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This Shoe Artisan Inspired His Community With His Story Of Diligence, Hope, And Survival

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.

Traveling Piano Man Finds The Key To Life!

** OGTV's second GOOD STORY of the week is about a young man who follows his heart down his own path to happiness rather than settling for an unfulfilling life. **

Music and the freedom to see new places opened a young man's eyes to a life of inspiration! Five years ago, Dotan Negrin quit his steady and stable 9-5 job day job in New York City to travel around the world with his piano.

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The Creation Of Us (E8) – Welcome Baby Antler!

** OGTV's second The Creation Of Us S1 playlist story of the week is the long awaited season 1 finale about the joyous arrival of Baby Antler! Congratulation Aydian and Jenilee! **

After a year filled with planning, pregnancy, training, and waiting… patiently…. Jenilee and Aydian have welcomed their adorable, precious Antler into the world! In this episode of The Creation Of Us, we follow the twists and turns of their story of how Antler was born, and how Jenilee and Aydian are adjusting to being a new family of three.

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Black Girls Do Bike - Women's Group Bikes for Fitness and Connection

"I have this smile that doesn't go way. I realized that whenever I was on the bike...I was always happy!"

This positive affirmation is from Cadesha Prawl-Hill, a member of the New Haven, CT chapter of Black Girls Do Bike (BGDB), a national organization that is helping women across the country to take on a more active exercise routine and boost up their emotional and social well being.

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Double Amputee Football Star - The Calder Hodge Story

** OGTV's first GOOD STORY of the week is about a young man in Texas with high hopes and big dreams. He wants to be the first Double Amputee QB in the NFL! **

Many kids who love sports growing up dream of playing for their High School team and maybe even continuing on to play in college. Most kids with these dreams aren't like Calder Hodge, who was born without tibia bones and had his legs amputated above the knees when he was 2 and a half. This setback might have stifled the dreams of an ordinary kid, but with unbounded enthusiasm and determination, and the help of prosthetic blades, Calder, now 13, has learned to walk, run and channel his love of football to become a quarterback on his Magnolia, Texas school team.

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Doers, Strivers, and Innovators - BIPOC STORIES (Trailer)

OGTV is featuring their collection of BIPOC STORIES which highlights writers, teachers, service members, performers and others in all walks of life who are breaking barriers and leaving their mark. Watch all of these inspiring stories at: https://bit.ly/BIPOCStoriesOGTV

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Young Hero is More Than Just A Cancer Survivor

** In recognition of Stand Up To Cancer Day, OGTV is sharing this story of a young girl with the courage, spirit, and strength to overcome multiple surgeries and treatments while still smiling and an encouraging other kids to keep up the fight. **

Julia Katharine Alexander is a one-of-a-kind little girl, who is rarely seen without a super bright smile on her face. She's just so full of joy, love, and compassion for others. Everyone who knows her can recall something profound, inspirational, or just plain funny that Julia's shared with them. At home, they are known as "Julia-isms." Regardless of your encounter with this sweet girl, you leave feeling a little warmer and happier inside.

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Baby Countdown Enters Final Days - The Creation Of Us (S1:E7)

** OGTV's first The Creation Of Us (S1) playlist story of the week follows Aydian and Jenilee as they enter the final planning stages for the birth of their baby! **

What is more dramatic than the dwindling days before the birth of a couple's first child? In this episode of The Creation Of Us, the countdown is on as Aydian and Jenilee scramble to learn all they have to know about childbirth and being parents.

Although there is much to do, the parents-to-be are pretty organized. First, they sit down with their doula to come up with a day of birth and postpartum plan. They discuss their ideas for keeping Jenilee comfortable, and create checklists and guidelines to help manage all the details. Afterward, they are off to a birthing class where they go through what the actual birth will be like.

"The birthing class always makes me feel so much more secure about giving birth," Jenilee relates. "It's comforting to be developing a toolbox so I have things to grab from when the birth actually happens." Aydian has concerns and questions and their birthing teacher, Sarah, walks them through different techniques for the actual birth and things they can practice at home.

After the birthing class, they meet with their midwife for the first time. While a little nervous about a first meeting with someone so integral to the birth, Jenilee and Aydian are very excited to have both a doula and a midwife on board. "Jenilee and I chose to have a midwife because the birth process is so intimate," Aydian notes. "Our plan is to birth in a place that doesn't feel like a hospital. Ideally, if we are in a birthing center that makes us feel like we are in our own home, we can give that to ourselves and our child for the first moments of birth."

Jenilee and Aydian hope that if they are able to follow their plan, it will make the birth feel less medical and more spiritual, true to who they are as a couple. The clock is ticking – join them as they start the final countdown to the biggest day of their lives.

To learn more about Aydian, follow him on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/alionsfear/

To see more OnlyGood TV THE CREATION OF US videos, visit us at: https://bit.ly/CreationOfUsS1Playlist

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How to Overcome Numbness to Negative and Positive Emotions – Ask The Doctor (E3)

** To commemorate Positive Thinking Day, OGTV is sharing this episode of our original series, Ask The Doctor, where Dr. Stacy Berman offers tips on how flip your internal emotional switch from negative to positive. **

During these incredibly stressful days, OnlyGood TV is excited to launch a new series - Ask The Doctor - that explores the questions and provides guidance for finding the road to achieving emotional, psychological, and spiritual wellness.

Hosted by Dr. Stacy Berman, each episode will help you navigate through these rough times and find your way to a happier and healthier life. In this episode, Stacy discusses how to address the numbness you may be feeling in response to the overwhelming swirl of distress around us, and how it may be blocking both negative and positive emotions.

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