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This viral video of Steve Irwin sharing his love of being a father is just too beautiful.

Steve Irwin was a genuine gem of a human being.

The Australian crocodile hunter/rescuer's passion for nature, his relentless positivity, and his zest for life inspired millions around the world when he was alive. His unexpected death in 2006, when a sting ray stung him in the chest, was a blow to us all, but his legacy has lived on through his wife, Terri, and their two children, Bindi and Robert.

The kids were young at the time of Irwin's passing (Bindi was 8 and Robert was 2), but as young adults, they've picked up his naturist baton and run with it. Now 20 and 14, they are both heavily involved in animal advocacy and education, sharing their father's enthusiasm for learning about the world's creatures with audiences around the globe. Bindi also works as a wildlife conservationist with the Australian Zoo.


If you enjoyed Steve Irwin's love for animals, wait until you see his face the first time he sees his daughter.  

Bindi recently shared a short video on her Facebook page, and you may want to grab a tissue before you watch it. For all the joy that Steve Irwin exuded when he talked about animals, nothing compares to the emotion he shares when he talks about becoming a father.

In the 2003 interview, Irwin starts off saying that he'd never wanted to be a dad. "I couldn't really give a rip," he said. But as soon as Bindi was born, he became "the proudest father." He said he carried a photo of her when he went out into the field, and if he looked at it too long, he'd start crying.

"Who would have thought someone as ugly as me could bring into the world something so beautiful," he said, "such a treasure."

The look on his face when he sees his baby girl for the first time—that look of wonder, excitement, and awe—says it all. Nothing compares to that feeling when you're a parent. Nothing.

Bindi says the moment captured in the video "made my whole life."

The video includes footage of Bindi as a baby and as a tiny little girl following in her father's footsteps. At one point, she insists that she's going to run the zoo someday. If only she knew how prophetic she was.

"Every time I watch this clip my heart overflows with emotion," Bindi wrote in the video caption. "The people that we love are always with us. Love lives on no matter what and I think that is the most beautiful thing about our existence.💛🙏🏼 Thank you, Dad, this moment captured on camera made my whole life. I love you so much."

Thank you, Bindi, for sharing this sweet, personal part of your and your dad's story with us, and for reminding us how wonderful a man he really was.

Every time I watch this clip my heart overflows with emotion. The people that we love are always with us. Love lives on...

Posted by Bindi Irwin on Thursday, March 28, 2019

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Many of us want to have more fun, but making time for it still doesn’t come as easily as it did when we were kids—whether that’s because of guilt, a long list of other priorities or because we don’t feel it’s an age-appropriate thing to long for.

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Adewole Adamson, MD, of the University of Texas, Austin, aims to create more equity in health care by gathering data from more diverse populations by using artificial intelligence (AI), a type of machine learning. Dr. Adamson’s work is funded by the American Cancer Society (ACS), an organization committed to advancing health equity through research priorities, programs and services for groups who have been marginalized.

Melanoma became a particular focus for Dr. Adamson after meeting Avery Smith, who lost his wife—a Black woman—to the deadly disease.

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This personal encounter, coupled with multiple conversations with Black dermatology patients, drove Dr. Adamson to a concerning discovery: as advanced as AI is at detecting possible skin cancers, it is heavily biased.

To understand this bias, it helps to first know how AI works in the early detection of skin cancer, which Dr. Adamson explains in his paper for the New England Journal of Medicine (paywall). The process uses computers that rely on sets of accumulated data to learn what healthy or unhealthy skin looks like and then create an algorithm to predict diagnoses based on those data sets.

This process, known as supervised learning, could lead to huge benefits in preventive care.

After all, early detection is key to better outcomes. The problem is that the data sets don’t include enough information about darker skin tones. As Adamson put it, “everything is viewed through a ‘white lens.’”

“If you don’t teach the algorithm with a diverse set of images, then that algorithm won’t work out in the public that is diverse,” writes Adamson in a study he co-wrote with Smith (according to a story in The Atlantic). “So there’s risk, then, for people with skin of color to fall through the cracks.”

Tragically, Smith’s wife was diagnosed with melanoma too late and paid the ultimate price for it. And she was not an anomaly—though the disease is more common for White patients, Black cancer patients are far more likely to be diagnosed at later stages, causing a notable disparity in survival rates between non-Hispanics whites (90%) and non-Hispanic blacks (66%).

As a computer scientist, Smith suspected this racial bias and reached out to Adamson, hoping a Black dermatologist would have more diverse data sets. Though Adamson didn’t have what Smith was initially looking for, this realization ignited a personal mission to investigate and reduce disparities.

Now, Adamson uses the knowledge gained through his years of research to help advance the fight for health equity. To him, that means not only gaining a wider array of data sets, but also having more conversations with patients to understand how socioeconomic status impacts the level and efficiency of care.

“At the end of the day, what matters most is how we help patients at the patient level,” Adamson told Upworthy. “And how can you do that without knowing exactly what barriers they face?”

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The American Cancer Society believes everyone deserves a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer—regardless of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, gender identity, their disability status, or where they live. Inclusive tools and resources on the Health Equity section of their website can be found here. For more information about skin cancer, visit cancer.org/skincancer.

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