Adrian McKinney II is only 9, but he already has his future planned: When he's an adult, he's going to be a CEO.
The Ohio resident got a taste for the executive life on July 10, when he was CEO for the day at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. McKinney has sickle cell anemia, and last year, while recovering from a bone marrow transplant, Make-A-Wish sent his family to Hawaii. During the Make-A-Wish Gala earlier this year, McKinney met Doug Kelly, CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. "I always wanted to be a CEO," McKinney told InsideEdition.com. "When I met him, he said, 'Have you been thinking about the future for your wish?' I said, 'Yes. I want your job.'"
On the spot, Kelly told McKinney he could have his job for one day, and even took out a business card, crossed out his name, and replaced it with McKinney's. "It was pretty amazing," McKinney said. He showed up at the office on July 10 in his most professional suit and bowtie, gave a speech, accepted a donation, and led a staff meeting. He said he's thankful for Make-A-Wish, because the organization was there for him during his treatment, and his mother, Torie McKinney agreed. "To have Make-A-Wish come and make his wish come true not only one time, but two times, we're just grateful," she said. Catherine Garcia
At Emily Leehan and Joshua Newville's wedding in Ripley, New York, last weekend, the bride declared her love in front of friends and family not only for her husband, but also her new stepson, Gage.
Leehan has known Gage, 4, for two years, and she wrote two sets of vows: one for Newville and one for his son. "I want you to be safe and to try your hardest and to be a good person," she told Gage. "I know that you and I will butt heads, but I hope that with all my heart, that as you become a grown man, you will understand my methods and realize that I have only done what is best for you and that I love you." She went on to add, "I may not have given you the gift of life, but life surely gave me the gift of you."
Her words moved Gage to tears, and he kept going back and forth between Leehan, a senior airman in the Air Force, and Newville, a sergeant in the Marines, giving them tight hugs. Leehan told HuffPost his reaction "meant everything" to her. Catherine Garcia
Last weekend in Salt Lake City, some of the world's youngest bike riders faced off in the 2017 Strider Cup World Championship.
Toddler balance-bike racing is "the country's cutest sport," Strider Bikes said, and nearly 400 racers, from 18 months to 5 years old, participated in the championship. They came from all over the United States, plus 14 countries, including Japan, Australia, Thailand, Tahiti, and Sweden, taking on a 750-foot course filled with obstacles, water features, and ramps. This year, each division was won by a Japanese racer — Kaisei Nishimura won the 2-and-under class; Raito Kaneko finished first in the 3-year-old class; Taiga Kuwahara was on top for the 4-year-old class, and Waku Kunitate won the 5-year-old class.
There were also Special Needs Races, open to racers of all ages and abilities, with several Special Olympics teams involved. Mom Melissa Clark, whose 9-year-old twins Sara and Emma participated, said riding balance bikes helps them with their "balance, coordination, and confidence. They loved the race. It was so exciting and fun for them to do something like this." Catherine Garcia
A retired nurse teaching a first aid class was saved by a retired nurse taking his course as a refresher.
David Knowles, 77, was just starting the first CPR class he was instructing at his church in Essex, England, when he started to feel horrible. He fell to the floor, and not knowing how much time he had before he might pass out, started instructing the class on what to do to help him. "The whole group was up on its feet, looking like they weren't doing very well, either," Knowles told Inside Edition Thursday.
Once the students knew this wasn't part of the lesson, they rallied to help him. Karol Chew, a retired nurse taking the class as a refresher course, gave Knowles CPR after he stopped breathing, and called Knowles' wife. Knowles was placed in a medically induced coma because the damage to his heart was so great, and when he woke up more than two weeks later, he couldn't remember much — except that Chew's CPR is likely what saved his life. Catherine Garcia
True to her nickname, Julia "Hurricane" Hawkins, 101, set a new national record for the 100-meter dash last week as she stormed across the finish line at the USA Track and Field Outdoors Masters Championships. The Louisiana great-grandmother was the oldest female athlete to compete in the championships, held in Baton Rouge, and shaved six seconds off the current record for women ages 100 or older — clocking in at 40.12 seconds. The former schoolteacher, who swears by her healthy diet, only took up running after her 100th birthday — and was pretty nonchalant about her accomplishment. "I missed my nap for this," said Hawkins after her heroic sprint. Christina Colizza
A South Carolina woman has been reunited with her purse — 25 years after it first went missing near a lake. Local fishing enthusiast Brodie Brooks, 11, reeled in the waterlogged handbag during an afternoon at Lake Hartwell, near Anderson. In a stroke of luck, one of Brooks' relatives recognized the owner of the purse from an old ID and returned it to her. April Bolt, now 49, no longer needs the bright lipstick or hair-teasing comb that were also found inside — but was thrilled to have her now-adult son's baby photos back. "It's a serious time capsule," she says. "It meant the world to me." Christina Colizza
He thought he tripped over a cow skull, but Jude Sparks actually discovered a 1.2-million-year-old animal fossil.
Now 10, Sparks came across the fossil while out with his family near their home in Las Cruces, New Mexico, last November. The Sparks family notified Peter Houde, a professor at New Mexico State University, who went out to the site and confirmed the fossil was of a Stegomastodon, an elephant-like animal. "I was real excited," Houde told ABC News.
The landowner gave Houde permission to dig in May, and a team extricated the remains, minus one of the tusks — Houde believes there could be more of the skeleton in the area, and wants to keep digging. Sparks' father, Kyle, told ABC News his son went through a huge dinosaur phase when he was younger, and he was "ecstatic" about making such a major find. Catherine Garcia
When the Alfred Angelo chain of bridal stores went out of business, leaving some paying customers without dresses just weeks before their big day, former brides around the country heard the news and rallied to help.
Alfred Angelo filed for bankruptcy this month, and abruptly closed its stores. For brides who already picked out and paid for their dresses but now couldn't pick them up, it was a nightmare, but women who remembered how stressful planning a wedding can be quickly came to their aid. Using the hashtag #AlfredAngelo, they have been posting photos of their own dresses online, along with sizing information, and offering to lend their gowns to women affected by the chain's bankruptcy. Most aren't charging a dime, only asking for shipping fees.
"I remember feeling like a princess on my wedding day," Ishita Kent of Dallas told Today. "The thought that these women ... had all this extra stress put on top of what should be one of the best days of their life just broke my heart. If I can help ease someone else's heartache just with a dress that honestly isn't doing anything but sitting in my closet, then why shouldn't I do so?" Catherine Garcia