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Officer Rescued Girl From ‘Hurricane Katrina’, 12 Years Later She is Inspired To Join The Military.

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In a rare joyous moment amid the pure dismay of Hurricane Katrina, an Air Force pararescuer saved a 3 year old girl and her family from the floods in 2005. After the rescue, the little girl gave the man a huge hug that was captured in an iconic photo.

The moment left a lasting impact on both LaShay Brown and Master Sgt. Mike Maroney. The duo reunited a decade later and have kept in touch ever since. Maroney has visited LaShay, now 14, and her family in Mississippi, and they speak on the phone weekly, according to People. He even taught her how to swim.

LaShay said Maroney’s support has inspired her to join the military one day. She said she doesn’t know which branch yet, but Maroney supports her. “I am proud of her no matter what she does and will support her in everything she does,” he told People. “I think she understands service and I believe that she will do great things no matter what she chooses.”

Maroney also inspired LaShay to join the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at her high school. “It was very interesting and a challenge, and because I had never done it before,” she told People. “I knew if I joined I would have help from Mike along the way if I needed it, or was confused about anything.”

Guess who I am with at the Spurs game!! Go Spurs Go!! #KATRINAGIRL : )

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Maroney, who was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when he rescued LaShay, set out to find the teen in 2015 with the hashtag #FindKatrinaGirl. He said that he looked at the photo of the two while he was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan to get him through difficult times.

When they were reunited on “The Real,” he told LaShay how much her hug meant to him. “That small gesture, it helped me through bad days and dark days,” he told her. “You have a beautiful smile and it stuck with me and it’s helped me and has meant a lot to me. So I’m indebted to you. You rescued me more than I rescued you.”

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Husband Plants 6000 Trees To Honor Late Wife – 15-Years-Later Photos Reveal True Motive

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Husband Plants 6000 Trees To Honor Late Wife – 15-Years-Later Photos Reveal True Motive

A loving husband spent years planting over 6000 trees to create this incredible heart-shaped meadow as a tribute to his late wife.

Winston Howes and his wife Janet got married in 1962. The couple were very much in love and simply inseparable.

After getting married, the couple, Winston and Janet, moved into a charming farmhouse on 112 acres in the English countryside.

Winston Howes and his beloved wife Janet

Winston Howes and his beloved wife Janet

Not long after, Janet gave birth to their son. The couple had it all, a beautiful family, a love like no other and a flourishing farm.

For thirty three years, they had the perfect life and a bond that most can only dream of. However, things changed. In 1995, at only 50 years old, Janet suddenly passed away from heart failure.

Howes was crushed to say the least. The love of his life was gone.

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To pay tribute to his late wife, Winston planted 6,000 oak saplings in a field near the home they had shared for decades.

Howes laid out the trees in a six-acre field but left a perfect heart shape in the middle – with the point facing in the direction of her childhood home.

To pay tribute to his late wife, Winston planted 6,000 trees to create a heart-shaped meadow

To pay tribute to his late wife, Winston planted 6,000 trees to create a heart-shaped meadow

“I came up with the idea of creating a heart in the clearing of the field after Janet died. I thought it was a great idea – it was a flash on inspiration – and I planted several thousand oak trees.” Howes said.

With time the trees blossomed into a mature meadow, a sacred and peaceful oasis where Winston and his son could visit on difficult days. Howes revealed, “Once it was completed we put seat in the field, overlooking the hill near where she used to live. I sometimes go down there, just to sit and think about things. It is a lovely and lasting tribute to her which will be here for years.”

The couple, Winston and Janet Howes

The couple, Winston and Janet Howes

“We planted large oak trees around the edge of the heart then decided to put a hedge around it too. The heart points towards Wotton Hill, where Janet is from. We plant daffodils in the middle that come up in the spring – it looks great. I go out there from time to time and sit in the seat I created.” He added.

For 17 years, Howes’s beautiful declaration of love remained hidden from the outside world until on day in 2012, a hot air balloonist Andy Collett spotted the incredible creation and took a photograph from the air.

With time the trees blossomed into a mature heart-shaped meadow, a sacred and peaceful oasis where Winston and his son could visit on difficult days.

With time the trees blossomed into a mature heart-shaped meadow, a sacred and peaceful oasis where Winston and his son could visit on difficult days.

Collett was so stunned when he discovered the symbol of love hidden among the trees. He said, “I have my own balloon and am quite a regular flyer – but this was the most amazing sight I have ever seen from the sky. It was a perfect heart hidden away from view – you would not know it was there. You can just imagine the love story.”

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86-Year-Old Willie Nelson Saves 70 Horses From The Slaughterhouse To Roam Free On His Ranch In Texas

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86-Year-Old Willie Nelson Saves 70 Horses From The Slaughterhouse To Roam Free On His Ranch In Texas

Country music legend 86-year-old Willie Nelson, is not only incredibly talented, he also has the kindest of hearts. This was proven yet again when he recently saved 70 horses from the slaughterhouse without second a thought.

The singer is usually on the road, but when he isn’t on tour, you can find him on his ranch, where his beloved horses reside, in the Texas Hill Country.

Recently, Willie Nelson rescued 70 horses just as they were about to be sent to the slaughterhouse and then to a glue factory. It’s a terrible fate for these beautiful and majestic animals, but luckily, Willie couldn’t see that happen, so he jumped in and saved the day.

Willie Nelson recently saved 70 horses from the slaughterhouse without second a thought.

Willie Nelson recently saved 70 horses from the slaughterhouse without second a thought.

The horses’ new home is Willie Nelson’s 700-acre property, known as “Luck Ranch”, located in Spicewood, 30 miles from Austin, in Texas hill country.

According to Willie Nelson, who will soon be turning eighty seven, the ranch represents his love of country music as well as his love for horses.

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With a ranch that big, the horses have tons of open space to wander and are treated like royalty.

According to The Epoch Times, Willie said, “My horses are probably the luckiest horses in the world. They get hand-fed twice a day, and they were just ready to go to slaughter is probably the last thing they remembered, so they’re happy horses.”

Willie’s love for the animals is well documented in many of his songs. A recent song by Willie Nelson, “Ride Me Back Home,” attests to his love for horses.

Additionally, in 2015, a video by Willie Nelson called “The Love of Horses” won the People’s Silver Telly Award. In the video, Nelson meets members of Habitat for Horses who were working to end the slaughter of horses by trying to get legislation passed.

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Young Girl With Autoimmune Disease Creates Adorable Medi Teddy To Hide Scary IV Bags

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Young Girl With Autoimmune Disease Creates Adorable Medi Teddy To Hide Scary IV Bags

Generally speaking, many kids find hospitals a scary place to be in, and even worse having to look at the equipment lining the hospital rooms. But thanks to 12-year-old Ella Casano’s medi teddy, hospital runs are about to be a little less intimidating.

Ella was only seven years old when she was diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP), an autoimmune disease.  ITP occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks platelets which results in bruising and easy bleeding. According to the Mayo Clinic, children typically develop ITP after a viral infection and recover shortly after, but Ella never did.

To combat a low platelet count, Ella has to be in hospital every 8 weeks to receive an IVIG infusion.

12-year-old Ella Casano created medi teddy to make hospital runs a little less intimidating.

12-year-old Ella Casano created medi teddy to make hospital runs a little less intimidating.

However, she just never got used to seeing all the hospital equipment. During one of her hospital visits, she got an idea. The tubes, needles and IV bags look a little scary, so she decided to design something to cover them up and make hospital runs less intimidating.

Ella’s invention, Medi Teddy, is an IV cover shaped like a teddy bear that features a mesh pouch on the back to carry medications and IVs. She used mesh material on the back so doctors can easily monitor medication administration.

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“When I had my first infusion, I was surprised and a little bit intimidated by the look of the amount of tubing and medical equipment on my IV pole. As I saw more and more children experiencing the same feelings, I became more interested in creating a friendlier experience for young IV patients, so I created Medi Teddy.” she wrote on her website.

Ella currently has a patent for the Medi Teddy and is already in the process of manufacturing the first 500 Medi Teddies.

Ella’s invention, Medi Teddy, is an IV cover shaped like a teddy bear that features a mesh pouch on the back to carry medications and IVs.

Ella’s invention, Medi Teddy, is an IV cover shaped like a teddy bear that features a mesh pouch on the back to carry medications and IVs.

Ella’s mom, Meg, revealed that her daughter was adamant Medi Teddy be a not-for-profit organization, so she could help other kids going through similar experiences.

If you would like to help Ella reach her goal, you can visit Ella’s GoFundMe.

We think Ella’s idea is genius and the fact that she is doing it to help other kids without profit is very inspirational!

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