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1. From St. Cloud, Florida… a place very near and dear to my own heart….Glenn Buratti, an autistic boy who has epilepsy, was preparing to turn 6 years old and had invited all 16 of the children in his class at school to his birthday party. Oh, he was excited, completely thrilled that he would have so many of his school friends to play with on his big day. But Glenn’s little school friends never showed, not even one of them. He was devastated, to say the least. And his mother Ashlee was very upset that her little boy had none of his friends to celebrate his birthday, and none of the children’s parents even bothered to RVSP to let her know. It was such a sad day for the two of them that Ashlee wrote about her frustrations on her Facebook page. When word of it spread through the community, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department and Fire Department came through for Ashlee and her son. Many officers and firefighters showed up at Glenn’s home wishing him a Happy Birthday, giving him several gifts and showing him their squad cars, a firetruck and a SWAT vehicle. And some of them even brought their own kids to celebrate with him. Great job, Osceola County police and firefighters. But hey… what’s up with you parents who didn’t respond? Not cool at all.

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2. In New Jersey, Bob Cornelius was very saddened to see that his son, 11-year-old Christopher, wrote on a school worksheet a few months ago that he had no friends. Bob posted about the writing on Facebook, explaining that his son has autism and is lonely. The post was shared more than 50,000 times, and Christopher started receiving hundreds of letters and packages in the mail. He was also visited by the members of the local police and fire departments, who offered their friendship to him. Now Christopher can write about all the friends he DOES have… but he’ll probably need a few pages to do that.

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3. In Pennsylvania, 16-year-old Sean Maehrer, who has Down Syndrome, had been bullied in the past at school and was preparing to start a new year at Salisbury High School last September. His parents were worried about him being taunted even more by the school bullies, and posted their anxieties on Facebook. When a local motorcycle group got word of that, its members geared up to make sure Sean was not going to be the target of any bullies. So a group of 16 bikers escorted him to school, with Sean riding on the back of one of the bikes while wearing a helmet and vest. When he got to school, another 100 bikers were there to greet him. I’d venture to say Sean never had any more problems with the bullies.

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4. Meagan Nash, of Buford, Georgia, was thrilled to submit photos of her son, 15-month-old Asher, to an open casting call for models for OshKosh B’gosh clothing. But her excitement over her son being a model was quickly dashed when she received a letter from the clothing company stating it was not interested in a “special needs baby.” She posted that response on Facebook, and pictures of Asher were shared more than 120,000 times. And, as you can see, he’s just an adorable little guy. The company has since changed its mind and was talking to the family about the boy’s modeling prospects.

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5. Thanks to SpongeBob, a 13-year-old autistic boy saved a classmate from choking. Brandon Williams used the Heimlich maneuver he had seen used on the SpongeBob cartoon on a girl who was choking on an apple during lunch. He later told administrators he had seen the life-saving technique done on his favorite television show. Now, who says cartoons are bad for kids… or adults?

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6. In California, a teen rushed in to help a blind boy who was being beaten up by a bully at school. When Austin Higley seen that Cody Pines was being punched in the head by another boy, he landed a punch of his own to the bully that sent him to the ground. Austin then stood over the bully asking, “You trying to jump a blind kid. What the f… is your problem.” Then he threatened the bully that if he touched Cody again, he would, well… really be sorry. Good for Austin. He didn’t stand around taking videos. He dealt with it… in a big way. The bully was charged with misdemeanor battery. Austin was not charged. Justice served up right.

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7. While autistic student Bo Paske was eating lunch all by himself, visitor Travis Rudolph, wide receiver of the Florida State University football team, took notice. He then sat with Bo while he finished his lunch. Bo’s mom, Leah, was touched by the kind gesture of the football player, and wrote on Facebook about the anxieties she has with her son being in the tough years of school. Later, Rudolph presented Bo with a custom FSU jersey and gave tickets to the family for the upcoming game against Ole Miss.

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8. 6-year-old Ana Malaniuk of Edmonton, Canada, has Down Syndrome, and she loves to dance. So much so that her mom, Sonja, wanted to enroll her at a dance studio. But that enrollment was denied because of Ana having Down Syndrome. Her mom didn’t give up, though, and found a school – Amanda’s Academy of Dance – that welcomed Ana with open arms. A video of her dancing was posted to Facebook, and, if you get a chance, I highly recommend watching it. The link is in our Show More area. Way to bust a move, Ana!

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9. Kat Abianac discovered there was a lot of hate out there in the world when she posted pictures of her young son, Parker, wearing a floral Bonds onesie. But despite the many mean-spirited comments posted about Parker, he was named one of the winners in the 2016 Bonds Baby Search. Speaking from experience, I know all too well about the mean-spirited people. Fortunately, there are a whole lot more good people out there.

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10. How does a person feel when they find out their newborn has Down Syndrome? For Kerry Robles, it was, quote, “the darkest day of my life.” That was 5 years ago, and, just like the rest of us who say or think things we later regret, that thought of Kerry’s was one of her biggest regrets. She says, “I’m ashamed to say that my son’s birth was the darkest day of my life. I was devastated to learn he had Down syndrome. I couldn’t believe it. I could barely look at him. I was wrong.” She added, “I came to terms with his condition and completely fell in love with him.”

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