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How A Senior Dog Named Susie Helped 1000’s Of Others Find A New Home!4m34s

How A Senior Dog Named Susie Helped 1000’s Of Others Find A New Home!

Against advice from her family and friends, Erin Stanton and her husband Brandon took a chance that not only changed their lives forever, but also the lives of thousands of others. Wanting to adopt a dog, they decided on a senior dog named Susie. For 5 years, Susie gave the family exactly what they were looking for - love, companionship, and amazing memories. Susie passed away on April 22, 2016, but her legacy lives on... After the loss of their senior dog Susie, the husband and wife duo started non-profit Susie's Senior Dogs, which helps place homeless senior dogs into their forever homes. With such a stigma around adopting dogs, especially senior shelter dogs who have shorter lives, it is hard for senior dogs to find reliable homes. Luckily, these senior dogs have Erin. Thanks to her past PR skills, she's now able to bring awareness to senior dogs through her social media accounts and her book "Susie's Senior Dogs." And thanks to her collaborative program, Susie's Senior Dogs she's able to help senior dogs get a new leash on life. Whoever said, "Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog," truly understands the value of loving a senior dog. You may get less time with them, but that doesn't mean they give you any less love. Senior dogs are truly something special and they deserve just as much love as any other dog. "Older dogs are really great companions... bringing home a senior dog who needs a good home is so beautiful and such a special experience," says Susie's Senior Dogs founder Erin Stanton. By Nicole Pajer According to most veterinarians, a dog falls into the “senior” category around age seven. The size of a dog, however, affects this categorization. Smaller dogs mature slower and become seniors later in life than larger dogs. Animal shelters are filled with healthy and active senior dogs that are in need of a home. When you’re thinking about picking up a dog from your local shelter, don’t look past the older dogs. They make great pets for a number of reasons. Learn more about the value of loving a senior dog at Mr. Mo Project and Tracy's Dogs.

How One Girl Can Make a Difference - Girl Up2m07s

How One Girl Can Make a Difference - Girl Up

Founder of Stanford University's Girl Up affiliate, Priyanka and her fellow members are teaching young women that no matter where you live you can be positioned to be the next generation of leaders. For more information on the United Nations Foundation campaign Girl Up, visit: http://www.girlup.org/ Join us in spreading good news. Follow us on hooplaha.com. HooplaHa is Only Good News. We believe that positivity can change lives and strive to be the voice of humanity that recognizes people are good & doing good things for mankind. We shine a light on individuals and organizations involved in this movement. Help us celebrate people filled with kindness, those overcoming adversity with grace & inspiration, and the good in life.

Champion Swimmer Shares Her Son's Story Of Hope And Survival As She Swims Across America!4m35s

Champion Swimmer Shares Her Son's Story Of Hope And Survival As She Swims Across America!

Former elite, record-breaking swimmer takes on her most difficult challenge - her son's cancer. But, thanks to some love, support, and love for swimming,... her son (and her family) is stronger than ever. Mary Ellen Blanchard Warta is a well-known figure in Atlanta. She was a champion swimmer at Stanford University, breaking the U.S. Open record in the 200-yard breaststroke and in 1989 and 1991, she went on to win 10 National titles. While she swam at Stanford, the team won four straight NCAA swimming championships. In 2011, she was inducted into the Gwinnett Sports Hall of Fame in Georgia. In 2012, Mary Ellen's son Jonas was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the retina, when he was just 3 years old. After getting his right eye removed and starting chemotherapy, just 3 months later Jonas beat his cancer and was fitted with a prosthetic eye. The same year, the president of Swim Across America Janel Joregensen-McArdle and former Stanford teammate of Mary Ellen reached out to her to talk about her family's story. Swim Across America is non-profit that puts on open water swim events to raise money for children like Jonas who are fighting cancer. After speaking to the group in Atlanta, Mary Ellen decided to start Team Jonas—and was ecstatic to use swimming to help find a cure for childhood cancer. "I felt that our gift to Swim Across America was our family's story," says Mary Ellen. Just 2 swimmers signed up that first summer, raising $2,500, but today, Team Jonas is 60 swimmers strong and has raised over $23,000. The Swim Across America Atlanta group has raised well over $1 million since 2013 and hopes to raise $500,000 this year. "People want to fight cancer and that's how we unite," says Swim Across America's Director of Events, Megan Melgaard. Swim Across America is the inspired sequel to a triumphant Run Across America completed by the two founders of SAA, Jeff Keith and Matt Vossler in 1985. In 1987, Keith and Vossler decided to bring their cause back home and transitioned from running to swimming for a cure with a focus on raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention, and treatment. All proceeds from the 2016 and 2017 Atlanta swim support pediatric oncology and leukemia research at the Swim Across America Lab, located at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. For more information on Swim Across America, visit swimacrossamerica.org. This HooplaHa original video was produced by Tracy Chevrier, shot by Gil Braum, and edited by Matt Binetti. Join us in spreading good news. Follow us on hooplaha.com. HooplaHa is Only Good News. We believe that positivity can change lives and strive to be the voice of humanity that recognizes people are good & doing good things for mankind. We shine a light on individuals and organizations involved in this movement. Help us celebrate people filled with kindness, those overcoming adversity with grace & inspiration, and the good in life.

Orphaned Children Get A Second Chance Thanks To Miracle Foundation4m18s

Orphaned Children Get A Second Chance Thanks To Miracle Foundation

After quitting her job to travel the world for a year, this woman found her passion… in bringing life-changing care to the world's orphans. Caroline Boudreaux founded Miracle Foundation on Mother's Day in 2000 with the goal of empowering orphans to reach their full potential. This Austin, Texas-based non-profit organization is ensuring that orphans have the same opportunities as every other child. Caroline's story of why she started Miracle Foundation is one that inspires everyone who hears it. "When I was 30, I had a career in television advertising and I was living large... interestingly though, I was empty on the inside, so one night my best friend and I decided to quit our jobs and travel the world for a year. That's how we ended up in India... I'm walking around this village and realized that this is what poverty looks like... 110 filthy, bald, starving children. I had never seen anything like it... I thought somebody better help these kids... That's when I decided to start Miracle Foundation," says Caroline Boudreaux, founder of Miracle Foundation. Miracle Foundation is improving the quality of care in existing institutions by training displaced women to become mothers and funding scholarships for education. They help find orphans loving homes, thus reducing the number of children in orphanages around the world, and they base their ethics and foundation off of the "12 Rights of Every Child." "I started the miracle foundation so people like me and you can make a difference in the lives of children who really need our help," says Caroline. To help in Caroline's mission to empower orphans, visit https://www.miraclefoundation.org/. This video was produced by Tracy Chevrier, shot by Chris Willmore, and edited by Matt Binetti. Join us in spreading good news. Follow us on hooplaha.com. HooplaHa is Only Good News. We believe that positivity can change lives and strive to be the voice of humanity that recognizes people are good & doing good things for mankind. We shine a light on individuals and organizations involved in this movement. Help us celebrate people filled with kindness, those overcoming adversity with grace & inspiration, and the good in life.

Teens Co-Found Awesome Nonprofit To Make Recovery Possible For Eating Disorder Patients3m11s

Teens Co-Found Awesome Nonprofit To Make Recovery Possible For Eating Disorder Patients

The founders of Project HEAL, Liana Rosenman and Kristina Saffran, met while undergoing treatment for anorexia nervosa. The two girls helped each other to reach full recovery, and then wanted to help others achieve it, as well. In the spring of 2008 they founded Project HEAL: Help to Eat, Accept and Live (www.theprojectheal.org), a not-for-profit organization that raises money for others with eating disorders who are not able to afford treatment, and tries to diminish the societal obsession with body image that helps contribute to eating disorders. Today, Project HEAL has established over 30 global chapters, raised over $300,000 and sent eight applicants to treatment. Join us in spreading good news. Follow us on hooplaha.com. HooplaHa is Only Good News. We believe that positivity can change lives and strive to be the voice of humanity that recognizes people are good & doing good things for mankind. We shine a light on individuals and organizations involved in this movement. Help us celebrate people filled with kindness, those overcoming adversity with grace & inspiration, and the good in life.

Mobile Meditation Studio Is Helping Busy New Yorkers Have A “Calmer” Day!3m53s

Mobile Meditation Studio Is Helping Busy New Yorkers Have A “Calmer” Day!

Ever need a break from your crazy chaotic lifestyle of the BIG CITY, even for just a few minutes? Long-time meditator and breast cancer survivor, Kristin Westbrook saw the need for a convenient, calm space to relax, so she opened "Calm City". "It's a crazy, chaotic environment where you see a lot of stressed out time-starved folks that could really use meditation," says founder, Kristin Westbrook. Calm City is New York City's first mobile meditation studio that's relieving stress in the heart of the busy big apple. Westbrook renovated a 1976 GMC RV, so she brings the meditation to you offering a 10-minute class that can change your day in a snap, making Calm City as convenient as a food truck! Calm City offers audio-guided meditation sessions every 15 minutes for up to 9 meditators at once. You can either book online or simply walk-in and take a class. Calm City is also available for exclusive bookings for hourly, half-day, or full-day events including: health fairs, fundraisers, team-building, company outings and pretty much any other special event you can think of. "People know there are benefits to meditation: not only stress-relief, but better focus, creativity, and a better connection with themselves," says Kristin. Thanks to Kristin and Calm City meditation teacher Marlie McGovern, 10 minutes is all you need to be happier, less stressed, and more relaxed!

Unique Art From Everyday Objects2m39s

Unique Art From Everyday Objects

It's hard to believe simple materials like sand, cereal and sugar can be transformed into such unbelievable artwork. There's even a place for recycling and CAR DUST !? It's this kind of outside-the-box-thinking that gives "everyday" new meaning.

Who Helps The Homeless? It’s A 9-Year-Old Superhero! - Super Ewan2m10s

Who Helps The Homeless? It’s A 9-Year-Old Superhero! - Super Ewan

You've never met a superhero like this before! You've heard of the classics like Superman and Batman... but our favorite would have to be 9-year-old SUPER EWAN! On the fourth Saturday of each month Super Ewan, along with his family and Super Volunteers, goes down to Roosevelt Park in Detroit to distribute food, clothing and basic necessities to the less fortunate. This 9-year old has a passion to help the homeless! Equipped with his superhero attire and a lot of help from his parents, he is changing the lives of thousands of homeless individuals.

I Talk To Strangers: One Man's Goal For World Peace3m17s

I Talk To Strangers: One Man's Goal For World Peace

There are 7.4 billion people on this earth, how many of them have you talked to? Robbie Stokes Jr. worked for Congress. After traveling and realizing his purpose was much greater, he quit his job to travel the world and talk to strangers. In 2012, Robbie Stokes decided to follow his dreams and founded "I Talk To Strangers® (ITTS) Foundation", a social corporation and movement whose philosophy encourages and challenges individuals to create genuine relationships through meeting new people. By having conversations and building friendships, Robbie hopes to bring peace to the world. By Robbie's forward actions, he plans to cause a ripple effect and people around the world will become more friendly. Robbie has traveled meeting over 3% of the global population while documenting his journey through a soon-to-be-released documentary and book, along with participating as a speaker in numerous engagements around the world. This weekend, he is holding a Peace Walk. It is a community event organized to bring cultures and communities together in conversation and reduce bullying and violence. People across the country are invited to take part in this Peace Walk. Together we can walk for peace and talk to strangers! Join us in spreading good news. Follow us on hooplaha.com. HooplaHa is Only Good News. We believe that positivity can change lives and strive to be the voice of humanity that recognizes people are good & doing good things for mankind. We shine a light on individuals and organizations involved in this movement. Help us celebrate people filled with kindness, those overcoming adversity with grace & inspiration, and the good in life.

After Accident, Backcountry Skier Lives Every Day Like It's His Last5m09s

After Accident, Backcountry Skier Lives Every Day Like It's His Last

An avid and expert backcountry skier and explorer, Josh Barilar's passion brought him to Colorado in 2007. His life revolved around backcountry skiing, but one day his life changed drastically. One beautiful white powder day, Josh was skiing with two friends (one being world record holder for most vertical feet in a year in backcountry skiing, Aaron Rice), when the unthinkable happened. Josh lost control in the snow on Fletcher Mountain, a 14,000' high mountain summit in the Tenmile Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America, 20 miles from Breckenridge, Colorado. He hit a stone wall breaking his femur and damaging the cartilage in his knee. He was wedged between the snow and rock when his friends found him and it took the search and rescue team 5 hours to find him and airlift him to the nearest hospital. He was told he may never run or backcountry ski again. But this was a diagnosis that he would not accept. "I don't think I've met anyone who likes skiing more than Josh. I think skiing is more important than breathing for him," explained his friend. How did Josh overcome this adversity? He stayed positive and focused on the things that motivated him. "You have to think as positive and present as possible... Go one step at a time because things can change..." What exactly motivated him to get better? "Being in the mountains is a big motivation to wake up every day, but also just being grateful you're still alive." Hopefully, we can all learn something from Josh's story of adversity, his motivation, and perseverance to overcome it and do the thing he loves most again. This HooplaHa original video was produced by Lucia Nazzaro, shot by Alex Richard, and edited by Kellie Sieban. Join us in spreading good news. Follow us on hooplaha.com. HooplaHa is Only Good News. We believe that positivity can change lives and strive to be the voice of humanity that recognizes people are good & doing good things for mankind. We shine a light on individuals and organizations involved in this movement. Help us celebrate people filled with kindness, those overcoming adversity with grace & inspiration, and the good in life.

Breast Cancer Inspires Twin Sisters To Cook Healthy2m45s

Breast Cancer Inspires Twin Sisters To Cook Healthy

Just around the corner comes Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the start to the holiday season, which means it's the best time for twin sisters, chefs, and cookbook authors Joy & Judy to break out their favorite healthy holiday recipes! In the latest episode of the HooplaHa Original series Twin Sisters, Love & Cooking!, the saucy sisters of healthy twists prepare their fall favorite…. the Hearty Autumn Stew! Judy and Joy's cooking dream started in 2009 when they entered and won a Food Network contest, but their world shifted in 2012 when Judy was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Now 3 years as a survivor, Judy and Joy have re-focused their cooking and put healthy twists on the family favorite recipes they grew up with. "When you're going through chemo, you're supposed to eat healthy. I was craving all the traditional recipes that my mom used to cook for me. So, we had to make all the traditional recipes healthier!" said Judy. Their unique approach to cooking and their dynamic personalities quickly turned the twins into TV talk shows' favorite sister chefs! So, this Breast Cancer Awareness month, Judy and Joy's advice does not only include to cook this amazing dish, but for women to "get your mammograms!" This video was produced by Tracy Chevrier and shot/edited by Yura Makarov.

Female Veterans Get ‘Makeovers That Matter’1m23s

Female Veterans Get ‘Makeovers That Matter’

For female veterans, returning to the workforce can be hard and downright scary. Makeovers That Matter was founded in 2012 by Michael John (MJ) Derricott. The focus of this organization is to help female veterans and economically challenged women get back to work. Makeovers That Matter offers these women free hair, makeup and wardrobe counseling services to help them look interview ready. This not only helps them look their best, but also feel their best and be more confident. These veterans also have access to free counseling with an employment specialist who will help them write their resumes, teach them how to successfully interview for a potential position, and learn about long term career opportunities. It doesn't stop there... they also get empowerment counseling to help instill the confidence they need to get back on their feet, because they believe makeovers work from the inside out! To learn more, checkout their website and Facebook page.

Fashion Fights Poverty With This Fashion Boot Camp2m08s

Fashion Fights Poverty With This Fashion Boot Camp

Did you know one t-shirt takes over 700 gallons of water to manufacture? Fashion Fights Poverty, a fashion fundraiser and charity organization, is dedicated to raising awareness for initiatives that encourage and support creative, effective, and sustainable means of challenging poverty. At their one-week Fashion Boot camp summer classes, students engage in creative classes to boost their self-esteem and introduce them to different areas of the fashion industry, including styling, production, design, photography, modeling, among others, integrated with eco-ethical principles. Watch this video to learn more about this amazing initiative!

80-Year-Old Champion Bodybuilder Sets Guinness World Record3m17s

80-Year-Old Champion Bodybuilder Sets Guinness World Record

Ernestine “Ernie” Shepherd proves age truly is just a number. At age 80 she is a personal trainer, a professional model, a competitive bodybuilder and happier and more fulfilled than she’s ever been in her life. In March of 2010, on stage in Rome, Italy she was given the title of World’s Oldest Performing Female Bodybuilder by Guinness World Records. Have you ever broken a world record? Me neither! Go Ernie! You may be surprised to hear that she wasn't always this dedicated to her health. At age 56 she was a sedentary, well-padded school secretary and “slug” who had never worked out a day in her life. It wasn't until Ernie and her sister, Velvet went bathing suit shopping that her view changed. They both laughed at their figures and realized they needed to get in shape. Ernestine and her sister joined a gym and started working out together. Very sadly though, Velvet died suddenly from a brain aneurysm. Devastated, Ernestine stopped going to the gym. After some months of mourning the loss of her sister, a friend opened her eyes to the fact that Velvet would want her to continue what they started. Ernie returned to the gym with a reignited determination to get fit. Starting slowly and building her body step by little step, Ernestine over time completely transformed not only her body, but her life, too. She has never been happier. She trains mostly senior women and still trains as a competitive athlete and motivational speaker. Age, size, nor expectations could keep this go getter from reaching her dreams! Join us in spreading good news. Follow us on hooplaha.com. HooplaHa is Only Good News. We believe that positivity can change lives and strive to be the voice of humanity that recognizes people are good & doing good things for mankind. We shine a light on individuals and organizations involved in this movement. Help us celebrate people filled with kindness, those overcoming adversity with grace & inspiration, and the good in life.

Sunny Days Ahead For New Sunglass Company That's Helping Feed America3m39s

Sunny Days Ahead For New Sunglass Company That's Helping Feed America

This small business that started in its founder's basement, is now making a big difference! Founded by Chris Ratterman, Shady Rays makes the business of giving back its mission. The small, American owned sunglass company started 5 years ago in Louisville, Kentucky. Although it's still young, it's making great strides. With the motto Live Hard. We Got You.™, Shady Rays focuses on making the best and most stylish sunglasses for anytime/anywhere wear and thanks to their high-quality shatterproof lenses and durable construction, they offer a Lifetime Craftsmanship Warranty and Free Replacements for any lost or broken glasses. But that's not the most impressive part about this company! Every order purchased through Shady Rays secures 11 meals for hungry Americans through the nonprofit program, Feeding America. The ultimate goal - to provide 1 million meals to hungry Americans every year. Shady Rays is a next generation company, full of action seekers who provide innovative sports gear meant for everything life throws at you. They're building a dynamic team full of Brand Ambassadors and Sponsored Athletes who have a passion for change. Among them is Buffalo Bills running back LeSean "Shady" McCoy who has his own special edition Shady Rays sunglasses line. 25% of all his sales go to his foundation Shades of Greatness, which supports both inner city youth and ALS research. Now that Shady Rays has a centralized location at Bluegrass' warehouse in Lexington, (where it's able to ship its merchandise around the country) and a team of difference-makers on the field working hard for the company, the future is looking bright for this sunglasses company on a mission. Are you ready to make a difference? Visit ShadyRays.com for more information on how to get involved. This HooplaHa original video was produced by Tracy Chevrier, shot by Sandra Garcia, and edited by Kellie Sieban. Join us in spreading good news. Follow us on hooplaha.com. HooplaHa is Only Good News. We believe that positivity can change lives and strive to be the voice of humanity that recognizes people are good & doing good things for mankind. We shine a light on individuals and organizations involved in this movement. Help us celebrate people filled with kindness, those overcoming adversity with grace & inspiration, and the good in life.

Shoe Artisan Inspired His Community With His Story Of Diligence, Hope, And Survival - Stem Cells Save Life6m48s

Shoe Artisan Inspired His Community With His Story Of Diligence, Hope, And Survival - Stem Cells Save Life

At the age of 39, this husband, father of 2, and successful women's shoe designer, Peter Finnie was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. Now, at the age 60, he is cancer free, inspiring us with his story of hope, and sharing his good fortune with his community. When Peter was first diagnosed with lymphoma cancer in 1996, the disease was not curable and he had anywhere from 5-25 years to live. Advised by his father, who was a doctor, Peter looked for alternative therapies to avoid chemotherapy because he feared it could cause his cancer to become more aggressive. For 8 years Peter traveled around the country, visiting doctors who would treat him using alternative, homeopathic treatments. Years after his diagnosis, Peter had to start chemotherapy.... but by this time, he was also able to receive a stem cell transplant, which didn't exist when he was first diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to his sister, who was a perfect match for a stem cell transplant, his cancer is now cured! "If I had done chemotherapy early on, I probably wouldn't be sitting here today. What saved my life was the fact that I waited enough time where an incurable disease became a curable disease because stem cell transplants didn't exist when I was first diagnosed with cancer. Now, I'm cured." Peter decided it was time to give back to his community who supported him through his battle with cancer, so he opened a store that showcases local vendors called "Local Soul". Being an artisan himself, he created the store in honor of his community. (He even got the community involved in naming the store with a contest.) "This business brings people together... People feel like this is their store." Peter's strength, his story of survival, and his support of his local community are inspiring us all! This HooplaHa original video was produced by Tracy Chevrier, shot by Johnny Perez, and edited by Kellie Sieban. To see more good news, follow us on Facebook and sign up for our Only Good News Newsletter.

Every Child Should Have The Opportunity To Go To College… And This Organization Is Making That Promise!4m42s

Every Child Should Have The Opportunity To Go To College… And This Organization Is Making That Promise!

For many Americans, the thought of college tuition is daunting, but there's a program sweeping the nation to ease the financial burdens and allow more students to get a higher education. The College Promise Campaign is a national initiative to build support for funding the first two years of community college. The goal is to make those first two years as universal and free as high school. While it's a national movement, local communities and states are leading the way to create College Promise programs, which will cover the tuition and fees for eligible, hardworking students who apply. One of those hard working students who's benefitted from these programs is Virginia Hughes from Maryville, Tennessee. Due to her family's financial situation, Virginia was unable to afford college without financial support. Thanks to Tennessee's College Promise program, Virginia went to Pellissippi State Community College and onto the University of Tennessee, where she earned her degree in Anthropology. Virginia is now the first in her family to graduate from college! "Tennessee Promise changed my life. I got to live the dream of going to college. Being the first person in my family to ever graduate with a college degree, I have opportunities that I would have never had available to me, had I not had the Tennessee College Promise to help pay for college," says Virginia. In 2015, the White House under President Obama launched the Heads Up Campaign to gain support for the national free community college initiative. Many celebrities including Chris Rock, Louis C.K, and of course Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden were involved in getting the word out about this program. This year Civic Nation, the parent organization for College Promise and Heads Up America launched with the goal of campaigning to raise awareness for and acting on the United States' most pressing challenges. These organizations are all working together to eliminate the financial burdens of college and implement a national free community college initiative. This HooplaHa original video was produced by Tracy Chevrier, shot by Craig Aspen, and edited by Kellie Sieban. To see more good news, follow us on Facebook and sign up for our Only Good News Newsletter.

Emotional Stories Of Survivorship: This Video Will Move Every Woman Who Has Ever Been Affected By Cancer6m24s

Emotional Stories Of Survivorship: This Video Will Move Every Woman Who Has Ever Been Affected By Cancer

The Women Survivors Alliance finds a place where all women cancer survivors need to be! For the past 4 years, SURVIVORville in Nashville, TN has given hope and inspiration to more than 3,000 women from 49 states and 5 countries. They come together to rebuild their lives after a diagnosis of cancer. Produced by 29-year cancer survivor Karen Shayne and the Women Survivors Alliance, SURVIVORville connects these women and strengthens them emotionally for their own journeys with and beyond cancer. SURVIVORville serves these women with sessions ranging from emotional support to makeovers to the latest in medical breakthroughs. Shayne and her WSA volunteers are strong survivors themselves who know what it takes to persevere, overcome, and live life to the fullest. Through the event, they share that inspiration with attendees new to the cancer journey and unsure of their own path forward in life. "The Women Survivors Alliance is 501(c)(3) organization that was founded by women cancer survivors for women cancer survivors, and we have the time of our lives celebrating survivorship, learning more about our journey, becoming empowered, and ultimately giving hope to others," says Karen Shayne. In this, its fourth year, SURVIVORville culminated with the organization's signature stage show, My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage held at the Historic Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, Here, ten cancer survivors shared their own personal, heartfelt stories of perseverance in the face of uncertainty in shaping their own survivorship. The professionally produced stage show, co-founded by Joanna Montgomery and Shayne, created an avenue for women from around the country to tell the intimate details of their cancer stories. For some, this is the first time they've ever stepped into the spotlight. For all, it was a way to give hope and inspiration to everyone in the audience, survivors, and co-survivors, dealing with their own questions and fears about the journey. And that is the tie that binds these women so closely- hope and inspiration. "Every person's story is unique. Everyone's journey is different. Everyone's cancer is different, but the emotion is the same... and that's what this stage show is about – hope and inspiration," says Karen. This year's Stories from the Stage host and SURVIVORville keynote speaker was hometown favorite Scott Hamilton, an Olympic Gold Medalist and fellow cancer survivor. Scott motivated the audience with his own story of survivorship and inspiration, noting his incredible journey prompted him to create Scott Hamilton CARES (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education, and Survivorship) Foundation, an organization that often partners with the Women Survivors Alliance in creating survivorship programs. The Women Survivors Alliance is an all-volunteer organization and depends on donor support for the two programs. To assist the WSA or to share your own story of trial, inspiration, and accomplishment, please visitWomensurvivorsalliance.org. There is, indeed, strength in numbers, and the WSA welcomes all women survivors to its ranks, to grow stronger together. This HooplaHa original video was produced by television veteran, Marcia Mulé, shot by Craig Aspen and edited by Kellie Sieban. Additional footage of the event was provided by Philip Bradley of New Focus Network. To see more good news, follow us on Facebook and sign up for our Only Good News Newsletter.

Best Friend Teens Are Selling Handmade Bracelets To Help Heal Cleft Lip & Palate4m22s

Best Friend Teens Are Selling Handmade Bracelets To Help Heal Cleft Lip & Palate

Lifelong friends Sanjana and Nandini are raising money for children with cleft lip and palate by selling handmade charm bracelets for $5 and donating 100% of their proceeds to Smile Train. Thanks to these two teenagers and the charity business they created called Side By Side Smiles, more children are getting their smiles back. Smile Train is an international children's charity that implements the sustainable resources and training that developing countries need in order to solve the problem of cleft lip and palate. With over 170,000 babies born with cleft lip and palate each year, millions of children in developing countries cannot speak, eat, breathe, or hear properly. Cleft surgery is a simple, solvable strategy and makes an immediate difference in the lives of these children. Born with a cleft lip, Sanjana decided she wanted to help the children of developing countries who can't afford the $250 cleft lip surgery. Since she and her best friend each come from families who make jewelry, Sanjana and Nandini decided they would make handmade charm bracelets and sell them to raise money and awareness for this solvable problem. Both their moms are also involved in the business, offering support and business help only when needed. "Right from the get-go this has been their project," starts Vijaya (Sanjana's mom), "It's them running the show and we're in the background for support when and if they need us," finishes Maha (Nandini's mom). Each charm bracelet contains charms that signify a greater meaning, as they all come with a heart, key, and an arrow (or feather depending on the bracelet). The heart represents the love and awareness they're trying to spread, the key shows how every person holds a key to a child's smile, and the arrow (or feather) shows how easy it is to make a difference since they are so light and graceful. So far, the girls have made over 500 bracelets and are on their way of reaching their goal to raise $5,000 by the end of the year. Join in their bigger goal to raise $100,000 for curing children with cleft lip and palate by visiting their website Side By Side Smiles and making a donation. This HooplaHa original video was produced by Tracy Chevrier, shot by Elliot Rosen, and edited by Kellie Sieban. Join us in spreading good news. Follow us on hooplaha.com. HooplaHa is Only Good News. We believe that positivity can change lives and strive to be the voice of humanity that recognizes people are good & doing good things for mankind. We shine a light on individuals and organizations involved in this movement. Help us celebrate people filled with kindness, those overcoming adversity with grace & inspiration, and the good in life.

“A Concert For My Mom” – This Talented Musician Holds A Benefit Concert For His Mother Battling ALS4m03s

“A Concert For My Mom” – This Talented Musician Holds A Benefit Concert For His Mother Battling ALS

Hundreds of friends from her hometown community of New Canaan, CT came out to hear Ann Depuy's son Nick and his band perform, which included a song dedicated to his mother's fight against ALS. Ann was a vital part of the community, touching all with her warmth, generosity, and compassion before she succumbed to this debilitating disease five years ago. She was the head of the local Welcome Wagon, a Deacon at their church and an exceptional part time employee at the local library. Her zest for life, sports, books, and cooking was an inspiration to all. She gave so much and now the community wants to give back. This benefit concert was the culmination of generosity from all corners of town: Webster Bank underwrote the event at Summer Theatre of New Canaan, local sponsors Baldanza Natural Market & Cafe, and Franco's Wines Merchants donated food & drink and the staff from the theater all donated their time for this exceptional woman. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, a debilitating nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function, keeps taking from Ann and she now requires full time round the clock care to keep her at home with her loving family. This is beyond what her husband Warner, Nick and daughter Michaela can provide. The medical costs of $10,000 - $12,000 per month is taking its toll financially so Nick, an accomplished musician and song writer, gathered his band (including Michaela) to perform for his mother at this benefit concert. "My mom was always really encouraging of me in whatever creative endeavors that I took on. There are so many people that love my mom, know my family, and want to help my family and I'm grateful for that," Nick says. It was a magnificent night listening to songs from his new album, "Right On Time" and spending time with a community full of love for one of their own. It gives wonderful meaning to Pay It Forward. You can help Ann and her family by making a donation on their GoFundMe page. You can follow Nick and his music on his Facebook page and you can purchase his song "Fallen Suns" (featured in this video) and part of his latest album "Right On Time" through Amazon. This HooplaHa original video was produced by Tracy Chevrier, shot by Johnny Perez, and edited by Richard Tarantino. Join us in spreading good news. Follow us on hooplaha.com. HooplaHa is Only Good News. We believe that positivity can change lives and strive to be the voice of humanity that recognizes people are good & doing good things for mankind. We shine a light on individuals and organizations involved in this movement. Help us celebrate people filled with kindness, those overcoming adversity with grace & inspiration, and the good in life.

Making #Watermelon Granita With Kid Chef Peter2m58s

Making #Watermelon Granita With Kid Chef Peter

This 10-year old chef can make you a superstar in the kitchen! Cook with Peter on HooplaHa.com features simple recipes kids love to eat and make! In this video, Chef Peter prepares Watermelon Granita, a refreshing 2-ingredient dessert perfect for summer! **Watermelon Granita** INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 watermelon 1 lime DIRECTIONS: Cut the watermelon in cubes. Drizzle a whole lime in the blender. You can add zest of lime for intense lime flavor (optional). Pour the fruit mix in a glass container of any size and put in the freezer for 8-24 hours. After it is frozen, scrape granita into icy flakes with a fork. Serve in a nice bowl, fun glass, or eat right out of the pan! Recommendations from Chef Peter: You can use any fruit of your preference or frozen coffee drizzled with condensed milk on top...Hmmm YUM!!

Add A One Of A Kind, Amazing Experience To Your Next Vacation AND Help Support The Local Community5m15s

Add A One Of A Kind, Amazing Experience To Your Next Vacation AND Help Support The Local Community

Visit.org is a worldwide leading organization that helps vacationers book one-day travel experiences with do-good organizations, where 100% of the proceeds go back to the local communities. Out of the $2.3 trillion travel and tourism industry, only about 5% stays in the local community. Wishing to change this, as well as provide an opportunity for cultural integration, CEO and Co-Founder of visit.org Michal Alter has created an eye-opening, transformative experience, which includes genuine human interaction to improve the public knowledge of and engagement with society's needs. The idea of immersion travel turned into a global movement when Alter teamed up with local non-profits and community-based organizations hailing from all corners of the world and joining in their passion for experiential travel and social impact. Visit.org is building the world's leading platform for social impact travel experiences, allowing millions of users to discover, support, and interact with 'do-good' organizations both virtually and in-person. They are now on track for every trip itinerary (personal or professional) to include a minimum of one half-day social impact travel experience by 2025. "We want to make the world a better place through travel," says Alter. What are daily immersion travel programs? Here are some examples. You can take a day walk in New Dehli, learn about the marginalized children of the city, and support the shelter homes' provisions of healthcare and education. Or you could hike Machu Picchu, connect with local families in the mountain region, and eat locally sourced cocoa mate. Or you can even be like Rajvi Desai from New York... she chose the League of Kitchen Tours, a non-profit that offers an immersive culinary adventure in which immigrants host cooking workshops in their homes. The cost of the workshop is invested back into the immigrant families that League of Kitchens supports throughout the city. For more information on this culturally-enriching, one-of-a-kind travel experience, visit https://visit.org/. This HooplaHa original video was produced by Tracy Chevrier, shot by Varya Rootwood, and edited by Kellie Sieban. Join us in spreading good news. Follow us on hooplaha.com. HooplaHa is Only Good News. We believe that positivity can change lives and strive to be the voice of humanity that recognizes people are good & doing good things for mankind. We shine a light on individuals and organizations involved in this movement. Help us celebrate people filled with kindness, those overcoming adversity with grace & inspiration, and the good in life.

InspiringHooplaHaAlthetes_FINAL2m58s

InspiringHooplaHaAlthetes_FINAL

These 8 amazing athletes will inspire you with their stories of adversity and how they didn't let anything stand in their way of success! 1) Nate Loomis was paralyzed below the waist in a 1998 body surfing accident. After his injury Nate, who played lacrosse in high school, worried he would never have another opportunity to play a contact sport. Once Nate was introduced to wheelchair rugby, often called quad rugby, he immediately became hooked and joined a team. Described by his teammates as a warrior on the court, Nate says he's more confident than ever and lives for the challenge and camaraderie the sport provides him. 2) The Long Island Bombers are a dedicated group of baseball enthusiasts and athletes from Long Island, NY. They just happen to be blind and visually impaired. The Bombers play beep baseball, a modified version of traditional baseball that uses a beeping ball and buzzing bases to guide the players to score a run. The team shows us that no matter what obstacles are ahead, the ability to succeed lies within all of us. 3) One day in 1995, David Wagner broke his neck in a freak accident at the beach. His life was forever changed -- paralyzed from the mid-chest down and with limited feeling in his hands, David started a rehab program which included playing table tennis. Realizing he had a special talent with a racquet, David began playing competitive tennis in 1999. David became the number 1-ranked quad wheelchair tennis player in the world, won 6 medals at the Paralympic Games (2 of them gold), and his first Grand Slam US Open win in 2010. Off the court, Wagner is a speaker to provide inspiration to other athletes and the disabled. 4) Athletes With Disabilities (AWD) Synchronized Swim is the first of its kind in the United States. The sport is more than mesmerizing, it is helping people with disabilities take their lives back. 15-year-old Raquel Boales was born with a birth injury which resulted in a disability called Erbs Palsy, she also struggles with ADHD. Raquel uses aquatics therapy which includes synchronized swimming for healing. 5) To NBA fans, Chris Herren looked like he had it all. Money, fame, and a gorgeous family. However, his life away from the bright lights of the NBA court was ridden with addiction to drugs and alcohol. In his efforts to prevent others from following the same tumultuous path he did, Chris created "The Herren Project" a mission to increase awareness and addiction prevention. 6) Anthony Ianni was diagnosed with autism (PDD) at age 4. Anthony defied all odds by not only graduating high school, but going on to graduate MSU with a degree in Sociology. While he was there, he was not only the first autistic person to play college basketball, but he was part of TWO Big Ten Championships and a Final Four. As if these successes weren't enough, he now helps others live their dreams. On 'The Relentless Tour with Anthony Ianni' he shares his story and helps stop bullying across the state of Michigan. He also helps and mentors the children at Kids On The Go, a camp for special needs kids. 7) Arianna Tanghe is the youngest sibling of two athletes and longed to experience the rush of crossing the finish line just like her brother and sister before her. There is just one complication... Arianna has Cerebral Palsy. This determined teen has never let her disability stop her despite blindness and her wheel chair restrictions. In 2012, Team Ari was formed, when Arianna's mother, Kelli pushed Arianna in her first 5k race. By her 13th birthday, the power mother-daughter duo completed 13 half marathons! Today, the sky is the limit for Team Ari as they continue training for their first triathlon! 8) These servicemen may have lost limbs overseas, but on the field, they don't need special treatment. Once the competitive juices get flowing, that becomes very clear as these wounded warriors go head to head with seasoned NFL veterans and Washington Redskins Alumni. But even greater than the rush of competition is the sense of camaraderie the guys gain for one another on the field. This HooplaHa original video was edited by HooplaHa's Intern Blake Rozelle. Join us in spreading good news. Follow us on hooplaha.com. HooplaHa is Only Good News. We believe that positivity can change lives and strive to be the voice of humanity that recognizes people are good & doing good things for mankind. We shine a light on individuals and organizations involved in this movement. Help us celebrate people filled with kindness, those overcoming adversity with grace & inspiration, and the good in life.

These "Kindness Rocks" Are Starting A Happiness Movement!3m28s

These "Kindness Rocks" Are Starting A Happiness Movement!

The Kindness Rocks Project is inspiring people to be kind and happy! Founder, Megan Murphy started randomly placing rocks, painted with inspirational quotes and sayings, on the beaches of Cape Cod and now people from all around the world are doing the same thing! Megan is creating a happiness movement! In her first year alone, Megan has painted and placed 300 rocks a week on the Cape Cod beaches during the spring and summer months. Now, the rocks don't just span across the United States, thousands of the rocks can be found in 9 countries around the world. Founded 2 and 1/2 years ago, Megan's inspiration for Kindness Rocks came when she was walking on the beach. After realizing how often people look for "signs in the sand", Megan decided she was going to start leaving happy and positive messages on the rocks in the sand. The best part about this project is the connection. After people find these rocks, they bring the idea back to their communities, start the project there, and the cycle of kindness continues. "One message can change someone's day, outlook, or life and that's what this project does," says Megan Murphy. Megan Murphy is a Women's Empowerment Coach, she is a business mentor for SCORE, freelance writer, 2017 O Magazine Insider, Founder of The Kindness Rocks Project, Lecturer and Vice President of Flower Angels USA, a Non-profit located on Cape Cod. This HooplaHa original video was produced by Tracy Chevrier, shot by Matt Kravitsky, and edited by Richard Tarantino. Join us in spreading good news. Follow us on hooplaha.com. HooplaHa is Only Good News. We believe that positivity can change lives and strive to be the voice of humanity that recognizes people are good & doing good things for mankind. We shine a light on individuals and organizations involved in this movement. Help us celebrate people filled with kindness, those overcoming adversity with grace & inspiration, and the good in life.  Visit Us At http://www.hooplaha.com Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hooplaha Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/hooplaha

Derby & Rookie: The Trenton Thunder Baseball Batdogs2m32s

Derby & Rookie: The Trenton Thunder Baseball Batdogs

The Trenton Thunder, a minor league baseball affiliate of the NY Yankees, has an unusual way of getting through the dog days of summer. Meet Batdog Derby and his son Rookie, a Batdog in training. During the first inning of every Thunder home game, Derby replaces the regular batboy and retrieves the bats of the home team. We caught up with the dynamic duo during a "Bark in the Park" night, where fans were allowed to bring their own dogs to the game. Join us in spreading good news. Follow us on hooplaha.com. HooplaHa is Only Good News. We believe that positivity can change lives and strive to be the voice of humanity that recognizes people are good & doing good things for mankind. We shine a light on individuals and organizations involved in this movement. Help us celebrate people filled with kindness, those overcoming adversity with grace & inspiration, and the good in life.