that is what makes us such a great nation. Our foundation continues to be strong because of these great fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.  I am thankful for all of them, but today, I want to especially pay tribute to those who did so on 9/11.  As the great majority of people were running away from the towers, these fallen heroes were rushing TOWARDS them to give aid in any and every way that they could!!  I love this country and one big reason is because of the character of so many heroes who are all around us.  They may not even know who they are.  Yet, when the time to stand and be counted comes, they are there, without giving a second thought.  This is one of those days where we should all take a moment to show our gratitude for the fallen heroes in our lives…and in our history!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

a tribute to the fallen heroes of 911

Real LIfe Hero Saves A Toddler’s Life

Watch as a security camera catches all the action when a hero saves a toddler’s life.  WOW!!  This man epitomizes everything that “ALittleGoodNews.com” is all about.  A terrified mother runs up to the counters at a supermarket with the lifeless body of her two year old little girl.  She doesn’t know what to do.  Watch as total strangers jump in and do what they can.  Even the toddler’s father, who comes rushing in when he hears about his daughter, can’t do anything.  However, there was an “Angel in Disguise” (in a blue tanktop, to be precise).  This hero saves a toddler’s life in a matter of a minute and a half (after minutes of no success by anyone prior to that).  Frankly, I think that every stranger in there who jumped in and tried are all heroes.  This video really does show you that there are a lot of very good people in the world!!  I’m sure that, after watching this video, not only will you have a better day today, you will also feel better about the world, overall (in spite of what you see on the news).  Yep….not many news stories could be better than when a hero saves a toddler’s life!!  ENJOY!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Real life hero

Athlete Takes Terrible Fall in Race…But, What Happens Next is the Important Part!!

One of my all-time favorite poems is called “The Race” (by Dee Groberg…look it up if you want an inspirational message separate from this post).  However, THIS race in today’s post has an incredible message, just in watching the race occur.  I consider this to be “Good News” because it should inspire us in our “own race of life”.  ENJOY!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Athlete takes terrible fall