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7-Year-Old Boy Gets Bullied And Channels Pain Into Starting A Non-Profit

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A boy who was bullied at school crushed it with kindness. Now he’s on a mission to help those in need and spread the power of positivity.

Seven-year-old Cavanaugh Bell of Gaithersburg, Maryland, still remembers the pain of being picked on.

“I was bullied for working faster than others,” he told People. “At one point I asked my mom if she would be sad if I died.”

I had the darkness inside me and I didn’t want kids to feel the same way I felt

Cavanaugh Bell

Channeling pain into purpose

However, instead of bottling up the hurt, he channeled his pain into purpose and positive impact. Using his own savings, Bell started putting together and distributing care packages containing food and other essentials to his elderly neighbors in need during COVID.

It turns out that making smiles can be pretty addictive.

The more I gave back to my community, the more I wanted to keep doing it

Cavanaugh Bell

Recruiting his mom, Llacey Simmons, to help “spread love and positivity”, Bell created a GoFundMe page to promote his cause.  Donations poured in.

Thanks to a space offered by a local gym, Bell kicked off the “LOVE is greater than COVID-19” Community Pantry. With the extra space, he was able to not only keep more seniors safe, but also spread the good vibes beyond his community.

Helping a nation

Bell remembered a road trip to Mt. Rushmore with his mom, when they passed through the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, considered one of the poorest areas in America.

She had told him that some were without electricity or running water. Worse, the population is stricken with high rates of alcoholism and suicide. For Bell — also part Native American — that was unacceptable. 

it’s not fair that we’re having great and happy life when they’re suffering in the middle of nowhere

Cavanaugh Bell

With the help of his mom and scores of generous donors, he hired a driver and loaded up a 53-foot truck chalk full of clothing and essentials for the people of Pine Ridge.

For seven-year-old Bell, the mission is simple. “I’m just trying to make them have a big fat smile on their face.”

A mission to end bullying

And it’s just the beginning.

Bell also founded his own non-profit called Cool and Dope, where he sits as its Chief Positivity Creator.

Bell has set the ambitious goal to end all bullying worldwide by 2030. At this point, is there any reason to doubt him?

Cavanaugh believes he can save the world, and I believe him! He doesn’t see anything as a challenge and that’s what I love about his innocence

Alice Phelps, director of ‘First Families Now’ and member of  Pine Ridge Community

Positivity can move mountains

Bell’s organization has raised over $30,000, and has helped over 10,000 people with food and essential COVID supplies.

And to think it all started with a moment of empathy during his darkest time. Who else might be feeling this way, and how can I help?

Bell’s response to injustice proves that acts of kindness, once set in motion, can be an unstoppable force.

I just wanna teach people they can have an impact no matter their age — no matter if you’re 8, 10, or even my grandma’s age, 74 — you can do anything!

Cavanaugh Bell

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Selena Gomez Reflects on the Dangers (and Value) of Social Media

By | bullying, celebs, Food for thought, Inspiring Stories, social media

Social media is useful in so many ways, from staying connected to quickly obtaining information, but according to public figures like actress and singer Selena Gomez, it also has many inherent dangers.

Gomez was at the Cannes Film Festival to promote her new film The Dead Don’t Die, and she turned to the topic of all the turmoil in the world. Among the biggest issues, to her? Social media.

“For my generation specifically, social media has been terrible,” she was quoted.

Social media is useful in many ways, like for connecting with loved ones far away or staying informed of world events, but there’s also a lot of dangerous aspects. “It’s a useful platform but it does scare me when you see young boys and girls not really aware of the news going on,” she added. “It’s dangerous for sure.”

As one of the most followed people on social media, Gomez knows what she’s talking about, and she tries to use social media in a social and informative, but useful and safe way.

“I’m very grateful I have the platform in any way, I can still share things I’m passionate about,” she said. “I don’t take a lot of pointless pictures. I like to be intentional with it.”

Gomez felt the responsibility to speak up for her fanbase, many of whom are teenage girls experiencing cyberbullying and social pressure online: “I see these young girls, devastated with bullying and not being able to have my voice.”

Her advice to those on social media: “It can be great in moments, but I would careful and give yourself time limits in terms of when you can use it and not.”

Gomez has had her own experiences with cyberbullying in the past, and even had to step away from posting personally on her Instagram account due to the cruel comments she would see.

“It’s like they want to cut to your soul. Imagine all the insecurities that you already feel about yourself and having someone write a paragraph pointing out every little thing—even if it’s just physical,” Gomez confessed.

On the other side of the coin, Gomez took advantage of her social media following to raise awareness for lupus and the importance of organ donation when she shared her own transplant surgery. In a September 2017 Instagram post, Gomez thanked her best friend, fellow actress Francia Raisa, for donating her own kidney when both of Gomez’ failed.

Like any means of connecting with others, social media has its ups and downs. The sense of responsibility Gomez shows toward her young audience online is one we can all learn from.

Our actions and words have an impact on others — whether on social media or in real life. It’s up to us to make sure that impact is positive rather than negative.


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How One Woman Found Confidence After Struggling With Feelings of Insecurity Her Whole Life

By | adversity, bullying, confidence, Food for thought, inner strength, inspiration, Inspirational Stories, Inspiring Stories, sports

She built self-confidence and discovered her inner strength through sports.

Lindsay Walter began losing her hair in clumps when she was two years old. Within a few weeks, it was all gone. She was diagnosed with alopecia, a rare autoimmune disease that affects nearly 2% of the general population and causes total body hair loss.

Growing up was tough. As a child, she hid behind wigs and was constantly bullied because she had no hair. She grew insecure and ashamed for not having any eyebrows and very few eyelashes.

Finding a positive outlet

Despite how painful this was for her, Walter developed physical strength and agility early on, and discovered her passion for basketball.

“I would work hard at school and then just shoot in my driveway for hours, pretending to be just like everyone else, like I didn’t have Alopecia,” she said. ”I felt so alone.”

Little did she know that her new hobby would play a pivotal role in shaping the rest of her life.

“Basketball really became an outlet and helped me to cope with my alopecia, because I had that to distract myself in a positive way.”

Stepping up to a new challenge

After playing basketball for several years, Walter became fascinated with running. Always up for a new challenge, she signed up for her first marathon. She began training and quickly fell in love with the sport.

“I would go on long runs by the lake and loved being outside, it was also such a great stress relief” she said. After completing her first race, she couldn’t wait to sign up for the next one.

“The feeling of the crowds cheering, crossing the finish line and being able to say ‘I’m a marathoner’ was the greatest athletic high I’ve ever experienced,” she said. “The feeling was infectious and I was hooked!”

When she runs, Walter feels empowered, like she can do anything: “I feel strong, beautiful and fierce kind of like Wonder Woman — I really feel invincible.”

Discover inner confidence and strength

The more she ran, the stronger and more confident Walter felt, which completely shifted her attitude and thought process. She turned her focus to all of the things she loved about herself and learned to embrace them.

Her goal was to run 27 marathons by the time she turned 27. Not only did she reach her goal, she’s just finished running her 30th race.

Today, she’s found gratitude and self-acceptance, and is determined to help support children living with alopecia.

“It’s my responsibility to show them what true strength and beauty looks like,” she says.

We’re given things in life (in my case Alopecia) for a reason and it’s the way we respond and choose to act that make us who we are,” she said. “I’ve learned how to be strong and that I can do anything I set my mind to, hair or not.”

A dream come true

The key to success, according to Walter, is a combination of hard work and determination, but most importantly self-belief.

“It’s crazy and such a dream come true when I think of the 30 marathons I’ve run and the kids and people I’ve met through this journey,” she said.

“Alopecia really is the greatest gift I never knew I needed and I am so thankful for it!”


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This Super Inspiring 14-Year-Old Makes Teddy Bears to Comfort Kids Battling Cancer

By | bullying, cancer, children, Food for thought, Inspiring Stories, kindness, selflessness

Campbell Remess was only nine years old when he asked his mom to buy toys for sick children spending Christmas in hospitals.

But with a large family to support, buying presents would have been far beyond the Tasmanian family’s tight budget. So Campbell took matters into his owns hands and sat down to use mom Sonya Whittaker’s sewing machine. More than four years later, Campbell has made nearly a teddy bear a day, using his sowing skills to touch thousands of lives and families across the globe.

Photo Credit: Sonya Whittaker via Project 365/Facebook

Now, the Australian native is almost 14, and his enthusiasm to help others has only increased. He has his own charity, Project 365, which focuses on sending out thousands of “comfort bears” to provide emotional support to families with sick children, people battling cancer, as well as “overseas bears” for survivors of violent events like terrorist attacks.

One of 9 siblings, Campbell grew up conscious of social responsibility and the power of sharing. He also knows what cancer can do to a person and family – his father beat cancer four times and was one of the earliest recipients of the boy’s teddies.

And Campbell’s activism doesn’t stop at making teddy bears. He organizes cruises for cancer survivors, known as Kindness Cruises, as well as fundraiser dinners and galas to help fund cancer research. Campbell’s selflessness has earned him widespread appreciation from international stars and media outlets, as well as public recognition within the Australian Senate.

Last year, the teenager also decided to raise awareness against bullying after hearing the story of a British seven-year-old who ended up in the hospital with severe injuries after been attacked by his bullies.

The story hit very close to home, inspiring Campbell to create a new line of bears – the “hero bear.” Campbell was once the target of bullies. Adults didn’t intervene in time, and he ended up with a broken bone. He switched schools since, and as mom Sonya told ABC News, “Sometimes it’s stronger to actually walk away from them and start somewhere else.”


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Hugh Jackman Stands Up for 10-Year-Old Bullying Victim, Sends Her Powerful Words of Encouragement

By | bullying, Celebrities, Courage, Food for thought, Hugh Jackman, Inspiring Stories

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10-year-old Cassidy Warner has been relentlessly bullied since the first grade.

But after telling her story online, the fourth-grader can now count on the support of none other than Wolverine.hugh-jackman

Hugh Jackman sent out a message of support to Cassidy on Facebook after seeing the viral video in which the girl detailed the devastating effects of bullying in an emotional plea. The Greatest Showman star reposted the video with the following message:

“‪Hi Cassidy …. I’m Hugh. I want you to know you’re loved, special & smart. You’re strong, funny & beautiful both inside and out. BULLYING IS NOT OK. Please never stop asking for help. You will find it from people and places you never thought possible. I’m your friend. “

Told through a series of handwritten signs, Cassidy’s video went viral last month, shocking millions of people around the world. After the young girl’s Facebook page got taken down, her mom reposted the viral video, according to Men’s Health.

“The group of kids always comes up to me during recess, trying to fight me. They hit me, kicked me, pulled my hair, pushed me, stepped on me, spit on me. They also call me names,” Cassidy details.

And even when her bullies aren’t around, she can’t escape the isolation – whenever she sits at a lunch table, the other students get up and leave. “I feel so alone, I feel like I have no one. It hurts,” one of her signs reads. “They threaten to kill me, and they tell me to kill myself.”

A student of John Adams Elementary in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the young girl also shared in the video that her principal was aware of the behavior, but hadn’t done much to stop or alleviate the situation.

When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug, and everything that’s happened that day just melts away.

— Hugh Jackman

Since the video went viral, the school has changed Cassidy’s lunch and recess times, the Scranton Times-Tribune reported. According to the same source, the school is also conducting an internal investigation.

But it still begs the question, why was the young girl’s bullying allowed to go on for so long and why did no one intervene before? At the end of her video, Cassidy asks people to share her story and “Stop bullying! Not just for me, for other kids too.”

We should all be more like Wolverine and listen to her.

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Check out a teaser of what’s inside.

Hugh Jackman Stands Up for 10-Year-Old Bullying Victim, Sends Her Powerful Words of Encouragement