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Blind USC Fan Might Play on Their Team After All

When Jake Olson was born, doctors diagnosed him with retinoblastoma. At only ten months old, Jake’s cancer had worsened, and he had to have surgery to remove the eye. He spent the next dozen years having medical treatment done to try to save his right eye. Unfortunately, at 12, Olsen would have to have his other eye removed, making him completely blind. At the time, Jake was a big fan of the USC Trojan football team. He wished that he watch plenty of Trojan games so that it would be ingrained in his mind and he could only use his memory to see the games after his eyesight was gone. What was to come next in Jake’s life is something he never imagined.
Pete Carroll, who was the coach in 2009, heard about Jake’s story and invited Jake to bring his twin sister, Emma and their parents, Cindy and Brian to meet the team in person. Afterwards, Jake had the opportunity to see the game being played live as the team practiced. That wouldn’t be the end of it.
Jake continued to go to the games while he was in high school and this nurtured his desire to join to the team. He thought about becoming a long snapper because this was the only position on football team that didn’t require eyesight. He might become a team player as a walk-on. The crew over at FreedomPop are filled with excitement about this prospect.

Police Officer Gives Someone A Ride That Turns Into Much More

A young college student walks roughly four miles each way to his job at the Amen Clinic. In the early hours of the morning and off duty police officer spotted the young man walking along the side of the road. Noting that it was only 19’F he pulled over and struck up a conversation. After learning his lack of a car has forced him to walk everywhere, in all weather conditions, the officer first offered him a ride but was contemplating more.

Officer John Shipman could not let James Taylor continue to struggle so he went home and set up a gofundme.com campaign for him. They have quickly raised enough donations to buy Taylor a car and car insurance. If that was not blessing enough, people also donated warmer clothes for Taylor so when he did have to walk he would be better prepared. This fine representation of law enforcement comes from Jonesboro, Arkansas where apparently the people are caring and generous. A simple act of kindness sprang into so much more, the world could take a lesson from John Shipman.