Jay Leno To Lead Harley-Davidson’s Love Ride 29 To Benefit The USO On Sunday, October 21

October 19, 2012 by  
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LONGEST-RUNNING MOTORCYCLE FUNDRAISING EVENT IN THE WORLD TO FEATURE GEORGE THOROGOOD, CANNED HEAT & THE STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK

IN 28 YEARS, THE LOVE RIDE HAS RAISED $24 MILLION FOR CHARITY

GLENDALE, Calif., Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Jay Leno will return as the Grand Marshal of the 29th Anniversary of the Harley-Davidson Love Ride on Sunday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Castaic Lake, California.  This year’s Love Ride will benefit the USO that provides critical support and morale boosting programs and services to troops, military families, wounded, ill and injured, and their families, and the families of the fallen. The Love Ride is the longest-running motorcycle fundraising event in the world and has raised $24 million for charity in 28 years.  The Love Ride was founded in 1984 by Oliver Shokouh, the owner of Harley-Davidson of Glendale.

Love Ride 29 is being supported by 22 Harley-Davidson dealerships in Southern California and many of them will feature pre-Love Ride promotions and group rides to Castaic Lake on October 21.  Harley-Davidson of Glendale will feature The Strawberry Alarm Clock in concert at 7:15 a.m. followed by a press conference with Leno and other celebrities, including Robert Patrick, the Cast of Sons of Anarchy, Antonio Sabato Jr., Willie G. Davidson, Karen Davidson, Perry King, George Barris, Mickey Jones, Keith Emerson, and Lorenzo Lamas who will sing this year’s National Anthem.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Canned Heat will headline the Castaic Lake concert starting at 11:45 a.m.  Other Castaic Lake festivities include a trade show, Peter Fonda ride-in bike show, USO displays, and a food truck fair.

The minimum donation to participate is $50 and includes a free opportunity ticket to win 6 prizes that include a 2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim.

All motorcycle brands and automobiles are welcome.  To sign up in advance or receive more information, go to www.LoveRide.org, or visit Harley-Davidson of Glendale at 3717 San Fernando Road in Glendale, California.

SOURCE  Love Ride Foundation

Copyright 2012 PR Newswire

Megan Bradshaw is a Hero to Families of Stillborn Children

October 7, 2012 by  
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Teeny Tears DiapersIn 2008, Megan Bradshaw and family were blessed with identical twin boys, one of whom passed away unexpectedly just before their birth at 28-weeks.  Inspired by a tiny hand-made gown that had been donated with love to her small boys, Megan took up the cause to help others facing similar challenges, becoming a hero to many in a moments of unparalleled grief.

According to Megan’s website http://teenytears.blogspot.com, approximately 26,000 children are stillborn in the United States every year, about 1 in 160 births. The site reports a significant number of these angels are preemie or micropreemie infants.  Many of these angels are far too small for even the very smallest commercial diapers.

Teeny Tears is a service organization that provides tiny flannel diapers at no charge to hospitals and bereavement support organizations for families that have suffered the loss of a preemie or micropreemie child through stillbirth or NICU loss.

Having only known Megan a short time, our family was quick to recognize what a wonderful person Megan is. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Megan has the opportunity to work with and teach compassionate service to the young women of her local neighborhood. Megan’s love and compassion for all people has led several of these young women to also help and participate in the cause, making small infant diapers.

When asked about the experience working with Teeny Tears, one of the young women, Breann, commented, “I enjoyed the experience, knowing that we were helping others. It’s a really nice thing that Megan does, giving the family something cute that they can bury their preemie in. She puts so much time into everything that she does. It takes a lot of time tracing and cutting out every diaper and taking the time to sew it.”

The goal of Teeny Tears is to bless families that suffer  heartache, providing their angel with a soft, beautiful diaper in which to be photographed and laid to rest. THEY PROVIDE TWO MATCHING DIAPERS PER FAMILY (and that’s really important), one for the baby and one for the family to keep in a memory box. When possible, they also make tiny micropreemie blankets that are appropriately sized for their beautiful little bodies.Teeny Tears diapers are soft against delicate skin and can be used to enhance photographic memories as well as offer dignity and modesty for the tiniest angels.

 Teeny Tears is approaching 10,000 donated diapers. If you are interested in assisting  please visit http://teenytears.blogspot.com.

Operation Homefront is Accepting Nominations for Military Child of the Year

October 7, 2012 by  
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Americans Believe - Military Children HeroesOperation Homefront, the national nonprofit dedicated to providing emergency financial and other assistance to military families, has announced that nominations for the Military Child of the Year Awards are being accepted online at MilitaryChildOfTheYear.org through December 15, 2012.  Winners will be recognized in April 2013.

The Military Child of the Year Award recognizes children who stand out among their peers. Ideal candidates for the award demonstrate resilience, strength of character, and thrive in the face of the challenges of military life. These young heroes embody leadership within their families and communities.

This award is presented to an outstanding child from each branch of service – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.  The winners each receive $5,000 and a laptop, and are flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for a special recognition ceremony on April 11.  In previous years, recipients have had the honor of meeting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, and First Lady Michelle Obama, who were guest speakers for the event awards ceremonies. This award is presented to an outstanding child from each branch of service – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.  The winners each receive $5,000 and a laptop, and are flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for a special recognition ceremony on April 11.  In previous years, recipients have had the honor of meeting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, and First Lady Michelle Obama, who were guest speakers for the event awards ceremonies.

“With so much uncertainty living in a military family, from constantly having to move to knowing that a parent is fighting for our country, it is amazing to see how strong these young people are to excel in the face of these challenges,” said Jim Knotts, President and CEO of Operation Homefront. “It’s not just the military members who serve, but their families as well.  We think these young patriots deserve to be honored for their sacrifice and their leadership.”

For more information on how to nominate a child in your community, to become a sponsor, or to see photos from past events, please log on to MilitaryChildOfTheYear.org.

About Operation Homefront:  A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence covering 41 states, and has met more than 590,000 needs of military families since its inception in 2002.  A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes directly to assist service members.  For more information, go to www.OperationHomefront.net.

First Man to Walk on Moon, Neil Armstrong Dies at 82 Years

August 25, 2012 by  
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Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong Moon Walk

American hero and galactic space traveler, Neil Armstrong has passed away due to complications of a prior heart surgery. His now famous words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” led man to a new age of enlightenment.

The ultimate dream of putting a man on the moon was realized on July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. Having accomplished what some considered to be impossible, man has continued to question our assumed reality challenging the barriers that we had previously accepted. This monumental accomplishment paved the way for countless other space missions including the launch of the international space station.

Born on August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio,  Armstrong was fascinated by flight as a child. Armstrong once said, “As a boy, because I was born and raised in Ohio, about 60 miles north of Dayton, the legends of the Wrights have been in my memories as long as I can remember.”With those thoughts in mind, he earned his pilots license before joining the military where he served in the Korean war and later as a test pilot. Following this service Armstrong joined the ranks of NASA where he participated in both the Gemini and Apollo programs.

Truly a pioneer in American history Armstrong’s roots began in Boy Scouts of America where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout and later the silver Buffalo Award. On July 18, 1969 Armstrong gave a shout out from space to his fellow scouts, “I’d like to say hello to all my fellow Scouts and Scouters at Farragut State Park in Idaho having a National Jamboree there this week; and Apollo 11 would like to send them best wishes”.

Armstrong lived an exceptional life, living his dream and challenging other to do the same. “I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine,” Armstrong did just that living life to the fullest.

 

 

Riverton Man’s Quest For Birdies- Finds Greater Reward In Service

August 17, 2012 by  
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Special Olympics
Americans Believe  in the Special Olympics

It’s been said that the key to happiness is doing what you love while helping others. For one Riverton man, this appears to be the case. Meet Brad Armstrong, by day he is a full-time marketing manager along with father and husband. He is actively involved in the community and serves in leadership positions in his local LDS ward. If this wasn’t enough to keep one man busy, Brad takes it one step further.

For the better part of the last ten years Brad has voluntarily acted as a golf coach for the University of Utah chapter of the Special Olympics. Every fall, seven to ten special needs athletes find themselves privy to a smiling face and the quirky humor of Brad, who gives personalized attention to every student. Though far better than the average golfer, Brad has never played competitive golf. The majority of his rounds are played with family, including his father Marv and his 90-year-old grandfather Glen (who hit his 8th hole in one last year). For the Armstrong “boys” these rounds mean far more than any great trophy. Trophies or not, in the eyes of his students he might as well be Phil Mickelson.

Attend just one practice and the appreciation of his students is quickly apparent from the laughter and smiles that accompany his words of wisdom found in his metaphorical teachings.

“Now when we putt, we want to be like the elephant. What does an elephant’s trunk do? It’s long and just hangs down, moving side to side. We want to be relaxed like that elephant and just move the putter side to side.” There is immediate laughter when the team is asked to mimic the elephant’s trunk, with long arms and putter in hand.

When asked why he involves himself in the Special Olympics, Brad answers,”It’s just so rewarding. It’s a great opportunity to serve some really great people.”

There is something interesting about service. You don’t need any special skills, credentials or diplomas — just a desire to serve. Brad combines this desire with a passion to improve the lives of those around him. After every session Brad ends practice by asking the team one question, “What’s the most important rule of golf?”

For the well taught pupils the answer is unanimous, “Have fun!” Isn’t that what the American dream is all about? Working hard, improving life and having fun? Well done coach!

If you know of a great hero, let the world know and share their story on AmericansBelieve.com.

Let It Be- Cover for Noah

August 8, 2012 by  
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With seven million views on his youtube channel and 22,000 friends on facebook, most would think musician, Mike Masse of West Jordan, Utah was on top of the world…but on July 4th Mike and his wife received unsettling news. Like every parent, the Masse’s were concerned when one year old Noah became sick. What they originally thought was just an upset stomach, later turned out to be a much bigger medical concern.

On July 5, 2012 Mike Masse’s son Noah was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. In an effort to raise money for the best possible care and bring  awareness to this terrible disease, Mike is singing the Beatles cover “Let it Be”. For more information about the fund raising effor visit…  http://covercows.com/let-it-be-a-fundraiser/

No Joker Here-This Isn’t Gotham City, Our Heroes Don’t Wear Capes

July 22, 2012 by  
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American Hero not batman

The past week’s tragedy, the shooting of many innocent people and the senseless acts that caused them have many people thinking. “What have we as a people become?” We may never know the true motives that caused one man to take so many innocent people’s lives, but we will undoubtedly look for ways to prevent similar attacks in the future.
So what do we do now?

We will certainly mourn for those who have been lost, injured and hurt. We will rally around the families, the friends and the loved ones who have lost friends, brothers, sisters and children. We pray for them and wish them the best. While we hurt for these people and are saddened by their loss, many reports indicate that the horrific deaths and injuries could have been far worse had it not been for the true heroes of this story. Don’t we owe it to the dead and the injured, our fellow Americans that were lost, to take the news out of the villain and recognize those who risk their lives every day to prevent and minimize casualties such as this?

Since the attack in Aurora, much of the media has been focused on one aspect of the story, the villain. Media outlets throughout the world, share a photo of the attacker with a troubling grin. It’s time for that to change. Our challenge – let’s put the focus on the heroes in America.

This isn’t Gotham city; our heroes don’t wear masks or capes. The true heroes of this story often go unnoticed. We rarely refer to them by name but more often as part of a brotherhood of police, fire fighters, EMT’s, medics, nurses and doctors. Many reports indicate that police were on the scene of the crime within the first ninety seconds and medical personnel quickly followed.

Had it not been for the quick attention of these national heroes, how many more loved ones could have been lost? To these nameless heroes we will forever be grateful.

In the coming weeks, there will no doubt be stories of the heroes without uniform, who acted bravely in Colorado. One of these first heroes to emerge is Jarrell Brooks. According to ABC news, Jarrell’s first thought, like many others, was to get out of the theater alive. That thought all changed when he saw a mother shot and wounded with two young children, asking for someone to help. Jarrell immediately put thoughts of his own personal safety aside, risking his life for these three strangers.

Jarrell assisted the mother, moving, guiding and pushing the children and mother toward the exit. That’s when it happened; Jarrell himself was shot in the leg. “As I was pushing them, that’s when I got hit on my thigh.” The 19 year old did not immediately know he had been hit. “It felt like a sharp pain,” Jarrell told ABC.”But when I tried to move my left leg I went down.  I looked at my hand and noticed there was bleeding and that’s when it got pretty real, at that moment.”

Jarrell later said, “I don’t consider myself a hero, I just felt like there was someone who was in distress. I’m not the kind of person who would let them be in that kind of situation.” Now that’s what a hero is, unassuming and willing to help. That’s why American’s Believe.

To view the whole interview visit, http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/colorado-movie-theater-shooting-heroism-16827192

Travis Mathew Golf- Jake Olson Sight Impaired High School Golfer to Team (Video)

July 14, 2012 by  
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After losing his eyesight to cancer, Jake refused to give up his passion for golf. Today, he is a part of team Travis Matthew (clothing designer) and playing high school golf.

Check out more posts about Jake here… http://www.americansbelieve.com/?p=338

http://www.americansbelieve.com/?p=335

15 Year Old Golfer Makes Highschool Team Without Eyesight

July 14, 2012 by  
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As an avid golfer, I have experienced all of the frustration that comes along with the game. One of the more frustrating experiences came two years ago as I played in a night lighted golf scramble. With only a glowing ball to guide the way, the challenge of hitting the ball in the dark only multiplied the difficulty of golf.

For that reason alone, the story I am about to share is all the more amazing.

Meet Jake Olson. At 15 years old, this kid is something special. Now entering his sophomore year of high school, he plays on his schools golf team with plans to one day play on the tour. Before you shrug this off and say it, “sounds like any other kid in love with the game”… you need the back story.

At the age of one, Jake was diagnosed with retinoblastoma or cancer of the eye. At that early age he lost his left eye, for the next eleven years he would undergo surgery after surgery on his right eye, each time beating the cancer. That all changed at the age of twelve, when cancer appeared to win and he lost his other eye.

Rather than be defeated, Jake drew from within a determination so great that he refused to be beaten. Instead he persevered, remaining committed to his faith and his love for the game of golf. How do you play golf when you can’t see the target, let alone the hazards that lay in waiting?

Like most talented golfers, Jake relies on his caddie for advice.

Not unlike any other good father, Bruce Olson wants to see his son succeed. That’s part of the reason why he spends most every summer night at the golf course with his son. Together they keep Jake’s game tuned up, at the tournaments Bruce is there to assist with alignment, distance and obstacles. Trusting completely in his father, Jake plays the shot just as instructed. It would seem the two have a pretty good thing going. According to foxnewswest.com, Jake scored in 13 of 15 matches that he competed in last year. That is no small feat, vision impaired or not.

Check out this video about Jake…

Check out more posts about Jake here…
http://www.americansbelieve.com/?p=338
http://www.americansbelieve.com/?p=344
http://www.americansbelieve.com/?p=363 

My Motivators: Tatyana McFadden

June 29, 2012 by  
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If less than two percent of all Americans will run a marathon in their lifetime, how many would do it if they had no legs.

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