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Military Heroes

IMG_4256There are some other things that I should tell you about me because they are very important to my story. I am very proud of military heroes. In fact my human grandfather went to West Point. He graduated in 1918. How cool is that? He fought in World War I and in World War II.  My human mom used to go to the Army-Navy football games and visited West Point often. She even went to my human grandfather’s 50th West Point class reunion and that was a very special time because there were so many military heroes there. The picture above is of the four living graduates that year. My human grandfather was the man on the right.

My mom learned at a very young age that living in the United States of America was one of the greatest gifts anyone could be given. Every time the American flag is raised and the National Anthem is sung, I see tears in her eyes. She is so proud to be an American and so am I! She taught all of her kids that pride in America is very important. Being an American means that we should defend our country in anyway we can.

Kids can help to support our country by being kind and obeying the law. They can show respect for our flag and all that it stands for. Sometimes kids need to do even more because they have loved ones who are in the military. When their moms or dads or aunts or uncles or older siblings go away in order to protect our country, it can make them feel very sad. They need to try to remember that they are military heroes no matter what kind of job they do in the military.

Military Heroes

It’s okay to feel sad. Anyone would be sad when someone they love goes away. Sometimes when their loved ones come home, they act differently. Sometimes they get hurt and their injuries make it difficult for kids to understand and handle. My human uncle went to Vietnam when my mom was in high school. She remembers how worried her family was while he was away. Sometimes listening to the news can cause kids and adults to worry. That’s why I don’t like to listen too much to the news.military heroes

If you know someone who is in the military helping our country, you need to make sure you say thank you and try to understand how difficult it is for them. If you see a soldier in a wheelchair or with any other kind of injury, you can hold a door open or you can tell them how proud you are of their efforts. Don’t forget okay? Remember they are all military heroes.

One other very important thing. You should never let the American Flag touch the ground because that shows disrespect.

Ali Mohammadian – True Hero

Ali Mohammadian Good teachers… no… great teachers are everywhere! The best of the best teachers are the ones who notice the happenings in their classrooms. They not only notice, they do anything and everything to make a difference in the lives of their students.

It’s not all about teaching reading, writing, and math. It’s not all about grades and tests. It’s more than that. The teachers who are the ones who will be remembered and revered by their students are the teachers who care enough to go above and beyond for their students. They are humble and they are powerful in their actions.

Ali Mohammadian is one of these teachers. He is a man who must be commended and raised up as a hero. He showed an empathy and compassion that “trickled down” to his students. Without drama or a need to cry out for attention, this exemplary teacher made a difference. He made a difference for a bullied child and he made a difference for all of the bullied children and teachers in the world.

When Iranian schoolteacher Ali Mohammadian became aware of the fact that his student was being bullied after losing his hair because of a mysterious illness, he took a stand. He did something that not many teachers would do. He offered his support, empathy and compassion for his young bald student by shaving his own head. Within a few days his students followed his example. The whole class or over twenty students shaved their heads and the bullied child was no longer the target of unkind bullying.

Ali Mohammadian – True HeroAli Mohammadian

This exemplary man is quoted as saying, “Mahan had become isolated after going bald, his smile had disappeared from his face and I was concerned about his class performance. That’s why I thought about shaving my head to get him back on track.”

Thank you Ali Mohammadian. You are a hero and you are the kind of teacher that parents and children everywhere want to be teaching in each and every school. 

John Hudson Dilgen – A Boy

John Hudson DilgenWe have all heard motivational sayings that are meant to help us feel better about whatever ailment or adversity comes our way. Many times the attempts that others make to help us feel better succeed. Other times they don’t help and in fact they irritate us. After all we, are the masters of our own destinies. We are the only ones who can make the decision as to whether we will succumb to the obstacles we face in life or use them to make us stronger.

That all sounds good and it may even be poignant in many cases.  The subject of today’s post has temporarily imploded my usual positivity. I am confident that this will not remain the case because maybe just maybe we can help to make a difference for one very special child by the name of John Hudson Dilgen.

This is the story of eleven-year-old John Hudson Dilgen who has a rare skin disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa or EB. The disease is cruel and it ravages the delicate skin of the people who are afflicted with it. EB makes the skin so fragile that even the slightest bump or touch can rub the skin off and cause blisters and great pain.

Every morning John Hudson Dilgen must have a bath and his dressings changed. The process is pure torture for him. Each bandage must be removed and then his skin must be rinsed with bleach or vinegar to kill the bacteria that has grown on his skin overnight. After that excruciating process is over, antibiotics and moisturizers are applied. He has wounds covering over 50% of his body and he must wear special bandages continuously.

Therapists come to work with John’s hands, feet and mouth which are often blistered and painful. He cannot eat or drink until the blisters on his tongue have drained.  There are often blisters in his eyes, which are the most agonizing of all of the wounds. There is no treatment for the corneal erosions. He must keep his eyes closed and take pain medications until the erosions heal.

There is so much more to John’s story. Please check out his site and spread the word about EB.  If you are so inclined, you canJohn Hudson Dilgen send a donation to help fund research for Epidermolysis Bullosa.  As we give thanks for all that we have this Thanksgiving, let’s do something to help John’s dream come true. It’s a simple dream. It is a dream about a day in the future when he won’t have to suffer in such excruciating pain.

The following is from http://www.johnhudsondilgen.com/ 

“We are waiting for a day free from pain and suffering and worry. There is no cure for EB at this time, only bandages and pain medications.. Research going on in Stanford Ca. will go to human trials in a few years and may have hope of a treatment for RDEB. Until then, we are spending our days praying for a cure and hoping I survive the infections and anemia of childhood. I need a cure well before my first bout of squamous cell carcinoma, as this will surely kill me. If it is in your means, please help spread the word about EB, help increase EB awareness, visit my website for updates on me. Please remember me and my other EB friends in your prayers. Tomorrow is another day and my family continues to hold out hope for a better day for me.” ~ John Hudson Dilgen

To get involved, contact Faye at johnhudsondilgen@aol.com.

“We never stand taller than when we kneel to help a child.”  It goes without saying that John is our newest hero on our Wall of Heroes. Please keep him in your prayers.

Our Heroes Are Everyday People Who Make a Difference

helpingOne of the things that we try to do here is share stories about people who do something that many people wouldn’t or couldn’t do. Our heroes make a difference for someone or for many and they come from every walk of life and every age. It is for that reason, we have created Rugby’s Wall of Heroes.

This wall is very important because it displays the names of heroes of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, ages and sexes.  Those who have their names placed on this wall have shown courage, strength, compassion, wisdom, kindness, sincerity, honesty and so many other qualities.

Some of them are famous and some of them are not. They are everyday people like Wayne Isaacs who spent his days playing the harp for patients, their loved ones and staff at hospitals in order to sooth their spirits. They are also famous people like Anderson Cooper who had the courage to speak out and embrace his difference. They are people like Stash Serafin, the blind figure skater who exemplifies courage.

Each and every name on this wall stands for someone who has made a difference because he or she cared enough to do something. We want to add more and more heroes because children of all ages need to see that kind, honest and courageous efforts are respected and honored.

This wall is about heroes who are trying to lower the numbers of bullying events but this wall is also about people who just live with kindness and compassion. It is about people who serve as examples to everyone by the way they live their lives. It is about those who stand up to be heard and have the courage to make a difference! Children of all ages need heroes and that is why this hero wall was created.

The following are just a few of our heroes.

Do you remember…

  • A Corpus Christi Texas student named Tyrell Clay who gave up his prom king crown to a bullied student by the name of Adam Chadwick? There are actually several heroes in this story. It goes without saying that Tyrell’s unselfish and kind actions make him a hero but there are other heroes. The other heroes are the people who modeled kindness and unselfishness for him to emulate. Parents, you have so much responsibility when it comes to your children.
  • Alexis Wineman, who was crowned Miss Montana? She was the first Miss America Contestant who had been diagnosed with Autism in the pageant’s 92 years. Anyone who has listened to Alexis’s comments during her interviews heard her courage and desire to accomplish the same things that people without Autism can accomplish. She has been quoted as saying, “I have overcome a lot.  I have overcome so many of my symptoms.”
  • Elisha “Eli” Reimer, a fifteen year old and the first person with Down’s Syndrome to reach the base station of Mount Everest. This amazing young man has a passion for sports and his enthusiasm for “life” is contagious. Eli trained for over a year before he began his unique climb. He and his dad and six others hiked with purpose. They climbed 17,600 feet in frigid temperatures to benefit the Elisha Foundation.
  • Kris Doubledee was driving his bus in the downtown area of Winnipeg when he saw a homeless man walking barefoot. What happened next was a random act of kindness on the part of this caring bus driver. He pulled the bus to the side of the road and took off the shoes he had on his own feet and gave them to the homeless man.  With his task completed, Doubledee returned to his bus to continue driving his route but now without his shoes.

Do you know anyone who should be added to Rugby’s Wall of Heroes?  If you do, we love to hear his or her story.

Gloson Teh Is My Friend.

gloson1Glosen Teh is way cool! “It is such a blessing to discover one’s hobby as young as possible!  Because a hobby can be turned into a skill and, later, a career! The earlier one starts doing a thing the more expert one becomes. When you grow up, you will not feel stressed by your work. There is a saying: “If you enjoy your work, it will be as though you never work a day in your life – just enjoy your hobby all the time!”

Gloson, whose name means ‘son of glory’, really is special in that he is a good example with which to encourage parents to nurture their children when they are young.”

~Gloson Teh’s Mother

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