6-year-old Jack and his baby sister Everly are the best of friends.

Everly has a congenital heart condition that affects one in every 100,000 babies. She basically has half a heart, which means her body has to work really hard just to keep blood and oxygen circulating through her body. At just 7 months old, she's already had two major open-heart surgeries and is scheduled to have another this summer.

Screenshot via Starlight Children's Foundation.


Because Everly's health is so delicate, even a minor cold could be catastrophic. That means Jack isn't allowed to have any friends over to play in their Crystal Lake, Illinois, home. And that means that the two siblings have become one another's favorite companions.

Screenshot via Starlight Children's Foundation.

Jack wanted to do something to make Everly's hospital stays better.

When asked about the clothes his sister has to wear in the hospital, Jack replied, "I hate 'em ... cause your butt hangs out." Indeed, hospital gowns don't lend themselves to anyone's dignity. And nobody likes to see a kid in the hospital, much less wrapped in undeniably medical gown that just reminds everyone that the child is seriously ill.

So Jack decided to create his own gown design as part the Starlight Children's Foundation Design-a-Gown contest. Starlight gowns tie down the side instead of the back, so everything private gets covered. And Jack's design turns the bland, boring style into a fun, glittery, colorful outfit.

Screenshot via Starlight Children's Foundation.

Covered in reds, pinks, and purples, Jack's gown design also includes four glittery hearts because, as he says, "Ev has a kind of broken heart."  

The Starlight Foundation, co-founded by Stephen Spielberg, created the contest as part of their mission, "to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families." They've received more than 6000 designs and personal stories from kids and families, and Jack's design is one of three finalists.

You can see Jack's design-a-gown story here:

#MyStarlightGown - Jack's Story

He's definitely a candidate for Big Brother of the Year. ❤️(via Starlight Children's Foundation)

Posted by Upworthy on Monday, April 23, 2018

Jack's sweet love for his sister makes all of our hearts melt.

Jack's mother says that even though Everly only has half a heart, Jack's heart is "big enough for both of them." It would be easy for Jack to feel frustrated with the amount of time and attention his sister's medical care requires, but he just wants his sister to be healthy.

Screenshot via Starlight Children's Foundation.

"He's so sweet," says his mom. "He wears his heart on his sleeve."

And now Everly and thousands of other sick kids might get to wear Jack's glittery hearts on their sleeves when they're in the hospital.

Thanks, Jack, for using your creativity to make sick kids happier — and for showing us all what an awesome big brother looks like.

Note: Nope, we weren't paid to promote The Starlight Foundation — we'd tell you! We just think this is a great story about what they're doing to make the world a bit better.

True

It takes a special type of person to become a nurse. The job requires a combination of energy, empathy, clear mind, oftentimes a strong stomach, and a cheerful attitude. And while people typically think of nursing in a clinical setting, some nurses are driven to work with the people that feel forgotten by society.

Keep Reading Show less

Dr. Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas teaches you how to pee.

A pelvic floor doctor from Boston, Massachusetts, has caused a stir by explaining that something we all thought was good for our health can cause real problems. In a video that has more than 5.8 million views on TikTok, Dr. Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas says we shouldn’t go pee “just in case.”

How could this be? The moment we all learned to control our bladders we were also taught to pee before going on a car trip, sitting down to watch a movie or playing sports.

The doctor posted the video as a response to TikTok user Sidneyraz, who made a video urging people to go to the bathroom whenever they get the chance. Sidneyraz is known for posting videos about things he didn’t learn until his 30s. "If you think to yourself, 'I don't have to go,' go." SidneyRaz says in the video. It sounds like common sense but evidently, he was totally wrong, just like the rest of humanity.

Keep Reading Show less

Courtesy of Elaine Ahn

True

The energy in a hospital can sometimes feel overwhelming, whether you’re experiencing it as a patient, visitor or employee. However, there are a few one-of-a-kind individuals like Elaine Ahn, an operating room registered nurse in Diamond Bar, California, who thrive under this type of constant pressure.

Keep Reading Show less

A burst of creativity and some serendipity changed the course of her life.

"If Found Please Read" author and creator Madison White started her writing career with 50 handwritten journals and a plan to sneak them into book stores across the nation. She saved about $2,000 from her waitressing job and decided to cross the country on a Greyhound bus on her self-proclaimed book tour. What she didn't realize was that her life would change before this adventure ever really started.

Keep Reading Show less
via Pexels

The Emperor of the Seas.

Imagine retiring early and spending the rest of your life on a cruise ship visiting exotic locations, meeting interesting people and eating delectable food. It sounds fantastic, but surely it’s a billionaire’s fantasy, right?

Not according to Angelyn Burk, 53, and her husband Richard. They’re living their best life hopping from ship to ship for around $44 a night each. The Burks have called cruise ships their home since May 2021 and have no plans to go back to their lives as landlubbers. Angelyn took her first cruise in 1992 and it changed her goals in life forever.

“Our original plan was to stay in different countries for a month at a time and eventually retire to cruise ships as we got older,” Angelyn told 7 News. But a few years back, Angelyn crunched the numbers and realized they could start much sooner than expected.

Keep Reading Show less