A Massachusetts resident and longtime Boston Red Sox nanny will join the team on the duck boats as they celebrate their World Series victory Wednesday.
Ruth Copponi, a former hospital nurse from Norwood, has been taking care of Sox players' children for 23 years and has become a special part of the families' lives. She and other caretakers watch the children during the games in the Family Room at Fenway Park.
"We start one half-hour before the game, and we remain there a half-hour after while the parents pick up the children," Copponi said. "I've enjoyed working there and all these championships that I've seen."
Copponi has received many special gifts from the Red Sox, including a baseball bat with her name inscribed to honor her for 20 years of service.
But the best part of her job is the children. Copponi has developed life-long friendships with many Red Sox families, including former Sox slugger David Ortiz, his wife and children, who send her Christmas cards.
"Alex Ortiz and her brother were wonderful, wonderful, and David and Tiffany are wonderful parents," Copponi said.
Also rewarding is seeing Red Sox stars – famous athletes and role models - in their most important roles, as parents – regular people with not-so-regular jobs.
"All the baseball players are outstanding fathers," Copponi said. "They are so good to their children. They are so concerned. They come in after the games and pick them up and hug them. They are wonderful, wonderful parents."
Copponi, who was named Ruth after Babe Ruth, has baseball in her blood. She was born into a family that loved playing and watching baseball, and she raised her own family to love the sport, too.
When she celebrates with the Red Sox in the parade Wednesday, her grandson will join her. It will be her fourth time riding on the duck boats.
"Red Sox won the first World Series [since Copponi's employment with the team] in 2004, and that was unbelievable," she said. "Now they have won four, and this was probably the most wonderful year, because the players were outstanding."
Members of the Franklin, Massachusetts, community and beyond are rallying behind a boy who was bullied at school for wearing nail polish.
Sam, a happy-go-lucky 5-year-old, came home from school visibly upset Monday after his classmates mocked his red nail polish.
"His shoulders were slumped down, long, drawn face, and I said, 'Did you have a rough day, bud?' and he just openly balled his eyes out," said Sam's mom.
Some other kids told him nail polish is just for girls, but Sam didn't understand.
"I felt really bad because they made fun of me. I said, 'It’s for boys and girls!' They just kept on saying it," Sam said.
Sam's parents told him that he has every right to express himself, despite what other people may think.
"You need to hold your head high and be proud of who you are and know that you always have family and friends that will always back you regardless of what you do and what you say and what you wear," said Sam's parents.
In just a matter of days, Sam's story has spread quickly after his dad painted his own nails and posted a photo online.
And now, the picture has been shared thousands of times and people all over the world have reached out encouraging little Sam to be true to himself.
This Friday, dozens of people in Franklin will stand up to bullying by wearing nail polish in support of Sam and National Bullying Prevention Month.
A Publix employee in Jacksonville, Florida, took to Facebook after a kind gesture by a grieving mom.
Nick DeClemente said he was at work Oct. 10 when a woman walked up to the bakery counter and asked if there were any first birthday cakes on order.
He said he asked for the customer name, thinking she wanted to pay for a specific person.
DeClemente said she replied no, that she wanted to anonymously pay for a cake.
"She then started to tear up and tell me that she had a stillborn child a year ago and in tribute to him she wanted to pay for someone else's cake," he wrote on Facebook. "I went to the cake order drawer and found this one. She told me thank you and appreciated that I let her do this."
DeClemente said it was one of the most touching things he'd seen in all of his years working in retail.
"I hope that this lady finds peace through this tribute and that the customer receiving this gift will, if nothing else, pay it forward," he said.
DeClemente said he hopes to see the mom again, so he can share with her all of the positive comments he's gotten since sharing the story.
The Duchess of Sussex – known as Meghan Markle until her May wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry – is pregnant, Kensington Palace announced Monday.
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” Kensington Palace tweeted.
In a second post, the palace added: “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”
Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, “is very happy about this lovely news, and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild,” the palace said in a statement, according to People magazine.
Reporters from multiple news outlets said the palace would not say whether Meghan had told her father, Thomas Markle, that she was pregnant.
The news came as Meghan and Harry began a 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, The Associated Press reported.
Five children in Washington state have been hospitalized for the sudden onset of paralysis of one or more of their limbs, Washington State Department of Health officials announced Wednesday.
All five of the infants and children are younger than 6 years old.
AFM is a rare condition that affects the nervous system, especially the spinal cord, health officials said.
On Oct. 8, WSB-TV in Atlanta reported an uptick in the illness impacting children.
The rare disease is similar to polio.
The five young children being treated in Washington state reportedly had symptoms of a respiratory illness in the week prior to developing symptoms of AFM.
Health officials said the children are residents of King County, Pierce County, Lewis County and Snohomish County.
In 2016, there were nine cases of AFM in Washington state, health officials said. In 2017, there were three cases, and since the beginning of 2018, there has been one case in the state.
“Symptoms (of AFM) typically include sudden weakness in one or more arms or legs, along with loss of muscle tone and decreased or absent reflexes,” health officials said. “AFM can cause a range of types and severity of symptoms, but the commonality among them is a loss of strength or movement in one or more arms or legs. The cause of any individual case of AFM can be hard to determine, and often, no cause is found. CDC specialists will make the final determination if these (new Washington state) cases are AFM.”
The mysterious polio-like disease that may be afflicting three children in Pittsburgh and others in Minnesota is raising a lot of concern.
Pittsburgh's WPXI sat down with Dr. Jennifer Preiss from the Allegheny Health Network to talk about acute flaccid myelitis, also known as AFM.
“It’s bringing back a lot of hysteria, and if you knew anyone who lived during the polio time, there was a lot of hysteria about polio,” Preiss said. “Most of the time, everyone gets better and everyone is fine, but in these rare cases, there is some immune response that is attacking the muscles of these children.”
The Centers for Disease Control doesn’t know the exact cause of this virus that starts as a cold but then attacks the nervous system, causing different forms of paralysis.
Preiss says a lot is dependent on how a person’s immune system responds to this particular virus.
“Some of the time, when people get viruses – and I’m not even speaking about this particular virus – bad things happen because we have these hyper-immune systems, and some of these hyper-immune system responses are what causes the paralysis,” she said.
The CDC is now looking at the samples taken from the children at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
It will be several weeks before we know if the virus strain in Pittsburgh is the same as the virus in Minnesota that’s affected six kids and made national headlines.
The nationwide EpiPen shortage is now forcing some children to stay home from school until their medication can be filled, KIRO-TV in Seattle is reporting.
Chiquita Morris said her 5-year-old son, Eden, had just started kindergarten at Spanaway Elementary School in Spanaway, Washington, when she was told by school officials that Eden couldn’t come back until he has an EpiPen.
“Yes, I understand I need to get one, but there’s nothing I can do,” Morris said.
During a nationwide EpiPen shortage, Morris is among those scrambling to find these epinephrine auto-injectors used to treat severe allergic reactions.
Morris said she's been calling multiple pharmacies every day but has had no luck while her son is missing school.
KIRO looked up the Bethel School District website, and under the health services page, it said: "State law requires children with life-threatening conditions to have a medication and/or treatment order on file prior to the start of school."
Morris said in light of the EpiPen shortage, the school can do more to accommodate parents and help kids stay in school.
“I understand the health concern but I believe the school should have backup EpiPen as well, and not just parents,” said Morris.
The EpiPen shortage is so bad that in August, the FDA extended the expiration date for some lots of EpiPens by four months.
But the extension does not apply for EpiPen Junior, which is meant for kids weighing 66 pounds or less.
Doctors are advising people who need EpiPens to renew their prescriptions early or get on a waiting list as soon as possible.
More than 90 percent of parents are overwhelmed when researching child safety products, a study released this week asserts.
The study -- “Shifting Gears: How Becoming A Parent Changes Driving Forever” -- conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of Volvo Car USA and coinciding with Child Passenger Safety Week, said that 66 percent of parents are more stressed than last year, when that number was 57. Fifty-seven percent of parents are also more distracted than they were five years ago, up 12 percent from 2017, the study found.
The study also found that 92 percent of parents found it overwhelming to research child safety products, and that rises to 97 percent for first-time parents.
The results come from a survey that was conducted online in the United States by Harris from July 11-17, 2018. There were 1,083 parents age 18 and older who were polled, and these people had children under 18 living in their household.
Other results from the study:
Nearly 84 percent of parents surveyed believed that people are more judgmental about the way they care for their children, as opposed to 10 years ago.
The top concern regarding child safety involved the car seat. According to the study, 71 percent of parents found the number of models overwhelming, and 58 percent found research frustrating.
Buyer’s remorse is sometimes an issue, the study found. Once a car seat was bought, 32 percent wish they had bought a different model. That percentage increases to 41 percent among new parents and to 47 percent among millennial parents.
The Harrisburg Fire Department in North Carolina surprised a 3-year-old with a birthday party after several of his classmates canceled Sunday.
Melissa Reid said she received several text messages the morning of her son's birthday party from parents, letting her know her son's classmates couldn't make it.
"Around 7 in the morning, I started getting text messages that children are sick, that they weren't going to be able to go,” she said. “Out of the eight families we invited, we had seven that canceled.”
Reid said she didn’t know what to do. She wanted her son to have a special birthday bash.
So she called the Harrisburg Fire Department, which is about a mile away from her house, and asked for a quick tour to entertain her son, Jackson, who loves fire trucks.
"I said, ‘Would you mind just a couple minutes, just pop in,'” Reid said. “I told them what happened with his birthday party."
Harrisburg Fire Capt. Joe Yowler said he called all three crews to surprise the family.
He said he quickly grabbed birthday balloons and cupcakes and waited, along with other firefighters, for Jackson's arrival.
"As a parent, I was thinking about how devastating it was on both sides,” Yowler said. “Like, a 3-year-old is thinking all week about it being their birthday and having this big party and then not having it. So how could we make this better for the parent and the kid, and I think it worked out pretty well."
Reid said she's thankful the firefighters went out of their way to show Jackson love.
"There's just no words for how much I appreciate them making my son’s day as special as they did. This is definitely the best party he's ever had."
Yowler said his team is thankful they got the opportunity to make Jackson's third birthday a memorable one.
"It was definitely emotional for her and uplifting for all of us just to see the appreciation,” Yowler said. “That they appreciated it and he had a heck of a time going through the ladder trucks and the engines and just climbing all over."
The video is called "The Westbrook Family." Nina lets out the news they're having twins 2:12 into the video. Russell mentions they will be girls at the 2:28 mark.
The couple already have a 1-year-old son named Noah.
Russell had arthroscopic knee surgery last week. The seven-time All-Star and former MVP is expected to miss preseason and may not be ready for the start of the regular season. The Thunder's first game is Oct. 16 at Golden State.
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