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NFL Player donates mammograms, non-profit foundation aims to diversify classrooms and more

Published on October 11, 2019 2:17 PM EST
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It’s Mental Health Awareness Week in the U.S. and many people across the nation are shining a spotlight on mental health and personal well-being.

You may have noticed #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek trending on twitter and the litany of posts from people and groups sharing stories, statistics and facts on the topic.

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There’s no question surrounding yourself with positive messages, news and influences is a vital component of maintaining good mental health.

Please check out some of the positives news stories below. I hope they’ll put a smile on your face and remind you of the good happening across the world.

Let me know what you think of these stories. Don’t forget to leave a comment in the comments section below.


Think back on your educational experience. Can you recall ever having a male teacher of color? Black men make up 2% of teachers in the US, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Similar statistics apply for Hispanic male teachers.

This shortage is a big deal because research proves that for students of color, having a teacher who looks like them improves their chances of success and engagement in school.

A group called Call me MISTER is working to address this staggering shortage. MISTER stands for Mentors Instructing Students Towards Effective Role Models. The program is designed to recruit minority male students to major in education.

Men who take advantage of this program have access to scholarships, academic counseling and summer teaching internships. Currently, Call Me MISTER in place in two dozen colleges in the Southern United States.

Since the program began in 2000 it has expanded to multiple colleges in 11 states. Over the past 19 years 275 men have graduated from the program and received job offers. Program directors say 95% of graduates are still working in the classroom and the other 5% have moved on to become principles or school administrators.


October is Breast Cancer awareness month and many are wearing pink and raising funds to help in the fight against a disease that affects about 1 in 8 women in the United States. Breast Cancer can affect men too, even if you aren’t directly impacted by it, chances are you know someone who is.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers player DeAngelo Williams lost his mother to breast cancer in 2014 when she was just 53 years old. Williams also lost four aunts to the disease, all were under the age of 50.

Having experienced loss as a result of this aggressive form of cancer, Williams started The DeAngelo Williams foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the eradication of breast cancer through preventative care and research.

Through the foundation Williams covers the costs of mammogram screenings for women every year. Early detection can be a key factor in limiting the severity of a breast cancer diagnosis, but because of cost and access barriers, some women can’t get this potentially life-saving screening.

Williams donation helps remove the cost barrier allowing women to know their health status and get help quickly if needed. Since beginning this foundation Williams has covered the cost of over 500 mammograms at hospitals located across the Midwest and East Coast.

Don’t forget to also check out our collection of empowering breast cancer quotes to raise awareness.


Watching your child take their first steps is a special moment, especially for their proud parents. This past week a Texas girl’s first steps nearly broke the internet in this heartwarming viral video. The star of the video is six-year-old Love Johnson.

At age four Johnson was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance. Cerebral Palsy affects more than 200,000 people in the United States. The condition can be treated but there is no known cure.

Because of this diagnosis doctors and her parents questioned if she would ever be able to walk on her own. The popular video that’s quickly making rounds on the internet is proof she can.

Johnson’s mom describes her little girl as sweet and intelligent. She says this is the first time her daughter has walked without a walker or braces. The video showing Loves first steps followed by an emotional outburst of happiness has been shared thousands of times on Facebook. Loves mother says her daughter is her hero.


Every kid deserves to have a hot nutritious lunch at school, but if a parent can’t pay for lunch and doesn’t qualify for food assistance, lunch time can become one of the most dreaded parts of a student’s day. Every school has their own way of handling outstanding lunch accounts.

According to a Facebook user, Amherst County Public Schools in Amherst, Virginia makes students put back their hot lunches if their account is too far in the negative. This didn’t sit well with many people reading about it in the online community, so one man took action.

Dustin Wright created a fundraiser on Facebook to raise money for student lunch balances. His initial goal was $1,000, but he quickly exceeded that, ultimately collecting more than $8,000 for the cause.

“After reading several stories of kids having to put hot lunches back because they didn’t have enough money on their cafeteria accounts I thought maybe we could raise some money for kids in similar situations in our area,” Wright wrote on the “Cafeteria Accounts for Local Schools” fundraiser page.

Wright donated the money to the school district and says he was told by a staff member the money would go to paying off High School lunch account balances. If there is money left over it will go towards covering overdue lunch account balances at the middle and elementary schools within the district.


Music artists like DJ Khaled, Jhene Aiko and French Montana are known for their chart-topping hip-hop and R&B hits. Now, these musicians, along with a handful of other celebrities are teaming up with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to use their influence to help drive awareness for an important cause. 

Khaled, Aiko and Montana are among a group of celebrity ambassadors selected to head up the #YOUnited movement. It’s an awareness campaign in which these celebs will encourage their friends, family members, fans and followers to get educated about cancer, know the risk factors and donate to important cancer research.

The celebrity ambassadors heading up this effort have designed specialty merchandise that is available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the ACS.

These influencers will join millions of people across the globe in partnering with ACS to promote the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer initiative.” With a new group of celebrity influencers on board the goal is to expand education about this disease and help save lives through increased awareness.

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