Daily Archives: March 8, 2013

Good News Friday: A small-town dance marathon raises $500,000 for charity. The best hockey fight ever: No one threw a punch. And a beautiful story of finding your kid on the subway


We begin Good News Friday with a great story from a small town I used to live in. Since 1978, South Glens Falls, N.Y. has had a wonderful tradition: Every year the high school students hold a 24-hour Dance Marathon, raising huge sums of money that then gets donated to local families and individuals who are going through tough times.

The kids go door-to-door, hold raffles, pancake breakfasts, you name it: All to help out those in their area who are a little less unfortunate. And having lived there and seen the marathon up close, let me tell you, it’s an awesome scene: Hundreds of kids going hour after hour, all for a great cause.

This year, the South High kids raised nearly $500,000, an astounding amount in such a small town as South Glens Falls.

Such a great cause, and it’s been going on forever. Someone cue the Whitney Houston music (I believe that children are our future … OK, I’ll stop now)

**And now, a bit of good news for pacifists out there: Not every hockey fight has to actually end in someone getting hit!

For proof, allow me to introduce Francis Lessard and Sebastien Laferriere, two minor-league hockey players who were about to beat the heck out of each other during a recent LNAH (that’s a Canadian minor-league hockey organization) game.

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers would’ve been so proud.


**Finally today, a beautiful, heartwarming story of two people in love, and a baby found 12 years ago, abandoned near a subway station, who became their child.

It’s a little more complicated than that, but that’s what makes the story so wonderful. Please click through and read this; if it doesn’t brighten your day, I’m not sure anything will.

I say it on this blog all the time: Never underestimate the power each one of us has to change the world.