“Heroes” is a major theme that runs through ONE FOR THE MURPHY’S. Whether it’s saving someone from a burning building or diverting yourself from the wrong path in life, having courage is what it takes to become a hero. Step up to the challenges that make a difference in your life and the lives of others! To inspire you, here are some children who have risen to a specific “call to action.”
Angela Zhang: On her own, this teenager devised an experiment that could end up curing many types of cancers. Angela mixed medicine in a polymer that attached to nanoparticles, which then attached to cancer cells. Next, she aimed an infrared light at the polymer, melting and releasing the medicine that killed cancer cells and ignored the healthy cells in mice. It will take a few years of research to see how it works with humans, but thanks to Angela’s proactive experiment, the results looks extremely promising.
Eleven-year-old Katie Stagliano donated a 40-pound cabbage to a local soup kitchen that her family had grown in their backyard garden. When she discovered how many people were homeless and hungry, she began two major gardens, including one the size of a football field that she convinced a school district to give to her. She now supplies multiple soup kitchens with fresh produce year round.
Twelve-year-old Matt Norton of Florida jumped into a frigid, muddy pond when he witnessed a truck drive into it. As the vehicle began to sink, Matt swam to the passenger door, which was locked. He then swam around to the other side as the truck continued its descent. He managed to open the driver’s side door, reach in and grab a visible hand, and pull the teenaged driver to safety.
Through relentless fundraising efforts, 12-year-old Rachel Wheeler of Florida raised $250,000 to build homes in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. After using some of the money to build 12 homes, she bought an earthquake-proof cement structure to shelter 27 families near Port-au-Prince. The families that live there deem the housing tract, “Rachel’s Village.” She is now working on rebuilding a local school and has already raised half the funds she needs to complete this project.
Nineteen-year old, Andie Proskus, suffers from a muscle disease that has left her in a wheelchair. She doesn’t let that stop her from a mission to put smiles on the faces of children in her local hospital. Andie turns into a personal shopper for one lucky child at a time, filling “Andie’s Smile Boxes” with toys and other fun items, using gift cards that she receives for herself. Check out the special smile she receives in this heartwarming video!
I bet many of you out there know a few young heroes yourself, so today’s PARTY FAVOR is an easy pattern for making your very own HERO CAPE for that special hero in your life (which might even be you!)
And Now, Here’s a Completely Unrelated Vlog Clip About Famous People Named “Murphy,” Starring Santa Duck and Zombie Buddy
Just so you know, Erin Murphy’s dog is named Lulu. YES, YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS IN ORDER TO WATCH THIS VLOG CLIP…