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One Man’s Incredible Tactic to Find Kidney Donor for Wife Has Unbelievable Results

Within a few hours, my picture of this man…had gone viral.

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When Raymond and Mylen Thompson first met online in 2000, it was the beginning of a seemingly ordinary love story. Nothing too epic, just bonding over their shared appreciation for pro wrestling in an AOL chat room.

Not long after, the sweet couple married and had a daughter named Rachel. Together they lived, happy and healthy, in Brooklyn.

Until one day, Raymond recalls, their simple life was derailed and he got the most terrifying phone call of his life. “[Mylen] called me at work and said, ‘Babe, you need to come home right now.’ She said, ‘I can’t feel my right side. It’s numb,’” he told CNN editor Lilit Marcus.

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As it turned out, Mylen developed a serious kidney disease and now, Raymond shared, “she goes to a [dialysis] center for three hours, three days a week. There’s a machine that filters your blood. It takes a lot out of you.”

Inspired by stories of people who weren’t afraid to make their need for an organ donation known, Raymond set out on a mission to find Mylen a kidney by wearing a sign on his back.

Then, in late December, Raymond happened to be wearing his sign, which reads, “IN NEED OF A KIDNEY FOR MY WIFE B+” along with his phone number, at his local Target store when he was noticed by someone with an international platform.

While at Target, Raymond caught the eye of CNN editor Lilit Marcus. Marcus snapped a quick photo of him and shared it via Twitter, saying “[couldn’t] stop thinking about it.”

“Within a few hours, my picture of this man…had gone viral. Celebrities such as Zach Braff, Martina Navratilova and Evan Rachel Wood shared it,” Marcus wrote in an article for CNN about Raymond. “Actress Sarah Hyland, who recently revealed she had a second kidney transplant, shared the image, too.”

“One thing Raymond wants to clear up,” Marcus explained, “is that his family won’t be setting up a GoFundMe for medical expenses — between his work’s insurance and Medicare, they’re covered. It’s just the kidney they need.”

“I had a few people walk up to me and try to give me money,” Raymond shared. “I refuse that every single time.”

Amazingly, Marcus’ effort to put Raymond’s message out to the world has resulted in thousands of contacts from people as far as Pakistan and Australia looking to donate a kidney to Mylen. Now, the Thompsons are beginning to respond to each phone call and, having been flooded with offers, their prospects are looking quite good.

“I appreciate everyone who reaches out. It means a lot to us to get the message out there,” Raymond said, noting that even if going viral achieves the goal of finding a kidney for Mylen, that’s only half the battle. “Sign up to be organ donors. There are so many people that actually need organs, especially kidneys. You have two and can live a healthy life with just one. Just sign up.”

 

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Rhino Poacher Meets a Poetic Fate, Complete with Elephants, Lions, and Revenge

If this isn’t justice, I don’t know what is.

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Greed is a hell of a drug. Greed is what makes a wealthy man and addicted man.  It’s the idea that you can never have enough, no matter the consequences to the world around you. Don’t get me wrong: Winning and achieving are great, but there are costs to be considered. For wildlife poachers, the reward is dirty money…and lots of it.  Items such as rhinoceros horns can go for as much as $60k per kilo – an amount that makes cocaine look like over-the-counter DayQuil in comparison. Of course, the reason for this enormous price tag is the rarity of the item, with poachers having nearly caused the extinction of several species of Rhinoceros over the course of the last few decades. But, as Jeff Goldblum famously says in the 90’s blockbuster Jurassic Park, “life finds a way”. One poacher in Africa has learned that lesson the very hard way. Only a skull and a pair of trousers remained after a suspected rhino poacher was killed by an elephant and then eaten by lions in Kruger National Park, South African National Parks said. The incident happened after the man entered the park with four others to target rhinos, according to a parks service statement released Friday. His family were notified of his death late Tuesday by his fellow poachers, and a search party led by Kruger’s regional manager, Don English, set out to recover the body. Rangers scoured on foot and police flew over the area, but due to failing light, it could not be found. The poacher likely didn’t deserve such dignity, but the search went on. The search resumed Thursday morning and, with the help of added field rangers, what was left of his body was discovered. “Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured…

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Police Seek Teens who Interacted with Autistic Skateboarder for BEST REASON EVER

Police are searching for a few teens that left the mother of an autistic child in tears at a local skatepark…but for all the right reasons.

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Life is ostensibly difficult for teens and young adults in ways that many of us adults seem to have forgotten. Hopefully, (and luckily, if so), we grow out of these hormonal adolescent years with a bit of an even keel, able to keep a cool head, and fully aware of our strengths and weaknesses.  Sure, we have bills and the complexities of work/friend/partner relationships to navigate, as well as a whole glut of strange, “as you get older” family issues to deal with, but we at least get to do so as adults with a full understanding of our faculties and abilities. For teens and young people, it’s not that easy.  At these ages, human beings are insecure, unsure, and downright dumbfounded by the world around them.  And, let’s not forget, that kids can be severely cruel to one another over the most asinine of subjects.  Style, mannerisms, and intelligence are all fodder for the teenaged bullies of the world. For children on the autism spectrum, things are even tougher.  These are the “weirdoes” and “nut jobs” that the heartless bullies rail on, making them the bread and butter of these jerks’ daily dissing. So when the mother of an autistic son named Carter began crying at a local New Jersey skatepark, many feared the worst. Lucky for all of us, there is still some good left in this world. Kristen Braconi took Carter, who is on the autism spectrum and has ADHD, and his behavioral therapist to the park to celebrate his fifth birthday, where a group of older kids noticed him playing on his scooter. The teens took it upon themselves to teach Carter how to skateboard. “They were absolutely amazing with him and included him and were so beyond kind it brought me to tears,” the mother shared on Facebook,…

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