BRINK of Greatness

By Malcolm Out Loud | The BRINK OF GREATNESS BLOG is reserved for those who shine in that moment of life.

Legally blind boy sees the world clearly for 1st time

A community joined together and raised $10,000 for 10-year-old Andrew Borden to receive corrective glasses to give him 20/20 vision.

Good News

Bounce Back

Podcast: Download |<p>Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Google Play | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS<p><i>People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh</i> …

Self-improvement

Engineers made a robotic arm for this girl to play the violin

A 10-year-old girl born with no left hand is playing the violin, thanks to a specially designed prosthetic built by undergraduates at George Mason …

Robotics

Bruised But Not Broken, 7 Lessons Learned and Shared To Live A Life of Hope

Dr. Sitembile Mahlatini (Dr. Stem) knows what it means to suffer emotional scars, heartbreak and fears that comes from living in an abusive …

Success

Melinda and Bill Gates's Letter to Warren Buffett Reveals the One Thing Successful People Value Most

The Gates's share why "the future will surprise the pessimists."<p>In a letter last December, Warren Buffett, one of the richest people in the world with a personal fortune around $85 billion, urged his even richer friends Bill and Melinda Gates to share "how the two of you measure yourselves and how …

Philanthropy

Hold on tight, Over the edge we go! Fireman Carl tells his story…

PTSD is not exactly a topic that is talked about in public and even LESS in the emergency services. Yet FIRST RESPONDERS may have the biggest risk of …

Mental Health

Cop Shows a Student How to Tie His Tie Instead of Writing a Ticket (WATCH)

Trevor Keeney was sure that he was going to be ticketed for speeding – but then the officer gave him a lesson in tying his tie instead.The post Cop …

Good News

Mom Traveling With Four Kids Thanks Airline For Extraordinary Kindness

She said they went "above and beyond" for her family.<p>After an airline showed her “gentleness and warmth at every turn” while traveling with four kids, a mom wrote a thank-you note to show how much it meant to her.<p>On Dec. 20, Adrian Wood traveled on an American Airlines flight from Raleigh, North …

Airlines

Mom Shares Stunning Transformation 4 Years After Beating Heroin, Meth Addictions

“Never give up on yourself. Forgiveness of ourselves is essential in our recovery process."<p>It’s been four years since Dejah Hall broke a deadly spell that’s gripped millions of Americans each year. Today, you’d hardly recognized her.<p>The Glendale, Arizona, mother recently opened up about her past …

Addiction

Terminally Ill 6-yo Raises $1Mil For Medical Research: “Some kids don’t even make it to 5”

Tijn doesn't have much time left – that's why he's making it his mission to raise as much money as possible for other kids who still have a …

Medicine

Son Thanks Mom Who Cared For His Dad For 20 Years With 20 Adventures

He and his partner are on an "amazing journey" with her in Europe.<p>One son found the most adventurous way to thank his mom for taking care of his dad after he had a stroke, and it’s no typical token of appreciation.<p>Barton Brooks is currently on a trip throughout Europe with his partner, Gregg …

Parenting

Hospital Surprises Kids With Window-Washing Santa And Elves

There were lots of giggles at Nemours Children's Hospital Thursday morning.<p>The holiday season isn’t the most pleasant time to be visiting or residing in the hospital. But Thursday morning, patients at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando got a holiday surprise that made the season a little bit …

Children's Hospital

Grieving Man Dresses as Santa Claus to Bring Gifts to Homeless New Yorkers

Mike Connell has had a tough year – so, in an effort to reclaim the Christmas spirit, he dressed up as Santa Claus and made New York City streets …

Santa Claus

Airline Uses Wonderful Holiday Ad to Surprise Wildfire Victims in Canada (WATCH)

WestJet made the fifth installment of their Christmas Miracle series about Fort McMurray wildfire victims – and the results will warm your heart.The …

Fort McMurray

4-Year-Old Fighting Brain Cancer Holds Toy Drive for Friends Still in Hospital

This brave little 4-year-old didn't forget all those left behind in the hospital—and her tiny dream ended up raising a whopping 3,000 gifts for …

Good News

Animal Shelter Celebrates When All Of Its Dogs Are Adopted In Time For Christmas

So many happy pooches!<p>There’s plenty of holiday cheer at a Colorado animal shelter after it found new forever homes for every single dog in its kennels last week.<p>The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, a non-profit shelter in Colorado Springs, managed to clear out its dog kennel two days in a …

Cats

Guy Records Heartwarming Moment He Surprised His Mom For Christmas

Here come the tears.<p>What makes driving over 600 miles to visit your mom for Christmas even more special? The element of surprise, of course.<p>The above video showing the moment a man’s mother realizes that the special delivery she was expecting is actually her son is an absolute joy to …

Good News

Pregnant Waitress in Dire Straits Sees Christmas Miracle With $900 Tip (WATCH)

Since Sarah Clark's fiancé isn't able to work due to a knee injury, and their baby is due next month, the couple was worried about making ends …

Good News

Dolly Parton Offers Monthly Cash Support to Families Affected by Tennessee Wildfires

With wildfires raging through Parton's home state of Tennesse, the country singer sweetheart's foundation will donate $1K a month to affected …

Dolly Parton

This Cubs fan kept a lifelong promise to his father who passed away 20 years ago

Wayne Williams and his father made a pact that when the Chicago Cubs finally played in a World Series, they would experience it together.<p>Williams' father passed away in 1980, so when the Cubs forced a Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians, Williams drove from North Carolina to Indiana to listen to …

Major League Baseball

Meet the entrepreneur solving pollution and homelessness at the same time

Waste not, want not might be an old-fashioned axiom confined to the lexicon of finger‑wagging grandparents, but a 34-year-old from Colombia has turned it into his life mission.<p>Bogota-based Oscar Méndez is, to borrow another saying, killing two birds with one stone.<p>His company, Concepticos …

Poverty

Subway Passengers Come Together to Prepare Anxious Man For Job Interview

When a nervous man got into a panic about being late for his job interview, his fellow subway passengers opened their hearts and purses to help.The …

Job Interviews

Grandma Texts Wrong Teen About Thanksgiving, Invites Him Anyway

And the internet is gobbling it up.<p>We’re certainly thankful for this hilarious holiday story.<p>An accidental text about Thanksgiving plans that turned into an actual invite has gone viral — receiving over 180,000 re-tweets and 300,000 likes on Twitter.<p>And the tale is as sweet as candied yams.<p>On Nov. …

Good News

Woman Brings Meals to Homeless Man Twice–After She Sees Him Share With Others

Good News

Firefighters Surprise Girl Who Lost Her Beloved Minnie Mouse Chair In A Fire

“We saw an opportunity to bring back a smile.”<p>After a fire damaged her Minnie Mouse chair, one lucky girl got a sweet surprise from some firefighters.<p>The Santa Clara fire department in California tweeted a video on Monday about how some of its firefighters replaced a girl’s Minnie Mouse chair with …

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Michael J. Fox Nails Soulful Guitar Solo, Playing With Dave Matthews For Parkinson's Research

That unforgettable rocking solo played by Marty McFly in <i>Back to the Future</i> was just a preview of the guitar skills of Michael J. Fox.<p>When the …

Michael J. Fox

Check Out the 10 Most Compassionate American Cities in 2016

Check Out the 10 Most Compassionate American Cities in 2016<p>A new survey of online fundraising has documented ten of America’s most compassion cities …

American Cities

Watch Shirtless Hero Rescue Terrified Dog From Slipping into Icy Waters

Watch Shirtless Hero Rescue Terrified Dog From Slipping into Icy Waters<p>This anonymous Russian superhero risked his own life to pull a dog to safety …

Good News

This brilliant 13-year-old figured out how to make clean energy using a device that costs $5

Maanasa Mendu thinks she's cracked the code on how to make wind and solar energy affordable.<p>On Tuesday, Mendu, a 13-year-old from Ohio, won the grand prize in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her work in creating a cost-effective "solar leaves" design to create energy. In …

Energy