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6-year-old boys who met during leukemia treatment get to be 'Pilots for a Day'
iStock/Thinkstock (JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md.) -- Aviation buffs Jack Kirkbride and Houston Pirrung, both six years old, recently went on a "mission" with the U.S. Air Force that they will likely never forget.Kirkbride and Pirrung, who've been dubbed the "battle buddies," became fast friends while undergoing treatment for leukemia at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.The pair were honored on Friday for their bravery -- and their love of aviation was acknowledged -- as they visited Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.The boys participated in the Pilot for a Day program, sponsored by the Check-6 Foundation.As part of the boys' visit, Jack...
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4-year-old with inoperable brain tumor receives hundreds of books for 'Lena's Library'
Matt Tietjen (SEWELL, New Jersey) -- When a New Jersey family found out their 4-year-old daughter had brain cancer with months to live, they channeled her strength and found a unique way to bring her happiness during her difficult battle: they asked for donations of books for "Lena's library.""Lena's strength inspires me to be stronger for her," the four-year-old's mother Erin Tietjen told ABC News. "Seeing her beat the odds on a daily basis gives us faith that she will be our miracle."Lena loves being read to more than "almost anything," so her parents said they wanted to do something...
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Teen cancer survivor delivers art kits to young patients in the hospital
Larry French/Getty Images for The Jefferson Awards Foundation (INDIANAPOLIS) -- When Emma Stumpf was living with a brain tumor and couldn't find words to describe her experiences, art helped her express herself.She said she liked to "paint yellow when I was happy and blue when I was sad, or red when I was angry or green when I felt sick."Now the 15-year-old high school sophomore in Indianapolis, Indiana, is trying to bring art -- and a smile -- to other children in the hospital with Emma's Art Kits.Emma was just 7 and in first grade when she was diagnosed with...
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Nearly half of all cancer deaths linked to preventable risk factors: study
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Cancer, to many of us, may seem scary, mysterious, or even inevitable. Now, a new study suggests that nearly half of the country’s cancers may be preventable through decisions we make every day.Researchers with the American Cancer Society looked at data on cancer incidence and deaths, finding that 42 percent of all cancer cases in the United States -– and nearly half of all cancer deaths – are linked to preventable risk factors like cigarette smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke, excess body weight, alcohol intake and dietary choices.Cigarette smoking, in particular, was connected to far more...
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Quintuplets spread 'Quintmas' cheer with adorable Christmas photos
Briana Driskell (VERSAILLES, Ky.) -- Quintuplets in Kentucky will be celebrating their first “Quintmas” with a Christmas photo shoot that shows their remarkable recovery from a premature birth. Zoey Hart, Asher Blaze, Dakota Faith, Gavin Lane and Hollyn Grace Driskell, now 6-months-old, each weighed less than three pounds when they were born at 28 weeks in May. Their mom, Briana Driskell, underwent a C-section that she said at one point put her in danger of losing her life, too. “We found out on the same day that we were pregnant and there were five babies with healthy heartbeats,” said Driskell,...
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Running program empowers girls across the U.S. to lead the way
Girls on the Run (NEW YORK) -- On Saturday, nearly 20,000 girls laced up their sneakers and hit the road in races across the country, and for many, it was their first time running more than three miles. In 25 cities from Chicago to Baton Rouge, girls ages 8 to 12 competed in 5K races held by Girls on the Run, a nonprofit dedicated to helping them build confidence both on and off the track. "The girls cheer for each other," said Amanda Kuntsmann, head coach for Girls on the Run in Columbus, Ohio. "No matter if you're slow or...
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Formerly conjoined twins sent home 5 months after separation
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (PHILADELPHIA) -- A pair of formerly conjoined twins are being discharged from the hospital just in time for Thanksgiving after a successful surgery to separate them. Erin and Abby Delaney were born joined at the head on July 24, 2016 -- 10 weeks premature. In June, they underwent a rare separation surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Erin and Abby suffered from brain bleeds after the surgery and were even placed in an induced coma for a few weeks. Five months later, the girls are thriving and were sent home to North Carolina on Monday,...
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Bride surprises father fighting leukemia with wedding inside hospital
Ed Hueck Photography (SAN FRANCISCO) -- One bride moved her wedding up five months so her father, who's battling leukemia, could walk her down the aisle.Vieneese Stanton surprised her stepfather Preston Rolan, who has raised her since she was 3 years old, with a wedding last Thursday inside UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, where he's currently being treated.Rolan, 64, has been declining in health since he was diagnosed with leukemia back in February, but Stanton told ABC News she wanted her father to be part of the milestones he may miss.After talking with doctors last month about her father's...
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Boy, 5, shoots 3-year-old girl in apparent accident
iStock/Thinkstock (MINNEAPOLIS) -- A little girl is in intensive care after being shot with a rifle by a 5-year-old boy in an apparent accident. The boy wounded the girl with a .22-caliber rifle, according to Lieutenant Keith Van Dyke of the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department in western Minnesota. The 3-year-old girl was in stable condition, authorities said Monday. The sheriff’s office received a 911 call around 7:30 a.m. Sunday saying that a 5-year-old had shot the little girl. “We believe it was an accident,” Van Dyke told ABC News. “But the investigation of the incident continues alongside the county’s...
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Thanksgiving tradition of gratitude is good for your health, research says
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Gathering around the table to give thanks this Thanksgiving is something that can add years to your life, research shows.“The grateful mind reaps massive advantages in life,” Dr. Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis and the founder a research lab that studies the effects of grateful living. “Health and wholeness, wellness and fullness result from the systematic practice of a grateful living.”He said grateful living can have many positive effects on health and well-being.“It literally breathes new life into us. It recharges and it rejuvenates,” Emmons said about gratitude, which...
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Only 10% of Americans get enough fruits and vegetables, report finds
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Before chowing down on Thanksgiving, you might want to save some room for extra veggies on your plate. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds only one in 10 adults get enough fruits or vegetables. Federal guidelines recommend at least one and a half cups of fruit per day, and two to three cups of vegetables. In 2015, 12 percent of adults met the recommendation for fruits, and only 9 percent met the recommendation for vegetables. Consumption rates were lowest in West Virginia, while Alaska and Washington D.C. saw the highest...
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Jesse Jackson reveals Parkinson's disease diagnosis
Mark Wilson/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson revealed on Friday his battle with Parkinson's disease. In a letter to supporters, Jackson, 76, said he found it "increasingly difficult to perform routine tasks," a change the civil rights activist said he and his family began to notice about three years ago. "Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it," he wrote. "For me, a Parkinson's diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate...
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