by Wild Bill
posted Aug 24 2015 4:55PM
People always ask me why I root so hard for Tim Tebow to make it in the NFL.
Is it because he loves the game so much; plays with such passion; is so fun to watch; or that he's just so much different than the typical cookie-cutter pro quarterback?
It's all of those things, but mainly it's because every time I've ever seen him at a public appearance, he scans the crowd in search of kids with special needs and then immediately makes a mad dash toward those kids as if they are a touchdown pylon.
Former Gator Tim Tebow played for the Philadelphia Eagles during their preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday.
So many times these kids with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis and afflictions we can't even pronounce — let alone imagine — look up from their wheelchairs and see people avoid them and recoil at the very sight of them. Tebow is drawn to them and makes a beeline toward them, looks them in the eye, hugs them, talks to them, touches them.
"It's just a lot easier to turn the other way and ignore those with special needs," Mike Barr says. "Tim is the complete opposite. He doesn't see these kids as a burden; he sees them as a blessing."
Barr has three special-needs children he adopted with the help of Tebow and the Tim Tebow Foundation. Essentially, Tebow and his charity financially subsidize families who adopt the kids nobody else wants. Tebow uses the term Jesus used in the Bible — "The least of these" — when I asked him once about why he cares so much about special-needs children.
I'm no Biblical scholar, but "the least of these" can be defined as those who need our love and help the most. Perhaps this is why the official mission of Tebow's foundation is "To bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need."
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by Wild Bill
posted Aug 24 2015 10:41AM
by Wild Bill
posted Aug 14 2015 9:31AM
BAXLEY, GA -
A little boy in Baxley faces what could be a life-changing surgery. It could help him do at least one thing many of us take for granted.
Ethan Black, 3, started life with some medical challenges. Now, an upcoming surgery could help him lead a life more similar to his classmates here at Appling County Primary.
By all accounts, Ethan should have never made this far. He suffered a bilateral grade-4 brain bleed at birth. He came off oxygen and machines at age one.
But cerebral palsy and other issues give him spasms, and he alternates between casts and braces on his legs. A surgery in October in New Jersey could help.
"He's never going to have to be casted again. He's never going to have to be stretched again. He's never going to have to go through the 16 injections of Botox every three months again," said Sabrina Black, Ethan's mother.
The surgery - not covered by insurance - will allow his leg muscles and tendons to grow as he grows. It could also help make him strong enough to walk.
"This is something that could change his life. Not something that will have to be redone in a year or two. It could change our baby's life," Sabrina said.
The surgeon is one of only two people in the world who can perform it. The cost - $22,000. Ethan's brother and sister have raised over $1,000 with a lemonade stand.
They've set up a GoFundMe page to help raise the money and there's a fundraiser next weekend in Hinesville.
by Wild Bill
posted Aug 3 2015 4:24PM
Posted 47 minutes ago
Kaiden Scott (16 months)
Last seen Aug 3, 2015 in Albany, GA
76-78 Chevrolet Caprice, Blue
Georgia license plate #PYH9602
Levis call has been activated on behalf of albany police department for 16month old Kaiden Scott. She is a black female with brown eyes anbd black hair, last seen at Superior Creek Lodge 2505 N. Slappy Blvd, Albany, Ga wearing a black and red onesie. Believed to be heading on Palmyra Rd going toward Lee county. She was abducted by Alfred Hunter a 22 year old black male, 5'6, 155lbs, brown eyes, black and brown dreads. Last seen wearing black pants, grey or white tank top, and dark colored shoes. Suspect is believed to be traveling in a '76-'78 blue Chevrolet Caprice Ga PYH9602. For additional information please contact Albany police Department at 229-881-0555.
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Age now: 16 months
Description: Wearing a black and red onesie.
Age now: 22
Description: Brown dreadlocks. Wearing black pants, grey and white tank top and dark colored shoes.
missingkids.comWhat is an AMBER alert?
An AMBER Alert is a rapid notification system to alert the public and solicit their assistance when a child has been abducted and is facing grave danger. The U.S. Department of Justice recommends the following criteria for issuing an AMBER Alert: 1) There is reasonable belief by law enforcement an abduction has occurred; 2) The abduction is of a child age 17 years or younger; 3) The law-enforcement agency believes the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death; 4) There is enough descriptive information about the victim and abduction for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child.
by Wild Bill
posted Aug 1 2015 6:46AM
- A very moist & unsettled weather pattern due to a lingering frontal zone will continue over the area tonight through Sunday.
- Slow moving storms produced locally heavy rainfall today, with 3-4 inches of rainfall within 2 hours across parts of SE Georgia. This amount of rainfall in such a short period of time caused flooding problems across the city of St. Simons Island tonight.
- The focus for heavy rainfall will shift southward over NE Florida Saturday, but additional rainfall on saturated ground in SE Georgia this weekend could caused more flooding problems.â