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Shared Heartbreak Brought Together an NFL Player and an 8-Year Old Boy

For families with a member who is battling cancer, life can seem lonely. The trials and tribulations of such a scary disease can be very intense—how could anyone who hasn't gone through them understand?


Walk With Sally is an organization founded to provide loving support to children whose parents or siblings are fighting cancer, and they helped make a very special match between two people who could understand one another's experience personally. Adam Svitek, a former NFL professional, lost his father to cancer when Adam was just 31. He joined Walk With Sally for the express purpose of mentoring youngsters who were struggling in similar situations. That's how he met Rocco.

"I felt like, really lonely," Rocco says of the time after he learned that his mother Danette had breast cancer. "And I couldn't talk to anybody about it, because I felt like nobody would understand."

"Then Will came, and he changed it all."

Will and Rocco bonded instantly, according to both sides. The two spent time together that could be quiet or active, but was always helpful in healing the wounds that Rocco carried around due to his mother's diagnosis.

Fortunately, this story has a happy ending: today, Danette is cancer-free! And Rocco describes Will as his best friend.

Of the impact that he's able to make through Walk With Sally, Will says: "It's a part of life, the bigger game of life, when it comes to cancer and how it's affected our families." To learn more about Walk With Sally, go to their website or Facebook page.

This video was produced by Tracy Chevrier, shot by Edward Earl Newton and edited by Brett Dahlenburg. To see more stories like this, check out our HooplaHa YouTube page.

Caring Couture Makes Scarves By Employing Adults With Down Syndrome

** To highlight "Small Business Friday" here is a story about a small organization that opens its doors to people of all abilities. **

This is the ultimate story of a mothers love for her child. Boynton Beach, FL mom, Laurie Ruehlman wanted to spend more quality time with her daughter, Payton, who has Down Syndrome.

"I felt Payton was given to me for a reason," her Mom explained. "It was something bigger than just being her Mom."

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Cops Stop And Shop With Kids In Need

Back to school has a whole new meaning in Yarmouth, MA. One of the Yarmouth Police Department's back to school programs, Shop With A Cop, pairs up an officer with a child to prepare students for their school year.

"I think the most important part of the program is showing the kids that we're not always coming in to arrest somebody," noted Officer Brain Morrison. "We're here to help them and be friends with them."

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Turkey Carving Tips So You Won't Miss A Bite!

Yum... it's Thanksgiving. We set you up with some tips to cooking the perfect turkey, now on to the carving!

You may think it is easy... but you'd be surprised at how much meat you are actually missing. Executive Chef, Michael Luboff, for Stew Leonard's – the World's Largest Dairy Store and one of the most renowned grocery store chains in the U.S., gives some carving tips to make sure you savor every bit! Along with enjoying it, you want it to look presentable, too!

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Watch How These Goofy Gobblers Spend Their Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is near and the turkeys of Millstone Farm are ready to get moving! Although they're not sure where they're going, their hilarious banter and barnyard strutting is fun to hear and see! Onward, to the Thanksgiving table!

Millstone Farm is a seventy-one acre private, family-owned farm focused on regenerative farming, educational opportunities and innovative technologies that improve the health of our community, our animals and our land.

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These Heroes Are Providing Their Community with a Market of Hope - Only Good Heroes (E23)

In this OnlyGood TV original series 'Only Good Heroes', you'll meet some remarkable individuals and organizations who are making a huge difference in communities across the country, sparking action that pulls people together to battle the impact from this pandemic.

In this episode, host Lucia Nazzaro talks with Keith Tankson and Azariah Baker, the co-founders of Austin Harvest, a youth-led open air fresh-market that provides fresh produce, flowers, as well as a positive spirit and hope for the residents of the Austin neighborhood of Chicago.

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A Celebration For Turkeys On Turkey Day!

Happy Turkey/Thanksgiving Day! We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with food, family, friends, and loved ones!! Gobble, gobble!

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7 Tips To Cooking The Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving dinner is the most anticipated cooking/eating event of the year. But don't let the stress of creating a perfect meal get you down. Have a calm, stress free holiday and spend more time with your family by following these simple tips!

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A Greener Ride Why Biking Beats Driving To Work

Marianne is a Lowell, Massachusetts native who loves to commute to work on her bike.

"I often come to work or go to meetings and here people talking about how bad the bridge traffic is or how bad it was to be stuck behind a school bus.," she noted. "I often just think to myself how thankful I am for my bike commute because that never, ever happens to me."

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