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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.

This Week In Sports with Calder Hodge! (E1)

If you're like us, you're CRAVING SPORTS….. ANY KIND OF SPORTS!!!

So we created a show to help you get your fix - filled with great moments in sports, your favorite players and teams, and even super fun trivia... all hosted by our friend and a budding young athlete himself, destined to be part of sports history!

Welcome to This Week in Sports with Calder Hodge!

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My Gym For Kids - Now Virtual!

Without school Gym Class or Spring/Summer sports, how will kids stay healthy, active and fit?

One answer comes from our friends at My Gym. With access restricted to their locations across the U.S. and the world, they have been hard at work during these difficult times producing My Gym LIVE; fun-filled virtual classes to entertain kids 6 months to 10 years and keep them active!

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A Baby Goat and Emu Find Friendship on Rescue Farm

You have never seen a love story like this before!

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This Hero is Getting PPE to Hospital Workers - Only Good Heroes (E2)

OnlyGood TV presents its brand new original series, Only Good Heroes, where 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 Rhonda Roland Shearer the founder of the Art Science Research Laboratory and the driving force behind "cutredtape4heroes.org", the grassroots campaign that is meeting a critical need by supplying healthcare workers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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Dance Gave Her Love, a Community, and an Identity

At 2 1/2 years old, Shaina Schwartz and her Mom went to see the Nutcracker. Even though this was the first time she had ever seen any kind of a dance performance, as soon as it was over she excitedly said, "Mommy, that's what I want to do!"

Her long road toward becoming a dancer and then an owner and founder of a dance company had its share of ups and downs. Shaina started taking ballet lessons at a professional studio in New Hampshire at 5 years old and in her younger years, the regimen and regularity of the training was a good fit for her serious nature.

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Gold Star Moms Share The True Meaning of Memorial Day

What is the REAL meaning for Memorial Day? Every Memorial Day we get a long weekend, spend time with friends and family, BBQ's and take boat rides, but forget so often what this day is REALLY for.

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These Portraits Of Fallen Heroes Are Healing Hearts

There may be no right answer on how to grieve a loved one, but Michael G. Reagan and George W. Bush have found ways to help.

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How To Make A Heat or Ice Pack Out of an 'Are You Kidding Sock'!

Sebastian Martinez, kid CEO of "Are You Kidding Socks", is stepping up to contribute unique DIY ideas to keep people healthy and safe during this pandemic.

In this mini DIY episode, watch how Sebastian combines a common household item from his pantry and one of his socks to create a heat or ice pack to soothe those sore muscles from all the extra exercising we are doing at home. Ahhh, what a relief!

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