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Therapy Dog saves Owner

Katie has postural tachycardia syndrome or PoTS — a condition that causes an extreme change in heart rate and dizziness when one sits or stands up. It can be a nuisance, as it happens at random times. She got her Australian shepherd, Bailey, to help her through these episodes.

"Bailey is trained to pick up a scent my body gives off prior to going into a medical episode," Graham said.'This gives me enough time to get to a safe spot and prepare to lose consciousness."

As caught on her security camera, Bailey pushed her against the wall, so she could sit on the floor, then brought her a bottle of water and her medicine. Posted on Tik Tok, it received 24 million views. You can see it at the link above.

Katie is very thankful to have Bailey, saying, "He is so determined and quick-witted, I know that despite any challenge, he will ensure to do his job and keep me safe. He allows me to have freedom and to feel safe even when I am alone. He is my lifeline and I could not live without him."

14 Year Old Funds Childrens' Lunches

14 year old DeJuan remembers when he was in elementary school in Florissant, MO, near St. Louis. Sometimes the only meal he got was his school lunch. As a fourth grader at McCurdy Elementary, DeJuan felt the pangs of hunger many times during lunch. Since then he has started the Tech Boy Initiative to help students get their school lunches paid even if their families are having trouble paying. He started a GoFundMe page called "Lets Help Eliminate Negative Lunch Balances" which uses those funds to pay off the balances the students' parents can't pay. He started at McCurdy Elementary, but will probably spread to other schools.The bills have been paid and a check sent to the school principal. At last look, the fund had collected over $7,000!

DeJuan is in middle school now, and writing comic books (called Tech Boy), and is very grateful to all who donated. He posted on the GoFundMe page, "I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you who took the time to donate to help eliminate students' negative lunch balances. This will help many families who are struggling financially. Your generosity is greatly appreciated."

Maui Church Remains After Wildfires

The world was shocked in August to hear about the horrendous wildfires that swept through Lahaina on the island of Maui. However, one amazing thing happened. In spite of the flames surrounding it, one church amazingly escaped the flames.

Maria Lanakila Catholic Church, located in downtown Lahaina, is still standing as of Friday, August 11th, confirmed by the office of St. Anthony's parish, which is nearby.

Many of the news outlets had photos of this church from the air, showing burned ruins all around it.

Video footage shows the church against a backdrop of blue sky. As the camera pans away, the clip shows charred debris strewn across a parking lot and what appears to be smoke rising from the ground "Wow. Standing up after the Fire. Glory to God," a social media user commented on the video, while another said, "A miracle, and a testament to God's Glory. Ave Christus Rex."

Lost Calf Returned to Mother

The Jackson County, Michigan Sheriff's Deputies were surprised when they noticed a newborn black and white calf wandering alone last month in Spring Arbor Township, Michigan.

They had been called about a truck tearing up a field driving through it when they found the calf wandering alone. They determined that it belonged to a nearby farm, and made sure it got back with its mother.

"There's a huge amount of satisfaction in stopping something bad from happening," one of the deputies added. They have since named the bull calf Jerry.

Veteran Receives New House

John & friends

A wounded veteran from Lebanon, Ohio, is getting ready to move into a home that fits him and his family perfectly, and they will not have to worry about mortgage payments.

The house builders are constructing for Navy Petty Officer First Class John Kremer will be completely accessible for the veteran, who was severely wounded during a deployment to Afghanistan, WLWT TV reported earlier last month. The house will be completely paid for by the Gary Sinise Foundation (their About page says "we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need").

Kremer has done three tours in Iraq as an EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) officer. On his third tour he was injured, eventually losing both legs from the knee down. He and his wife have two children.

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