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Paralyzed Motocross Racer Refuses To Give Up & Inspires Others To “Prove The Impossible.”

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Mike Garrison of Lee’s Summit, Missouri was the kind of kid who “struck out playing tee-ball or got tangled in the soccer net.” When he was five he discovered a passion for motorsports, and that was the beginning of his racing career.

His dream of becoming a professional dirt bike racer seemed within his grasp because his family travelled a lot, he would sneak and race dirt bikes. Then, on August 27, 2006, tragedy struck.

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Mike was 18 when he collided mid- air with his best friend during a competition. His friend was not hurt, but Mike suffered a shattered spine, collapsed lungs, and severe internal bleeding. Mike got paralyzed from the chest down.

Many would have fallen into depression at this point, realizing that your dreams have been shattered forever, but not Mike. For him, this was just the beginning of an entirely new journey. Instead of feeling sorry for himself in what might have been, Mike turned his focus on what he could achieve now, in his current physical state.

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“There’s a lot of different ways you can look at it, some people would look at it as you grew up, you spent your whole childhood, you wanted to be a professional motocross racer, you’re signing autographs and getting factory deals and all that, and at a moment’s notice, now you can’t walk, you can’t feel, and you may never be able to ever again. You can look at it that way, but quite honestly, I wouldn’t change it even if I could. I think there’s too many great things and too many great opportunities have come from it.”

Mike’s love of motorized sports never died. He attended racing events, and one day at an event in 2007, the commentator of the race handed him the microphone and asked him to fill in while he took a break.

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Though scared at first, he soon discovered that announcing was a wonderful new way that he could participate in the sport he has always loved.

“From that day forward, I found a love for announcing and public speaking. Today I travel the country with my wife by my side announcing everything from local R/C car and motocross races to events.”

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There are days when he wishes he could be riding a bike instead of announcing the races, but he also thinks that telling the story of the sport is also more fulfilling than physical participation. He has come to terms with his situation and he says, if he could go back in time to change the outcome of that tragic race, he wouldn’t.

He credits his wife Britani Jo Garrison for constantly pushing him to go further and achieve more and for not seeing him as a disabled man.

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There are days when he wishes he could be riding a bike instead of announcing the races, but he also thinks that telling the story of the sport is also more fulfilling than physical participation. He has come to terms with his situation and he says, if he could go back in time to change the outcome of that tragic race, he wouldn’t.

He credits his wife Britani Jo Garrison for constantly pushing him to go further and achieve more and for not seeing him as a disabled man.

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 “Whether I ever make it as a professional announcer or not, if I can inspire just one person — one single person — to overcome their struggles, their fears, and their set-backs to pursue their goals and dreams, then I’ve succeeded.”

He told us:

“While being a racing commentator is my dream, my ultimate goal is to share my story, share a bit of hope and happiness in a world full of negativity, and inspire others to reach out and pursue their own dreams and goals, smile, and live life to the fullest no matter what their struggles and setbacks in life may be.”

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Preemie Found In Trash Bag With Maggot-Infested Head Wound, Now She’s Fighting For Her Life

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One thing I will never understand, and am quite sure many people can relate, is how a person can be able to abandon their little defenseless baby at a time they need them the most and walk away.

Unfortunately, such things still happen. In a recent case that is garnering a lot of attention, a baby girl was reportedly found inside a plastic bag in Vietnam. The baby had been exposed to the sun, had several mosquito bites and had a nasty wound in her head that had become infested with maggots.

According to sources, the child was found tied to a coffee tree in Lam Dong Province, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

When she was found, the baby was in a horrific condition. Doctors feared she would not survive, and if she did, then she wouldn’t last too long.

Luckily, Venerable Minh Tai, abbot of the Hue Quang Pagoda, came to the poor baby’s rescue.

Tai has taken in more than 100 orphans over the years, giving them a safe place to live and grow until they found a foster family.

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When Tai learnt of the baby girl’s plight, she immediately adopted her. With the help of her nuns, Tai currently takes care of ten orphans.

Tai also managed to raise $25,000 from kind Facebook users and the temples in Vietnam to pay for the baby’s medical bills.

The baby girl was named Hoai An, which means perpetual peace in Vietnamese. Baby Hoai has a number of health issues but doctors are doing the best they can for her.

“I wouldn’t write her off at this point; that would be wrong. There is a chance her condition will improve.” Dr. Tang Kok Kee, a neurosurgeon treating Hoai told the Straits Times.

Venerable Minh Tai, with baby Trieu Hoai An in her arms

Venerable Minh Tai, with baby Trieu Hoai An in her arms

Tai also is doing the best she can for baby Hoai, by giving her unconditional love and praying for her. “She is sleeping better, crying louder and has more of an appetite. She has also gained about 700g in weight and her reactions have improved,” Tai said.

Please remember to share this article with friends and family to garner prayers and well wishes for baby Hoai as she fights for her life and to show appreciation for all the incredible people who have helped so far.

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Five Guys staff sees a customer too weak to order—so they feed him a free meal

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Detroit’s Greektown neighborhood, Five Guys franchise manager was having a normal day at work when he saw a familiar face at the restaurant — It was Leonard. He noticed that the customer was not feeling alright.

There is always something amazing going on within the local communities. Last month, customers of the Five Guys restaurant in Detroit witnessed an uplifting random act of kindness between the restaurant staff and a sick customer.

Detroit’s Greektown neighborhood, Five Guys franchise manager was having a normal day at work when he saw a familiar face at the restaurant — It was Leonard. He noticed that the customer was not feeling alright.

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“This time when he came in, he was having trouble ordering, saying he was sick,” Justin told FOX 2 Detroit.

As Leonard struggled to make his order, Justin decided to give him the full meal: a burger done “all the way” (topped with all the classic ingredients), plus fries and a drink.

And he didn’t charge him for the meal. “He was so unwell that he couldn’t even process the order himself,” Justin said. “So we just gave it to him.”

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It didn’t just end there. Leonard was too weak to feed himself. That’s when a Justin stepped up once again and fed the man.

The manager has really won the hearts of many people.

“At Five Guys we don’t have — or believe in canned interactions but in the genuine interactions,” Justin told Liftable. “All of our interactions are genuine.”

“Every guest is special to us,” he told FOX 2. A random customer at the restaurant took photos of the scene and shared them online. The photos have since gone viral.

Justin was surprised that people were making a big deal of it after his story went viral and got picked up by news outlets.

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“It came as a surprise to me, that so many are surprised to see this level of service for our guests,” he told Liftable.

“What I am most grateful for is the impact the story has had on my team,” Justin said. “Too often my staff and I hear negative stories about the city we call home and often morale is lowered because ‘who wants to work in that environment.’”

It is amazing how a small act of kindness can impact a lot of people in the community.

“I believe that every person has the ability to make an impact on a person’s life through small acts, like this one,” Justin said.

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Heartbroken grandfather eats alone next to late wife’s memorial at granddaughter’s wedding

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Everyone loves weddings because it’s usually a great time for families both from near and far to come together and celebrate someone’s special day.

Unfortunately, sometimes some family members are just too far away from us.

Sahrah Elswick together with her husband Zachery were celebrating their marriage when Sahrah decided to set up a tribute to her beloved grandmother “mawmaw,” who died in 2017

She didn’t realize that the seat she was about to set up for her mawmaw will create a heartbreaking moment.

At her wedding, a white chair with photos of Mawmaw and a sign on it that read, “We know you would be here today if heaven wasn’t so far away,” was set up to honor her grandmother.

“It meant everything to me to see this at my wedding. It was so important that she be a part of my day because we were very close and I’m so glad I did it because now I see that it meant even more to him,” Sahrah told TODAY Food.

While having dinner, Sahrah spotted a scene that made her burst into tears – her grandpa was sitting with the special memorial.

“When I saw him sitting there I immediately burst into tears I was just so heartbroken and also in awe at how much he loved her,” she said.

“I just wanted to sit with her and be there with her,” Pawpaw said.  Pawpaw and Mawmaw were married for 45 years and its evident they had a “loving relationship filled with fun” and you can tell by how she is missed.

Sahrah captured and shared the moment on social media and it has since gone viral.

Sahrah’s story just made me shed some tears. Share this story if you have a loved one that you miss so much.

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