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Terminally Ill 8-Year-Old Facing Last Christmas Receives Unbelievable Surprise

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When a child is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it can seem impossible to find a ray of light or a source of joy in life. For the Quibodeaux family of Louisiana, that’s certainly not the case as people from all over the nation, including friends from the White House, have blessed them with prayers and gifts for what could be their son Drake’s last Christmas.

Drake, just 8 years old, was diagnosed with lethal Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an incredibly aggressive brain cancer that doesn’t respond to conventional therapies and is dangerous to treat with surgery.

“Last week, we got the news that his tumor was growing,” explained Danielle Quibodeaux, Drake’s mom, to KPLC7. “At the start, they give you nine to 12 months. And on the 12th of this month, it’ll be nine months.”

“What do you want to do for Christmas?” Danielle asked her ailing son. “Tough,” Drake said quietly. “It’s tough.”
“That’s a tough question, he said,” Danielle explained. “We have got to go see LSU football and we had a deer hunt. He killed a deer, so, I don’t know what we could possibly do to top that.”

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So, for what could be the Quibodeaux family’s last Christmas with Drake, a friend of the family made a post on Facebook asking people to “flood his mailbox” with Christmas cards for the little guy.

After the family friend’s post went viral, Drake was inundated with Christmas cards and letters from all over America.

Drake smiles more today with smile the Tiger then he has all week. He was honored at Leblanc Basketball games and it was so amazing to see all the kids cheering him on. Also included pics of mail today…

Posted by Danielle Quibodeaux on Monday, 17 December 2018

“It’s about letting him know the community loves him and they’re behind him,” Danielle said, tearfully.

“We tape them to our front door,” Danielle said to KPLC7. “‘He just looks at them and says, ‘They love me so much mama.'”

The outpouring of love and support from the world didn’t end with Christmas cards, however. Police officers, soldiers, and even a Santa actor have made personal visits to see Drake and lift his spirits.

Drake has had to take naps the last few days as he’s been tired….. he is still having a wonderful Christmas and…

Posted by Danielle Quibodeaux on Thursday, 20 December 2018

The Quibodeaux family got the greatest surprise of all when they received a letter with the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue return address. Even President and First Lady Trump offered their support and prayers to the sweet little boy.

Wow!!!!#teamdrake

Posted by Danielle Quibodeaux on Thursday, 20 December 2018

“Melania and I recently learned of your diagnosis and send our prayers for your healing and recovery,” the President wrote. “The resolve and tenacity you have demonstrated during this difficult time is inspiring.”

“We pray that God grants you strength as you courageously fight this battle,” he continued. We hope you find comfort and peace in your faith and that you are uplifted by all those around you.”

Please continue to pray for Drake and his family as they endure this trying season! If you feel moved to send Drake a letter or a card, you can send one to:

Drake Quibodeaux
2412 Hwy 388
Vinton, LA 70668

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Driver Breaks ‘Tree on Top’ Speed Record in 800hp Car

Eat your heart out, Clark Griswold.

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Everyone handles the tradition of decorating their Christmas tree just a little bit differently than the next, with many relying on family customs handed down through the generations in order to honor those who’ve Christmas’d before them.

These sorts of nuances can come in any form, from the color and arrangement of the lights, to the timing of the tree’s arrival, and even whether or not the decoration will be real or artificial.

And on the point of timing, there is a wide range of opinions on what’s proper.  Does the tree go up in the aftermath of Thanksgiving, our bellies still full of turkey?  Or we wait until just a few days before Christmas comes, hoping to have the freshest fir available?

For those of you still waiting for the last minute, or who may be rushing to get a tree, may we suggest borrowing an Audi from Hennessey Motorsports?

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Hennessey Performance has broken its record for fastest car with a tree strapped to the roof

One of the Texas tuning company’s 1,000 hp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUVs hit 181 mph in 2019, and it wanted to see if it could do better.

So owner John Hennessey “borrowed” his wife’s Audi RS6 Avant station wagon, which had been modified with 800 hp, and took it to a closed airport runway where he was conducting tests with the company’s upcoming 300+ mph Venom F5 supercar.

Test driver Spencer Geswein hit 205 mph without a tree on the roof, then went for it with one attached trunk-forward.

After reaching 181 mph the car took a good 10 seconds before it reached a maximum velocity of 183 mph to set a new record, which is unofficial, but also unchallenged.

The tree looked to be under a bit of stress, however….

Video of the stunt can be seen below:

Everyone handles the tradition of decorating their Christmas tree just a little bit differently than the next, with many relying on family customs handed down through the generations in order to honor those who’ve Christmas’d before them. These sorts of nuances can come in any form, from the color and arrangement of the lights, to the timing of the tree’s arrival, and even whether or not the decoration will be real or artificial. And on the point of timing, there is a wide range of opinions on what’s proper.  Does the tree go up in the aftermath of Thanksgiving, our bellies still full of turkey?  Or we wait until just a few days before Christmas comes, hoping to have the freshest fir available? For those of you still waiting for the last minute, or who may be rushing to get a tree, may we suggest borrowing an Audi from Hennessey Motorsports? Hennessey Performance has broken its record for fastest car with a tree strapped to the roof One of the Texas tuning company’s 1,000 hp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUVs hit 181 mph in 2019, and it wanted to see if it could do better. So owner John Hennessey “borrowed” his wife’s Audi RS6 Avant station wagon, which had been modified with 800 hp, and took it to a closed airport runway where he was conducting tests with the company’s upcoming 300+ mph Venom F5 supercar. Test driver Spencer Geswein hit 205 mph without a tree on the roof, then went for it with one attached trunk-forward. After reaching 181 mph the car took a good 10 seconds before it reached a maximum velocity of 183 mph to set a new record, which is unofficial, but also unchallenged. The tree looked to be under a bit of stress, however…. https://twitter.com/evoIndia/status/1473890119438385152?s=20 Video…

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WATCH: Tiny Pup Protects 12 Year-Old Owner from Vicious Wild Animal

GOOD DOG!

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There are times in every dog owner’s life in which man looks down at beast and wonders just how peculiar and unique this relationship really is.

There are no companion animals more attuned to the human existence than our dogs.  (I’m sorry, horse-owners, but y’all come in a close second).

These are members of the family who feel a duty and nobility about doing the dirty, animalistic work of the group…no matter the size.

In Toronto this week, a young girl and her small dog made big news.

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An incredibly brave little Yorkie defended its owner, a 10-year-old girl, from a coyote that attacked the pair while out for a neighborhood walk in Toronto this week.

The Yorkshire terrier, who the family rescued six years ago, suffered “extremely serious tissue injuries to her spine and her leg,” Dorothy Kwan, 10-year-old Lily Kwan’s mother, wrote on a crowdfunding page to raise money for the veterinarian bills.

“You can see our dog putting herself between my daughter and the coyote,” Dorothy Kwan wrote. “Even after she was seriously injured, she continued to bark and chase the coyote away. She fought back.”

The entire scene was captured on video:

The underdog yorkie did spend some time in a canine ICU, but returned home after a few days with 40 stitches and one heck of a story.

 

There are times in every dog owner’s life in which man looks down at beast and wonders just how peculiar and unique this relationship really is. There are no companion animals more attuned to the human existence than our dogs.  (I’m sorry, horse-owners, but y’all come in a close second). These are members of the family who feel a duty and nobility about doing the dirty, animalistic work of the group…no matter the size. In Toronto this week, a young girl and her small dog made big news. An incredibly brave little Yorkie defended its owner, a 10-year-old girl, from a coyote that attacked the pair while out for a neighborhood walk in Toronto this week. The Yorkshire terrier, who the family rescued six years ago, suffered “extremely serious tissue injuries to her spine and her leg,” Dorothy Kwan, 10-year-old Lily Kwan’s mother, wrote on a crowdfunding page to raise money for the veterinarian bills. “You can see our dog putting herself between my daughter and the coyote,” Dorothy Kwan wrote. “Even after she was seriously injured, she continued to bark and chase the coyote away. She fought back.” The entire scene was captured on video: https://youtu.be/qTqXqoqMSWM The underdog yorkie did spend some time in a canine ICU, but returned home after a few days with 40 stitches and one heck of a story.  

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