Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day: Kyle Camp, a 10-year-old with Down syndrome, went missing Tuesday afternoon. Within hours, hundreds of friends and family had fanned out to find him.
When he didn’t turn up, they feared the worst.
But 18 hours after he was last seen, Kyle was discovered safe and sound in a creek — along with a mini expedition: His four puppies had kept him warm overnight in the woods until their barks gave up their location.
People aren’t always awful. Sometimes, they’re maybe even just a little bit wonderful.
Yeah I think this is worth reblogging.
Badass Dad of the Day: Karl Kesel, a writer and inker for DC Comics, is selling a trove of old comics that he’s been collecting and preserving since childhood.
What for? The Kesels recently adopted a baby with heroin-addicted birth parents, and need money to pay for the child’s rehabilitation costs.
Kesel has found some solace in the sale:I don’t necessarily feel like I’m putting away childish things. I may be putting away my childish things. But I’m embracing Isaac’s.
I think I’m getting another childhood here.
Surprise Visit of the Day: Christian Bale has arrived at Aurora, CO’s Swedish Medical Center to visit many of the recovering victims of last week’s tragic shooting.
A movement has been circulating on social media networks for Bale to appear as Batman, but it seems the actor made a tasteful choice to leave the cape and cowl at home. More pictures of the visit can be seen here.
If only more Wal-Marts were turned into libraries, this nation might pull its head out of its ass. After a Wal-Mart in McAllen, Texas was closed down, the town decided to turn the huge big box space into a public library. A really damn good library that makes people actually want to go to the library again.
Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day: Four-year-old comic book fan Anthony Smith is deaf in his right ear and has hearing damage in his left. He also refused to wear his hearing aid (which he calls “Blue Ear” because it is blue), because “superheroes don’t wear hearing aids.” So in a long-shot attempt to help her son, Anthony’s mom emailed Marvel for ideas.
“She didn’t know a specific person to write to here at Marvel, and even figured it might get caught in our spam filters, but she sent it in anyway, because that’s the kind of great parent Christina is,” said Marvel editor Bill Rosemann. “And it was her inspiring effort to help her son that touched so many of us here. As a fellow parent of a toddler, I can understand where she’s coming from, so I forwarded the email around the rest of Editorial, asking what we could do to help, and like when Cap yells, ‘Avengers Assemble,’ the gang leapt into action.”
Not only did Anthony receive an image of the superhero Hawkeye, who lost 80 percent of his hearing back in the ’80s and wore hearing aids — Anthony also received a drawing of a brand-new superhero: “Blue Ear.”
Now, with his hearing aid back in, Anthony is able to “fight battles and help people.” His preschool, for hearing-impaired kids, recently hosted a superhero week to inspire the students to overcome their limitations.
DON’T miss the video. It’s the best thing you’ll see all day.
“Hi, Loki!” my wife said (100% sure she didn’t know Tom Hiddleston’s name). “Can my son get a picture with you?” she asked. “Can I put him on my shoulders?” Loki asks. “Um … okay?” is Jill’s response and hands Tom Hiddleston our son. He hoists him up on to his shoulders (I should mention that this guy is like 8 feet tall), and my wife takes out her Blackberry, only to find that it’s on its last battery leg. Nonetheless she manages to get a couple of shots. Hiddleston puts Edison down, shakes his hand and says goodbye…
… Evans crouches down next to Edison, who extends his hand and shakes the hand of The First Avenger. “Can I see your shield?” Evans asks and Edison hands his battered toy shield over. “Wow, you’re getting a lot of use out of this. You fighting a lot of bad guys with this?” he asks. Chris Evans and Edison proceed to have a conversation about the finer points of shields and fighting the enemy.
Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day: Scott Widak has Down syndrome and is terminally ill with liver disease, and he loves to receive mail. So his nephew Sean O’Connor recently posted his P.O. Box on Reddit, to see whether anyone might be interested in sending his uncle a letter: “One of my uncle’s favorite things to do is open mail, and I thought that if he got a lot of mail it would cheer him up.”
It’s been a month since the post, and Widak, an artist, has received mail from all over the world, including the United States, Sweden, Finland, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Mexico. Redditors have sent heartfelt letters, custom artwork, art supplies, DVDs, and personal keepsakes.
“The mail that’s arrived has all been extremely positive and thoughtful,” O’Connor says. “My family and I are amazed at how so many strangers could come together for a random act of kindness.”
Don’t miss the rest of the pics — they’ll make your Monday.
Kickass Kid of the Day: Coleman Shannon was born with a medical condition known as Amelia, in which his right arm ends at the elbow. But no matter — the 14-year-old star of his local Little League team recently pitched a no-hitter.
“I’m the leader of the game,” Shannon said. “I’ve got a bunch of people to back me up and that’s the way the game is supposed to be played.”
Shannon’s parents said when they first tried to get him to use a prosthetic arm as a toddler, he hid the artificial limb and refused to use it because he didn’t think he needed it.
“I can say that probably 999 out of 1,000 that have a physical impairment like he does would have never even given themselves a chance and continued to go out there and play,” said Kyle Daniel, Shannon’s coach. “But he’s that exception. … When you think about what he’s been through and how much it’s taken him just to get to this point, when he went out and threw the no-hitter, it was just a cheerful time for everyone.”