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The "My Wish" series returned to ESPN this week for its seventh season, and the newest episode captured 10-year-old Donovan Troy, who suffers from sickle cell anemia, hitting the recording studio with his favorite NFL player, Philadelphia Eagle DeSean Jackson.

After the Eagles practice, DeSean completely surprised Donovan with an invitation to go to a recording studio in downtown Philadelphia to write and record a rap song. Music producer/audio engineer Mike Jerz played a few different beats he created and Donovan selected his favorite. DeSean wrote lyrics that were Eagles-themed and pretty soon Donovan donned some headphones and hopped in the booth with DeSean to start rapping. DeSean called Donovan "Jay-Z in the booth" at one point. ... Donovan was thrilled to play catch with Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick. He didn't drop one pass, which included a high-arcing, 25-yard strike. Donovan impressed Vick with his best DeSean touchdown dance after that catch.

[rosterbation]

Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day

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YouTuber cadynow sets the scene:

After 5 years of building a relationship through video games, facebook, and a webcam we both get to see each other for the first time.

[nedhardy]

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Remember Scott Widak, the man with Down syndrome who was terminally ill with liver disease, and whose nephew Sean O'Connor posted Widak's address to Reddit this past spring?

"One of my uncle's favorite things to do is open mail, and I thought that if he got a lot of mail it would cheer him up."

Widak died Saturday, and O'Connor returned to Reddit with an update -- and with a beautiful Imgur album that captures the last months of Widak's life, and the letters and gifts he received from all over the world:

Thank you reddit for thinking of my uncle. He will surely be missed... His general cheerfulness did decline a bit as he got more ill, but his happiness didn't fail to shine through at times no matter how sick he got.

[dailydot]

Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day

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Talk about coming full circle -- meet the military veterans who were deployed shortly after 9/11, and who returned home to help build the new World Trade Center.

Says one vet:

It's never going to be what it was, with the two towers, but once these are all done, you're going to feel a sense of closure.

Very, very cool.

[advocatingprogress]

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The band Count was shooting a music video in L.A. recently when an old man named Daryl became quite taken with lead singer Gabbi McPhee -- he proposed on the spot.

Gabbi declined his offer, but to soften the blow of rejection, she and her bandmates performed for him an acoustic cover of Whitney Houston's "I Want To Dance With Somebody."

Daryl was moved to tears. You will be, too.

[vvv]

Heartwarming Tearjerker Compilation of the Day

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Welcome Home Blog, the original home of many a Heartwarming Tearjerker, has turned the best surprise military homecomings from the past several months into a compilation worthy of Independence Day.

OMG TISSUES.

[whb]