The Owen family was shocked when their son Killian, one of a set of twins, was diagnosed with cancer at age 5.

He was active in baseball, basketball, swimming, and more, but the leukemia was quite a challenge for him — and ultimately, one that would take him.

Along the way, doctors and his parents threw everything they could at the disease.

He had acute lymphocytic leukemia, the most common and most curable form of childhood cancer. But in Killian's case, the disease proved resistant to traditional treatments like chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.

When one doctor told them that there was a drug that might save his life, their hopes were soon dashed by the devastating revelation that there was not enough funding available to actually get it to patients like Killian.

When he died at just over 9 years old, it left them reeling, but it also made them realize just how few dollars were available for children's cancer research.

One of Killian's sport coaches didn't want other families to have to decide between money and saving their child's life.

Inspired by the bravery of this young man, one of Killian's coaches asked his players to skip the gift that customarily was given to each coach at the end of the year and instead donate that gift to cancer research in honor of the Owen boy.

The gift from Killian's coach to cancer research inspired the Owen family to create Coaches Curing Kids Cancer a year later.

It has raised well over $7 million to Aflac's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, which has helped fund many research projects throughout the U.S. That's a lot of coaches doing great things.

Coaches Curing Kids Cancer is still active, and here's a short video on how it came to be.

The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is also leading the way on helping to end childhood cancer.

So you might ask yourself ... why are there so many organizations trying to raise money to help cure childhood cancer?

It's simple. Less than 4% of federal funding for cancer research is set aside for kids with the disease. Let's change that.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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Small actions lead to big movements.

Acts of kindness—we know they’re important not only for others, but for ourselves. They can contribute to a more positive community and help us feel more connected, happier even. But in our incessantly busy and hectic lives, performing good deeds can feel like an unattainable goal. Or perhaps we equate generosity with monetary contribution, which can feel like an impossible task depending on a person’s financial situation.

Perhaps surprisingly, the main reason people don’t offer more acts of kindness is the fear of being misunderstood. That is, at least, according to The Kindness Test—an online questionnaire about being nice to others that more than 60,000 people from 144 countries completed. It does make sense—having your good intentions be viewed as an awkward source of discomfort is not exactly fun for either party.

However, the results of The Kindness Test also indicated those fears were perhaps unfounded. The most common words people used were "happy," "grateful," "loved," "relieved" and "pleased" to describe their feelings after receiving kindness. Less than 1% of people said they felt embarrassed, according to the BBC.

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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21

Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.

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