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Devoted dog has waited 4 months at hospital entrance for fatally stabbed owner

A loyal dog has waited four months at a hospital entrance -- the last place he saw his owner, who was fatally stabbed. 

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The 59-year-old man was stabbed during an altercation with another homeless person in October, according to O Globo.

The man’s dog, which does not have a name, followed the ambulance to Santa Casa de Novo Horizonte hospital, where he has patiently waited since. The dog sits on a rug at the hospital entrance and has never walked inside. Sometimes he walks off in search of food. Hospital workers have also given him food and water. 

“He's extremely tame, docile and quiet," Osvaldo Palota Sobrinho, a hospital administrator, told O Globo

Lawyer Cristine Sardella saw the dog and shared his story on social media two weeks ago, bringing attention to the dog from a nearby kennel, according to O Globo

The kennel took in the dog and was going to place it with a family, when it escaped and appeared at the hospital entrance, nearly two miles away.

The dog, which has been checked out by a veterinarian, continues to stare inside the hospital, giving the impression that he is waiting for his owner.

"It's sad to know that he will never see his owner again and will not understand what happened," Sardella said. "The only thing left is to wait at the last place where he saw him."

A worker at the hospital plans to adopt the dog, when the dog is ready, according to The Dodo.

Brothers pay tribute to Parkland victims in 1,000-mile journey

Two brothers are making a 1,000-mile journey from Parkland to the nation’s capitol to raise awareness about gun safety and they made a stop on the way in Jacksonville Saturday afternoon.

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Isaiah and Jeremiah Godby are paying tribute to the victims of the Parkland shooting massacre one step at a time.

The Sacramento brothers flew to South Florida two weeks ago and headed to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to see the site of the shooting that left 17 people dead on Valentines Day. 

"We had to be out there for the victims and families," Jeremiah Godby said.

Walking and running an average of 50 miles a day, the Godbys are 340 miles into their 1,000-mile journey to Washington, D.C. 

Their plan is to join thousands of others at the "March For Our Lives Rally" on March 24. The event calls for stronger gun regulations.

This isn’t the first time the brothers have run to raise awareness. They work together at a naturopathic clinic in Sacramento and have run to champion other causes such as alternative medical care. 

Virginia restaurant breaks down barriers with deaf server

Restaurant owners in Virginia have adjusted their menus to make it easier for customers to order from a server who has been deaf since birth.

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Sierra Campbell is a server at Orexi Greek and Mediterranean restaurant in Midlothian. WTVR reported.

Campbell, 22, was hired by restaurant owners Rasool and Angie Al Hasani in January.

They revamped the restaurant’s menus to include common sign language images and also learned how to sign, WTVR reported.

“We’d go to the tables together and I would talk to the person that was here and I would tell them this is how you can order,” Angie Al Hasani said. “You just point to what you want and if there is something you don’t want you just point to that ingredient and shake your head no.”

Customers are finding it easy to communicate with Campbell.

“It was extremely easy,” Maxwell Kanczuzewski told WTVR. “All I had to do was point on the menu and use the different modifiers to get what I needed, and service was no different than any other restaurant I’ve been in.”

Campbell attended the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind and then went to Gallaudet University, WTVR reported. She wants to attend Virginia Commonwealth University and is working two jobs to raise money to pay for tuition. She wants to study to be a social worker to help the deaf, WTVR reported.

“I feel good working here at this restaurant,” Campbell said through sign language. “I have a lot of regular customers, they come in and want to see me and that makes me feel good.”

Teen firefighter battling leukemia asks for T-shirts

A New York teenager training to be a firefighter is waging a battle against leukemia, and he is asking for help.

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Timothy Richardson, 16, is a junior at Maryvale High School in Buffalo, New York. While he goes through chemotherapy for the next month, he wants to wear a T-shirt from a different fire company on every visit, WGRZ reported. 

Richardson participates in the Hy-View Fire Company’s Explorer program. He was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia in early March, WGRZ reported.

"It's a battle and I'm going to have to go through it," Richardson told WGRZ. "I've got a lot of support of the brotherhood from the fire department and my family is all pitching in to help. So it really helps. It really does."

Fellow firefighters are responding, WGRZ reported.

"I put the feelers out, town of Hamburg, town of Amherst, West Seneca, anybody that I knew and the outpouring has just been phenomenal," Hy-View safety officer and Explorer adviser Joe Lent told WGRZ. "I didn't expect anything less. Timmy's going to have a lot of shirts to wear."

More information on Richardson's battle with leukemia can be found on the Timmy's Battle Facebook page.

Elementary school students sing support to counselor battling cancer

A child development specialist at an Oregon elementary school, who is battling breast cancer, was serenaded by a choir of students in a heartwarming show of support, the East Oregonian reported.

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Lisa Roberts began chemotherapy three weeks ago. Sherwood Heights Elementary School Principal Theresa Owens encouraged students to perform a special song for Roberts, so students spent part of each music class practicing Martina McBride’s song, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.”

“I firmly believe singing builds community,” Owens told the East Oregonian.

Thursday, the Pendleton school’s 500 students filed into the gymnasium and waited as Roberts was summoned.

“They told me a student was having a meltdown,” Roberts told the East Oregonian.

Expecting to find a child in distress, Roberts instead found a gym full of children and members of her family.

“We love you and want you to know we’ve got your back,” Owens told Roberts as she was led to a seat.

Fourth and fifth graders sang the first verse of the song, with the younger students joining in for the chorus, the East Oregonian reported.

The children waved daffodils, which they presented to Roberts.

Roberts said the students have been very supportive as she went through her treatments. Four siblings pooled their money to buy her flowers, and one boy brought her his favorite toy car, the East Oregonian reported.

“Every day has had silver linings,” Roberts said. “The kids have been so sweet.”

Girl afraid to wear ‘Star Wars’ shirt gets support from Mark Hamill

Kids can be cruel. The mother of a little girl in Phoenix took to social media to share about the bullying her daughter was going through that was bringing the 7-year-old to tears.

N.J. Simmonds said that her daughter was in tears, afraid to wear her “Star Wars” shirt to school because her classmates would laugh at her, calling “Star Wars” boys’ stuff, AZ Central reported. She reached out on Twitter to show her daughters that there are female “Star Wars” fans all over the world.

She thought she’d get a few responses, but there are more than 50,000 retweets and nearly 112,000 likes since the Tuesday post, Romper reported.

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But the most shocking response was from one of the biggest names in the “Star Wars” universe, Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.

>>’Star Wars' icon Mark Hamill awarded Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Hamill gave the girl, who was not identified by name, a little technique to help when she’s being bullied about the notion of “boy stuff.”

But Hamill wasn’t the only “Star Wars” actor who reached out in support of the 7-year-old.

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Ashley Eckstein, who voices the female Jedi - Ahsoka Tano - also posted a photo of herself wearing a “Star Wars” shirt. Eckstein also has a line of clothing that includes traditionally male-centric fandom of “Star Wars,” Marvel and Doctor Who, called Her Universe.

She also received support from female role models who work in a male-dominated world of NASA.

“Star Wars” has introduced a bevy of strong, female characters from the original trilogy’s Princess Leia to “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi’s” Rey and “Rogue One’s” Jyn Erso. Disney, the parent company that owns Lucasfilms, also produces “Star Wars Forces of Destiny,” which features the stories of Rey, Leia and “Star Wars Rebels’” Hera and Sabine.

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Penguins show selfie skills in Antarctica

What do you think happens when members of the animal world find a camera?

They act like nearly any person, apparently, and pose for a selfie. 

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In a video shared by the Australian Antarctic Division, two emperor penguins found a camera lying on the ice and shot a quick video of themselves investigating the device. 

The Washington Post reported that the camera was left on the ground by expedition member Eddie Gault. 

The group of adventurers told ABC News, “It didn’t take long for the naturally curious birds to seize the opportunity for a selfie.” 

Technically, the penguins didn’t snap the selfie video themselves, since Gault left the camera on the ice near the Auster Rookery, recording, The Post reported.

It doesn’t matter though to many who have liked and commented on the video.

WATCH: The Rock is upstaged by daughter on International Women's Day

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is not used to being upstaged, but the professional wrestler-turned-actor met his match on International Women’s Day.

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Johnson released an Instagram video of himself teaching his daughter Jasmine some key phrases, including “girl power.” She nails the phrases, her dad notes, “perfect.”

“To every woman out there ‘round the world -- all ages and races -- I proudly stand by your side to always honor, protect and respect. Especially, the loves of my life at home,” Johnson wrote. 

WATCH: Teen recreates ‘Mulan’ training montage shot-for-shot for homework, project goes viral

A teen in Hawaii is going viral thanks to her take on a school project.

Glenna Matauto was tasked to recreate a scene from her family movie for her broadcast media class, Hawaii News Now reported.

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So she and some friends took on the segment “Be a Man” from Disney’s “Mulan” and recreated the training montage from the 1998 animated feature.

Matauto said in her Twitter post that filming the clip took “three days, five broken sticks and a shoe and volleyball stuck in a tree” for them to put together their 38-second video.

The video in the six days after posting had more than 8.6 million views and 581,000 likes.

Hawaii News Now said that Matauto hasn’t received her grade yet for the project but some on social media think she deserves an Oscar.

She also has plans on making another video and is taking requests on her Twitter account.

Army vet given truck to replace one that was stolen

An eight-year Army veteran was given a new truck to replace the one that was stolen.

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Aaron Eubanks, 28, said his truck was stolen Jan. 1, before he left for class at Tulsa Welding School. The truck was a gift from his father and had a welding machine and tools inside.

The Soldier's Wish organization teamed up with Subway and an anonymous donor to replace the truck. Eubanks was given a new truck worth roughly $20,000.

Eubanks will finish his welding program in April.

Waffle House employee in Texas helps elderly man cut up his food

A simple gesture of kindness by a Waffle House employee in Texas has gone viral.

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Evoni Williams, 18, was working behind the counter at the Houston area restaurant on Saturday when she noticed 78-year-old Adrien Charpentier, who had an oxygen tank, was struggling to cut his food, reported.

Williams, “without hesitation,” took the man’s plate and began cutting his food, reported. Sitting nearby, patron Laura Wolf snapped a photograph and posted it to Facebook.

“He said his hands didn’t work too good,” Wolf wrote on her post.

“This may seem small but to him, I'm sure it was huge,” Wolf wrote. “I'm thankful to have seen this act of kindness and caring at the start of my day while everything in this world seems so negative," she wrote.

The photograph has been liked more than 52,000 times and shared more than 42,000 times.

“They got a fancy picture of my suspenders in the back," Charpentier said.

Williams, who started working at the Waffle House after graduating from high school in May 2017, said she never expected her actions to receive so much attention.

"I didn't know the photo was taken until a couple hours later.” Williams told on Wednesday. “When I saw it, it's just something I would do for anybody.”

The City of La Marque honored Williams with her own day, and she received a $16,000 scholarship donated by Texas Southern University, KSDK reported.

Williams said she wants to study business management.

International Women’s Day: Stars celebrate

International Women’s Day is March 8, and celebrates the achievements of women. As people across the world celebrate with messages about the women in their lives and continue to advocate for gender equality, celebrities have shared messages about the day on Twitter.

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Here is a selection of tweets from celebrities from Britney Spears to Jane Fonda on International Women’s Day.

Carolina Panthers' RB Christian McCaffrey helps save life of elderly hiker 

Carolina Panthers star running back Christian McCaffrey helped rescue a 72-year-old man who fell 20 feet onto a rock while hiking along a Colorado trail Saturday.

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“We were going to go to lunch,” McCaffrey said on the Panthers’ website. “And then just randomly we were like, ‘Let’s go hike the rock.’”

McCaffrey, two of his brothers and two friends were at Castle Rock hiking when they saw Dan Smoker Sr. fall. Smoker's 13-year-old grandson, Eli, also was on the hike and witnessed the ordeal.

“It felt like he was in the air for 10 seconds,” McCaffrey said. “I had never seen anything quite like that in my life as far as the trauma and the sound. We were in shock.”

They called 911 for help. Smoker was seriously injured and his breathing stopped. They started performing chest compressions on the man.

Paramedics arrived in about 11 minutes.

Smoker was taken to the hospital with a broken femur, a broken pelvis, internal bleeding, bleeding on the brain, nine fractured ribs and a broken neck.

He was in critical but stable condition Tuesday.

A day after the accident, McCaffrey, along with his brothers and mother, visited Smoker in the hospital.

“They introduced themselves and I still hadn’t pieced it together,” said Smoker's son, Dan. “I can’t say I’d recognize Christian without his football gear on. Around here, Valor Christian is a popular high school, and I knew that Ed McCaffrey had just taken over as head coach there. We were talking and they had mentioned that they went to Valor, and we were looking there because our son loves football as well."

“One of the things that amazed me the most was just the humility,” Dan Smoker said. “It was not about, ‘Look at who I am.’ They just wanted to make sure we were OK. That was it. They wanted to see how my son was doing.”

McCaffrey continues to text back and forth with Smoker’s son following the incident.

"It’s such a -- I don’t know what you’d call it. Truly a blessing that we turned the corner at that exact moment and we could be there for him. I don’t know what would have happened. We were lucky to be at the right place at the right time.”

Who is Elsie Eiler? Meet lone woman in one-person town

Talk about a small town. 

The town of Monowi, Nebraska, is really small. How small? How about not having 10 residents, or even five. There is only one person who lives in the town. 

Elsie Eiler is the town’s only resident. She’s also its mayor, treasurer, clerk, secretary, tavern owner and librarian, Fox News reported.

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She’s the only one living in Monowi, according to the 2010 Census. It’s also the only town, village or city in America with a lone person listed as a resident.

Eiler is 84 years old and a cancer survivor after battling colon cancer in 2011.

She opens her town to visitors from all over the country and the world, serving them economical burgers for $3.50, hot dogs for $1.25 and “the coldest beer” in town, Fox News reported.

So far people from 47 states and 41 countries have stopped by. There are also her regulars to the Monowi Tavern who come in from nearby towns.

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As taxpayer and treasurer, she is the only person who pays taxes and she pays them to herself to the tune of $500 to keep water and electricity supplied. She also creates a road plan that she has to submit to the state to get funding. She also applies for, and approve,s the tavern’s liquor and tobacco licenses each year, the BBC reported.

Eiler wasn’t always the lone resident. Back in the 1930s, there were businesses, 150 residents and a prison, the BBC reported. But like many cities, people moved away or died, as did Eiler’s husband Rudy, who passed away in 2004, Reuters reported shortly after the Census was released.

Parents paint uplifting messages on bathroom stalls at Texas elementary school

Looking to brighten their kids’ days, a group of parents at Mary Moore Elementary School in Arlington got together and painted uplifting messages in the school’s bathrooms, KENS5 reports

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Colorful flowers and motivational sayings now decorate the bathroom stalls, saying things like “Your mistakes don’t define you” and “Every day is a chance to be better.” 

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The school posted pictures of the parents’ work to Facebook

The Facebook post has since been shared nearly 158,000 times and garnered nearly 6,000 comments. 

Patty Jenkins, Chloe Kim, Bindi Irwin, more get Barbies for International Women’s Day

Barbie is celebrating 17 women in honor of International Women’s Day.

Mashable reported that the toy brand has highlighted three historical and 14 modern-day women from diverse fields and backgrounds ahead of the March 8 celebration.

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“As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honoring its largest line up of role models timed to International Women’s Day because we know that you can’t be what you can’t see,” Barbie Senior Vice President and General Manager Lisa McKnight said in a Tuesday news release. “Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real life role models to remind them that they can be anything.”

Related: Body positive model Ashley Graham gets her own Barbie

Fourteen women who have “broken boundaries in their fields and have been an inspiration to the next generation of girls” are being honored with one-of-a-kind dolls made in their likeness, the brand said.

Barbie dolls will be made in the likenesses of filmmaker Patty Jenkins, Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, conversationalist Bindi Irwin, boxing champion Nicola Adams, windsurfer Çağla Kubat, chef Hélène Darroze, volleyball champion Hui Ruoqi, designer Leyla Piedayesh, golfer Lorena Ochoa, journalist Martyna Wojciechowska, soccer player Sara Gama, actress and philanthropist  Xiaotong Guan, ballerina Yuanyuan Tan and fashion designer and entrepreneur Vicky Martin Berrocal.

Related: Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad’s new Barbie doll is the first to wear a hijab

Barbie also announced the start of an Inspiring Women doll series. Three dolls made in the likenesses of historical women will start the series. 

Artist Frida Kahlo, aviator Amelia Earhart and NASA “human computer” Katherine Johnson are the first three dolls in that group.

The 17 dolls join the likes of model Ashley Graham, director Ava DuVernay, Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad and ballet dancer Misty Copeland in being honored as Barbie Sheroes.

More information on the women being honored and the Barbie Global Sheroes and Inspiring Women series can be found at

Michelle Obama dances with little girl photographed gazing at her Smithsonian portrait

A photo of a 2-year-old girl gazing at former first lady Michelle Obama’s portrait in the Smithsonian warmed hearts across the internet last week. On Tuesday, the subject of the inspirational photo got to meet Obama herself.

BuzzFeed News reported that Parker Curry was visiting the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., with her mother, Jessica Curry, and 1-year-old sister, Ava. Curry said she took her daughters to the museum on Thursday just to see the portrait of Michelle Obama and former President Barack Obama.

“I was trying to get her to turn around so I could take a picture, but she wouldn't cooperate,” Curry told BuzzFeed News. “She just wanted to stare at it. She was fascinated.”

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Ben Hines was visiting the area and was waiting in line behind Parker when he snapped the now-viral photo and posted it to Facebook.

CNN reported that Curry saw the image of her daughter when friends began sharing screenshots of it on Twitter.

“As a little person looking at a portrait that large, I can imagine it's fascinating,” Curry told BuzzFeed News. “She had a little moment.”

“In the world we live in today, I’m just trying to raise a little girl who has opportunities to see women who look like her doing great things,” Curry said.

When Amy Sherald, the painter of Michelle Obama’s portrait, reposted Curry’s photo of Parker on Instagram, the former FLOTUS herself responded with three heart-eye emojis, CNN reported.

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Sherald herself shared her own response to the image on her Instagram page.

“Feeling all the feels. When I look at this picture, I think back to my first field trip in elementary school to a museum,” Sherald wrote. “I had only seen paintings in encyclopedias up to that point in my life. There was a show up of work by painter @thebobartlett whose work still inspires me to this day. There was a painting of a black man standing in front of a house. I don’t remember a lot about my childhood, but I do have a few emotional memories etched into my mind forever and seeing that painting of a man that looked like he could be my father stopped me dead in my tracks. This was my first time seeing real paintings that weren’t in a book and also weren’t painted in another century. I didn't realize that none of them had me in them until I saw that painting of Bo’s. I knew I wanted to be an artist already, but seeing that painting made me realize that I could. What dreams may come?”

By Tuesday, Curry, Parker and Ava were able to meet Michelle Obama and have a dance party. Michelle Obama shared a photo and video of the meeting on her Instagram page.

“Parker, I’m so glad I had the chance to meet you today (and for the dance party)!” the tweet read. “Keep on dreaming big for yourself...and maybe one day I'll proudly look up at a portrait of you!”

Dogs love donated chairs at shelter

The dogs awaiting adoption at one Illinois animal shelter no longer have to sleep on a cold floor.

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The Knox County Humane Society posted a Facebook video Monday of their adoptable dogs lounging comfortably in donated chairs. Goober, Mickey, Tango and Buster Brown are seen making themselves at home on the chairs until they find their forever home.


The Knox County Humane Society wrote on Facebook, "The shelter pets absolutely love their chairs! If anyone has any older chairs they no longer want, please think of the shelter pets!"

Teen hailed as hero after saving baby sister, cousins from apartment fire

De'Errica Hines, realizing that the lives of her relatives were at stake, relied on faith – as well as a cellphone and a shirt – when she ran back inside a burning apartment complex in Dayton, Ohio, last Thursday night.

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The 15-year-old Summit Academy Transitional High School student put the cellphone to work as a flashlight and used the shirt as a smoke shield to rescue her 1-year-old sister and cousins. Dayton fire investigators concluded the fire was an accident. The cause was electrical, they said.

District Chief David Wright said the origin of the fire appears to have been in a first-floor apartment and that smoke detectors activated as they should have.

De'Errica had been charged with looking out for the little ones because Mom was at work.

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De'Errica and her family lost their belongings in the fire, but she is gaining much more these days because of how she responded during – and after – an emergency.

"She's a real life hero. Usually, these stories ... you see they’re on movies," Summit Academy teacher Dustin Williams told WHIO's Lauren Clark on Monday.

De'Errica was in school the morning after the fire, seemingly not at all flustered and concerned only that she was wearing the shirt she had on the night of the fire. The clothing on her back was all that was left.

The straight-A student wanted desperately to go on the field trip, Williams said.

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He said when he found out what she had experienced the night before, her attitude stunned him. De'Errica didn't seem to be dwelling on her immediate past. She was looking toward the future and what she could learn from the field trip.

This week, Summit Academy students are wearing ribbons as a sign that each of them has donated a dollar or more to support De’Errica and her family. Already, at least $150 has been collected.

>> HOW TO HELP: Here’s the link to the school Facebook page, where there is a list of what the family needs and information about a fundraiser.

Website’s DNA test helps woman abandoned as an infant find long-lost family members

An online DNA kit is starting to help a woman piece together her past and has reunited her with long-lost family members.

Toni DiPina was 9 months old when someone left her abandoned in a St. Louis vacant lot in May 1963, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

For years, she has tried to find out her past. She didn’t even know her real birthday, or her birth name. She was named Antoinette Baker by a social worker and doctors gave her a birthday based on her size. 

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She lived in eight foster homes by the time she reached 18 and had 16 different social workers.

The Post-Dispatch reported that, some of those foster homes were difficult. One woman was blind and wouldn’t leave her chair or even her home. One of her foster brothers died because of malnourishment. DiPina got though it all thanks to her church. She also was placed in a home where she was physically and sexually abused for five months. 

After the horrors she endured in the foster system, once she was an adult she was given a chance to move to Massachusetts and be a nanny for five boys. She would also be able to take college classes. She ended up getting her degree, getting married, having children and eventually followed her calling and became a pastor, The Post-Dispatch reported.

DiPina decided to take an online DNA test, urged by a professor she met at seminary.

Eventually, her test came up with a link to that of Ryne Awkard. DiPina’s test said he was a second cousin. Eventually his mother Rosetta took the DNA test. It came back that she and DiPina are first cousins, The Post-Dispatch reported.

They recently met face-to-face at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

As they share family, as well as their own, stories, they’re trying to figure out which of Awkard’s aunts or uncles was DiPina’s parent and are hoping more members of Awkard’s family will take the test to get the answer they want to find.

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“I keep thinking that if my mom had known there is no way this would have happened,” Awkard told the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “We would have taken her in, no question. She didn’t have to go through any of that. And to know that someone in my own family did this -- I have a lot of anger.”

Click here to read more about DiPina’s and Awkard’s reunion and their stories.

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