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Nurses Organize For Terminally Ill Dad To Leave ICU So He Can See the Birth of His Baby.

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Just three weeks before his fiancée’s due date, Cagney Wenk received some tragic news: He was diagnosed with a highly aggressive, Stage 4 cancer called glioblastoma, which was growing quickly inside his brain. His only symptom? He had been experiencing headaches for several days.

Wenk has undergone multiple procedures since his diagnosis, including a biopsy and craniotomy (a surgery in which a piece of the skull is temporarily removed to help relieve pressure), the Huffington Post reports. He was recovering from a recent brain surgery in the ICU at Boulder Community Hospital in Colorado when his nurses decided they wanted to do something special for him and his expecting fiancée, Jessica Li.

The nurses reached out to an organization called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, which provides remembrance photography to parents who have lost their babies. Sarah Boccolucci, a photographer with the organization, volunteered to lend her services to the family—and offered to make a video documenting the birth as well.

Hospital employees brought Wenk up to the delivery room just as Li began her active labor, and there, the couple was able to meet their new son, Levon, together. The experience was an incredibly emotional one for everyone involved, and Boccolucci captured all of that emotion in her footage.

The photographer hopes that her video will show viewers the great lengths that hospital employees went to help Wenk and Li have the best birth experience possible, and that it will inspire them to share the couple’s powerful story.

“There is a point during the birth where Cagney tells Jessica that they are surrounded by all the love in the world right now,” Boccolucci told the Huffington Post. “It is my hope that people will see the video, feel the love this family shares and help lift them up and make a donation, if they are able.”

To make a donation to Cagney Wenk, Jessica Li and their newborn son, Levon, visit their GiveForward page here. And of course, be sure to watch Boccolucci’s full video below:

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Airline Crew Sing Happy Birthday To World War II Veteran Who Turned 101-Years-Old On Flight

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Airline Crew Sing Happy Birthday To World War II Veteran Who Turned 101-Years-Old On Flight

In a heartwarming moment melting hearts across the internet, the crew on a Southwest Airlines flight serenaded a World War II veteran who turned 101 by singing Happy Birthday to him.

A sweet video that captured the moment was shared on Facebook by fellow passenger Samantha Goodwin, who praised the airline.

The crew on a Southwest Airlines flight serenaded a World War II veteran who turned 101 by singing Happy Birthday to him.

The crew on a Southwest Airlines flight serenaded a World War II veteran who turned 101 by singing Happy Birthday to him.

Along with the video clip, Samantha wrote on twitter, “@SouthwestAir being the baller airlines that they are took time out to sing Happy Birthday to a WWII vet.”

In the clip, crew and passengers can be heard singing to the vet, who turned 101 on 12 June according to The Daily Mail.

The main lights throughout the cabin were dimmed, as passengers switched on their overhead lights in tribute to the veteran as he made a wish. Creative replacement for birthday candles, don’t you think?

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In response to Samantha’s tweet, the airline’s official Twitter account posted, “We treat our customers like family, and we’re so glad we were able to celebrate this milestone! Thanks for sharing, Samantha!”

The sweet clip has gone viral on social media, with people praising Southwest Airlines for recognizing the veteran, while others took the opportunity to wish the vet a happy birthday.

That was truly a sweet thing to do, don’t you agree?

Remember to share this story with your friends and family and give them something t smile about!

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Woman Meets Her Soulmate after Stopping To Chat To Homeless Man

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Woman Meets Her Soulmate after Stopping To Chat To Homeless Man

A woman found her soulmate after she stopped to have a little chat with a homeless man. 31 year old Jon Haynes was homeless and  was used to being spat at and kicked by strangers as he spent every night near a seafront ice cream stand. “I got booted in the head a few times, and I was chased and spat at.” Jon said

However, a chance encounter led to him finding love in 38 year old, Katie Nicol, who stopped to hear his story, and now his life has been turned around.  “I went to sit with him and said, ‘What’s your story?’ We just hit it off.” Katie recalled.

31 year old Jon Haynes was homeless and was used to being spat at and kicked by strangers as he spent every night near a seafront ice cream stand.

31 year old Jon Haynes was homeless and was used to being spat at and kicked by strangers as he spent every night near a seafront ice cream stand.

Soon after their first meeting, the pair started writing each other notes, which Katie used to leave in Jon’s shoes and Jon even wrote her some poetry.

Within three months, the two were in love.  “We clicked straight away, he seemed so genuine. Every day we laugh. I went and sat with him every day. He said he wanted to change his life so we decided we’d work towards that together.” Katie said.

"I went to sit with him and said, 'What's your story?' We just hit it off." Katie recalled.

“I went to sit with him and said, ‘What’s your story?’ We just hit it off.” Katie recalled.

Jon, who had previously been hooked on heroin and hallucinogenic Spice, had been homeless for 18 months. He had also spent some time in prison.

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Now, Jon is off the streets and has his own place to live. He also has a job as a gardener.

Jon says he had started to give up on life and a future until Katie came along. He says that he owes much of his dramatic turnaround to Katie.  “She’s helped me a lot, in so many different ways. She was sending me those notes and I thought, there’s something different here. I really liked coming back to them.”

Now, Jon is off the streets and has his own place to live. He also has a job as a gardener.

Now, Jon is off the streets and has his own place to live. He also has a job as a gardener.

“I wasn’t worried when he first came to my house – I felt like I could trust him straight away. I asked him, ‘What’s your favorite food?’ and he said a roast dinner. He hates sausage rolls because he got given them all the time. He said to me, ‘I don’t want to ever eat chips again’. “Katie said.

Katie added, “Our relationship has got a lot, lot stronger. We just laugh together all the time.”

After their first meeting, the pair started writing each other notes, which Katie used to leave in Jon’s shoes and Jon even wrote her some poetry.

After their first meeting, the pair started writing each other notes, which Katie used to leave in Jon’s shoes and Jon even wrote her some poetry.

The couple says most people have been supportive of the them and their relationship. “We’ve had a mixture of reactions. The majority of my friends have been really supportive, however one has really had a major issue with it.” Katie revealed.

“But people meet on Tinder all the time, which I think can be more dangerous than sitting and talking to someone for four months.” She added.

After meeting Katie, Jon is back on his feet, he is happy and has something most people can only hope to find, love.

After meeting Katie, Jon is back on his feet, he is happy and has something most people can only hope to find, love.

After meeting Katie, Jon is back on his feet, he is happy and has something most people can only hope to find, love. What’s more, Jon has even reconnected with his estranged father who he hadn’t seen since he was six.

“I used to think about this when I was sleeping on the beach, that I won’t be here forever… Thanks to Katie, that was true.” Jon said.

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Mom Mocked For “Spoiling” Baby With Down’s Syndrome – Writes Amazing Letter

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Mom Mocked For “Spoiling” Baby With Down’s Syndrome – Writes Amazing Letter

At the very least, it can be very rude and annoying when strangers feel they have the right to jump into someone’s life and judge, give an opinion or make unwanted assertions. Sadly, for one mom, this has become something she experiences on the regular.

Kelly and her husband have adopted two children with Down’s syndrome, and often she is approached by strangers who have a thing or two to say about her kids.

One day, Kelly was carrying her young daughter in a baby carrier while shopping at a Target. As she browsed the shelves, she was stopped by a woman who had something to say about her little girl.

Kelly and her husband have adopted two children with Down’s syndrome, and often she is approached by strangers who have a thing or two to say about her kids.

Kelly and her husband have adopted two children with Down’s syndrome, and often she is approached by strangers who have a thing or two to say about her kids.

The woman reportedly said that carrying her daughter, Grace, would “spoil” her and prevent her from becoming independent. Kelly was shocked and understandably irked. Not wanting to react ungraciously in the heat of the moment, she simply smiled and walked away.

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When she got home, Kelly sat down and wrote an open letter to the woman and all other people who judge her. Her words are so powerful that we believe everyone should see them.

Dear Woman in Target,

“I’ve heard it before, you know. That I “spoil that baby”. You were convinced that she’d never learn to be “independent”. I smiled at you, kissed her head, and continued my shopping.

If you only knew what I know.

If you only knew how she spent the first ten months of her life utterly alone inside a sterile metal crib, with nothing to comfort her other than sucking her fingers.

If you only knew what her face looked like the moment her orphanage caregiver handed her to me to cradle for the very first time–fleeting moments of serenity commingled with sheer terror. No one had ever held her that way before, and she had no idea what she was supposed to do.

The woman reportedly said that carrying her daughter, Grace, would “spoil” her and prevent her from becoming independent.

The woman reportedly said that carrying her daughter, Grace, would “spoil” her and prevent her from becoming independent.

If you only knew that she would lay in her crib after waking and never cry–because up until now, no one would respond.

If you only knew that anxiety was a standard part of her day, along with banging her head on her crib rails and rocking herself for sensory input and comfort.

If you only knew that that baby in the carrier is heartbreakingly “independent” –and how we will spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years trying to override the part of her brain that screams “trauma” and “not safe”.

If you only knew what I know.

If you only knew that that baby now whimpers when she’s put down instead of when she is picked up.

“Spoiling that baby” is the most important job I will ever have, and it is a privilege.

“Spoiling that baby” is the most important job I will ever have, and it is a privilege.

If you only knew that that baby “sings” at the top of her lungs in the mornings and after her nap, because she knows that her chatter will bring someone to lift her out of her crib and change her diaper.

If you only knew that that baby rocks to sleep in her Mama’s or her Papa’s arms instead of rocking herself.

If you only knew that that baby made everyone cry the day she reached out for comfort, totally unprompted.

If you only knew what I know.

“Spoiling that baby” is the most important job I will ever have, and it is a privilege. I will carry her for a little while longer–or as long as she’ll let me–because she is learning that she is safe. That she belongs. That she is loved.

If you only knew…”

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