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Hundreds of thousands of people have died in Haiti’s earthquake, the prime minister told CNN today.

The country was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake yesterday.   It seems all the hospitals in Port-au-Prince fell, so those injured are not able to get the medical attention they require.

Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti.

Angelina and Brad were quick to respond to the quakes in Haiti yesterday.  The couple released this statement:

“We are devastated by the news from Haiti. We will work closely with our good friend Wyclef Jean to support the humanitarian efforts on the island and help those who have been injured and left without homes and shelter.”

It’s great to see celebrities putting those millions to good use and helping others.

Newly engaged Katy Perry showed off her engagement when arriving in London on Saturday night.  Perry’s fiance, comedian Russell Brand, popped the question on New Year’s Eve over a romantic candle-lit dinner and elephant ride in India.

What do you think of Katy’s bling?

Just when we thought Photoshop disasters couldn’t get any worse than Demi Moore’s November cover of W Magazine, British actress Emma Watson loses a leg in her Burberry campaign ad.

The photo, by Mario Testino, shows the Harry Potter star with her brother Alex.   But Emma’s leg just seems to disappear.

It’s probably time to tone down the Photoshopping, right?  More magazines need to be like Marie Claire and feature real people.  Click here to see the cover of Australian Marie Claire where Miss Universe 2004 poses un-airbrushed and nude.

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One-year-old Parker Scaife of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, is the 1,400th patient to begin work with The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA). Baby Parker needs a kidney transplant to save his life.

Parker was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Failure and spent the first 128 days of his life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He must undergo a 12-hour home dialysis treatment, called peritoneal dialysis, every day.

“Parker is a true miracle because the night he was born we were told he wasn’t going to make it,” said Lindsay Scaife, Parker’s mom. “All hope was lost at that point. When he was four-hours-old the doctors told us if we wanted to have him baptized, it would need to be done quickly. We chose an outfit and went to his hospital room to spend our last moments with him. Instead, Parker just kept beating the odds day-by-day. Hope is what kept us going.”

Adding to this family’s hope? Mom Lindsay is a perfect match for Parker and will be his kidney donor. To receive his mother’s kidney, Parker must weigh in at the 10 kilo mark. While he has met that milestone, the small size of his bladder has currently put the transplant on hold. Parker’s bladder has never been filled, meaning that it is less than one quarter the size of a normal baby his age. The family is waiting for an upcoming surgery that will place a tube in his bladder allowing for it to be filled with saline up to five times per day. If all goes well, Parker’s living donor kidney transplant will be in late spring or early summer.

But hope comes with a price tag. The Scaife family represents a majority of Americans — they have health insurance through their employers; however, their ability to financially support Parker’s medical needs will soon be exceeded. They are concerned about insurance life-time maximums and paying deductibles, co-pays and other expenses, like the expensive medications Parker will require for his lifetime.

Earlier this fall, Dustin and Lindsay Scaife reached out to COTA for help with Parker’s transplant-related expenses; their team of volunteers has been working tirelessly ever since.

Lori Kletzien, Vice President of Milwaukee-based Building Service Inc., serves as Public Relations Coordinator for Parker’s COTA team of 20 community members. According to Lori, “We have raised more than $15,500 to date and we haven’t had a fundraising event yet. Having the ability to use COTA’s website and viral marketing tools has been amazing. Parker’s COTA website (www.COTAforParkerS.com) is trustworthy and people feel very comfortable making online donations. When we started working with COTA, they sent out a press release about Parker’s journey and within 30 minutes of the email being sent by COTA, we were contacted by a local television station that taped an interview and aired it that day,” Kletzien added.

According to Dustin Scaife, “COTA has helped us offer Parker a true second chance at life. With us near our lifetime max on health insurance, it is so comforting to know we are able to focus on Parker and not on how we are going to pay for the bills. Saying ‘Thank you, COTA’ doesn’t seem to be enough.”

The Children’s Organ Transplant Association is a national charity that provides fundraising assistance and family support for children needing life-saving transplants. COTA’s priority is to assure that no child or young adult is denied a transplant or excluded from a transplant waiting list due to lack of funds. 100 percent of all funds raised in honor of patients are used for transplant-related expenses. For more information about COTA, visit http://www.cota.org or call 800.366.2682.

To visit Parker’s website, click here.

Miss Universe 2004, Jennifer Hawkins, posed nude on the cover of Australian Marie Claire’s February issue.  However, despite the magazine’s anti-Photoshopping efforts, some are complaining that Hawkins does not represent real women.

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Apparently after conducting a survey to discover a mere 12% of women were truly happy with their bodies, the magazine put Hawkins on the cover to make a positive statement.


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