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Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A six-year-old Kansas boy who suffers from a painful tumor on his spine was in the stands when the Kansas City Royals threw their first pitch in a World Series game since 1985.
On Tuesday, cancer was the last thing on young Noah Wilson’s mind.
“It was amazing,” his dad Scott Wilson told ABC News on Wednesday. “We walked away with a loss but the energy in that place was phenomenal.”
Wilson, his wife and their two sons, including Noah, were at the game thanks to a neighbor who launched a campaign last week to send Noah, a lifelong Royals fan who has a rare bone cancer called Ewing sarcoma, to see the team play in the World Series. They have tickets to Wednesday night’s game, too.
“Noah had a blast last night and he got home and was still excited,” Wilson said. “He fell asleep pretty quick because it was a late night, and he got up this morning already wearing his Royals hat and ready to go.”
Their neighbor Ryan Zimmerman set up a GoFundMe page last week, and supporters raised more than $11,000 to send the cancer patient to Wednesday night’s game. MLB and StubHub ended up donating tickets, and Zimmerman said the money raised would be used instead to pay off Noah’s hospital bills.
But the Wilsons had a better idea.
“Noah is one of many kids battling cancer. We’ve always felt kinda weird about this whole thing, so many families are deserving of this,” he said. “So we took the money and we bought 16 tickets on StubHub for the game, plus the [extra] tickets donated and gave them to other families going through cancer, that we’ve met at the hospital or through friends.”
“There’s no better way to spend it, in our opinion,” he said.
On Monday, when Wilson went to pick up the tickets for Wednesday’s game, an MLB employee who had heard about the campaign offered up her tickets so the family could also attend Game 1 Tuesday night.
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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Little League star Mo’ne Davis is back in the spotlight, starring in a new Chevrolet ad that aired during Game 1 of the World Series.
And the pint-sized pitcher is still out to prove that throwing like a girl is a good thing.
Davis said she had “the best summer of my young life” as the star of Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons. She led the team to the Little League World Series and made history as one of the few girls to play in the series, and the first Little Leaguer ever to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
“I stand for girls who want to play sports with the boys and to be a role model for people young and old,” Davis, 13, says in the commercial, directed by Spike Lee. “I throw 70 miles per hour — that’s throwing like a girl.”
Chevrolet posted a longer version of the commercial, which aired Tuesday night, on YouTube that includes interviews with her family, coach and other people who have come in contact with the young star.
“There’s this little girl that I’d never seen before and she’s throwing these effortless, perfect spirals, once after another,” said coach Steve Bandura, who spotted Davis on the field when she was only seven years old. “And she’s throwing them like twenty yards and it just looked like it was computer-generated.”
The NCAA says Davis’ appearance in the Chevy ad won’t affect her eligibility to someday play college sports.
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Wife Discovers Trove of Letters From Husband After His Death
iStock/Thinkstock(LONGVIEW, Texas) — Even after his death, Mitchell Whisenhunt has found a way to surprise and bring comfort to his wife and young daughter, with a trove of letters he designated to be opened on certain dates.
Whisenhunt, who would have turned 27 next week, lost his battle with Marfan syndrome last Saturday. The rare genetic disorder affects the body’s connective tissue, which is used to hold together organs, cells and tissue.
Ashley Whisenhunt, 22, cared for her husband until his death, but said she was astonished when she discovered the 30 letters he left for her and their 18-month-old daughter, Brynleigh.
The little girl will grow up with a letter every year from her second to 18th birthday from a man she didn’t get to spend much time with but who left no doubt that he loved her unconditionally.
“Through his testimony, there is so much she is going to learn,” Whisenhunt told ABC News.
One letter was also addressed to their Longview, Texas, community, thanking them for their support.
“It just blows my mind,” Whisenhunt said of her husband’s secret gesture. “He thought about everybody else instead of himself.”
Whisenhunt said she would respect her husband’s wishes and open each letter as he planned. However, there was one special surprise left for her that she said hit her the hardest.
In a spiral notebook that Whisenhunt used before she dropped out of college to care for her husband, he wrote a letter to her asking that she publish a book of poetry he had had written.
“He is all I ever had,” Whisenhunt said of the man she fell in love with as a teenager. “We have been together since before we knew what love and life was about.”
Mitchell Whisenhunt planned his own funeral, and as his wife raises money to pay for it, she said she can’t help but wonder what other surprises her husband has in store.
“There are ones we still don’t know about,” she said. “The funeral director said he couldn’t tell me. It was Mitchell’s plan and secret.”
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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Without uttering a word from the bench, the Supreme Court acted on major hot button issues in the last month concerning voting rights, abortion and gay marriage.
The cases weren’t on the Court’s argument calendar. Parties were either asking the Court to act on an emergency basis to freeze a lower court decision, or requesting that the Court step in and take a case for later in the term.
The Court responded by issuing orders that were usually only a few sentences long. We never got the majority’s reasoning, but in some cases a few of the Justices released a public dissent.
Here’s some of what we know, and what we don’t, about the hot button issues:
The court sent a strong signal that it didn’t like voting changes made too close to an election. It allowed voting restrictions to remain in effect in North Carolina, Texas and Ohio. It stopped Wisconsin’s Voter ID law from going into effect.
But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the most senior member of the liberal wing of the Court, had a couple of things she wanted to make clear: the country, she believes, is now feeling the impact of the Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County that invalidated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.
In two separate dissents, she pointed out that voting restrictions in Texas and North Carolina would most likely not have been able to stand in pre-Shelby days.
She said the Texas Voter ID law “may prevent more than 600,000 registered Texas voters (about 4.5% of all registered voters) from voting in person for lack of compliant identification.”
The Court blocked part of Texas’ abortion law from going into effect pending appeal. Pro choice groups praised the court’s order saying that several abortion clinics — forced to close because of a lower court ruling — would be able to reopen while the merits of the case were argued.
What’s interesting in this case is that while Justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas publicly dissented, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy were publicly silent.
The court’s action was not a ruling on the merits; it simply granted an emergency application from pro-choice groups fearful that the state would be left with just seven clinics. But the silence on the part of Roberts and Kennedy gave the groups some hope that they might be able to get five votes down the road to permanently strike down provisions of the law.
The justices cleared the way for gay marriage in several states when the Court declined to step in and review seven cases from three appeals courts. President Obama went as far as telling the New Yorker that the Court’s action was as “consequential” as anything the Court has done.
We may never know what went on behind closed doors when the justices made their decision. It would have taken four votes to grant any one of the cases. Every justice knew that if the Court chose not to take up the cases, in short order 35 states would allow gay marriage.
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