Saving Society’s “Disposable” Kids: Filmmaker Brian Ivie Discusses “The Drop Box”

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(All photos property of The Drop Box Film/Focus on the Family) On June 20, 2011, USC filmmaking student Brian Ivie was eating his breakfast cereal and reading the Los Angeles Times when he came across a story titled “South Korean Pastor Tends an Unwanted Flock.” It shared the actions of Pastor Jong-rak Lee, who had [Read More...]

“In People with Intellectual Disabilities, I Found a School of the Heart”

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Throughout history, people with intellectual disabilities like Down Syndrome have often been shunned by society and even violently abused. But Special Olympics’ Chairman Tim Shriver has found that the young people he’s worked with have been his greatest teachers because of their kindness, wisdom, determination, and inherent dignity. His interest in intellectual disabilities stems partly [Read More...]

Finding Joy Working with Disabled Children

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A few months ago, I posted an interview I did with Patrick Donohue, whose daughter Sarah Jane suffered a traumatic brain injury at the hands of her baby nurse when she was only five days old. Patrick shared the work that he’s done establishing treatment guidelines for kids with PABI (Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury) – [Read More...]

Taylor Swift’s New Duet Partner is Six-Year-Old with Leukemia

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In what qualifies as the celebrity good deed of the week, Grammy Award-winning singer Taylor Swift paid a surprise visit to an elated six-year-old fan, Jordan Lee Nickerson, who is undergoing chemotherapy at Boston Children’s Hospital for leukemia and other related issues. The two chatted about Spider-Man, among other things, and even dueted on Swift’s [Read More...]


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