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January 10, 2017
R.I.P. Officer Steven McDonald: ‘God Has Asked Me to Be a Witness to Do His Will in This World’
(Photo: Police Officer Steven McDonald with the Christopher Award-winning founder of Mychal's Message, Shannon Hickey)...
December 12, 2016
Andre Rieu Highlights Waltzing in Wheelcairs
While eating lunch on Saturday, I stumbled upon Andre Rieu's latest PBS special, entitled "Waltzing...
November 22, 2016
How An ESPN Producer Asked God to Use Her and Ended Up with an Unlikely Family
"Take care of my son." When six-time Emmy Award-winning ESPN producer Lisa Fenn sensed the...
November 01, 2016
Pint-Sized Prophets Who Teach Us We Are All Born to Be Healers
Dr. Chuck Dietzen grew up wanting to be St. Francis of Assisi. In a way,...
October 05, 2016
Educational TV, Beer Commercials, and ‘The Gospel According to Sesame Street’
Everybody's heard of the TV series "Sesame Street," but what you may not know is...
October 04, 2016
One Mother is Changing the Media’s – and the World’s – Perception of Those with Disabilities
(Photo property of Katie Driscoll) As the mom of six children, including a daughter with...
September 08, 2016
Author Explores Adoption, Autism, & Win-At-All-Costs Culture in Novel for Young People
It was just a few weeks ago when the world marveled at the sportsmanship of...
May 20, 2016
Pictures Galore from the 2016 Christopher Awards, Where Stories of Heart and Courage Dominated
After months of preparation, the 67th annual Christopher Awards took place in New York City...
May 12, 2016
How Sports Can Help You Win at Life
(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “How Sports Can Help You...
April 19, 2016
Love Doesn’t Die: A Mother Remembers Her Daughter with Down Syndrome
“Love doesn’t die.” That’s a quote from a letter we received at Christopher headquarters recently...
December 11, 2015
A Disabled Child Finds Joy & Encouragement Around Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
(All photos property of The International Academy of Hope) I've written about The International Academy...
August 04, 2015
A Vision of Heaven in Central Harlem: iHope Finds Beauty Amid Brokenness
You might expect a school for children who've suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to be...
May 14, 2015
The 2015 Christopher Awards: Pictures Galore of a Hootin’ and Heartfelt Good Time
(Photos courtesy Paul Schneck) Every year I look forward to the Christopher Awards because I...
April 21, 2015
“NY Med” TV Series & iHope School Founder Patrick Donohue to Receive Special Christopher Awards
NEW YORK, April 21, 2015 — At the 66th annual Christopher Awards ceremony here on...
April 15, 2015
Kids with Special Needs Want to Be of Service and Take Part in the Life of the Church
"Parents of children with special needs need to realize that even though they didn’t expect...
April 08, 2015
The 2015 Christopher Award Winners in Film, TV, and Books Are…
NEW YORK, April 8, 2015 — An Olympic gold medalist, the actor best known as...
February 25, 2015
Saving Society’s “Disposable” Kids: Filmmaker Brian Ivie Discusses “The Drop Box”
(All photos property of The Drop Box Film/Focus on the Family) On June 20, 2011,...
February 06, 2015
Man Forced to Choose Between His Wife and His Newborn Baby with Down Syndrome
From ABC News: When Samuel Forrest of Armenia heard a baby crying from outside his...
January 28, 2015
“In People with Intellectual Disabilities, I Found a School of the Heart”
Throughout history, people with intellectual disabilities like Down Syndrome have often been shunned by society...
December 12, 2014
Finding Joy Working with Disabled Children
A few months ago, I posted an interview I did with Patrick Donohue, whose daughter...
September 18, 2014
Deal with Troubles, But Don’t Lose Track of the World’s Beauty: An Interview with Dean Koontz
"The dark makes the light stuff brighter." Not only is that a comment made by...
July 23, 2014
A Little Girl’s Brain Injury Set Her Dad on a Quest for Treatment and Healing
When Sarah Jane Donohue came into the world on June 5, 2005, she was a...
June 13, 2014
‘Every Day is a Good Day to Remember Sam and What He Stood For’
One of this year's Christopher Awards went to the documentary "Life According to Sam." It...
June 04, 2014
Down Syndrome, Racial Harmony, & Hearing Impairment Themes in High School Poster Contest Winners
Today we're highlighting the top three winners in The Christophers' 24th Annual Poster Contest for...
March 20, 2014
Redemption Tale: A Murderer, a Dog and an Autistic Child
Since 1998, Chris Vogt has been serving a 48 year prison sentence in Colorado's Sterling...
March 10, 2014
Harlem Globetrotters Add Teen with Down Syndrome to Roster
Eighteen-year-old Kevin Grow from Bensalem, Pennsylvania, became an Internet phenomenon when video of him scoring...
January 30, 2014
Two Hearing-Impaired Girls Get Surprise Visit from Deaf NFL Star
Derrick Coleman, the NFL's first deaf player, has received a lot of attention lately because...
January 16, 2014
Meet the Businessman Who Showed Kindness to Autistic Girl on Plane
A blog post by Shanell Mouland titled "Dear Daddy in Seat 16C" went viral recently....
December 12, 2013
A Grace of Softness in a Hard World: Reviewing Dean Koontz’s Novel “Innocence”
A few weeks ago, Pope Francis made news for spontaneously embracing a severely disfigured man...
November 13, 2013
Jennifer Lawrence Cuts Through Security Barrier to Talk with Girl in Wheelchair
Among the most popular posts I've written in my nearly two years of blogging here...
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