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Kids Who Showed Courage

by Kathryn Rateliff Barr

Mark Twain wrote, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear.” Some kids show courage daily by persevering against disease, poverty, abuse and other negative influences. Other kids find themselves in circumstances where they must act courageously to save a life or make a difference in the lives of others. Stories of courageous kids can inspire your child.

Courage Under Fire

Amanat Singh, 9, and her brother, Abhay Singh, 11, were at the Milwaukee Oak Creek Sikh temple on Aug. 5, 2012, when a man got out of a cab in front of the temple with a gun. The kids ran inside and warned worshipers to hide before the man came in and began firing at those inside. An article on The Huffington Post credits the kids with saving about a dozen lives. Six worshipers lost their lives before the gunman shot and killed himself.

India's Brave Kids

The Indian National Bravery Awards 2012 recognize kids who put their lives in danger to help others. Eleven-year-old Om Prakash Yadav rescued eight fellow students when their school van caught fire, despite being burned in the process. Eleven-year-old Prasannata Shandilya threw a mixture of tumeric and chili powder into the eyes of robbers who were beating her parents and chased the men away. Twelve-year-old Uma Shankar rescued six children who were thrown under a minibus when it overturned. The government of India recognized the achievements of 24 kids in 2012, five of whom received their award posthumously.

Kids and CPR

When 2-year-old Brooke Saghin fell in the pool, 9-year-old Tristan rose to his sister's rescue and performed CPR because his parents taught him how, according to a May 2011 CNN story. When his mom collapsed at home, 8-year-old Austin Blance performed CPR on his mom just like he learned watching the History Channel, according to a May, 8, 2012, story at Syracuse.com. She had a seizure and stopped breathing so Austin performed CPR and then called 911 to summon help.

Overcoming Adversity

Each year the Children’s Hospital Cleveland Clinic gives courage awards to young people who overcome adversity. Winners for 2013 include Charlie McMicken and Christine Tabar. Charlie McMicken has had a heart condition since he was a newborn, and underwent a heart transplant when he was 4 years old. He continues to pretend to be a superhero like Captain America and Spiderman. Christine Tabar had serious liver disease that required a liver transplant when she was a teen. Today she continues to serve other sick children at the hospital by dropping off books dressed as Cinderella. 2012 recipient Jaime Bradford required a heart and lung transplant after the teen was placed on life support. Today, she enjoys many things other teens enjoy. Another 2012 recipient, Jose Dybzinski was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, in addition to kidney problems and other medical issues. He continues to inspire others with his courage and zest for life, refusing to let his medical problems keep him from living his life.

About the Author

Rev. Kathryn Rateliff Barr has taught birth, parenting, vaccinations and alternative medicine classes since 1994. She is a pastoral family counselor and has parented birth, step, adopted and foster children. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and history from Centenary College of Louisiana. Studies include midwifery, naturopathy and other alternative therapies.

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