Child Uses His Birthday to Benefit the Children of a Fallen Officer

Carson Atkins requested that all the money and presents he would receive at his ninth birthday party would go towards the children of Hattiesburg Police officer, Benjamin Deen.

Carson’s mother, April, said that her son was able to collect almost $1000 for the family of the fallen officer. She was beaming with pride, saying her son has always been generous and special.

April also said her son is fascinated with law enforcement and the military. Fortunately, the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department was informed of her son’s deed. She said they told her they would do something special for him.

Sam Tabar told us that members of LCSO crashed Carson’s birthday party, surprising him and his friends, gifting him old badges and medals as a way to thank the young boy for his incredible generosity.

Benjamin Deen’s brother, Josh, also thoroughly shocked Carson with the fallen officer’s old collection of baseball cards.


Bruce Levenson: The Philanthropist

There are many highlights that can be spoken about when referring to Bruce Levenson. The fact that he’s part owner of the Atlanta, Hawks or Bruce Levenson the journalist, entrepreneur as well as the successful creator of several companies. And although he is better known for his business ventures, team and company ownerships, I would like to talk about Bruce Levenson the philanthropist.

Since the early “80’s”, Bruce and his wife Karen have subsidized many education initiatives focusing the disadvantage youth. Several of these focal points, involves PeacePlayers and “I Have a Dream,” the U.S. Holocaust Museum and the Seed School.

Four years ago Bruce and his wife Karen began, and has well funded the Center for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management at the University of Maryland with two goals as the focal point.

1. To educate the next generation of non-profit sectors, offering them the principles and tools required to succeed as leaders of non-profit organizations.

2. To insure that each student who graduates from the University of Maryland departs as an enlightened and motivated philanthropist. The Center offers campus wide unique, philanthropy-focused practicality ranging from gift giving to the very popular Do Good Challenge which brings in thousands of participants each year.

The Center now offers graduate and non-graduate courses targeted on philanthropy and non-profit administration. The courses many times feature outstanding philanthropists and non-profit leaders as lecturers. Several classes every semester include a feature where non-profits submit grant proposals. Each class donates $10,000 to worthy non-profit based on a complete assessment of the proposals, location visits and, at last, a class vote. Since the start of the program inception in 2011, these courses have award almost $40,000 in grants every year.

Additionally, students from the school are in high demand as fellows at non-profits in the Washington area ranging from the Smithsonian Museum to the famous Marriott Foundation.

An in resident program, “A Philanthropist has been initiated for freshman orientation week to start the path of informing and inspiring all students to be philanthropists. By 2016, the program will expand to China.

North American Spine Works to Help the Children

When imagining severe pain, some only think about getting a bad cut, breaking a bone, or getting some type of deep wound. Severe pain doesn’t have to come from something breaking or an open wound in the body. It’s possible to have some of the most severe pain internally, just by having pain in the neck or back area. Severe neck pain can make it very hard to turn the head, or the pain makes it unbearable to use the neck. Severe pain in the back, especially the lower back, it may make it nearly impossible to work on a daily basis.

Those who have extremely bad back pain, they may find it difficult to walk properly, and they may end up on bed rest. Many know that pregnant women tend to suffer from lower back pain, but this type of pain is usually temporary. Those who suffer from back pain that is severe, the pain may be permanent, which means that it’s chronic. Any chronic pain that lasts for many months, it may be something that is unbearable, and it makes it impossible for the person to work and play normally. It’s time to get rid of the pain for good, and a chiropractor may not be the answer.

It may be necessary to receive a surgical procedure in order to heal back pain. If the back pain is severe enough to where surgery is needed, then North American Spine doctors can perform the procedure. The AccuraScope procedure is a great suggestion for those who need healing from their back or neck pain. Pain is never something that anyone should accept as being normal, especially when it’s extremely severe. Back and neck pain can be relieved with the AccuraScope procedure, which is also minimally invasive.

Since the procedure requires a very small incision, the incision will heal much quicker, allowing the person to get back to their normal routine. After the patient heals from their procedure, they may be able to live pain free, which is something they may not have been able to do for years. Neck and back pain does not have to be tolerated if a patient is willing to visit North American Spine. It’s time to say goodbye to neck and back pain for good.

Plus, one of the coolest things they do is community outreach.  Including working with local Dallas schools to provide an education into back health.

Boy Surprised At Graduation After Death Of His Parents

A young man who recently lost his parents in a motorcycle accident had a pleasant surprise at his high school graduation ceremony. Nearly a week before Kazzie Portie was expected to graduate high school he received devastating news that his parents have died. His parents, Riley and Emily Portie were out riding their motorcycle when they were struck and killed by a drunk driver. Arriving at the scene of the incident was Officer Eric Ellison. He was tasked with giving the devastating news to the Portie family.

When Officer Ellison arrived to the Portie home, Purina wrote he found that only the couple’s 18-year-old son Kazzie was home. He had to break the tragic news to Kazzie and stayed to comfort him since he was the only one home at the time. Kazzie was clearly distraught by the news and mentioned that he was supposed to graduate high school in a week. Officer Ellison was very supportive of Kazzie, letting him know he still needed to go through with the graduation ceremony, noting that his parents would have wanted him to do so.

A week later, Office Ellison kept his promise to Kazzie. He came to the ceremony and stood on stage waiting for Kazzie to walk.