Younger Brother Finish Race After He Is Hit With Heat Stroke

When most of us hear the word “triathlon,” our muscles automatically seize up in protest. That is, unless you’re Olympic silver medalist Jonny Brownlee, who ran, swam, and biked for Britain this summer in Rio.

At just 26, he also holds a bronze medal from the London Olympics four years ago. However, sometimes even the most seasoned athlete needs a helping hand, and who could be better to lend that hand than his brother, Alistair?

On Sunday, the two incredibly fit brothers were on their last leg of the World Triathlon Series in Cozumel, Mexico, when disaster struck.In the lead and just half a kilometer away from the finish line, Jonny started weaving back and forth unstably. He had developed heat stroke after 1.5km of swim, 40km of cycling and almost 10km running.

One athlete passed him to seize first place, but then the inspiring happened. His brother, Alistair, ran up behind and supported him as they jogged to the finish line. But, that isn’t where the brotherly love stopped. Alistair pushed Jonny over the line first, because athletes have to cross alone, and effectively gave up second place to his younger brother. Alistair finished third in the race and Jonny was taken for treatment.

It’s an amazing story about sportsmanship and the bond that brothers have. Jonny, for one, says it meant the world to him.”I’ll be thankful for the rest of my life. Obviously it takes a very strong and good person to do that. Sometimes in sport we talk about winning being the most important thing in the world. A lot of times it is, but maybe helping a brother out was more important.”

J.K. Rowling and Gordon Ramsay, among others, have retweeted this incredible story to support the brothers and their amazing dual performance in Mexico this weekend. Share if you’re equally impressed!

Brave Mom Asks Daughter For A Funky Pink Hairdo Before Undergoing Chemo

If you received news that you had cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy to treat it, what would your first reaction be? Panic? Fear? More than likely, your first reaction would not be to go out and buy pink hair dye.

Janet Sheppard Kelleher, 62, received news that after beating cancer 14 years before, it was back, but she wasn’t about to resign and take it lying down. Instead, her incredible spirit inspired her to head out to the store, buy pink hair dye, and call her daughter, Sarah.

When Sarah arrived, Janet informed her that she needed her help dying her hair pink and cutting it into some sort of crazy hair-do.

 

Sarah, who is not a hairdresser, took a stab at it, but followed the original idea her mother had, “The mohawk was mom’s idea. No convincing needed.”

 

Though unfortunate that this isn’t Janet’s first rodeo with cancer, she is a force to be reckoned with. Pre-cancer years, she fought to prevent her all-women’s alma mater college from closing down, and she won! When she first got diagnosed with cancer almost a decade and a half ago, she had her braided and cut off into mementos to give to her loved ones. She has proven to her family and the world that she has an incredible, stubborn, and beautiful spirit – cancer be damned.

She even wrote a book about her experiences, titled “Big C, Little Ta Ta: Kicking Breast Cancer’s Butt in 7 Humorous Stories.” This time around when she got diagnosed, even before the new hairdo, Janet went parasailing to “celebrate” this next adventure.

While Janet is an incredibly inspirational woman, this next round of cancer treatment will be more difficult than last time, as she faces a double mastectomy to treat her invasive lobular carcinoma.

 

Homecoming King Hands His Crown To Another Student And Proves High School Isn’t All That Bad

There are some high school cliches that are hard to live down: being crowned Homecoming King and Queen is of the utmost honor in your high school years, and usually goes to the most “popular” girl in school and the high school quarterback, right?

Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, CO is no different… kind of. During their Homecoming game recently, the school’s quarterback did indeed win the crown of Homecoming King, but what he did was anything but cliche.

Max Akin and his close friend K.L. Norwood were both nominees for the prestigious crown, and as Akin was announced the winner and given his crown, he turned around, kneeled down and presented the crown to Norwood instead.

Akin and Norwood have been friends throughout high school, and in Akin’s mind, Norwood was more deserving of the crown than he was. Akin believed that the homecoming king’s crown should go to the person who “positively uplifts the school and everyone around him, and that person’s K.L. for sure.” A selfless act by a close friend, Akin knew that the crown meant a lot more to Norwood, who has cerebral palsy, than him. A small action by Akin, but a huge moment for Norwood.

Obviously both of these young men are equally worthy of wearing the Homecoming crown. You’re both the real MVPs, boys!

Surfer Teen Calmly Swims To Safety After Gnarly Shark Battle

It seems like everything in Australia is out to kill you. If the crazy hot weather and dryness don’t get you, then perhaps one of the 100+ species of dangerous animals will. Maybe this is why Aussies always seem so laid back and relaxed. They conquer death every day just by walking outside and not dying!

Certainly that seems the case for recent 17-year-old shark attack survivor, Cooper Allen. While out for an early morning surf session, the teenager was attacked and bitten by an 11.4 foot Great White off the coast of Lighthouse Beach in Ballina, Australia. Far from panicking, he calmly swam to shore by himself where he was helped by a nurse before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital. 

The photos of the shark are shocking! It’s huge, and the bite it gave Allen is even worse. Luckily, he posted a pretty gnarly photo of it to his Twitter, and you can see the four evenly spaced holes in his thigh where apparently the sharks four huge teeth sunk in.

Although gruesome, Allen has bounced back in true Aussie fashion by casually chatting with friends at the hospital and posing for ginning pics in his hospital bed. Because the bite missed his artery, he probably won’t require surgery.

Shark bites in this part of Australia are so common that up until last month the town was considering building a shark barrier, but high, rough seas put an end to that idea. However, they do use the tags on some sharks to track their movements and alert beach-goers whenever one of those is in the area.

Premier of New South Wales, Mike Baird said Monday, “We can’t guarantee, clearly, at any beach, that people will be safe. But, we’ll do everything we can to ensure that we do that.”