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I Adopted a Stranger’s Baby After Breast Cancer Took Her Mom’s Life.

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I Adopted a Stranger's Baby After Breast Cancer Took Her Mom's Life.

Growing up in Tipp City, a tiny town in Ohio, I had big plans. When I was younger, I worked a lot with kids and after-school reading programs, so I thought I would go into some sort of social work or that I would help at-risk kids and teens. I loved giving them the support that they might not get other places. But at 18, I met my husband Steve, and we got married a year later. By the time I was 28, we had three kids—Christian, Caleb and Cara, and I was going to college when I wasn’t taking care of them, just trying to finish.

One day in 2002, when we were visiting my mom, her neighbor approached me while I was playing with my kids in the yard. She told me she’d been helping a woman who was only 23 and battling stage IV breast cancer and asked if I knew anybody who would want the woman’s baby daughter. A midwife by trade, she was a compassionate person and knew that working with at-risk populations had always been a passion of mine, so she thought I might have some ideas for how to help.

I Adopted a Stranger's Baby After Breast Cancer Took Her Mom's Life.

I spent three days praying on it. My husband and I hadn’t talked about adopting—we already had three little kids, so we thought we were done—but after four nights of tossing and turning, I told him, “I think we’re supposed to adopt this baby.” I asked if he’d be open to at least speaking with Alexis Preston, the woman who needed help.

That weekend we went to the Meijer megastore in Dayton where Alexis wanted to meet. Thin as a stick and dressed up in a wig, she said to us, “I’m looking for someone to take my baby. I just want to know that you’re going to love her.” My husband just melted right there; he would have done anything for her because she was so sick with no support.

During the next three weeks, I visited with Alexis and her baby at Children’s Services a few times, and I saw that Alexis was all about fighting to live. She wasn’t going into this arrangement thinking, I’m finding my daughter a home because I’m going to die. It was more like, I’m finding her a good home because I’m going to get better, but I need help taking care of her now. She was a fighter.

The baby—also named Alexis, but we call her Lexi—was 10 months old when we took full custody of her in June of 2002. Over the next year, the three kids and I sometimes took Lexi to see her mom at chemotherapy or to get groceries. We’d bring Alexis medicine and we’d talk about her dreams for the future. (“I should be on American Idol,” she’d say, always spunky and proud.) The last time I saw her—bald, 80 pounds, and only 24—I just sobbed. She died a week later.

I Adopted a Stranger's Baby After Breast Cancer Took Her Mom's Life.

It was hard to adjust at first, but life with Lexi became second nature. All of our family, but especially Steve and I, just have this immense love for her. To us, she’s no different than our biological kids. We tell Lexi how hard her mom fought and how much like her she is. Now, 10 years later, Lexi is 15 and Cara is 16 and they act like twins.

The February after Alexis passed, Steve and I planned a small getaway for our anniversary. I was taking a shower to get ready for our trip and thought, I should probably do a breast self-exam. Alexis was super young. And I felt this hard lump. When the doctors told me it was cancer, I was screaming in my head, What? My kids are going to lose their mother? And Lexi’s going to lose two moms? I’m always the strong one, but then, I was not so strong.

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I was mad, I was scared, and I didn’t want to talk about it. Once I started losing my hair, I wore a wig everywhere, because I didn’t want anyone to know. I didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for my kids. But my husband was a rock, and I was so lucky my cancer responded to treatment. Had it not been for Lexi’s mom, I would never have done that self-exam. She saved my life.

Fast forward to today, and Lexi has to get checked, because her mom was only 22 when she was diagnosed. That was a really hard conversation with the oncologist; both Cara and Lexi thought they had cancer when they started getting breast buds. We had really candid conversations with them, because at the end of the day, no matter what, every girl just wants to know that she will live.

I Adopted a Stranger's Baby After Breast Cancer Took Her Mom's Life.

With my social work background, I always knew I wanted to help women cope with breast cancer. Alexis rode home from her mastectomy on a bus. She never, not one time, had someone go to treatment with her until she met us—that’s why she wouldn’t go half the time. In 2007 I met Tracie Martin at a young survivors conference. I joined the small nonprofit she started, called Pink Ribbon Girls, and later became President/CEO.

Together with Tracie, I helped to write a grant that’s given us the funds to serve healthy meals and offer house cleaning to breast cancer patients. Those funds also go towards transportation so that other women don’t have to endure those long solo bus rides like Alexis did, and so they can know they’re supported, even if only by strangers.

We come from all different backgrounds, all different socioeconomics, and everybody really wants the same thing: You want to live and you want your kids to be okay. I think back on Lexi’s mom, and I know it could’ve very easily been me.

Story: WomansDay.com

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School Cafeteria Worker Fired For Giving Food To Child Who Couldn’t Pay

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A New Hampshire school cafeteria worker’s act of kindness got her fired and it is causing quite a roar online. Bonnie Kimball tells the Valley News she was fired by her employer, a vendor that supplies food to the Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan.

This termination came a day after she gave a student lunch, even though he couldn’t pay for it. The New Hampshire Union Leader says that Bonnie Kimball let the child take $8 worth of food on March 28, and asked him to inform his mom he needed money to pay it back.

“I quietly said, ‘Tell (your) mom you need money.” Kimball told the Valley News

Bonnie Kimball was fired by her employer for giving food to child who couldn’t pay

Bonnie Kimball was fired by her employer for giving food to child who couldn’t pay

Despite the boy paying the tab the next day on March 29, Kimball was called into one of the managers’ office who had witnessed Kimball’s act of leniency and fired her.

The food vendor explained in a letter that the district manager witnessed Kimball violating their company’s ‘cash handling procedures, the school’s charge policy and federal regulation governing free meals.’

According to Valley News, Kimball had worked for the company for five years serving lunch to the teens at Mascoma Valley Regional High, whom she called another family.

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She also said that she had been following her direct supervisor’s orders to avoid causing a scene, as the company, Cafe Services, was trying to have its contract with the school district renewed.

Kimball added that she’d been told by her boss to give food to students who couldn’t pay and then tell them they needed money on their accounts.

Two of Kimball’s former coworkers resigned in protest, and reports say that students and staff at the school are now rallying around her in support.

What do you think? Was Kimball right or wrong for feeding a hungry child? Was the termination of her job even justified? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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Teen Leaves Prom Date In Tears By MAKING A Stunning Dress For Her, After Learning To Sew Because She Couldn’t Afford One

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Parker Smith, a high school junior from Pendleton, Indiana had never sewn a day in his life. However, he decided to learn how to just so he could make his prom date’s dreams of having the perfect prom dress come true.

In February, Parker’s prom date, Addi Rust , jokingly said, “Parker, why don’t you just make my prom dress!”  Fox 59 reports. This was after Addi had found the perfect dress, but realized that she could not afford it.

Much to Addi’s surprise, Parker thought about her request and ended up saying, “You know what, I think I could actually make your prom dress.”

Parker Smith, a high school junior from Pendleton, Indiana had never sewn a day in his life. However, he decided to learn how to just so he could make his prom date’s dreams of having the perfect prom dress come true.

Parker Smith, a high school junior from Pendleton, Indiana had never sewn a day in his life. However, he decided to learn how to just so he could make his prom date’s dreams of having the perfect prom dress come true.

For the following few months, Parker focused on teaching himself how to sew and asked for tips from his grandmother on how to make the perfect dress.

There were instances where Parker found himself making sections of the dress multiple times just to make them perfect. “I’m such a perfectionist that I was up adding more stones to the dress even the night before prom.” he said.

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The result of his efforts was a stunning blue gown that Addi could twirl around in as she attended prom with Parker.

Through every step of making the dress, Addi knew what the dress looked like, however, she could not help but cry when she saw the finished product!

The result of his efforts was a stunning blue gown that Addi could twirl around in as she attended prom with Parker.

The result of his efforts was a stunning blue gown that Addi could twirl around in as she attended prom with Parker.

“Taking a minute to brag on this man because I think this is the coolest thing that I’ve ever been a part of,” Addi wrote online. “Parker MADE my prom dress. Straight from scratch did the whole thing and I am still speechless. I’m so lucky to have him as my best friend!”

“Quite a journey, but the first thing I’ve ever sewn (a prom dress) has been finished, just in time for the ball. Not only did I get the honor of being the Prince Charming to the beautiful @AddiRust, but her fairy godmother as well, haha! I’m so thankful for her. (From scratch)” Parker tweeted on his page.

 The whole experience has now inspired Parker to create more dresses from scratch.


The whole experience has now inspired Parker to create more dresses from scratch.

The whole experience has now inspired Parker to create more dresses from scratch.  We think that Parker will have an incredible career in the fashion world and Addi really is lucky to have a friend like him!

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Passenger Snaps Photo of Mother-Daughter Pilot Team That Went Viral

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Recently, a passenger snapped a photo of a mother-daughter pilot team on his flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta and it is melting hearts across the world.

The two pilots, Captain Wendy Rexon and her daughter first officer Kelly Rexon, were in the cockpit of a Delta Boeing 757 when a passenger asked to take their picture.

That passenger was Dr. John Watret, the chancellor of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Dr. Watret told the Embry-Riddle Newsroom that he learned that his flight crew were a family affair after overhearing a mom asking a flight attendant if her two kids could go look at the flight deck.

Recently, a passenger snapped a photo of a mother-daughter pilot team on his flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta and it is melting hearts across the world.

Recently, a passenger snapped a photo of a mother-daughter pilot team on his flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta and it is melting hearts across the world.

“The flight attendant said they could – and that they would be surprised.” Watret recalled.

Indeed, when the family returned to their seats, Watret said he overheard them talking about the mother and daughter pilots who were flying the plane. “I thought that was amazing, I was in awe. I asked if I could visit them, too.” Watret said.

After taking their picture, Watret posted the photo on his twitter account captioning it, “Just flew from LAX to ATL on Delta piloted by this mother daughter flight crew. Great flight. Inspiring for you women.”

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The post quickly went viral, with people commenting on the photo and saying how incredible it was to see the mother-daughter pair working together.

“How about a big congratulations for a mother-daughter team,” said someone online. “That’s a great accomplishment!”

“I think it’s inspiring for everyone because it’s not every time you see parents and their offspring doing great things together.” wrote another.

“That is just the most amazing, wonderful news ever-seriously. My mother and I would never have flown together as crew. We couldn’t even agree on having the radio on/off in the car!” Another person added.

The official Delta Twitter account joined in, too, tweeting, ‘Family flight crew goals!’

As it turns out, Captain Wendy and Kelly Rexon aren’t the only people in their family who are pilots! Wendy’s father is a retired pilot, her husband is currently a pilot with American Airlines, and her other daughter is a pilot as well.

Dr. Watret was elated to see that his post of the mother-daughter pilot team went viral particularly for the attention that it brought to women working in the aeronautical industry, as he works in a university that is focused on creating more opportunities for women in the world of aviation.

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