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Coaches Curing Cancer Donates Gifts to Pediatric Cancer Research

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 3:45 PM

When Grainne Owen gave birth to twins, she had to work hard to keep up with her sports loving and exuberant son, Killian. When Killian was five years old, however, he was diagnosed with Leukemia. During Killian's four and half year battle with the disease, doctors informed Grainne and her husband, Clay, that they had located a potential cure for Killian's cancer but did not have the money to get it into treatment.

When Killian passed away, Grainne founded Curing Kid's Cancer. In memory of Killian's love for sports, Grainne encouraged children's sports teams in search for a post season gift for their coach, to make a donation to the charity in the coach's honor. Since 2005, Grainne raised $6 million and named The Aflac Cancer Center at Children's Health Care of Atlanta one of the main beneficiaries by endowing the Killian Owen Curing Kids Cancer Clinical Research Office with a $1.5 million endowment. Today, the charity has been able to fund some of the most cutting edge innovative treatments now available, giving any child battling the illness a better chance at survival.

To find out more about Curing Kids Cancer, visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

This video was produced, shot and edited by Dave Francombe. Interested in my touching stories? Check out the HooplaHa YouTube channel...and don't forget to...

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Autistic High Schooler Suits Up For Sacramento Kings

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 10:45 AM

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drain a three point shot on a real NBA court? Jocyleen Ditico, a high schooler from California was given just the opportunity. Jocyleen suffers from Autism Spectrum Disorder. Through the support of her guardians and the watchful eye of the high school basketball coach, Jocyleen began to overcome her disorder and joined the basketball team. Jocyleen proved herself an asset on the court throughout her premier season, scoring 16 points in one game.

Gradually her tenacity and determination paid off, gaining the attention of the Sacramento Kings, where they invited her to shoot hoops on the home court for an afternoon as the Sacramento Kings ball girl. Jocyleen not only drained a few jump shots, but proved that perseverance and hard work can make dreams come true.

This video was produced by Lucia Nazzaro and shot/edited by Inclusion Films. Interested in more inspiring stories? Check out the Kids Are Awesome YouTube page, part of the HooplaHa Network....and don't forget to...

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Rescue Road Trip Finds Shelter Dogs Forever Homes

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 2:55 PM

There is an abundance of shelter dogs in the deep south. That's why Greg Mahle founded a transport service called Rescue Road Trip to relieve these unwanted dogs from their death sentence and ship them north to the arms of loving and eager canine owners. The trip starts on Tuesdays in Ohio, goes south of the Mason Dixon Line to retrieve the dogs and then circles back up north for joyful reunions later in the week.

Want to follow Greg Mahle as he finds unloved pets forever homes? You can visit his website or connect with him on Facebook.

This video was produced by Lucia Nazzaro and shot/ edited by Heather Holloway. Eager for more touching pet videos? Visit the Heartwarming Animals YouTube channel, part of the HooplaHa Network...and don't forget to...

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A Commuter Love Story: Romance Across the Aisle

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 10:45 AM

In this Chicken Soup for the Soul Moment we bring you a not-so-average love story. Your morning commute to work can be dreadful. But it turned out to be the best part of the day for Susan and John. After commuting together and watching one another from afar for nearly two months, Susan finally worked up the nerve to end the mystery and asked to share a seat next to John. The two formed an instant connection and have been married ever since.

Hungry for more heart warming love stories, check out the Chicken Soup for the Soul YouTube channel, part of the HooplaHa Network.

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One Family's Unwritten Recipe For Matzah Ball Soup

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 3:31 PM

Not every kitchen creation comes from a cookbook. Some of the most memorable meals come from the ones passed down from generation to generation. Learn the family secrets that make this traditional Passover dish of Matzah Ball Soup so special on the premier episode of Unwritten Recipes with Felicia Levinson, a brand new HooplaHa Original Series. Felicia, mother, thespian and comfort cook creator, concocts dishes from the recipes she learned from mother, grandmother and other special family moments. Every dish comes with a story and every one is packaged with love.

Thinking of making this recipe shown here for your friends and family this Passover? Check out Felicia's blog Unwritten Recipes for written instructions of Felicia's Matzah Ball Soup, as well as countless other infamous creations.

This video was shot and edited by John Houghton. Want for more HooplaHa Originals that are sure to satisfy any busy mom? Check out the Just For Mom You Tube channel part of the HooplaHa network...and don't forget to...

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Baby, Meet Yourself: Seeing Reflections for the First Time

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 3:45 PM

The only thing better than a cute baby is their own reaction to their irresistible cuteness! Check out this video to see the joy on babies' faces as they glance at their own reflection for the first time. Their priceless reaction will not only put a smile on your face, but maybe even appreciate the look of your own reflection that much more!

This HooplaHa Original was edited by Andrew "Oz" Osborne. Want more HooplaHa Originals? Check out our YouTube channel -- and don't forget to...

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A Triple Amputee's Dream Wedding Brings Community Together

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 10:16 PM

In this Chicken Soup for the Soul moment, we bring you the most beautiful wedding story. Marine Corporal Juan Dominguez lost both legs and his right arm in an explosion in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan. On April 27, 2013, the community of Temecula, California came together to give Juan and his bride Alexis their dream wedding. Everything for the event from the reception venue and rehearsal dinner to the entertainment, photography, flowers, cake and makeup, were donated by various local businesses to the young couple. Special thanks to wedding coordinator Jennifer Molloy of Amore Events who helped make this video and dream wedding possible!

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Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books that, for over 20 years, have allowed people just like you to share extraordinary stories that can change someone's life, or even the world. We have been proud to share this inspirational HooplaHa video story with...

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Woman's Newfound Talent Helps Overcome Addiction

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 11:16 AM

In this week's Chicken Soup For The Soul Moment, you'll meet Candyce, a former addict who never thought she would one day be an artist. As part of her rehabilitation, she chose to get better with the help of Geezer Gallery, an organization that provides seniors with opportunities to tap into their creative potential and hone the skills they need to create quality pieces of work. Learning and putting those skills to use provides Candyce with not only the chance to make something visually beautiful, but also the chance to inspire others to feed their passions, rather than get lost in destructive behavior.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books that, for over 20 years, have allowed people just like you to share extraordinary stories that can change someone's life, or even the world. We have been proud to share this inspirational HooplaHa video story with...

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These Athletic Animals Make the Perfect Basketball Team

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 12:45 AM

March Madness is here -- is your bracket ready? If you're not sure who you should choose to win, perhaps these friendly and athletic animals can help you! From dogs to dolphins, elephants and more, these animals are definitely NCAA Top 10 material!

This HooplaHa Original was edited by Andrew "Oz" Osborne. Want more HooplaHa Originals? Check out our YouTube channel -- and don't forget to...

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Sandy Hook Ceremony Praises Kids for Kindness

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 4:41 PM

Newtown Kindness is an organization which was was formed after 6-year-old Charlotte Bacon passed away in the Sandy Hook school shootings. Their mission is to keep her memory alive by promoting kindness as a guiding principle of humanity.

Committed to fostering compassion in children and inspiring life-long contributors to society, the organization aims to facilitate acts of kindness within communities as well as raise awareness of kindness through education, sharing and recognition. HooplaHa attended the Kindness Awards to learn more about Charlotte and meet some of the most inspirational kids from all across the country and how they are making an impact in their communities and beyond!

This HooplaHa Original was produced by Abe Halpert. Want more HooplaHa Originals? Check out our YouTube channel -- and don't forget to...

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"Sour" Reactions to Tasting Lemons

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 5:37 PM

What was your first reaction to tasting a lemon? Did it surprise you? We found some of the cutest clips of babies and animals trying lemons for the first time. These "sour" reactions are sure to make you laugh!

This HooplaHa Original was edited by Andrew "Oz" Osborne. Want more HooplaHa Originals? Check out our YouTube channel -- and don't forget to...

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Marvel At This Multitasking Mom Raising 15 Kids

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 4:24 PM

Lyette Reback was an only child, but when she married her college love after only a few short months together, she knew she wanted a large family. Meet the Reback family -- complete with 15 kids! If you already think Lyette's life is hectic, you should know she home schools each child and shares her life with the world on her blog, Believe With Me.

Lyette's message is simple: as parents we should be treasuring all the moments with our kids instead of complaining about them because they are gifts. Through her blog, she inspires parents to take joy in this time with her kids and tries to show them about the importance of family, patriotism and coming together to make our world better. We sat down with Lyette and her family to learn their story, find out how she became a mom of 15, what she hopes to accomplish through her blog and the message she wants all parents to know.

This HooplaHa Original was produced by Jean Carlo Ramirez. Want more HooplaHa Originals? Check out our YouTube channel -- and don't forget to...

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Film Workshop Teaches Movie Making to Adults With Developmental Disabilities

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 4:00 PM

Inclusion Films is a vocational program designed to provide adults with developmental disabilities entry-level working experience in film production. Inspired by actor/producer/director Joey Travolta, Inclusion Films Practical Workshop is the product of a seasoned film and TV pro who wanted to share his passion, skills and knowledge to help individuals with developmental disabilities get started in the industry. When working at Inclusion Films, students go beyond the classroom. With instruction that offers students a real-world experience, they are able to work for a real production company as well as become more independent, self-confident and well-rounded individuals.

We sat down with Joey Travolta to learn more about his story, uncover how he started his mission, and what Inclusion Films aims to accomplish with all of their employees from pitch to post. We also met two students in the Inclusion Films program to learn their stories and hear more about the progress they have made while in the program.

This HooplaHa Original was produced by Inclusion Films and their workshop students. Want more HooplaHa Originals? Check out our YouTube channel -- and don't forget to...

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13 Silly Snow Wipeouts

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 1:42 PM

Winter is here to stay whether we like it or not. With tons of snow blanketing most of your backyard, what better thing to do than test your courage on a sled or tube? We found 13 silly snow wipeouts -- are you ready for the ride of your life?

This HooplaHa Original was edited by Andrew "Oz" Osborne. Want more HooplaHa Originals? Check out our YouTube channel -- and don't forget to...

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Non-Profit Helps Homeless Man Turn The Key to a New Life

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 1:29 PM

Founded by singer/songwriter Caitlin Crosby, The Giving Keys employ men and women in Los Angeles looking to transition out of homelessness to hand engrave keys with words of encouragement. Her story began with a hotel room key. After realizing that in a way all humans are like old keys -- unique, flawed, scarred and at risk of being discarded -- she wanted these keys to have their purpose renewed over and over again. By taking old keys and transforming them into jewelry and accessories etched with "hope," "believe," and "dream" among other inspirational words, they serve a special purpose to the wearer until they decide to pay it forward and pass the key long to someone else.

On January 28, The Giving Keys brought one of their hard working men on as a full time employee after his 6 month trial period. Each time The Giving Keys brings on a full time employee they hold a "Bell Ringing Ceremony." We caught up with Robert Benson, the newest full time employee at The Giving Keys to hear his story and learn more about how The Giving Keys is making a difference.

This HooplaHa Original was produced by Brett Dahlenburg. Want more HooplaHa Originals? Check out our YouTube channel -- and don't forget to...

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Master Your Kitchen With These Clever Hacks

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 6:58 PM

Are you a busy mom? Do you need some quick tips to help you get things done in your kitchen faster, easier, and better? Marysol Castro, mom of 2, tackles some kitchen hacks to help you spend less time in the kitchen - they may even impress some of your friends and family and are definitely shareable!

This week, you'll learn how to hull strawberries while saving the entire berry, how one household item can keep your bananas fresh longer and and easy way to serve hard butter!

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The Best Ways to Show Your Love on Valentine's Day

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 9:49 PM

Roses? Chocolate? A fancy dinner? If you're not sure how you should show your special someone how much you love them, take the advice of this video where we show you the best ways to show your love.

This HooplaHa Original was edited by Andrew "Oz" Osborne. Want more HooplaHa Originals? Check out our YouTube channel -- and don't forget to...

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9 Reasons Why Your Dog Should Be Your Valentine

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 6:55 PM

February is the month dedicated to loving everyone who is special in your life -- but what about your four-legged friends? If you need some reasons to love your favorite pup, look no further... Here are 9 reasons why your dog should be your valentine!

This HooplaHa Original was edited by Andrew "Oz" Osborne. Want more HooplaHa Originals? Check out our YouTube channel -- and don't forget to...

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Valentine's Day Stories: A Lifetime of Love

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 1:49 PM

What's the secret of lasting love? Meet Sandy and Jerry Ziering and Martha and Larry Aasen, two couples who have been married for 58 and 60 years respectively as they share their stories of dating, their wedding day and how they continue to make love last after so many years.

This HooplaHa Original was produced by John Houghton. Want more HooplaHa Originals? Check out our YouTube channel -- and don't forget to...

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UN Foundation Program Empowers Girls Across The Globe

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 3:05 PM

In this week's addition of Chicken Soup For The Soul moments we bring you an organization that is helping shape our future generation. Founder of Stanford University's Girl Up program, Priyanka and her fellow members are teaching young women that no matter your circumstance you can become a leader. Their mission states, "Girl Up is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation. We give American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the world's hardest-to-reach adolescent girls." For more information on the United Nations Foundation campaign Girl Up, visit:

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