"For sudden the worst turns the best to the brave."
-- Robert Browning
This little guy is a testament to all of us for facing life's challenges and overcoming them.
Meet Mercury: a 7-week-old kitten who loves to run, jump, play and wrestle. The only thing that sets him apart from any other kitten is that fact that he's missing his front two legs and most of his toes. It's believed that Mercury was the victim of a weed whacker incident, based on yard work that had been done around the neighborhood. He was taken in and nursed back to health. Despite his challenges, he is able to run and play like most any other kitten!
Way to go, Mercury!
Diver Greg Louganis hasn't been involved with the Olympics for 20 years, but he returns today as a coach and mentor for the U.S. Diving Team.
The significance of this goes far deeper than the 1988 gold medalist's triumphant return to the international stage -- Louganis became a lightning rod of controversy when he came out as gay and HIV-positive after the Seoul Olympics.
Film producer Will Sweeney is determined to tell Louganis' incredible story:
There are so many people around the United States -- and the world -- who have very fond memories of Greg -- cheering for him after he hit his head, how his autobiography made it okay for them them come out, how he helped Americans put a face to HIV. But there is a whole generation of young people who haven't heard about Greg.
Sweeney's and fellow producer Cheryl Furjanic's new documentary, Back On Board, will "address issues that are important to (Louganis) -- combating bullying and homophobia and the need to support elite athletes that move on after their athletic careers are over."
The pair have raised more than $14,000 toward their Kickstarter goal of $50,000, with donations ending in 28 days.