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Good News of the Week: Delta Sends Girls to NASA, NFL Player Donates Homes and More

Published on October 18, 2019 2:01 PM EST
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ALL FEMALE FLIGHT CREW LEADS 120 GIRLS ON TRIP TO NASA TO ADDRESS AVIATION’S GENDER GAP

Aviation is a largely male dominated field. In fact, women make up only 7% of the more than 600,000 pilots in the United States, according to FAA data collected in 2017. In an effort to change that, Delta Airlines flew 120 girls from Salt Lake City, Utah to a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) facility in Houston, TX.

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The girls, ages 12-18, took the trip as part of the fifth annual Delta WING Flight – Women Inspiring Our Next Generation. While at NASA the girls toured the Mission Control Center and Space Station as well as meet with female leaders from NASA and aviation workgroups. They also had lunch with NASA astronaut and aerospace engineer Jeanette Epps.

Delta started the WING Flight program in 2015 as an effort to diversify a male-dominated industry and offer girls early exposure to careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. This year’s anniversary makes over 600 female students who have taken to the skies with Delta through the program.

TEENAGER DESIGNS NEW APP TO COORDINATE CARE FOR SICK AND ELDERLY

Caring for a sick loved one can become as demanding as having a full-time job. When Massachusetts Teen Logan Wells’ grandmother Nannie was diagnosed with Dementia, his family quickly realized caring for her at home wouldn’t be an easy task. Logan and his parents were tasked with caring for their grandmother, providing meals, overseeing her medication schedule and coordinating visits from friends and home help aids.

Logan saw the stress this hectic care schedule was taking on his family and decided to develop an app that would coordinate all of the data and calendar information for him. His family got on board with the idea, helping with testing and feedback. They eventually hired software engineers to carry this project across the finish line.

Months later the CareZare app finally went live. It’s a free app built to allow users to log activities, track tasks (such as medication adherence) and the app also provides an up-to-date calendar with contacts and appointment information all in one place. CareZare is currently offered in the app stores for both iPhone and Android devices.

22-YEAR OLD GYMNAST MAKES HISTORY IN HER SPORT

At just 22 years-old Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles is living proof that young people are capable of achieving outstanding things. This week the athletic phenom earned her 24th and 25th gold medals at the World Championships. After this latest victory she’s solidified her title as the greatest gymnast of our time.

Biles rose to fame during the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. She was part of a team of a superstar young gymnasts dubbed ‘The Final Five.’ During that event Biles took home five gold medals and has continued to dominate the sport ever since. With four Olympic gold medals and 19 world titles Biles is continuing to thrill audiences across the globe.

In addition to winning these two latest gold metals, Biles has two signature moves that prior to her execution, had never been completed in competition by any female gymnast. Because of this, the sport will forever honor her contributions by naming the moves in honor of this young show-stopper athlete. A double-double dismount from the balance beam that will now be known as ‘The Biles’. A triple twisting double tuck move will from now on be known as The Biles II’.

FORMER NFL STAR DONATES NEARLY 200  HOMES TO SINGLE PARENTS

For 12 years Warrick Dunn was known for his agility and speed on the football field. Now after retiring from the National Football League the former superstar is making a difference off the field in a major way. Dunn recently partnered with Habitat for Humanity and other organizations to provide a home for a single mother and her son. This is home is the 173th Dunn has provided to a single parent through his charity Warrick Dunn Charities.

Over the weekend Dunn gave LaToya Reedy and her son AnTrez keys to a brand new home. The single mother works as a certified nursing assistant and had been living in a crowded home with family members thanks to constantly increasing rent rates. Now, because of this generous gift, she’s able to move out on her own into a nearly 2,000 square foot home. The home also comes fully furnished, thanks to a donation from Arron’s rental company.

Dunn tells local reporters it’s always been his mission to help single parents. His mom was a single mother of six and he saw how hard it was for her to make ends meet. Dunn’s mom was killed when he was just 17-years-old. He says each time he helps a family through his foundation and it’s partner organizations he is able to honor his mom and others just like her.

LOUISIANA TEEN RAISES MONEY TO BRING LIFE-SAVING DEVICES TO HIS SCHOOL

In early October hundreds looked on as an eigth grade football player in Louisiana collapsed during a game. Two police officers used CPR to save his life. Rusheon Middle School student Kaiden Gardner was on the football field that night and saw this terrifying medical emergency as it happened to his teammate. Witnessing such a scary event push Gardner into action.

After discussing what happened with his dad, Gardner came up with the idea to raise money to put AED devices in his school. An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically detects and diagnoses cardiac stress and uses an electrical shock to help re-establish an effective heart rhythm. In addition to CPR, these devices can help save lives if someone is having a cardiac emergency.

Gardner is working to raise money to buy two more automatic external defibrillators for his middle school. He says one would be for the football team and the other would be available for other sports teams at the school.

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