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Great News: Meet The Runner Who Helped a Competitor Finish The Race

Every Monday morning we bring you feel good stories to balance out all the bad news

September 30, 2019

Today on Kevin & Bean we have GREAT NEWS stories for you. We find news stories that make you feel good and restore your faith in humanity to balance out all the bad news you hear on the news.

This morning Kevin introduced us to two runners competing in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. On opening day, Braima Suncar Dabo of Guinea-Bissau and Jonathan Busby of Aruba were on the home stretch of the Men’s 5,000-meter heat. Busby is on the verge of collapsing and seems unable to finish the race. Neither of them is going to win so Dabo stops to help a fellow runner finish the race together. He takes his arm and puts it over his shoulder and carries him all the way down to the finish line. The crowd sees Dabo’s gesture of sportsmanship and comradery and they begin to go wild and huge cheers erupt. This was Kevin’s GREAT NEWS!!!

Bean brought our attention to 6-year-old Sammy Flynn. Her father Richard Flynn owns WAR Performance, a motorcycle repair shop based out of Marengo, IL. Sammy and her dad were at the Wild West Town theme park in Union, IL last month celebrating her 6th birthday party when her dad got a call that there was a stranded motorcyclist. Richard worried about having to leave his daughters party early, but Sammy was willing to go help a motorcyclist in need and insisted on going along help. Weeks later the motorcyclist returned to the repair shop to give her a thank you gift for her compassion. All the motorcyclists in Marengo that heard about it came together to sing Happy Birthday to her. The Wild West theme park even volunteered to throw her another birthday party free of charge. This was Bean’s GREAT NEWS!!!

Allie told us about 64-year-old Brazilian grandfather Joao Stanganelli. When he was in his 30’s he began developing Vitiligo, a disease in which the skin loses pigment and color in patches. He’s semi-retired now and crochet’s dolls. The first doll that he made, he gave to his granddaughter. He decided to give the doll Vitiligo so that his granddaughter so that she would be able to explain to people that her grandfather has Vitiligo and that he made the doll to look like him. From that Joao realized how important inclusivity is for children and for the children with Vitiligo to be represented in these dolls because the dolls look like them. He has now gone on to make these crochet dolls for children with Vitiligo because he wants them to feel like they matter because they are also normal. This was Allie’s GREAT NEWS!!!

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