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Bailey Vincent desperately wants to get back to doing the things she loves as she battles a lung infection that followed her most recent surgery. In this episode of Barely Breathing Ballerina, she will stretch herself as far as she dares in order to participate in a family outing followed by a dance rehearsal with her Company360 youth ensemble.

It’s a beautiful fall day as Bailey, husband John, and their two daughters, Kage and Follin, set out for nearby Snead’s Farm to see their collection of animals, sample their delicious hot chocolate, and, hopefully, find that perfect pumpkin. Although she is deaf, Bailey strives to be a normal mom and wife despite her limits. Sometimes knowing sign language can be an advantage, especially when your daughter has a question and she is way on the other side of a pumpkin patch!

Bailey is unwilling to let her being deaf be a damper on her family life or her work life. Her creative answer to her condition is to add some ASL into the choreography as a way to incorporate her deafness and deaf culture, and make it something celebrated and beautiful. The far bigger issue for her when she gets to the studio is making sure that she paces herself so she is able to demonstrate and talk the Youth Company group through the movements without losing her breath.

Bailey is anxious to finish the dance training because there are only a few weeks to go before the scheduled performance. Although her health issues make it difficult, Bailey is inspired by her group and how much emotion they put into their dancing. “They always give me 110% of themselves. There’s no way I can’t give 100% of myself, in return,” she says thankfully. “Despite the hardships, it’s always worth it to get any amount of time with these beautiful dancers who give so much to me.”

Although Bailey is still recovering, the joy she gets from spending time with her family and her dancers is the best medicine she could possibly get.

To learn more about Bailey, follow her on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/catchingbreaths/

See what activities are coming up at Sneads Farm by visiting them at: http://www.sneadsfarm.com/

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Welcome to OnlyGood.tv! (Formerly HooplaHa - Only Good News) - It’s a Positivity Movement.

We at OnlyGood TV believe that positivity will change lives for the better. We strive to be the hopeful voice that recognizes people are good & out there doing good things for their communities and society at large. We tell the stories of the individuals and organizations that inspire and motivate us, and fuel the Positivity Movement.

Watch an exclusive collection of stories featuring PETS, FAMILY, WELLNESS, and COMMUNITY, including unique series and Live Specials that shine a spotlight on everyday people, making the world a better place. #OGTV

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Outside of Fredericksburg, Texas, there’s a 35 acre plot of land that might as well be called Dr. Amy Jo’s Wild Habitat. A stroll on these grounds would put you face to face with raccoons, coyotes, cows, foxes, deer, skunks, rescue dogs, and even an African Oryx.

The glue that holds this menagerie together is the soothing presence of veterinarian Dr. Amy Jo Pilmer. “I seem to be able to calm them and they are very comfortable with me,” she reflects. “My thought is because I spend so much time with them.” Many of these animals were either rescued or brought to Amy when they were very young, and in many cases, near death. There was a baby deer that was found unresponsive on the side of the road and needed intravenous feeding to pull through. A Belted Galloway came to her with almost no control of her legs but has healed and grown under her watchful eyes. Numerous sick and ailing shelter dogs have recuperated on her ranch and gone on to find new, loving homes.

Healing seems to come naturally to Dr. Amy Jo and she particularly loves the care and nurturing of baby animals. But she also knows that inevitably those she rehabilitates will grow up and need to move on. “It’s almost heartbreaking … it’s like a kid when they turn 18,” she reflected. “They don’t want or need you anymore and they leave and go off to be their own animal.”

Watch and meet Meatball, Fast Eddie and many of Amy Jo’s other frisky critters and see what day-to-day life is like for a woman who seems to have a life giving touch, no matter what kind of a wild thing comes through her gate.

To learn more about Dr Amy Jo’s work, visit her at: https://hillcountryveterinaryclinic.com/

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Welcome to OnlyGood.tv! (Formerly HooplaHa - Only Good News) - It’s a Positivity Movement.

We at OnlyGood TV believe that positivity will change lives for the better. We strive to be the hopeful voice that recognizes people are good & out there doing good things for their communities and society at large. We tell the stories of the individuals and organizations that inspire and motivate us, and fuel the Positivity Movement.

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What would be a unique way to honor the service of 400 hungry sailors and their families for the holidays? You contact Chef Plum, have him round up his crew of top flight chefs and grill masters, bring in enough food to feed…well…the Navy, spice it up with a dash of top flight entertainment, and you have all of the ingredients for a memorable evening of food, love, and family!

This unique gathering is at the heart of this first episode of a new OnlyGood TV Series, Random Acts of Cooking. This series follows Chef Plum, an inspired chef who looks to spread the message of kindness and community through the power of food. In this debut episode, his team of chefs prepare and cook a special holiday meal at the US Navy Base in New London, Connecticut, while also teaching some of the sailors how to cook and use special techniques in the base galley.

“The universal language of happiness is food,” Chef Plum explains. ”That’s what Random Acts of Cooking is - using that power to help other people and do something amazing with it.”

Chief Petty Officer Jeremy Flake knows that being on active duty on a navy base, away from home, can be difficult for the sailors during the holidays. This event was a chance for the base community to share a wonderful meal as well as a special musical performance by American Idol 2015 winner Nick Fradiani. “To see all of the families come in, not just the sailors, it brings us together and today, makes us all whole,” he said warmly.

Chef Plum uses his master culinary skills and his big heart to change people's lives using the connection that can only be achieved by sitting down around a table and sharing a meal with others. Watch his team go above and beyond to make this a night to remember for all of the sailors and their families.

A big thanks to the following who contributed to this great event:
Big Green Egg: https://biggreenegg.com/
Open Minded Organics: http://openmindedorganics.com/
The Pantry in Fairfield: https://thepantry.net/
Salmon and Sable: https://salmonandsable.com/
Sysco: https://www.sysco.com/
Spiceology: https://spiceology.co/
Mystic Bourbon: http://www.whatismystic.com/
The Green Thumb Organic Farm: http://www.greenthumborganicfarm.com/
Lucky Hare Brewing Company: https://www.luckyharebrewing.com/
Two Roads Brewing Company: https://tworoadsbrewing.com/
Sid Wainer & Sons: https://sidwainer.com/

To learn more about Chef Plum, follow him on Instagram: @chef_plum
Follow the other Chefs seen here at:
Chef Jeff Purrazzi - @forkkingchef
Chef Dan Monroe - @chef1aboveall
Chef Michele Ragussis - @chefmichele
Chef Robert Prado - @chefrobertprado
Chef Dave Boredom - @dave.boredom
Pit Master Tony - @backdraftbarbq1
Grill Master Melissa Reome - @grillmomma

Learn more about Nick Fradiani at: https://www.nickfradiani.com/

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Welcome to OnlyGood.tv! (Formerly HooplaHa - Only Good News) - It’s a Positivity Movement.

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Drag Queens on Ice is celebrating their 8th Annual event, fundraising for local Sacramento, California charities, and showing how dressing in drag draws off of what beauty is and allows each individual to create their own persona, their own version of being beautiful.

Johnathan Cameron (aka Taryn Thru-U) meets with Josh and shares his perspectives of how dressing in drag fits into our society’s standards of beauty. Jonathan himself is known as a “Linebacker Drag Queen” because of his football-like physique, and he explains the evolution of drag over the years and shares the enjoyment he gets out of being in the spotlight, having fun, and helping others at the same time.

“I’m proud to be a drag queen because I’ve taken something and used it to raise money to help people,” he tells Josh “That’s what makes me happy. I know I’m making a difference in my community.”

This year, the Drag Queens on Ice event is raising funds for Norcal Aids Cycle, Front Street Animal Shelter, and The Imperial Court of Sacramento, a nonprofit that raises fund for the LGBTQ community.

Josh, a big guy with tattoos and an incomparable beard, having posed in a series of seductive “dudeoir shots” for a popular calendar, knows what it’s like to push the boundaries. The inspirational people he meets at this event epitomize what it means to live an authentic life being comfortable in your own skin.

Tune in to see Josh, once again stretching his boundaries, getting out on the ice, having fun with the drag queens, and supporting some great charities.

To learn more about Josh, follow him on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/joshvarozza/

To learn about and support the charities from this event, visit them at:
Norcal Aids Cycle: https://norcalaidscycle.org/
Front Street Animal Shelter: http://www.cityofsacramento.org/community-development/animal-care/volunteer
Imperial Court of Sacramento: http://www.cgnie.org/

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Welcome to OnlyGood.tv! (Formerly HooplaHa - Only Good News) - It’s a Positivity Movement.

We at OnlyGood TV believe that positivity will change lives for the better. We strive to be the hopeful voice that recognizes people are good & out there doing good things for their communities and society at large. We tell the stories of the individuals and organizations that inspire and motivate us, and fuel the Positivity Movement.

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This is the story of a modern day Dr. Doolittle with her own personal wildlife sanctuary, a local veterinarian who’s life is dedicated to caring for unusual and extraordinary animals. These animals have become more than her patients or pets, they have become her family!

Dr. Amy Jo Pilmer is from San Angelo, TX, in a family that thrived in an outdoors lifestyle. “I’ve probably had the lifetime that every kid would dream of. We were very outdoorsy…we grew up hunting and fishing.” Even today, when she can, Amy Jo is her happiest just being outdoors with the sun on her back and her line in the water, like she used to with her Dad.

At a young age, Amy Jo got into a car accident that changed her life forever. She stopped taking an interest in outside activities or hanging out with friends, or doing the typical social things that young adults do.

What saved her life and brought her back into the world was her love of animals. Coming from a veterinary family, she got some hands-on experience helping her uncle at his practice in Winters, TX, which cultivated her love of veterinary medicine. “When I started working for him, I knew that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life."

Amy had a tough four years working through Veterinary School, but saw it through and has since purchased a clinic in Fredericksburg, TX, which she runs with a veterinary partner. “We run it 365 days a year, all night, all day, all weekend.” With animals, there are always unplanned emergencies and the community knows that Amy Jo will always be there to help.

But, Amy is not your typical veterinarian. She treats all kinds of weird and unusual animals and has turned her house into a wildlife reserve with multiple fenced in areas, animal beds and a free-for-all inside. She has deer that run around her yard, raccoons that treat her like a mom, squirrels that hang out on top of her head, baby coyotes that like to cuddle, and a pet Oryx named Jolene.

Amy Jo has as straightforward approach to enjoying life and staying happy. “Taking advantage of a cold beer and just being outside.” Words to live by.

To learn more about her practice, visit them at: https://hillcountryveterinaryclinic.com/

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Welcome to OnlyGood.tv! (Formerly HooplaHa - Only Good News) - It’s a Positivity Movement.

We at OnlyGood TV believe that positivity will change lives for the better. We strive to be the hopeful voice that recognizes people are good & out there doing good things for their communities and society at large. We tell the stories of the individuals and organizations that inspire and motivate us, and fuel the Positivity Movement.

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The excitement has been building for weeks for over 40 families from all over the country who have gathered in Madison, Wisconsin to finally meet, in person, the dogs they have fallen in love with from watching their videos posted by Tracy.

In this episode of “A Dog’s Journey Home”, a very special batch of dogs, many who have been with the Tracy’s Dogs team for a long time, finally arrive in Madison for the first day of their lives with their new families. They have traveled 1,262 miles and for some, it was difficult to leave the caring and loving environment of the Tracy’s Dogs facility in San Antonio.

“This is the most unique group of dogs we have ever rolled out on the road with,” Scott reflects. And it’s not easy for Scott’s daughters, Sara and Jenna, who have spent so many hours caring and nurturing these pups, to let go. “There are a lot of dogs that are really hard to part with,” Sara explained. “Our long stay dogs, you really get attached to them. Once they get adopted, we get really excited but it’s also really hard … we shared lots of tears dropping the dogs off but we know they are going to a good place.”

Here are some of Scott’s thoughts about a few of the special dogs you will meet in this episode:

Meatball – “I call him Meathead….very lovable…he’s the only dog who can overheat in 65 degree weather”
Peg – “Miss Congeniality on three legs … sweetheart”
Nellie – “Will drive you to drink but you’ll love her every step of the way… perfect companion”

Watch the smiles and tears as Scott hands off each dog and then reflects on the great work by his team. “I’m just really glad all 40 have of them have homes now. That’s why we work so hard. It’s a rescue…we’re saving lives!”

Find out more about Tracy’sDogs at: https://www.tracysdogs.com/

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On this More To The Story, Marysol will revisit Rosie Jon, the inspiring armless painter who uses her feet to not only to paint, but to manage many day-to-day life tasks. Rosie was born with her disability, but not never let it cloud her perspective on what was possible. “I was a very determined child,” she recalled. “I just wanted to prove to everyone that I could be more than anyone expected me to be.”

There is no question Rosie has lived up to that personal goal and now lives a busy, fulfilling life, despite her challenges. Enjoy Marysol’s wide-ranging conversation with this wife, mother of three, artist, public speaker, and woman of faith that uncovers her amazing and inspiring passion for her art and her family!

Find out more about Rosie Jon at: http://www.rosiejon.com/

For this all-new OGTV Original Series, host Marysol Castro will go deep and get very personal with the unique individuals and passionate characters that have been featured previously in HooplaHa and Only Good TV stories. While the original videos piqued the interest of our viewers, this new series will offer MORE TO THE STORY as Marysol goes inside the mind and the heart of her subjects as we learn exactly what makes them live for the greater good!

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OnlyGood TV celebrates Women every day, through our stories on their bravery, heroism, and strength. On International Womens Day, we are highlighting some of the truly inspiring Women who have shared their lives with us and celebrate their passion for love, life, and doing Good in the world today! #internationalwomensday

Tweed and her boyfriend, Dave, had built a beautiful life together in Milford, CT. They had plans to get married but then their world changed forever. Dave was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer and after several months of treatment, Dave had to move into a rehab center. Dave and Tweed decided to get married in that rehab center but only three days later, Dave unexpectedly passed away.

Dave was a big, fun loving guy beloved by all who knew him. He played drums, rode a motorcycle, and even dressed up as Santa at local community events during Christmas time. By chance, Joy and Judy happened to meet him while hosting a local TV holiday show so they have a personal connection to Tweed’s story. “Joy and I were blessed with meeting Dave a couple of years ago,” Judy recalled. “Dave was the Santa on the show that day. We took beautiful pictures and we will remember him forever.”

Tweed’s friend Hilary contacted Joy and Judy and suggested that their special combination of great food, positive energy and an understanding of the importance of a little love and support from friends and family was something Tweed desperately needed. Hilary recalled how Tweed lit up when she met Dave. “It was special. He had a big heart, a big personality, and it was so clear that he loved Tweed,” he remembered. “For those of us who loved Tweed, it was about time and it made us all happy.”

In this episode, Joy and Judy prepare one of their family favorites, Chicken Sorrento, and then head over to Tweed’s house to share the meal and have a thoughtful discussion about overcoming hardships by citing their personal struggles and how they overcame them. Tweed shares the difficult journey she’s faced over the last few months and unveils the special way she keeps Dave close to her heart while she moves forward with her life.

Home cooking and positive energy is a powerful way to cope with a traumatic event. Joy and Judy’s love and sharing shined some warm light on a dark time for Tweed, and with Hilary’s friendship, better days are ahead.

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Bailey Vincent, professional dancer and deaf culture advocate, is still recovering from a complicated triple surgery. She hoped it would address the cystic fibrosis symptoms that have been limiting her ability to lead and perform with her ballet group, Company360, but the road back has been rough.

In this episode, Bailey discusses how recovering from this surgery has been particularly slow and tedious so far, perhaps because this is the third time she has been operated on in the span of a month. “It has really been hard. You feel like you look different, and your vanity comes into play,” she reflects. “Behind the scenes I’m honestly feeling a lot worse than I am going to show.”

Despite her discomfort, life won’t slow down to make it easier. She is still taking care of her two girls, teaching her classes, choreographing a big show, and running her dance company. Her parents are concerned about her jumping back into a full schedule when she isn’t close to feeling 100% yet. “Listen to your body and listen to your parents,” her Dad advises. “We love you so much so please don’t push it.”

When Bailey gets to her first stop, a photo shoot for a new “ghost themed” dance routine, it’s exhausting. Bailey struggles to finish the shoot, not having as much energy as she is used to. She then moves on to her studio where she tries to dance and teach at her usual pace. Although she starts out pretty strong, after a while Bailey can barely move, and ends up having to teach mostly from the sidelines. After class, her sister Corey expresses concern and worry for her, and Bailey confesses how torn she feels. “It’s super frustrating as the Choreographer and Artistic Director to not be able to run rehearsal the way I want to which means giving 100%, dancing completely full out,” she says, ”It’s really difficult to feel like I’m holding back when I’m expecting my dancers to do the same for me.”

See how Bailey copes with the stressful decisions facing her... keep working and risk a relapse and another health decline ... or … listen to her sister and parents, take a break, and let herself heal?

To learn more about Bailey, follow her on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/catchingbreaths/

More about Bailey’s dance company can be found at: https://www.companythreesixty.com

Learn about the Avery Ballet at: http://averyballet.com/

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The flickering neon sign reflects eerily off the aging, chrome exterior; a long smooth marble counter with spinning stools draws your gaze left and right as you enter; the checkered linoleum floor seeps under the rows of back-to-back leather booths enveloped by the rain streaked wrap-around windows. You may think you’ve entered a typical American roadside eatery, but your experience here will be anything but ordinary.

You have just stepped into the Bendix Diner, a staple in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey since the 1940's. It’s no surprise that The Bendix can serve up a sizzling Burger with deep fried onion rings and a frothy chocolate shake. What is unique about this meal is the waiter who delivers it to your table – his name is John Diakakis, and he is blind.

John was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa. RP is a rare genetic disorder that involves the breakdown and loss of cells in the retina. John could still see shadows in his early teens while working in his parents’ restaurant in New York City, but his condition was deteriorating steadily. Despite the hardship, John was an excellent student and Senior Class President at North Rockland High School. John continued his studies at Ithaca College where he studied Psycology and Business and had a great experience.” It was a lot of fun,” he recalled. “Being around so many diverse people and different personalities made the best [of me] come out.”

After college, John felt the urge to return to the family business and worked alongside his brother, mother and dad, but as he aged, things became darker, the shadows vanished, and by the time he turned 30 he was completely blind. This was also a turbulent time of highs and lows during which John met the woman he would marry while at the same time his father passed away, increasing his responsibilities at The Bendix.

Dedicating himself to his family and his work, John took over a lead role at the diner while he and his wife raised three boys. The oldest, Tony, who was recently accepted to Harvard University, has worked with his parents over the years and has watched his Dad cope with his condition with positivity and hard work.. “Noticing my Dad’s lack of fear when faced with his daily challenges provided a blue print for me that I applied to my own life,” he reflected. “He’s never been afraid to try new things and has been a great leader.”

The Bendix may seem like a time capsule from years gone by, but it continues to thrive. Meet the hard working family that keeps its spirit alive and the blind waiter that helps you see what it means to live a meaningful life.

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Jenilee thinks Aydian is taking her to Naples, Florida for a visit with her Mom and to reconnect with family members that she hasn’t seen in a while. What she doesn’t know is that Aydian has planned a much bigger surprise which will bring her tears of joy.

Aydian Dowling, Trans Activist, Entrepreneur/Owner Point5cc.com, Fitness Enthusiast and Motivational Speaker, and his wife, Jenilee, were married in 2012 and continue to live and share with others the challenges of being a transgender couple, and now the excitement of expecting their first baby together.

A Baby Shower marks a special moment in the journey to begin a family, especially for a first time mom-to-be. It’s been a long time between family visits with Jenilee and Aydian living in Oregon, a long way from Jenilee’s family in Florida and Aydian’s Mom in Long Island, NY.

Although far in distance, everyone in the family has had Jenilee and Aydian on their mind. They are aware that it was not easy for Jenilee to get pregnant and everyone is excited to get together to celebrate.

“Jenilee kept getting so upset that it wasn’t working” reflected her mom, Mary Lou. “But I told her not to worry. It would all happen in perfect timing.” Mom’s confidence was prophetic and Jenilee’s patience was rewarded.

It was just as important for Aydian to have his mom, Anna Marie, at the shower, since she had always been generous with her advice and supportive of her child’s life choices. “The reason I don’t listen to all the negativity is because you taught me to be a really strong girl, and not let people downgrade who I am because of their fears,” he shared with her. “After my transition, I feel that I’ve taken that into my manhood.”

Tune in to see the surprise guests, the adorable gifts, and some intimate conversations about what this new baby means to everyone in the family.

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If you are walking outside of the ASD Fitness Center, you’ll notice a wall covered with names and handprints. What appears to be a decorative art project is actually a celebration of one year of hard work and achievement for each individual imprinted and named on this portion of this special facility.

Effort, persistence and steady improvement are the driving forces behind the work of this organization which improves the physical, emotional and behavioral aspects of the lives of people who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. Participants range in age from 5 to 60+ and thrive in the “sensory friendly” environment of soft lights, muted colors and sound absorbing floors and partitions.

Adam and Dedra Leapley had the vision for the center while searching for activities and programs for their son who is on the autism spectrum. They had discovered that recreational teams and mainstream activity based organizations didn’t understand the nuances of those with this condition and that there was a critical need to create something that addressed their specific needs. When Adam approached doctors and therapists in the field, their response was a resounding ”you have to do this.”

Adam and Dedra realized that their venture would not succeed without the right team to make it happen. “Our trainers are so important and are what makes this happen every day, and without them we couldn’t do this.” Adam says appreciatively. “We like to say that we hire super people, not super trainers.”

The trainers forge a relationship with each member and enjoy getting to meet the members and families and watching them grow into athletes. The center fights the misconception that those with autism can’t do things and Adam’s message reinforces one of their core beliefs. “With help and hard work they can achieve everything that most typical people can achieve.”

Watch how they do it and listen to the raves from attendees and their families about how this fitness center is helping their members live healthier, fun, and more enjoyable lives.

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Bailey Vincent has been on the brink of major surgery many times, but this moment is like nothing she has ever dealt with before. In this episode of “Barely Breathing Ballerina”, Bailey faces an unprecedented challenge – 3 consecutive complex surgeries in one day.

At 5:30 AM Bailey, with her husband John at her side, arrive at the hospital for admission. She has had a rough night. The pain from the pre-surgery medications have kept her from sleeping which is not the way she wanted to prepare her body for the most complex combination of surgeries she has ever faced.

Minor complications from her previous two surgeries have led to this moment where several organs at once now need to be addressed. Even though John has been through this with Bailey before, he is understandably concerned, while also awed by her positivity. “My wife is amazing’” he says, proudly. “She’s going into this scary thing that could very well be life altering, but she’s still her.”

Bailey knows these events are never easy on her family but she does her best to prepare her two daughters by sharing special moments, getting them little gifts, and going over their schedules. John will be her voice, relaying updates to the girls and to Bailey’s parents so they won’t worry.

There are so many unknowns but Bailey has done her best to put John and everyone else at ease. “Today she was bubbly and cheerful and making me laugh,” he reflects. “It calms me down, which shouldn’t be her role on a day like this.”

A hug, kiss, a few words of encouragement from John, and Bailey is wheeled away. See how she does and what it means for her future in this suspenseful episode.

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Do you ever get annoyed when someone treats you like you can't do something you're completely capable of doing? Someone who knows quite a bit about that is Megan Bomgaars, a business owner, motivational speaker & reality TV star of the hit A&E show "Born This Way" who happens to be living with Down syndrome.

Watch as Megan attends the 22nd Annual "Buddy Walk" in Wakefield, MA, for Down Syndrome Awareness Month. This year’s theme is Extraordinary Stories which will highlight young adults with Downs who are accomplishing amazing things. You will fall in love with Megan's personality and passion for this cause as she warmly embraces and advocates for those who feel like their voices aren't heard.

These days, Megan is a sought after public speaker who travels the country with her mom, Kris, giving keynote speeches and enlightening and empowering everyone in their path. Megan’s mantra “Don’t Limit Me” is her philosophy and her mission to help her peers believe they can accomplish anything they want.

Saying it is one thing, but Megan leads by doing it. She is an artist and entrepreneur, runs her own business called Megology, and is working with Sanrio (Hello Kitty) on a new T shirt line. She is living proof that living with Downs is NOT a disability.

Watch her inspirational speech to the Buddy Walk crowd where she lets them know that their hopes and dreams can come true like anyone else's. “I believe that we are not limited. We can do anything we set our minds to.”

Find additional information about the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress at: www.mdsc.org

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Information about Megology can be found at: https://megology.com/

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Marine Kirstie Ennis grew up with military parents and always knew she would join the Marine Corps and it was no surprise when she did at 17. She became a Helicopter Door Gunner, "...the most bad to the bone job in the Marine Corps you can possibly have."

While she was serving in Afghanistan, a mission to transport fellow Marines and supplies became a life-changer. Kirstie's copter crashed and she suffered multiple injuries, including the loss of her leg.

During her recuperation, she turned to sports for motivation and found a way to help others. She took on the challenge of climbing the 7 Summits (the highest peak on seven continents), extremely challenging for anyone, much less an amputee, and raised money for the non-profit, The Waterboys, who bring clean drinking water to communities in need. When she successfully reached the summit of Denali, the highest peak in North America, she also raised funds and awareness for the Building Homes for Heroes program.
But Kirstie isn't close to being done. Most recently, she participated in the "Pin-Ups for Vets" calendar, where she faced her loss of self-esteem due to her injuries. "Its taboo to sexy, taboo to be attractive if you're in a wheelchair, or you're in a prosthetic, or you're disabled. I was fearful. I want to be the one where people can own their differences."

Follow her journey of recovery and learn how she has regained her confidence while being a role model for others who also face these difficult circumstances.

For more information on The Waterboys, visit them at: https://waterboys.org/
Learn more about Building Homes for Heroes at: https://www.buildinghomesforheroes.org/
More information on Pin-Ups for Vets can be found at: https://www.pinupsforvets.com/

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“Is it true? Is it kind? Is it you?” Do you think to ask yourself these three key questions before posting anything online?

Dave Anderson and Blake Fleischacker, the co-founders of My Life Online, think you should. They would like to help kids around the world to be safe, smart, and kind online. This is a huge challenge with the flurry of advancements in technology and younger and younger kids getting access to powerful communication tools without any clear guidance on how to use them.

Having worked is schools, Dave and Blake saw the need to develop a way to get everyone thinking about how they talk to each other online. Their program, My Life Online, is a worldwide education platform that includes in-school workshops, Media Literacy curriculum, and programs for parents in an effort to bring students, educators, and parents together on the topic of Social Media.

Joanne Strzemecki, a Certified Presenter, is seeing encouraging results where the kids are taking what they heard in sessions held at school and talking about it with their friends and at home with their parents. “I have seen behaviors change in terms of what students may or may not do, what they may or may not post, and the way they treat each other online.”

Ultimately, the goal is to educate kids so that they won’t regret something they did on a screen, or online, that doesn’t match up with who they are as a person. Dave feels that the key is having the awareness to bring the empathy from their face to face communications to the online world. “When they are posting”, he suggests, “they are in their mind imagining the potential emotional response of the other human being who is receiving those words.”

Is it true? Is it kind? Is it you? - My Life Online gives them a good place to start.

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Do you have something in your life you are so passionate about that you would be willing to dedicate time, money and space to?

If your answer is a resounding "Yes!", meet Laurence Sheinman, whose passion for Looney Tunes cartoons, particularly Bugs Bunny, is so over the top it will have you asking, “What’s up Doc?”.

That rascally rabbit has always had a special pull on Laurence. ”Bugs Bunny has the cool of Humphrey Bogart and a dash of Jerry Lewis vaudeville,” he says. It’s that connection to a character that is at the heart of this premiere episode of the new OnlyGood TV Series, “Passions”, which is all about people and their unique hobbies, skills, collections, and obsessions.

Laurence doesn’t consider himself a collector – that would put him in the company of those who poo-poo anything, not in “mint-condition” – but just a guy who likes the adventure of the hunt and finding the fun things that remind him of those carefree Saturday mornings as a kid when watching the cartoon lineup was the best way to kick-off the weekend.

What started out as fun outings with his wife Jessica and infant son Adam years ago, has blossomed into a collection of over 1,000 items. Big and small, ornamental and functional, valuable and just … unique. Jessica has adopted the curator role and a life partner’s perspective of the special things that draw and keep two people together. “Its harmless fun, and as long as he’s not collecting wives, I don’t really care,” she says with a laugh.

ABOUT: PASSIONS
Some people have a strong affinity for the things that they love…. a favorite TV show, a favorite movie franchise, maybe even a favorite cartoon character… or maybe a unique collection of shoes, dolls, baseball cards….anything that shows an extraordinary passion for something near and dear to their heart. In each episode we will meet a new person who collects a certain type of object. The audience will learn the reasons for their obsessions and what their family and friends think about their collections. Audiences will be drawn to these rare collections, and the unique personalities of the collectors.

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“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”

This poignant line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet perfectly captures the inner desires of a group of actors, directors, designers, playwrights, and technicians, mostly from Harlem, who are reaching for their dreams of being a part of the production of classical and contemporary works.

The place where these dreams are coming true is The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH), a special place in the community that is nurturing a love of the classics for both those who perform them as well as those who just enjoy them. CTH proudly provides theatre-based training and live theatre experiences to Harlem youth and their families through its arts education program: Project Classics.

Another appealing aspect of this well respected company is that the performances are free. Carl Cofield, Director of the recent production of Antigone, loves how this approach brings people together. “All you have to do is show up”, he commented. “Bring your best self and sit with people in your community and partake in a story.”

As a company that draws much of its talent from the local area, Ty Jones, the Producing Artistic Director, notes how this creates a special connection with its audience. “The community can see itself reflected, onstage.”

Since its founding in 1999 at the Harlem School for the Arts, CTH has presented a repertory of works ranging from traditional classical playwrights (Anton Chekhov, Euripides, and William Shakespeare), to established 20th century playwrights (August Wilson, Langston Hughes, and Jean Genet), to new plays by emerging playwrights.

In addition to its productions, CTH also engages in robust, theatre-related programming, which include Future Classics, Playwrights’ Playground, and Revisited Classics. These free reading series act as a way to engage new audiences, invest in the artistic development of new work, and give exposure to emerging professional playwrights.

“Fierce. Bold. Relevant.” is CTH’s credo, and it speaks to how they are impacting the lives of those in their company as well as their community.

To learn more, visit them at: https://www.cthnyc.org/

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On this episode of the Weekly Good, host Marysol Castro speaks with the two stars of the popular and heart-tugging Music Video "You Rescued Me" produced by OnlyGood TV. These two are linked by their love of dogs and their special effort to support Rescue Dogs.

First up is Scott Whyatt, co-founder of TracysDogs, who talks about the range of emotions his wife and co-founder, Tracy, is faced with as she goes through the Brownsville Texas Animal Shelters, over-run with too many dogs, many injured and unhealthy... and without homes… and facing sure euthanization. The painful process is on display in the recently released episode of their exclusive series, A Dog’s Journey Home, in which Tracy describes her emotional struggle during these shelter visits, knowing that those she does not take will be put down. Watch this powerful episode on OnlyGood TV’s YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/DJHE9V

In the second spot, Marysol speaks with the country singer Kris Jones, a dog lover as well, who sings in the beautiful music video about one of the dogs Tracy just rescued. His single, "You Rescued Me", tells the heartwarming story of Grace, a Yellow Lab, left all alone in the Brownsville shelter, and how her life was saved by a timely visit from Tracy and her TracysDogs team. Click to watch the full music video: http://bit.ly/YouRescuedMeShare

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About Marysol

TV Personality and mother of 2, Marysol Castro is a veteran host and newscaster on such series as The Early Show on CBS and Good Morning America! As part of the Positivity Movement, she stars in The Weekly Good on OGTV, where each week she uncovers and shares stories that highlight the good in the world! Spend every Friday with Marysol and get ready to laugh, fist pump, and maybe even jump for joy. It's Only Good.

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The Catch a Lift Fund (CAL) inspires veterans to get up and get moving again. CAL was founded in 2010, with the sole purpose of helping post-9/11 combat wounded veterans all over the U.S. recover both physically and mentally.

Uniquely, CAL's service to veterans centers on physical fitness: the program pays for gym memberships, in-home gym equipment, and personalized fitness, as well as nutrition plans and a peer-support network.

Do you ever wonder how veterans cope with life once they come home from combat? After being trained to be on high-alert 24/7, what's it like for them to integrate back into everyday society? It raises the question: our military members protect us, but who protects them?

Over the years HooplaHa has done many stories on organizations that help veterans when they return home, but the personal origin story and mission of the Catch A Lift Fund is among the most moving we've ever covered.

Catch A Lift vets are seeing and feeling results, including:

* dramatic weight loss,
* reduction in medications,
* improved sleep patterns, and
* strengthened relationships with family and friends.

To some people, working out the body might not seem equivalent to a therapy session focused on the mind, but CAL participants make clear how powerful its impact can be.

"For us, it's healing," says Sarah Rudder, Marine Corps Veteran, mother, and amputee. "They were able to provide me with the best therapy I've had in my life." To read more about Sarah Rudder, click here.

Eric and Michelle Sullivan found out at the 20 week ultrasound that their baby had many of the signs of Down Syndrome. A few weeks later the blood test confirmed it.

Despite several serious medical issues, their son Eli pulled through and began growing and putting on weight. Michelle, a photographer with a creative streak, started looking around for fun clothes for him, including those with awareness messages, but didn't find a style she liked. This was the seed that led her to create "Littlest Warrior Apparel."

As Eli became more social, Michelle noticed how attentive she needed to be in order to fight for Eli to be included in activities with other kids. She quickly became an advocate for parents with special needs kids and realized that she could leverage the influence of her company to help all kinds of families with kids with different abilities.

"In the beginning, when I started Littlest Warrior, I knew I wanted to be giving back in some sort of way". Starting from this core idea, Michele established a company policy that donates 10% of their profits each month to a family in need or a supporting foundation. A family with special needs kids have high expenses and this generous donation is making a difference in their lives.

Her wish that every kid with special needs be loved and included is embodied in the company tagline – “Spreading joy, awareness and inclusion.” Through her love and generosity, this wish is coming true not only for families she supports, but for her own family as well.

Eric and Michelle are also growing and thriving as parents of their special boy. "Eli, he's the cutest kid in the world. He is the light of our life and a joy to be around. We can't imagine life without him."

To learn more, visit them at: https://www.littlestwarrior.com/

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Netta Jenkins is the Director and Head of Diversity and Inclusion for IAC Applications. “IAC Applications is one of the largest technology companies in the world. The company consists of developers, designers, marketers and tech gurus that create products that simplify and enrich people’s lives." sys Forbes Magazine. "Jenkins’ role is to create an inclusive work space for everyone at the company steering away from segregated groups such as women in tech or people of color groups.”

Netta has devoted her career to inclusivity in all respects in the workplace, and this series will capture the importance of the kind of work she does. She will be the “Dr. Phil” of D&I in corporate America. These aren’t just people within her company--people from all over the country reach out to Netta for advice and guidance regularly via her blog. This series will showcase Netta’s ability to facilitate delicate situations in the workplace and ultimately provide people with solutions to create a happier, healthier work environment.

For episode 2, viewers start to learn all about Netta's job at IAC Applications. We meet her boss, Tim Allen (the CEO of IAC Applications) as he explains what Netta's job is. He summarizes his appreciation of her knowledge and value to the company in this way - "She knows what Diversity and Inclusion isn't, but she also knows what Diversity & Inclusion is."

We see Netta work on her ongoing company mentorship program, pairing up-and-coming talents with mentors to help promote Diversity and Inclusion within IAC. And we see her take a couple of meetings with people from outside IAC who have come to seek her advice as an expert in the field. Netta's non stop day is all about helping people and this first glimpse in will draw viewers into her world.

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In this series, A Dog's Journey Home, we'll meet the incomparable Tracy Whyatt who in 2011, decided to follow a passion of hers and help alleviate a huge problem. A lifelong dog lover, Tracy was horrified to discover that San Antonio had holding tanks for dogs to be euthanized. She took matters into her own hands and now Tracy and her husband Scott have committed themselves to these abandoned dogs by rehabilitating them and hand delivering them to their forever families. That’s how their non-profit, TracysDogs, was born.

In this episode, we will see for the first time, exactly what it is like at these Brownsville Texas Animal Shelters, over-run with too many dogs, many injured and unhealthy... and without homes.. and facing sure euthanization.

We will follow Tracy and Veterinarian Dr. Lori Curd through the painful process of choosing which dogs she will take back to her Rescue to rehabilitate for adoption...and which dogs...knowing that most she does not take, will be put down... she must leave behind. On this trip, she will pick 30-40 dogs to bring back to her rescue.

It's an emotional struggle for Tracy during these shelter visits. “I have to take in what people want to adopt. It’s a very hard day for me because if it were up to me, every single dog you see in this shelter would be in the back of my of my van whether it was a Pit Bull, a Chihuahua, a German Shepherd, a Shar-Pei... I love all of them.”

It’s a constant battle between her head (which dogs she can get adopted).... and her heart!

But at the end of Tracy’s day, there is joy in what she does. “When I pick that dog up from that kennel and put him in the back of that van, I know that that dog is headed for a better life, a happy life, a life they probably would not have if we didn’t come down here and do this work.”

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