UNDATED (KTHV) - From a doctor who sings to newborns to a sick boy's birthday request for cards, there are plenty of positive stories from the past week that are definitely on the 'brighter side'.
What a local doctor does after he delivers a baby is attracting attention across the nation. A video of Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja from Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC that's on YouTube has hundreds of thousands of views, and could reach a million. Dr. Andrew-Jaja sings to every baby he delivers. Sometimes happy birthday with the whole delivery room joining in, even the reluctant singers. It began during his residency when he worked with another doctor who sang to babies. That was decades ago, and now he's sung to about 8,000 newborns! In addition to "Happy Birthday," he sings other songs solo, including "Not While I'm Around" from the musical "Sweeney Todd" and "It's a Wonderful World."
Meet Danny Nickerson. He's a little 5 year old boy from Massachusetts. While most kids his age would want super action heroes or games, Danny just wants birthday cards. From anyone. Even you. Danny has inoperable brain cancer. He will turn 6 on July 25th. His parents say he gets lonely from time to time and loves to get cards. To mail Danny a card: Danny Nickerson P.O. Box 212 Foxboro, MA 02035.
When the children at a Cherry Hill sports camp heard about Danny Nickerson's request, they decided to help make his day extra special. Danny has an inoperable brain tumor. It's a complicated diagnosis that was chronicled online at a website, Daniel's Journey. By happenstance, a Facebook request caught the attention of counselors and children at the International Sports Center. "The only thing he asked for, for his birthday was a mailbox full of birthday cards," said Meghan Moriarty, a teen counselor. It sounded like a mission. Construction paper and colored pens in the hands of creative kids set out to lift the spirits of another kid, so far away.