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Beautiful! When This 7-Year-Old Boy Could No Longer Afford Treatment For His Brain Tumor, Mitch McConnell Dressed Up As Batman And Wheeled Him Out Of The Hospital

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Life has been extremely difficult for 7-year-old Aaron Burkhart ever since he was diagnosed with a brain tumor five months ago. To make matters worse, Aaron’s family lacked health insurance and was soon unable to pay the medical bills for his expensive treatments. Things seemed bleak, but that’s when Aaron got the surprise of a lifetime. When Sen. Mitch McConnell heard that Aaron’s family could no longer afford the treatment for his brain tumor, he visited Aaron’s hospital room dressed as Batman and wheeled him out of the hospital.

Beautiful! It looks like Mitch McConnell found a way to make a sick boy’s last day of medical care a truly special one!

Aaron’s amazing day with the Caped Crusader began when Senator McConnell stepped into his hospital room in an authentic Batman costume and said in a deep, gravelly voice, “I am the Batman. I hear there’s a brave little hero in here who’s currently burdening the taxpayers of Gotham City with medicine he hasn’t earned! We need to get you out of this hospital as soon as possible!” The senator then asked Aaron to climb into a wheelchair, and with his black cape billowing behind him, he began pushing the lucky cancer patient down the hall and toward the hospital’s front entrance.

If this doesn’t restore your faith in humanity, then nothing will!

Seriously, could Mitch McConnell get any more incredible? Even after he had pushed Aaron’s wheelchair out in front of the hospital, McConnell stayed in character as the Dark Knight in order to make the experience as special as possible for the young cancer patient from beginning to end. Aaron’s mom and dad say that before he left, McConnell got down on one knee, placed a gloved hand on Aaron’s shoulder, and said, “Batman needs you to stay away from the hospital until you can pay for your own medicine. If you try to come back before then, the Joker will win.”

McConnell then climbed into a car that had been tricked out to look like the Batmobile, told Aaron to find a ride home, and drove away at superhero speed. Yep, that’s right: Aaron got to see the Batmobile!

What makes this story even more amazing is that McConnell managed to visit Aaron while he has been working around the clock to try to pass the American Health Care Act. Even in the midst of campaigning his heart out for the AHCA, the senator still found time to dress up as Batman and give Aaron the unforgettable experience of getting ejected from the hospital by the Caped Crusader himself!

Well, there it is: the most beautiful story you’re going to read all day. While Aaron will have to continue his brave fight against cancer at home without proper medical attention, it’s still wonderful to know that Senator McConnell found a way to make his exit from the hospital a special one. There’s no doubt that Aaron will remember the time that Batman ejected him from the hospital for the rest of his life!

Read more: http://www.clickhole.com/article/beautiful-when-7-year-old-boy-could-no-longer-affo-6296

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She Was Watching A TV Show When She Noticed Something Weird About The Host’s Neck

When you watch TV, you usually shut your brain off and just enjoy what’s in front of you. Watching television doesn’t require much thought or attention, and literally anyone can do it.

Luckily for the host of a show called Flip or Flop, one of the people watching was paying attention. A viewer noticed something odd about Tarek El Moussa’s neck, so she emailed the production company and told them that El Moussa needed to see a doctor immediately.

The lump on his neck was actually a malignant tumor. El Moussa has thyroid cancer.

The lump was removed immediately.

Sadly, the cancer had already spread to his lymph nodes.

Tarek had to undergo radioactive iodine therapy, which meant that he had to be isolated from his family for their protection. Thankfully, the cancer hasn’t spread any further, and he will find out in a week or so if he is cancer-free.

(via People / Ultra Facts Blog)

Luckily, this TV host has loyal fans who are knowledgeable enough to watch his back. Who knows what would have happened otherwise?

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This Grandma Greeted Soldiers with Hugs for 12 YearsWhen She Wasnt There, They Had to Find Her

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She had given them over half a million hugs…

Since 2003, Elizabeth Laird has made it her mission to hug soldiers as they deploy and return to Fort Hood/III Corp Installation.

Affectionately known as the “Hug Lady,” the 83-year-old has developed a band of loving followers over the years as she goes to the airport to pay her respects to each military member with a warm embrace.She’s even got her own Facebook page.

It’s a small act, but it’s had massive impact.

Over the 12-year span, the local hero has actually given over half a million hugs. The troops had come to expect her.

But then one day, she wasn’t there…

What many didn’t know is that Elizabeth has hadbreast cancer for the last 11 years. Recently, she’s been admitted to the intensive care unit as she fights yet another round in her cancer battle.

Even though she’s been at war with her own health battle over the last decade, she’s still made it her goal to send off and welcome home our brave troops. And so they wanted to return the favor.

Because she couldn’t come to them, the men and women of Fort Hood are coming to Elizabeth, giving her the warmest bedside hugs in return for the thousands she’s handed out over the years.

“It brings a little life to you that somebody actually cares enough to love you. And a complete stranger at that,” said one of the visiting soldiers.

It would be my honor to give her a hug in her time of need, Staff Sgt. Jarvez Wilkes told NBC. I made it my business to get down here and show her a little love because shes shown me plenty of love.

In addition to the hugs, the troops have collectively helped raise more than $80,000 for Elizabeth’s medical expenses in less than a week.

In response to the amazing kindness, her son Richard Dewees said, The outpouring of people, the comments coming in, its amazing. Shes touched this many people in that way with just a simple hug.

If you’d like to help with Elizabeth’sexpenses too, you candonate to her GoFundMe page here. Or just spread a little “Hug Lady” love by sharing her amazing story.

 

If you liked this post, you’ll also love our story on the “grandma in the window.”

Read more: http://www.faithit.com/this-grandma-greeted-soldiers-with-hugs-for-12-years-when-she-wasnt-there-they-had-to-find-her-inspirational/

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John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer, spokesman says

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Statement reveals brain tumor known as glioblastoma was removed along with blood clot above senators right eye during surgery last Friday

John McCain, the Arizona senator and former Republican presidential candidate, has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

A brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was removed from McCain along with a blood clot in a surgery at the Mayo Clinic on Friday, a spokesperson said on Wednesday.

McCains office had only previously announced that the blood clot had been removed from above the 80-year-olds left eye.

The Mayo Clinic said in a statement released by McCains office: The senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. The senators doctors say he is recovering from his surgery amazingly well and his underlying health is excellent.

The surgery had forced McCain to stay in Arizona this week and miss votes in the Senate. It had led to a delay in the vote on the Senate Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was originally scheduled for Monday. Since the delay was announced, a sufficient number of Republican senators came forward to express their opposition to the bill and forced the majority leader, Mitch McConnell, to shelve it and instead try to push a vote on a clean repeal of the ACA.

In a statement, the Arizona senators spokesperson said that in the aftermath of his diagnosis, further consultations with [the] Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate.

An extended absence would likely make it even more difficult for Republicans to repeal or replace the ACA, popularly known as Obamacare. Senate Republicans have a narrow 52-48 majority and, with the tie-breaking vote of Mike Pence, can only afford to lose two votes if McCain is present. His absence means that two Republican no votes would now sink any legislation if all 48 Democrats are unified in opposition.

McCain, who was re-elected to his sixth term in the Senate in 2016, was the Republican partys presidential nominee in 2008 and finished second to George W Bush in the 2000 GOP presidential primary. Prior to his career in politics, McCain served as an aviator in the US navy, and was held as prisoner of war for five and a half years during the Vietnam war. While being held captive by the north Vietnamese, McCain was repeatedly subjected to torture. He retired as a captain after earning a number of decorations including the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

The Arizona senators illness sparked an outpouring of support from both sides of the aisle.

In a statement, Donald Trump said: Senator John McCain has always been a fighter. Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. Get well soon. Trump, who famously set off a political firestorm in 2015 by saying McCain was not a war hero, said earlier in the week of the Arizona senator: We hope John McCain gets better very soon because we miss him. Hes a crusty voice in Washington. Plus we need his vote. And hell be back.

Barack Obama, against whom McCain ran in the 2008 presidential election, tweeted: John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters Ive ever known. Cancer doesnt know what its up against. Give it hell, John.

Barack Obama (@BarackObama)

John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known. Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.

July 20, 2017

A number of McCains colleagues in the Senate also expressed their well wishes. In a statement, Mitch McConnell said: John McCain is a hero to our Conference and a hero to our country. He has never shied from a fight and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his life. The entire Senate familys prayers are with John, Cindy and his family, his staff, and the people of Arizona he represents so well. We all look forward to seeing this American hero again soon.

Outside a meeting of Senate Republicans to discuss healthcare reform on Wednesday night, senator John Hoeven of North Dakota said they had learned of the diagnosis during the meeting.

It was very emotional almost kind of stunned disbelief, Hoeven told reporters. Senator James Lankford, of Oklahoma, then led them in prayer.

Hoeven said the senators had received a message from McCain via South Carolina senator Lindsay Graham, a close friend. The senator told them he was eager to get back and get to work, Hoeven added.

Graham was visibly emotional as he recalled his conversation with McCain when he learned of the diagnosis.

He says, Ive been through worse, Graham told reporters. Five minutes into the call, however, McCain wanted to talk the legislative priories, Graham said.
God knows how this ends, he said. But I do know this: This disease has never had a more worthy opponent.

In a statement, McCains daughter Meghan said: He is a warrior at dusk, one of the greatest Americans of our age, and the worthy heir to his fathers and grandfathers name. But to me, he is something more. He is my strength, my example, my refuge, my confidante, my teacher, my rock, my hero my Dad.

Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain)

Statement regarding my father @SenJohnMcCain: pic.twitter.com/SMte9Hkwkq

July 20, 2017

Lauren Gambino contributed to this report.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/19/john-mccain-brain-cancer

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Drinking coffee may help prevent liver cancer, study suggests

People who drink more coffee even decaffeinated are less likely to develop liver cancer, an analysis of data from 26 studies has found

Increasing coffee consumption may help to stave off liver cancer, a new study has suggested.

Researchers have found that people who drink more coffee are less likely to develop hepatocellular cancer (HCC), the most common form of primary liver cancer and the effect was even found in decaffeinated coffee.

Experts from the University of Southampton and the University of Edinburgh examined data from 26 studies involving more than 2.25 million participants.

Compared with people who drank no coffee, those who drank one cup a day had a 20% lower risk of developing HCC, according to the study, published in the journal BMJ Open.

Those who consumed two cups a day had a 35% reduced risk and for those who drank five cups, the risk was halved. They found the protective effect for decaf was smaller and less certain than for caffeinated coffee.

The authors wrote: It may be important for developing coffee as a lifestyle intervention in chronic liver disease, as decaffeinated coffee might be more acceptable to those who do not drink coffee or who limit their coffee consumption because of caffeine-related symptoms.

Lead author Dr Oliver Kennedy, of the University of Southampton, said: Coffee is widely believed to possess a range of health benefits, and these latest findings suggest it could have a significant effect on liver cancer risk.

Were not suggesting that everyone should start drinking five cups of coffee a day though. There needs to be more investigation into the potential harms of high coffee-caffeine intake, and there is evidence it should be avoided in certain groups such as pregnant women.

Nevertheless, our findings are an important development given the increasing evidence of HCC globally and its poor prognosis.

Professor Peter Hayes, of the University of Edinburgh, added: We have shown that coffee reduces cirrhosis and also liver cancer in a dose-dependent manner.

Coffee has also been reported to reduce the risk of death from many other causes. Our research adds to the evidence that, in moderation, coffee can be a wonderful natural medicine.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that in 2015, 4,673 new cases of liver cancer were diagnosed in England.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/25/drinking-coffee-may-help-prevent-liver-cancer-study-suggests

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