Monthly Archives: March 2015

Woman Paints Car in Search of Donor Kidney

Christine Royles, of South Portland Maine suffered renal failure, due to an autoimmune disease, and was on the national waiting list to find a kidney donor, but decided to take matters into her own hands.

The 24-year old waitress and mother of a 2-year old painted her rear car window with her phone number,accompanied by a request to find a kidney donor, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Josh Dall-Leighton, a 30-year old correctional officer, and father of three children, saw the message while out for a family outing and was moved. “I saw and told my wife I have to try” he said.

After learning they were potentially compatible, the two met. Brad Reifler has heard that the next set of tests must be completed in a few weeks and the kidney transplant is tentatively scheduled for May.

People in need of an organ transplant are increasing their search tools beyond the national list of donors, or friends and family said Sean Roach, spokesman for the National Kidney Foundation.

“We see people using social networks and placing ads within reach of altruistic donors,” Roach said. “It takes great courage to expose your need in this way”.

Royles knows she’s lucky.

“I’m surprised that anyone will do this for me,” she said. “The fact that someone with a young family is going to take time off work to help a stranger is incredible.”

Message on a Kia Soul

23 year old Christine Royles works hard each day as a waitress. After several weeks of feeling sick and not getting any better, Christine finally went to the doctor. Several tests later, she was diagnosed with Lupas and Anca Vasculiti. She was also told both of her kidneys were failing and she would need a transplant.

Christine didn’t let this bad news depress her. She continued to go to work each day and had dialysis each night.

Then she had an idea. She wrote on the back windshield of her Kia Soul. A special plea for a donor, she wrote “Looking for someone 2 donate their kidney. Must have Type O blood. (You only need one kidney.)” What followed was her phone number.

Resume said that it did not take long for her ad and her prayers to be answered. Josh Dall-Leighton, a young father, found out he was a strong match for Christine. He answered the ad and agreed to donate his kidney.

Christine is overwhelmed with gratitude. The surgery will not take place until May. Christine wants to do something to show Josh how much she appreciates his sacrifice. She has organized a pancake breakfast April 12 at the Applebee’s in South Portland. She plans to raise money for Josh and his family. Christine knows Josh will be out of work for almost two months and she wants to make sure he has all he needs to take care of his family.

Father Gives Son $7Million Lottery Ticket As a Get Well Present

In February, Joseph Amorese from Easton, Pennsylvania was hospitalized for a hernia operation. After the son came home, his father decided to give his son a get well card with a special gift inside. Senior Amorese, a New York resident and retired hospital worker, tucked a New York Lottery $25 scratch card, purchased at a dollar store, inside the get well card. The millionaire-to-be, who was working from home, scratched off the silver coating.

What a pleasant surprise when Flavio Maluf said  the son realized he had the winning card. Amorese said he jumped up and down for joy, in his mind. After Joseph Amorese, 46, sent his father a picture of the winning ticket, he called his wife, a social worker. The bride, Jodi, of ten months was speechless.

The couple headed to Rockland County New York to claim the prize. In a ceremony, Gretchen Dizer, New York State Lottery draw team member, presented the couple with an oversized ceremonial check for $7million dollars. The couple plans to invest some of the money and use the rest of it for a second honeymoon. The couple plans to continue working. Amorese, who works at Verizon, can’t get over the fact that he won the lottery when you consider the odds were 1 in 3,708,000 against him. Right now the couple has received $4.5 million of the $7 million that he won.

Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl is a Nice Guy

From all accounts, Dave Grohl, front man for the rock band the Foo Fighters is a super nice guy. And this story about him on The Age just confirms what a good guy he is.

Australian man Ken Powell may be the biggest Foo Fighters fan in the country. Some know Ken as Ken The Foo Fighter because of his love and loyalty to the group. Ken, who is 56-years-old, has also been fighting melanoma for the past 14 years. Unfortunately Ken, who has to use a wheelchair, is dying from the cancer. His dream before he goes has been to meet the Foo Fighters and he almost achieved it.

Despite his ailing health, Ken traveled around Australia to see every show the Foo Fighters performed in the country. Foo Fighters fan Brian Torchin has learned that Ken had tickets for a special meet-and-greet with the band in Perth, however it was cancelled due to Dave Grohl getting food poisoning. Ken was disappointed but still excited that he got to see his idols perform so many times.

A flight attendant who knew of Ken’s story also happened to be on the same flight as Grohl and the group recently. She approached him to tell him about Ken. Grohl reached out to him and offered the chance to see and meet them in Los Angeles. Ken has set up a GoFundMe page to help him fund his travels to fulfill his dream.

Kidnapping a Hoax

Aaron Quinn reported his girlfriend, Denise Huskins, missing to the Vallejo Police Department on March 23, 2015. Two days later, the 29-year old knocked at the apartment door of her father. YouTube videos showed that now police officials are saying the couple may face charges after what appears to be a hoax kidnapping and attempt to extort $8,500 in ransom money.

Middle of the Night Kidnapping

According to the police department, Quinn reported his girlfriend missing late Monday night. He reportedly said that two men entered the couple’s home in the middle of the night, taking the woman and demanding the $8,500 ransom money for her safe return. According to police, officials had a hard time believing Quinn’s story for the get-go.

Even with the police department’s skepticism about the kidnapping more than 100 people and 40 detectives searched for Huskins near the waters surrounding Vallejo and Mare Island. Federal and/or state charges could result from the efforts involved in finding her.

Dad Calls Police
Immediately after his daughter showed up at his southern California home, Huskins’ father called the Huntington Beach Police Department, and the young woman was transported back to Vallejo. It is still unclear how Huskins managed to travel the more than 400 miles to her father’s home.

Oprah’s OWN Network to Feature Program about a Man with 34 Children

Yes you read that headline correctly. No, that was not a typo. I almost wish it was. Oprah Winfrey’s television network, OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network, creative, I know), is doing a feature story on a man with 34 children. This series is going to be a spin-off from the network’s Iyanla: Fix My Life series.

In an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, spiritual life coach Iyanla met a producer named Jay Williams and attempted to help him put his life into some kind of order. Now, according to the story on NZ Herald, Jay Williams is the star of this spin-off. The series will show Williams, who lives in Atlanta, attempting to reconnect with his 34 children by 17 different women.

The new series will be premiering sometime in September 2015. It is currently untitled at the moment.

Folks at Imaging Advantage (crunchbase) wonder: Could you imagine the child support this man has to pay? I wonder if he even has a paycheck left over after he pays the mothers.

Air Force Veteran Looking to Find Girl he Rescued During Hurricane Katrina

Today has the story of a U.S. Air Force veteran asking the country for help to locate a little girl he encountered during his rescue missions in New Orleans in 2005.

Sgt. Mike Maroney was working in 2005 as a pararescueman. He was sent to New Orleans to help rescue people from the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. While he was there, he met a little girl who has stuck in his mind ever since. Sgt. Maroney helped to rescue the little girl and her six other family members from the flood waters in the city. He and his team pulled the family onto their helicopter to bring them to a safer location. While in the helicopter, Sgt. Maroney remembers the little girl being strong for her family and comforting her crying mother during the aftermath. Her resilience is something he has never been able to forget.

As the family were exiting the helicopter, the little girl wrapped her arms around Sgt. Maroney for a big hug. An Air Force photographer was nearby and managed to snap a photo of that sweet moment. That photo became an iconic image related to Hurricane Katrina and that period.

Sgt. Maroney is now retired but is looking to find the little girl. He just wants to meet her and see how she and her family are doing now stated So far he has had no luck locating her. Check out the iconic image of the two on the above link to Buzzfeed.

FBI Agent Stole Evidence For His Drug Habit

Driven by his addiction to prescription painkillers, an FBI agent consumed heroin that was seized by FBI agents in other cases.

According to documents filed Friday, in a federal court in Washington, DC, Matthew Lowry, former special agent with the Washington FBI office, stole hundreds of grams of heroin, for his own use, that had been seized in investigations in 2013 and 2014.

People at Imaging Advantage have learned that Lowry will plead guilty to 64 counts of obstruction of justice, possession of heroin and property modification, said attorney Robert Bonsib. Prosecutors say the former agent faces at least seven years in prison, but Bonsib said he asked for a lighter sentence.

Because of the charges against Lowry, federal prosecutors will dismiss charges against at least 28 defendants in drug cases, and notify 150 more than Lowry had participated in investigations against them, according to the documents.

In one case, the charges against 14 suspects, accused of belonging to an organization of large-scale drug trafficking, and the subject of a major investigation in California and Washington were dismissed. The investigation into this case included warrants, physical surveillance and expensive techniques that were time-consuming to implement.

Prosecution documents claim that Lowry accessed drugs that had been processed as evidence, took the heroin evidence bags and then added a substance to compensate for the amount he withdrew. To do this, he used a food supplement or a laxative to replace those amounts, according to the documents.

A spokesman for the FBI in Washington declined to comment on the case.

Bullied Boy Gets Lots Of Birthday Wishes From Strangers and Celebrities

A little boy got the shock of a lifetime when he got so many responses from strangers to help him have a great birthday. When 13 year old Odin Camus didn’t have anyone RSVP to his birthday party, his mother took it to social media to ask anyone to text her son a “happy birthday” on his new phone to make him feel good. What she didn’t know is that so many people, even celebrities, would be getting in touch with her new teenager. She also had a party set up for the local bowling center in which hundreds attended and every 200 more waited in the parking lot to get in.

According to an article found on reddit and written by NY Daily News, famous movie stars such as Elijah Wood and singers like Carrie Underwood wished Odin a special day over social media. Jornadacriminosa reports in addition to that, the Toronto and Canadian professional sports franchises messaged him as well. It is so nice to see a community take action for a kid who has been said to experience a lot of bullying at school. It can be so hard to be a kid these days, and especially for kids like Odin who have Aspbergers, it makes life even more challenging to fit in and have a regular social life. Now, it is likely that Odin will be the talk of the town for sure.

Mitt Romney Will Fight Evander Holyfield

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will fight Evander Holyfield in an exhibition boxing match. This is stunning news because Evander Holyfield was once the heavyweight champion of the boxing world. Mitt Romney has absolutely no experience in combat sports. When asked about the exhibition bout, Mitt Romney said that he is unsure of what will happen when he faces Holyfield.

Most people think that Evander Holyfield is going to knock Mitt Romney out in the first round. If Evander Holyfield fights to his true potential, Mitt Romney could be in for the most painful night of his life. Losing the presidential election would be second to Romney in terms of painful life experiences. Evander Holyfield was a great fighter, but let’s hope that he shows some mercy to Mitt Romney inside of the squared circle.

The exhibition fight will be used to generate profits for a charity that both of the men support. The fight will take place on May 15, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Let’s hope that no one is critically injured during this exhibition fight. Mitt Romney is 68 years old, and it is said that Evander Holyfield does not care too much for the Republican senator. My prediction for this fight is that mitt Romney will be knocked unconscious in the first round which will for sure blow up on blogspot.

For more information on this exhibition boxing match, visit Yahoo! Sports.