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CNN Heroes of 2015

Dec 11, 2015

The Good News Notebook would like to say thanks to one of our favorite shows, “CNN Heroes”.

CNN Hеrоеѕ: An All-Star Tribute iѕ аn аwаrd-winning tеlеviѕiоn ѕресiаl created bу CNN to honor individuаlѕ whо mаkе еxtrаоrdinаrу contributions to humаnitаriаn aid аnd make a diffеrеnсе in thеir соmmunitiеѕ.

The рrоgrаm ѕtаrtеd in 2007 and as of 2014 thе рrоgrаm is hоѕtеd by Anderson Cоореr. Nоminееѕ are intrоduсеd during thе fall оf еасh уеаr аnd the аudiеnсе is encouraged tо vоtе оnlinе fоr thе CNN Hеrо оf thе Yеаr.
Tеn rесiрiеntѕ аrе honored and еасh receive USD$50,000 ($25,000 in 2014). The top rесiрiеnt is chosen as thе CNN Hеrо of thе Year and rесеivеѕ аn аdditiоnаl USD$250,000 ($100,000 in 2014) tо соntinuе thеir work.
During thе broadcast сеlеbrаting their асhiеvеmеntѕ, thе hоnоrееѕ are intrоduсеd bу celebrities whо actively support their сhаritу work.

Thеѕе year winnеr, Maggie Doyne, whо has been wоrking for the wеlfаrе of Nераli сhildrеn аnd wоmеn, wаѕ nаmеd the CNN Hero оf the Yеаr 2015.
Doyne, a Nеw Jersey wоmаn, tооk a lifе-аltеring trip tо Nepal where she ѕаw, first-hand, the ѕtаtе оf suffering thаt wоmеn аnd сhildrеn face. Tоdау, ѕhе and hеr nоnрrоfit оrgаniѕаtiоn BlinkNow Fоundаtiоn рrоvidе education in аdditiоn tо a ѕuрроrtivе аnd еnсоurаging community to оrрhаnеd, imроvеriѕhеd, аnd at-risk children.
Blinknow hаѕ been ореrаting children’s hоmе, school, hеаlth сliniсѕ, wоmеn’ѕ center аnd ѕuѕtаinаbilitу рrоgrаmmеѕ fоr Nераli children аnd wоmеn. Shе hаѕ bееn running Kорilа Valley Childrеn’ѕ Home ѕinсе 2007 whеrе ѕhе has bееn giving ѕhеltеr to more thаn 50 сhildrеn between 1 аnd 16 уеаrѕ оf age.
“If уоu hаd tоld mе whеn I turnеd 18 thаt I wаѕ going tо bе thе mоm of 50 kidѕ, I wоuld hаvе told уоu that уоu wеrе tоtаllу сrаzу …and I am … аnd tо my kidѕ … I lоvе уоu ѕо muсh. Dоn’t еvеr forget hоw muсh I love уоu,” Dоуnе ѕаid. “And, to the соuntrу оf Nepal, thаnk you ѕо much fоr loving mе and accepting mе аѕ a daughter wеlсоming mе into уоur соuntrу,” ѕhе ѕаid.
Whеn ѕhе was in India in 2006, Nepali children’s plight thеrе hаd encouraged hеr to come to Nераl. Shе hаd соmе tо Nераl with Tор Bahadur Mаllа оf Kаlikоt. Maggie said that she hаd cried оut on ѕееing thе miѕеrу of children. “Thе miserable ѕituаtiоn motivated mе tо ѕеt uр a ѕсhооl аnd еduсаtе nееdу and рооr сhildrеn”, Mаggiе ѕаid. She set uр Kopila Valley in 2010.
Dоуnе said, “There iѕ nо timе to wаѕtе. If уоu are еduсаtеd аnd free, еmроwеrеd and safe, уоu hаvе to uѕе уоur ѕtrеngth, уоur power, and уоur giftѕ tо hеlр thе rеѕt оf оur human fаmilу. “Thiѕ honour hаѕ еnсоurаgеd mе to dо mоrе in ѕосiаl service аnd it iѕ thе viсtоrу оf аll invоlvеd in altruistic wоrk”, Mаggiе added. She рlеdgеd tо соntinuе educating the street сhildrеn аnd оrрhаnѕ with еxtrа vigour.

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Alaska Mom Give Princess Wigs to Girls with Cancer

Nov 16, 2015

Every girl wants to be a princess. Now an Alaska mother is making that wish come true for girls living with cancer. Holly Christensen’s Magic Yarn Project is giving girls who lose their hair to cancer the chance to have hair like a princess.
Christensen was inspired to create the Magic Yarn Project after learning about a friend’s daughter who was diagnosed with cancer.
“ I knew having been a cancer nurse what she was about to go through,” said Christensen. “I knew she would be going through a difficult time, and that no one would be able to take her suffering away,” added Christensen. “I also knew that losing her long, curly blonde hair at not even 3 years old would be difficult for her, so I figured that the yarn wig could help bring a little magic and fun to a difficult time in her life.”
The mission statement of the Magic Yarn Project shows how much Christensen cares about the little girls battling cancer.

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Cancer is something you can’t go through alone,” said Kevin’s mother, Lauren Morrissey, 34. “It’s incredible all the support that we’ve had. … Seeing Kevin and the other kids in the clinic is what keeps you going. With all that they’re going through

“The mission of The Magic Yarn Project is to create beautiful and soft princess yarn wigs for little girls with cancer and to encourage and facilitate volunteerism by involving communities nationwide in this project. We are so excited to see where this takes us and look forward to bringing light and magic to an otherwise very difficult time in the lives of little cancer fighters,” says Christensen.
Christensen decided to work to create wigs that are handmade with yarn. She knows that some cancer patients don’t like traditional wigs. “The chemotherapy leaves their skin very tender and sensitive”, said Christensen. “[The wigs] are made on soft crocheted beanies.”
The wigs are often based on Disney princesses, like Ariel’s flowing red hair from The Little Mermaid to the white hair and crown of Elsa in Frozen.“They’re based on the most favorite of the Disney princesses,” said Christensen. “Hopefully we’ll have a Jasmine [ from Aladdin] available soon.”
The Magic Yarn Project has grown from a small charity to a viral sensation with people from Alaska to Australia wanting to volunteer to make wigs for the brave girls.
“That’s been really neat,” said Christensen. “To bring a little bit of magic into such a difficult time in their life is so rewarding. It’s almost equally been so rewarding and magical to meet people who want to help.”
“At that moment, I knew it would be kind of special,” she said before helping several others with their projects. “But I didn’t anticipate that so many people would want to get involved, too.”
Women’s prisoners at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center have been making wigs for the patients as well as part of workshops and have been eager to help make wigs for the patients.
Christensen is glad to create a project that is so rewarding and that helps girls feel like princesses as they fight cancer like brave warriors.
“It creates a magical escape from the horrible reality that they’re in, the disease that they’re fighting,” she said.

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Ella Vincent is a Chicago writer and editor.  She has great experience with writing about positive people.
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Contributing to the Community

Nov 1, 2015

Luke Edward Hays

Mahoney’s Garden Center is a family-run branch company who first opened in the state of Massachusetts in the year 1959. They are located in eight Massachusetts towns: Winchester, Tewksbury, Wayland, Concord, Brighton, Falmouth, Osterville and Chelmsford, as well as a growing facility in Woburn. The Mahoney’s store in Chelmsford is located off to the side of a busy road. The location allows for easy access for people driving by to turn right into the parking lot. On top of the plants and annual flowers, Mahoney’s provides a selection of bags of planting mix, as well as bags of mulch, depending on what the customers are looking to work on.
In the town of Woburn Massachusetts, Mahoney’s grows their plants locally during every season. The plants are grown in extra large pots that promote bigger, healthier root systems. Growing locally also keeps jobs local and reduces the fuel emissions needed to truck plants in from far away.

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Since customer care is very important, Mahoney’s provides the option of rewards cards. Mahoney’s Rewards is a free club where customers earn points every time they shop at one of the stores. Points are earned by every dollar you spend. This program works best for regular customers. When customers reach 250 points, five dollars is taken off their purchase. Other benefits include: exclusive sales, special offers and discounts. Automatically sent Emails provide advance notification of Mahoney’s popular sales, private invitation and events. Personal customer’s information is not shared with anyone.

During the New England winter season, the snow arrives around November and usually doesn’t end until early/mid March. The Chelmsford Mahoney’s location is four minutes away from Drum Hill Business District. Mahoney’s employees have the responsibility of shoveling snow away from businesses, sidewalks, clearing snow away from company dumpsters. Employees toss healthy amounts of ice melt onto the sidewalk pavement, around dumpsters, and behind business’. The ice is then thawed, which in turn allows the pavement accessible to walk on.
During the early winter season (late November – mid/late December) Mahoney’s brings in a large truck filled with Christmas trees to be unloaded. The trees are then divided by variety. A benefit for the employees are the tips they make from helping customers with finding and prepping their trees to be tied onto vehicle roofs or placed into the back of the vehicle.

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Mahoney’s is all about serving and contributing to the community: through reward cards, the variety of plants offered, plant care, a diverse choice of garden products, Christmas trees and customer benefits.
All year round, Mahoney’s is dedicated to provide the best service. The community continues to do business with Mahoney’s because they trust the company’s dedication.

Photo Credit: Mahoney’s Garden website

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Ashley Burnette: Making A Difference

Oct 19, 2015

By Luke Edward Hays

On August 27, 2010, Ashley Burnette, from Raleigh, North Carolina, was diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma. Later, she developed evidence of PTLD, which stands for, Post-Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder. The cancer took a heavy toll on Ashley and her family.
The Good News Notebook Magazine is  exploring: What was the journey she took to beat two forms of cancer? And, how did Ashley’s experience of surviving two cancers inspire her to work with Hyundai Hope on Wheels?

Hyundai Hope On Wheels

Ashley was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, which is a cancer that comes in many forms, but all forms have one similarity, it usually affects only children five years or under. Ashley is an exception to the five years or under rule, however. She was diagnosed at seven years old. The cancer developed through her immature nerve cells. The treatments began to take a toll on her body and her family. During her 150 nights in her hospital room, she experienced: seven week long rounds of chemotherapy, thirteen surgical procedures, a stem cell transplant, twelve days of external beam radiation, two rounds of MIBG therapy, five weeks in Pediatric ICU for antibodies infusions, numerous ER visits, over fifty blood and platelet transfusions, over hundred and fifty nights at the hospital and an infinite number of pokes. Ashley visited multiple surgeries to rid the cancer. Sadly, during the process Ashley developed a second cancer called, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Her family visited eight different hospitals in five different states. In August 2012, after body scans where conducted, Ashley received the amazing news that all of her cancer was gone.

During the treatments, Ashley was approached and asked if she wanted to be a Patient Ambassador for the NC Children’s Hospital. She now speaks as a national youth ambassador for Hyundai Hope on Wheels. She travels across the United States to spread awareness for cancer. Ashley stated, “I mean, they are going through a lot right now.” Ashley Burnette is an excellent example of being in a difficult situation and turning what could turned out to be a highly negative experience, into an inspiring story. Hyundai Hope on Wheels is a nonprofit organization that raises money for childhood cancer awareness. Since Hyundai Hope On Wheels’ inception in 1998, they would have funded over $100 million dollars, by the end of 2015, for pediatric cancer research.

The Good News Notebook Magazine hopes Ashley’s story inspires other people with different forms of cancer to have the strength to see their way to the end of the tunnel.

Luke Edward Hays is a graduate of Full Sail University
Creative Writing for Entertainment, B.F.A.
luke.writings@gmail.com
www.lehays.wix.com/beyondimagination

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Hope On Wheels, H. (2014, April 16). Ashley Burnette, 2014-2015 Hope On Wheels National Youth Ambassador. Retrieved September 29, 2015 from:

News, ABC. (2014, September 5). Child Cancer Survivor Takes Message of Support, Hope for Cure on the Road. Retrieved September 29, 2015 from:
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2014/09/05/child-cancer-survivor-takes-message-of-support-hope-for-cure-on-the-road/

Our Adventures with Ashley. Retrieved September 29, 2015 from: http://ashleyburnette.com/

Waliga, Heather. (2014, September 18). Retrieved September 29, 2015 from: http://abc7chicago.com/health/girl-11-shares-story-of-surviving-2-cancers/313977/

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Fall Gardening – A Quieter Time In The Garden?

Oct 7, 2015

Fall gardening doesn’t have to be the quietest time in the gardeners calendar. This article outlines just some of the activities that you can be keeping busy with in your garden this fall. These include growing vegetable in the fall, planting your spring bulbs and maintaining your lawns.

In the fall as the nights draw in and the days become shorter many people think that a quiet and restful time for the gardener is approaching and that it’s almost time to put the garden tools away in the shed till spring. While this may be true for the lawn mower, there are many other garden tools whose services can still be required during the fall.

For the more serious gardener who wants to continue to grow as late in the season as possible or who wants to optimize his lawn and garden in preparation for next year. There is still much gardening that can be done, both in growing vegetables and preparing and planning your garden for next spring, until well into the fall.

With the constant possibility of early winter frosts many gardeners don’t even consider fall gardening. This is a pity as with the right planning, planting the most suitable plants and at the right time of year, the rewards can be well worth the extra work. As often, for example, vegetables, produced in the fall can be sweeter and tastier than those grown in the height of the summer. This can bring a refreshing new dimension to some of the same old varieties of garden vegetables.

It is important, however, to choose vegetables with a short growing season to give the best chance of harvesting before the more severe frosts do make an appearance. Vegetables that can be ideal to grow well into the fall include carrots, beet, lettuce, broccoli, turnips and radish. They should be planted while the ground is still warm and in a place where they are likely to get a minimum of six hours of sunshine.

Fall is also the best time to plant your spring bulbs, especially the hardy varieties such as crocuses, daffodils, tulips and irises and these will do well in either containers or beds. They will flower in the spring so you can look forward to their colourful displays as an early sign of the arrival of spring, which should be ample reward for your additional work and planning in the fall.

Looking after and maintaining your lawn is another task you can be busy with in the fall to enhance your chances of a luscious lawn next spring. It is an ideal time to concentrate on factors like aeration of the soil and clearing debris accumulated over the summer growing season. You should remove any twigs, stones and fallen leaves from your lawns as these can harbor disease and encourage pests. A leaf blower or garden vacuum will make this task much easier and you should, of course, keep all of the organic material for composting.

Aerating disrupts the soil surface by making holes in the earth. This can be done manually with a garden fork or a number of tools can be used to make the work easier, or if you have a larger area to deal with. This allows more oxygen into the soil and water will also gain easier access, rather than simply running off. Earthworms will thrive better in this environment as well as a number of other beneficial organisms. Fertilizers and other top dressing substances will be more effective after aeration and it makes re-seeding, if necessary, more successful.

These are just a few of the tasks that can be keeping you busy in your garden during the fall. So if you want a beautiful garden in the spring it’s not quite time to lock away those garden tools just yet.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John McGuire is a smallholder and gardener who also runs an internet business and has his own garden products and information website.

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Hobbies: A Source of Wellness

Sep 9, 2015

By Roberto Figueroa

Hobbies are much more than activities we do for fun or things we engage in because we like them. They can be channels through which we can experience personal growth, expand our social circle, and receive physical and emotional benefits. Here are some reasons why having a hobby is a good investment of time and energy.

Reboots The Brain
Today, many of us live busy, rushed lives, struggling to balance our time between work, home, and family. As a result, our minds constantly tackle multiple problems at the same time, overwhelming our brains in the process. Because hobbies are single tasks that require concentration (like reading a book, woodworking, or playing soccer) they give our minds the opportunity to shut off the multitude of thoughts by focusing our minds on the task at hand. This streamlines our thoughts and allows our brain to take a break and relax, leaving us refreshed and renewed.

Opportunity To Be Ourselves
Hobbies can also give us a way to express ourselves and explore parts of our personality that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to. Arts, crafts, sports, and even collecting can be great channels for self-­‐expression. This can be especially healthy for those of us that spend most of our days doing something that doesn’t permit us to show who we are. So in many ways, hobbies help us define ourselves, and can give us a since of purpose.

They Connect Us With People With Similar Interests
It is true that hobbies can help us find a place of solitude, but even those that prefer to engage in solitary activities can’t hide their excitement when interacting with someone that likes to do the same activities as they do. Solitary gardeners can spend hours talking with the floor associate at their local gardening shop, and even book enthusiasts find it hard to contain their glee when they meet another avid reader.
It’s in our nature to want to connect with people that share our same interests, and hobbies can be a great way of entering new social circles and making friends.

Strengthens Our Self-­‐Esteem And Releases Stress
Developing and mastering a skill fills us with a sense of accomplishment that boosts our confidence and self-­‐esteem, both of which positively impact how we lead other areas of our lives. Hobbies also allow us to put our worries aside, and the mental focus h enlthey provide help us release accumulated stress, which makes us feel happier and helps us be more productive at work and at home.

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Young Stanford Graduate Cracks The Code

Aug 27, 2015

By Laura Duncanson
Dithapelo Medupe, who mostly goes by Ditha, is the type of girl that blends into her surroundings; she’s a quiet introvert who enjoys running, watching TV, reading and writing about African culture. But she is more than what meets the eye; she is the inventor of an African binary code based board game called “Temalo Code and Decode”.
Ditha grew up in the African country of Botswana and due to her academic excellence, was awarded a scholarship to do a post-secondary school year in America. During this opportunity, she was able to apply to universities in the United States and received a full scholarship to an Ivy League school Stanford University, to study premed. After Stanford, she went onto study medicine at St. George’s University which she has recently completed. When Good News Notebook Magazine asked about her biggest struggle adjusting between the schooling in Botswana and America she said the learning is a lot faster paced in America. She found herself utilizing study groups and resources that teach you how to study.

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The game first came to her during her years of undergrad at Stanford University, when she was studying premed and for a short time computer science. She was introduced to the binary code of computers which in a few years she saw a similar notion being used in African history. Becoming excited about her discovery, she began researching and compiling as much information as she could about publishing games. All of this led to the birth of “Temalo Code and Decode”, which is available for purchase online. Her discovery did not go unnoticed as she has had it featured in the US Journal of Mathematics and Culture.

She aspires to make her game well recognized and bring awareness to culture in a fun educational way. Since the game has been made, it has been successfully shipped from the US to UK and Africa. There has also been an interest spiked in the Ministry of Education in Botswana to evaluate the game for implementation in secondary schools throughout the country. This young woman is making strides in African innovation while juggling medical school. Outside of her game making, she is an active member of the African Student Association as well as a joint blogger for doctors and medical students from Botswana.

Her biggest influence is her mother who always encouraged her dreams and ideas from a very young age. She told a story about when she was 11 and had written a book, her mother took her to publishers to get the book known. Although it took a while, her book is being used in schools in Botswana as required reading for language classes. She credits all of her success to her mother who is a huge part of her life even until this day. The one person she would have liked to meet was Steve Jobs because of his inspirational can do attitude and self-starter spirit. In 5 years, she would like to be practicing medicine in Africa and on the road to specialty training. In terms of “Temalo Code and Decode”, her desire is that the game would be played in households and schools throughout Africa and would be something that is passed on through generations. At this time, she is already working on another form of the game and has more ideas in the making.
Her advice for our readers is that you have to believe in your dreams, “make sure you are well knowledgeable and research all you can so that you’re well informed. Only then will you be equipped to convince others”.

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Squash Medley

Aug 17, 2015

By Erica MacLeod

Summer is great time to pick up fresh produce at the grocery store. One of the most versatile vegetables to pick up in the summer is squash. There are many different types and many ways to cook it. Below is a quick recipe for a summertime side dish loaded with veggies.

Spaghetti squash is a staple in this recipe and is very easy to work with. Pre-cooking it will save time and hassle. To pre-cook spaghetti squash, halve it lengthwise and remove the seeds from the center. Preheat the oven to 375 and place the squash cut side down on a cookie sheet. Bake the squash for approximately 35 minutes. Baking times will vary upon the size of the squash. When the squash is fully cooked, the rind will be soft and the inside of the squash will pull away from the rind easily in strands similar to spaghetti. Let the squash cool, then use a fork to pull the meat from the rind. From here, the squash can be bagged up and frozen for future use or used right away to make the squash medley.

The squash medley is a very flexible recipe, using a variety of different vegetables. The base of the squash medley is spaghetti squash, yellow squash, and zucchini. Other great additions to the recipe are carrots, mushrooms, sweet corn, garlic, peppers, and onions.

Chop up the desired vegetables into small pieces. In a large pan, add two tablespoons of olive oil and preheat it over medium heat. Add the chopped vegetables to the oil and lightly sauté them until they are just softening. If using a variety of vegetables, cook harder vegetables, like carrots, first, then softer vegetables, like zucchini, after to ensure all the vegetables reach the same tenderness. Add the pre-cooked spaghetti squash last, adding another tablespoon of olive oil if needed, and toss well. Allow the medley to cook for another few minutes to heat thoroughly. Serve with grated Parmesan on top and enjoy.

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Youngest Pediatric Resident at Mount Sinai?

Aug 13, 2015

By Laura Duncanson

Rasheedah Andrews is like your typical 22 year old; she enjoys shopping, hanging out with her girlfriends and eating Thai food. But unlike others her age, she’s also the face you might see if you bring your child to the emergency room. She is 22 years old and in her first year of her Pediatric Residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center – Mount Sinai in New York, making her the youngest in her department.
GrenadaHailing from the small island of Grenada, Rasheedah decided from a young age that she wanted to do medicine. Her interest in Pediatrics and medicine on a whole stemmed from her aunt, who is a local Pediatrician as well as one of her younger cousins who has Down syndrome. These factors along with a thirst for knowledge propelled her academically and emotionally. Education wise, she found herself graduating high school at 15, getting her bachelors and entering medical school at St. Georges University School of Medicine from the young tender age of 18. Despite her young age, she doesn’t allow that to hinder her desire to help; from volunteering at local children’s home and elderly homes, she’s always trying to give back to her community. Currently she has an initiative in place which is targeted towards Diabetes and Hypertension in the community that she hopes would improve the level of healthcare offered towards this populace in Grenada. Making pediatrics her career choice, she hopes to become one of the few licensed Pediatricians in her home country.

Medical school wasn’t easy at such a young age. The Good News Notebook Magazine (GNN) asked what was the main  obstacle she has had to face,  “self-doubt” and credits her survival emotionally to a close relationship with God, great group of friends, her mother and her aunt. She has had nervous breakdowns like everyone else but despite that, she still managed to graduate with honors, regular inductee of the Dean’s list and Chancellor list. She gives  acknowledgment to her family for allowing her to follow her dreams and not holding her back in school. She is currently a member of a few organizations such as AAP, IFMSA and a recipient of Grenada National Scholarship which funded her education.

The  two people she told GNN she would have loved to have met was Nelson Mandela and Maya Angelo because they touched people with their words and actions. As far as her future is concerned, she would like to return to Grenada and improve the quality of healthcare in the realm of pediatrics by making it affordable to those who can’t afford. Her biggest role models are her mom and her aunt.

Her words for The Good News Notebook Magazine readers are,” not to give up”, “put in the work and keep focus”. “Although you’ll be faced with a lot of obstacles and negativity, don’t listen too much to what people have to say and just believe in yourself”.
It’s safe to say, her story is an example of hard work, determination and amazing support system.

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