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Every day, I look for good news that I can both enjoy and share; good news is good for us! It shifts our brain and body chemistry. It helps us feel better and stronger, and our body-mind-spirit systems work better. I search for reports of progress by research scientists, forward steps by nonprofits, the latest child inventors and prodigies, the youngest new member of Mensa, animals saving humans, fish returning to the Hudson River… You get the idea.
So today, I’m sharing a perfect story: a couple in Britain, Stuart Bates and Charlotte Nichols, performing Olympic-type games on their own. To raise money for ALS research. Now, if you are wondering what ALS is, let’s hope neither you nor anyone you know ever gets it. Its full name is Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis, also known in the UK as Motor Neurone Disease, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, after the famous baseball player who suffered from it. Unfortunately, ALS is a progressive nerve disease that will eventually kill the sufferer, after a few months of intense pain. It’s horrible. Stuart Bates’s brother, Spencer “Spenny” Bates, died of ALS in 2011.
So along came the 2021 Olympics, with 17 days of games. And Stuart Bates and Charlotte Nichols decided to play 96 of those, just the two of them, with coaches and friends cheering them on. Every major news outlet covered this audacious yet cheerful project. According to The Guardian, the couple raised over 100,000 pounds or about $180,000, far beyond their original goal of raising 10,000 pounds. Stuart and Spenny Bates’ mother commented to CBS News that Spenny was “probably laughing his socks off in Heaven.” In an interview with Studio London, Stuart Bates said real Olympians were texting their friendship and support from Tokyo. Professionals from many sports fields contributed their support, and for team sports, such as (British) football and rowing, the couple competed within professional teams.
If you want to help celebrate the Spennylympics and the future conquering of ALS, you can give to the cause at Spennylympics.com or mndassociation.org .
Do you feel inspired now? Thinking of some positive projects of your own? Well, that’s you, being ever more Healthy Happy and Loving Lifesm!
Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM, is an energy transformation expert, holistic guide, and award-winning author who celebrates life. She has a longtime energy healing practice and is an ordained minister. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, and Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. The books are available on Amazon and through Kebba’s office. To email us, firstname.lastname@example.org .
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