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    When you have a sick child, there isn't one decision you make that's an easy one. You doubt yourself at every turn and pray your next move will be the one that takes your child's pain away for good.

    We can only imagine how UK mom Elouise Davis felt when she found out her 10-month-old son, Jacob, was the perfect bone marrow match for his 2-year-old sister, Seren-Rose. The little girl suffered from a rare disease called mucopolysaccaridosis, or MPS, which causes developmental delays and can lead to death. Elouise was faced with a harrowing choice: risk her baby's health in order to save her older child, or hope for the best and take a chance by not taking chances.

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    Channing Tatum just seems like he's a phenomenal human being, doesn't he? So he may not win an Academy Award any time soon, but he's hilarious, seems to have a good heart, is a great father and husband (from everything that's written about him, at least), and, not to mention, is ridiculously good-looking. Come on, don't hate. So when Bear Grylls got Tatum to take off his pants out in the wild for Running Wild With Bear Grylls -- well, you know that's something you really want to see.

    Not only THAT, Tatum also did a backflip out of a HELICOPTER because why not! Then he had to take off said pants ... "to wring them out." Sure, okay, why not, we'll take it!

    Praise be. Happy Friday all.

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    With summer comes the fear of water. It's a parent's fear, as we know that most kids love pools and lakes and the ocean. They love it so much that they have no fear of it, making the water a luring place that kids dare to sneak into when no one is looking. As parents, we all have moments when we aren't looking -- it's hard not to. But that's precisely when accidents happen.

    Two-year-old Drances was with his aunt Cynthia Conner at their Cleveland home. Conner was speaking with police officers in the front yard because of an earlier incident when a car damaged the fence around the home. Drances managed to sneak off and into the above-ground pool. He was found in the pool, lifeless and purple. The rescue was caught on an officer's body camera. It's terrifying to watch, but serves as a good reminder of what can happen in seconds. 

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    A 10-year-old girl is being hailed as a hero after she saved her father's life by posting a video on Facebook. Brianna Vance and her dad, Gregory, were riding out a storm in their West Virginia home when a huge tree came crashing down on their front porch -- cutting out their phone line and crushing Gregory. Most adults would have panicked and not known what to do -- but being a child of social media, Brianna knew exactly what to do. Get on Facebook.

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    Ugh, this is a terrible yet wonderful story. A man lost his life, and four children lost their father. Yet a 14-year-old girl is alive, and her parents have their daughter. If only one thing didn't cancel out the other. We hear of criminals and miscreants so often that we forget there are true heroes in the world. Ones who just happen to be in a place, who happen to see someone in need, and who jump in to help. Peter Radke of Medina, Ohio, is one of those people. Tragically, however, his heroism meant his death.

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    Talk about going above and beyond the call of duty. A 67-year-old Vietnam veteran named Gilbert LaRocque of San Diego was heading home on his motorized scooter last weekend when it suddenly stopped working.

    "I didn't know what I was going to do," said LaRocque.

    Fortunately for him, a pair of police officers -- Eric Cooper and Milo Shields -- were directing traffic and noticed LaRocque on the side of the road.

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    Shortly after Lisa Freeman's son, Matthew, was killed in action nine days after being deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, she established the Matthew Freeman Project, a nonprofit that provides school supplies for kids in war-torn countries and gives scholarships to siblings of deceased soldiers. But Lisa recently added a new aspect to her organization: Turning fallen servicemen's uniforms into teddy bears as a means to help comfort children who have lost family members in combat. The result? Beautifully made stuffed animals that, hopefully, will offer tangible comfort to those mourning their loved ones. 

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    With all the bad news in the world, we start to lose faith in humanity. The kindness that is somewhere within all of us has died -- we can all head home with our heads down and hide under the covers. But then we hear stories of people helping people. True tales of strangers doing nice things for others, and we have hope. Humanity is alive! And we will cherish the good stories because a bad one is soon to come and rattle our faith. Today's incredible deed involves a bus driver and a 10-year-old girl.

    Andre Grandin was driving a public bus along his route in Sweden when he saw a little girl crying on the side of the road. Something inside him told him to stop to see if he could help this child, so he did.

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    Imagine you are driving along a highway at midnight when you spot the thing we all dread spotting on highways -- a horrible car accident. No help has yet arrived on the scene. So it's all up to you. You pull over and rush to the scene of the accident, finding a family, including a man, woman, and a toddler, thrown from the burned, twisted metal wreck of the car that had just flipped over. Then things get even worse. You peer more closely and see that one of the occupants is a heavily pregnant woman. You ask if she and her baby are okay. And that is when you see the stuff of nightmares: The baby's head and hand are poking out from a gaping wound in the mother's stomach.

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    I love this story. A police officer in Plano, Texas, pulled over Hayden Carlo because he was driving with an expired registration. The man explained to the officer that there was a simple reason why, it was because he just couldn't afford to renew it. "It was either feed my kids or get this registration done," the father of two said. Now, what the police officer did next totally brought Carol to tears.

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