Dying Boy Aims To Set World Record

Dying Boy Aims To Set World RecordUnder the Christmas was everything 9-year-old Dalton Dingus had hoped for — an iPad and an iPhone, a big red toolbox filled with real tools just like his grandpa’s, and a stack of Christmas cards nearly as tall he, each with the same wish: that he live to break a Guinness record, and for a long, long time after that.

‘Christmas miracle’

For a month now, cards by the hundreds of thousands have come from all over the world — well wishes and Christmas greetings from cities and countries the Kentucky boy had never before even heard of. The cards have come from Germany and Ukraine, from South Carolina and South Korea. As far as his mother, Jessica Dingus, is concerned, “It’s a Christmas miracle.”

“We left the hospital to come home. They gave him two to eight days to live,” Jessica Dingus told ABCNews.com Dalton takes 18 different medicines every day, including “lots of pills and antibiotics,” his mother said.

He goes through 12 liters of oxygen a day and wears a face mask to help him breathe, making him look like a miniature fighter pilot with an interest in coloring and playing with Lego blocks. For weeks since the cards started coming, Jessica Dingus said, Dalton’s health has improved.


‘Christmas card category’

The cards can longer fit in Dalton’s home. The letter carrier can’t fit them all in her truck anymore, and a local television reporter has taken to filling a trailer to bring all the cards to Dalton’s grandfather’s church. Despite some reports that Dalton had already broken the record for receiving the most Christmas cards, spokeswoman Jamie Panas said Guinness “currently does not monitor a category for this.” However, Guinness does have an old record on the books. As of 1992, the last official time Guinness allowed for a Christmas card category, Canadian Jarrod Booth had collected 205,120.

Jessica Dingus told ABCNews.com that she has since registered Dalton in the hopes the record keepers will open a category for him.

Do you know someone who also has cystic fibrosis? Would you help Dalton Dingus achieve the Guiness Record for Christmas cards?

Source: Russell Goldman, Good Morning America, Yahoo News

Image: Examiner

Olympics 2012: Fencing Controversy Costs South Korea Medal

The Olympic fencing tournament was thrown into an incredibly emotional, dramatic and elongated controversy when a semifinal bout of the women’s individual epee competition was won on a final touch with 1 second remaining and the losing fencer launched an appeal of the decision which eventually cost her a place on the podium.

With time running out in one of the two semifinal matches for the women’s individual epee competition, South Korea’s Shin A Lam led Germany’s Britta Heidermann by a single point. Officially, Heidermann had just one second to launch an attack and score a touch, which would advance her on to the gold medal match to face the Ukraine’s Yana Shemyakina, a lack of time which all but ensured that Shin would advance.

Instead, the timing mechanism on the piste became stuck, giving Heidermann extra time to complete her attack and win the bout, which earned her the spot in the gold medal bout. Officials, unsure what to do without a true, official protocol to follow, eventually decided to award the victory to Heidermann.


As one might expect, Shin and her coaches were enraged with the decision, and launched an immediate appeal. Yet the appeal itself proved to be incredibly lengthy and also contained a unique bylaw that required Shin to remain on the piste throughout its duration. At long last, after more than 30 minutes of a delay that included the Korean federation having to expedite a payment for the use in the official appeal, Shin’s attempt to overturn the result failed.

Clearly, Shin should have had a chance for the gold medal; if the timing mechanism didn’t get stuck, the clock would have run out and she would have advanced. Yet denying Heidermann a shot without some kind of a playoff-style bout might have been equally cruel. Either way, the fencing tournament somehow ended up with an unfortunate and completely unforeseen loser which will lead to plenty of gripes and arguments going forward from multiple national federations, to be sure.

What is your opinion about the controversial ruling on this fencing bout? Who was the real winner in that round — South Korea or Germany?

Source: Yahoo News

Image: Zimbio