Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day: Ten-year-old Elijah Porter was ecstatic when Canada’s 4x100m relay team won bronze in London.
Then the team was disqualified for running outside the lane, and Elijah, devastated, wanted to help ease the pain for runners Justyn Warner, Gavin Smellie, Jared Connaughton, and Oluseyi Smith.
So he sent them a letter:
Dear Justyn, Gavin, Jarred [sic], and Oluseyi,
I’m Elijah Porter. I’m ten and I live in Newfoundland, Canada. When I heard what happened on Aug. 11, I knew it was wrong. The rules were not right. But, at last, I realized how good you were. We’re Canadians. We persevere. We create better lives for each other. The cold didn’t stop us from living in the north. We didn’t lose the War of 1812. We adapt and survive. We have earned our freedom. Someday, if I become a biologist, if I get rich, and, if I remember, I will donate money to the summer and winter Canadian Olympians. I hope you like the medal!
Elijah included with the letter his medal from a soccer clinic sponsored by Tim Hortons.
June 14, 2012 - NBA Finals Game 2: Miami Heat at Oklahoma City Thunder.
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Two of the best!
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June 6, 2012 - Western Conference Finals Game 6: San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder.
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Yearbook Quote of the Day: Eight high school seniors with the last name Nguyen joined forces to bring us the year’s best yearbook quote:
We know what you’re thinking, and no, we’re not related!
OMG! Adorbz of the Day: Sage is 14 months old and loves dogs. He has no idea these are actually baby goats.
Heartbreaking Tearjerker of the Day: Ryan Kennedy was diagnosed with ependymoma, a rare form of brain cancer, in 2007, when he was 4. Now Ryan, at 9, is living out the most adult decision a person can make — he quit all his cancer treatments and chose to die at home.
Ryan’s disease attacks the central nervous system, and caused him to walk into walls and vomit frequently. Since his diagnosis, his treatments have included four rounds of chemotherapy, two bouts of radiation, and seven surgeries. Ryan’s most recent operation, last August, left the right side of Ryan’s face paralyzed, and that’s when he decided to wave the white flag.
When doctors proposed another surgery in February, Ryan refused, telling his parents with certainty, “I’m done with this.” He just wanted to “live the rest of his life.”
Ryan’s final wish was to go swimming, so the whole family took a vacation. Now Ryan is spending his last days at home in hospice care. He has almost died — twice — and he’s shared tearful goodbyes with his brother and sister.
Ryan’s 10th birthday is May 24, but doctors don’t expect him to live that long.
Olympics Preview of the Day: The countdown to the start of the Olympics has officially begun, what with the Olympic torch on its way to London, and Nike’s new cutting-edge track and field unis making the rounds…
About those oddly dimpled track suits: They’re highly engineered to help reduce aerodynamic drag, and ostensibly to help American, German, Chinese, and Russian sprinters break records that have stood now for several years. Nike claims that theTurboSpeed technology could boost times by as much as .023 seconds, which would have been the difference between a personal best and a world record for the 2008 100-meter men’s winner, Usain Bolt.
The time also meant the difference between Beijing’s fourth- and third-place finishes, which means the new unis could have major medal implications for runners come August.
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