Fair warning, you may shed a tear at this Everyday Hero story. Richard and Elizabeth fell in love with their new dog, Chi Chi and have never looked back since. After Chi Chi was found with her legs tied up, abandoned in a trash can, she was placed in a kennel in South Korea. A video of Chi Chi caught the couple’s attention and once they saw her smiling and wagging her tail, they were ready to give her a new loving home. Not even knowing if Chi Chi would ever be able to walk, Richard and Elizabeth were hardly phased and had their hearts set on making a better life for this pup.
In March, 2016, Chi Chi arrived in the U.S as a super vulnerable dog. They rigged up little booties out of socks and bandages in place of prosthetics, and each day when they put on her boots she feels the freedom any other dog would. Chi Chi was even lucky enough to gain a brother and sister, when Richard and Elizabeth decided to adopt two more dogs named Harry and Kipper. These two were adopted from Beagle Freedom Project, an organization that helps rescue dogs from laboratory testing.
After succeeding through several therapy dog programs, Chi Chi moved on to Ability 360, a sports and fitness center in Phoenix, Arizona. Here Chi Chi met numerous people who need wheelchairs and are amputees. One lucky guy named Nick who has been an amputee since he was four-years -old, found true companionship and a special connection with Chi Chi.
Today, Elizabeth says Chi Chi has turned into the happiest, most loving dog who makes the most of her life everyday. She has transformed into a dog who is caring and trusts people again, and now she’s going to give back to people in need of a companion. It doesn’t get more heart-warming than that.
Everyone has that unique gift or talent that can distinguish them as an individual. For Vietnam War Veteran Michael Reagan of Edmonds, Washington, that talent was the ability to draw incredible portraits. For 14 years, he has used his artistic gifts to immortalize fallen soldiers and offer his work to the respective families.
After a close friend was killed in action, Reagan vowed to use his survival and his talent to give back to those who lost loved ones. He drew celebrity portraits which were then auctioned off to raise money for charity. However, this hobby soon became a personal mission.
“If I can spend a few hours sitting here at my drawing table and bring back a smile to a widow’s face, how can I do anything else?”
He says he starts with the fallen heros' eyes because it makes the picture come alive. Although this seems like a simple task of drawing and passing on his work, he says that he breaks his own heart “every day.” Yet day after day he completes these breathtaking drawings as a way to give back and - at the request of his fallen friend - care.
Remember, sometimes the smallest things can make an extraordinary difference in someone’s life. More than 5,000 families now have a piece of art and memory that will last them for a very long time.
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Exploring exotic colors, sea life, and feeling free underwater are a just a couple reasons people love scuba diving. Well, here’s a story from someone who loves scuba diving for a bit of a different reason. At just 20 years old, a soldier named Chris lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan. After suffering harshly from PTSD, he found serenity in the water. Known as ‘deptherapy,’ scuba diving changed Chris’ life. It provides him with outstanding mental and physical relief- now he’s helping others who suffer find this same tranquility.
Following his injury, Chris had no idea what to expect, where to go, or what to do. He didn’t admit he had PTSD for two or three years, feeling that his role as a soldier meant he should embody a rough and tough attitude. Now, Chris is beating PTSD. Though he says he’ll never actually beat it, he is in control and on top of it, and scuba diving has become his safe haven.
“I’m a soldier, I’m not going to admit I cry myself to sleep at night.”
Chris says it’s the weightlessness feeling, and having nothing to be worried about under the water because the quietness is simply surreal. His anxiety, flashes, and worries fade away, and this peace reassures him. One of Chris’ students, Gary, was blown up and blinded in one eye. Gary says scuba diving gives him hope where there’s a lot of darkness, and is absolutely inspired by Chris.
“There’s a guy out there with no legs teaching people how to scuba dive, it’s phenomenal and that’s what I love about him.” – Gary
Talk about amazing humans. Chris is one man helping so many others turn their lives around from situations many of us could never imagine. Thank you for being another wonderful person in this world that we can all look up to.
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