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Mom who Loses Child Starts Foundation to Help Sick Children

In January 2007, a Pennsylvania family had been battling their son, Caleb’s, ear infection and an ongoing cold. One morning he woke up stiff, with glazed eyes. His parents took him to the emergency room where they found a brain tumor. Caleb was sent to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, CHOP, where he stayed for 5 days in a coma. The family was constantly surrounded by supporters, around 30 people at all times to give their support. On the fifth day, Caleb passed away, leaving his Mother, Nicole Mitschele devastated. During the stay at CHOP, she had noticed that a lot of children went weeks without visitations from friends and family. “‘A lot of kids on the same floor—in fact, a little boy in the next room—had been  in the hospital for more than a year and hadn’t had a visitor in 2 or 3 weeks,’ Mitschele said.  ‘Lots of the kids had siblings [outside of the hospital]  or the parents had to keep working, so they had to take care of other  responsibilities.’” Determined, Mitschele started a foundation to help sick children of all ages, undergoing long-term hospital treatment. She called the foundation “Pennies from Heaven” and has helped around 128 families since May 2010. “’We’ve paid numerous mortgage payments, or electric, gas, oil or other utility  bills,’ Mitschele said.  ‘We’ve even paid for bus tickets for families to  get to the hospital. We’ve gotten stacks and stacks of applications—I keep every  single one.’” They have fundraisers and rallies to help raise the money. Donations are taken at: http://www.calebspennies.org/

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/04/23/foundation-helps-pay-bills-families-with-sick-children/#ixzz1subW9a3V

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Etan Patz Update: Suspicious Stain on Basement Wall

The search continues for the notorious missing case involving Etan Patz, 6. On May 25th, 1979, Etan was walking two blocks to his Manhattan school for the first time ever. The night before his disappearance he was seen with a neighbor man, Othneil Miller, 75, who has been established as the main “person of interest” due to an unrelated “molestation chain”. Miller was divorced from his ex-wife 1 year ago for sexually molesting her 10-year-old niece. The basement of retired Miller used to serve as a workshop and was en route of Etan’s bus stop. The basement is where authorities have been searching for anything out of the ordinary, and even digging up concrete. “Authorities have found a suspicious stain on the wall of a basement being  searched in the decades-old disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz, a source  close to the case confirmed to FoxNews.com.” The stain was discovered by spraying the chemical luminol, which isn’t always conclusive. CNN reported: “Mr. Miller has been cooperating with this investigation for over 30 years,” attorney Michael Farkas said. “He has continued to cooperate on multiple occasions. And I am going to assist him in cooperating to the fullest extent possible.” Another suspect was Etan’s former babysitter’s boyfriend, Jose Ramos, 68, who admittingly attempted to molest Etan, but denies the abduction or murder of Etan. Ramos is currently serving a 20-year sentence for abusing an 8-year-old boy in Pennsylvania, and is due to be released this November.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/22/suspicious-stain-found-in-new-york-city-basement-in-search-for-etan-patz-source/#ixzz1smji6yLn and http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/22/justice/new-york-patz-probe/