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This ‘Biker Gang’ Has Been Working to Support, Protect and Empower Abused Children

These bikers help children cope with parental abuse and other at-home ordeals.

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(TMU) — When one thinks of a typical motorcycle club, a few things come to mind: bruising bar fights, gang warfare, and the kind of criminal activity popularly depicted in the TV series Sons of Anarchy.

And while there are certainly a few modern motorcycle clubs that live up to the bad-boy image, children around the world have also been relying on a different type of biker gang for emotional support and protection.

Enter Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), an international nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers to form a layer of protection and empowerment for kids coping with parental abuse and other at-home ordeals.

At first glance, the group resembles any other outlaw motorcycle club—complete with their own logos, patches, leather vests, and a network of chapters throughout the world.

The group’s mission is to simply help children and their families through positive intervention, never violating parents’ rights or using violence and physical force to get their point across.

Whether the child has a nightmare in the middle of the night or an abuser is menacing a child, BACA bikers stand at their ready to positively intervene. The group also helps children cope with the stress of appearing before court.

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As the group explains on their website, BACA works with individuals and agencies—state child protective services, for example—to support children who are frightened by their environments. Once a BACA liaison verifies a case through the authorities, the group steps in to introduce themselves, often through a motorcycle ride. The group explains:

“The B.A.C.A. chapter rides to meet the child and he/she is given a vest with a B.A.C.A. patch sewn on the back. The child is free to wear the vest or not, and we support their decision. The child is also given bumper stickers, and other gifts that are generally donated by the public. These initial visits generally last about a half an hour.

Following this initial contact, the child is given the name and number of two B.A.C.A. Members residing geographically closest to them, who then become the child’s primary contacts. Prior to becoming the primary contacts for the child, the bikers are cleared for participation by passing an extensive background check, have ridden with the Chapter for at least a year, and have received special instructions from the Licensed Mental Health Professional.

Anytime the child feels scared and feels the need for the presence of his new B.A.C.A. family, the child may call upon these bikers to go to the child’s house and provide the necessary reassurance to feel safe and protected.“

The group’s membership and supporters also help children by ensuring that they don’t ever feel lonely, scared, abandoned, or insecure. However, BACA ensures that the entire experience is consensual for both parents and children and will never intervene without permission.

Bikers who want to volunteer for BACA also undergo extensive background checks and training prior to entering service, and none of them are financially reimbursed for their work—it is purely a labor of love.

Over the course of over two decades, the group has expanded from the United States to locales across the world including Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.

Chuck Blair, vice president of BACA, explained to Bakersfield Now that for many children—and people in general—life can be unpredictable. “Sometimes it’s a great ride, sometimes it’s not a great ride,” he said.

He added:

“B.A.C. A is a group of bikers that works to empower children of abuse not to be afraid of the world they live in.

I think every kid should be able to have a beautiful life so, if we could do anything to make it better for them again, I’m all for it.” 

By Elias Marat | Creative Commons | TheMindUnleashed.com

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In World First, Man Receives Heart Transplanted From Gene-Hacked Pig

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In a groundbreaking world first, a 57-year-old man in the U.S. has become the first person in the world to receive a heart transplant from a genetically-modified pig.

The revolutionary procedure’s apparent success offers hope to hundreds of thousands of people who are struggling with failing vital organs amid scarce supplies of human organs.

The patient, David Bennett of Maryland, is in good shape days after the experimental seven-hour operation took place in Baltimore on Friday, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

The surgical procedure is the result of years of fervent efforts by researchers to develop pigs whose organs would be compatible with the human body, and was made possible by recent advances in gene editing and cloning technology. The heart transplant was preceded months ago by a successful kidney transplant in New York which also used an organ harvested from a genetically engineered pig.

“This is a watershed event,” said David Klassen, chief medical officer at the United Network for Organ Sharing, reports New York Times. “Doors are starting to open that will lead, I believe, to major changes in how we treat organ failure.”

The University of Maryland doctors received a special dispensation from regulators to carry out the procedure due to the fact that Bennett’s death was certain in the absence of a transplant.

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Surgeon Bartley Griffith, who took part in the transplant, expressed pride in taking part in bringing the world “one step closer to solving the organ shortage crisis,” reports BBC. Roughly 17 people die every day in the U.S. while awaiting transplants, which are in extremely short supply.

“People die all the time on the waiting list, waiting for organs. If we could use genetically engineered pig organs they’d never have to wait, they could basically get an organ as they needed it,” said Christine Lau, Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

“Plus, we wouldn’t have to fly all over the country at night-time to recover organs to put them into recipients.”

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Twins Born In Different Years, But Only 15 Minutes Apart, In Rare Birth

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In a heartwarming start to the New Year, a pair of California twins were born only 15 minutes apart — in separate years, with one born minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve in 2021 and the other born at precisely midnight on New Year’s Day in 2022.

Their Mother, Fatima Madrigal, gave birth to her son Alfredo Antonio Trujillo at 11:45 p.m. on Saturday night, according to the Natividad Medical Center, which announced the birth on Sunday.

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Alfredo’s sister, Aylin Yolanda Trujillo, was born precisely at midnight in a new year with a different birthdate, just 15 minutes after Alfredo’s brother.

Dr. Ana Abril Arias, a family physician at the hospital, described the deliveries as being “uniquely timed” and “one of the most memorable deliveries of my career.”

“It was an absolute pleasure to help these little ones arrive here safely in 2021 and 2022,” Arias added in the release. “What an amazing way to start the New Year!”

After spending time in the hospital with their mother and father, Robert Trujillo, the two newborns will travel home to meet their three older siblings – two girls and a boy.

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Keanu Reeves Donated 70% Of His Matrix Earnings To Fighting Cancer

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Keanu Reeves has had no trouble endearing himself to filmgoers and non-filmgoers alike, even if this is more for his off-screen endeavors than his film roles.

The “Bill and Ted” actor reportedly donated a massive chunk of his earnings from the original “The Matrix” to cancer research, according to LADBible.

In 1991, his younger sister Kim was diagnosed with leukemia, a type of blood cancer that she battled for a decade prior to entering remission.

During that period, Keanu served as her caretaker and put his career on the backburner, even going so far as selling his home so that he could become closer to her and devote his life to assisting her.

Reeves, now 57, was given an up-front payment of $10 million for the 1999 sci-fi classic “The Matrix” before the film smashed box office expectations and earned him an additional $35 million.

Keanu apparently didn’t hesitate to donate 70 percent of his earnings – or the huge sum of $31.5 million – to researching leukemia in hopes of sparing future patients and their families the pain that the Reeves family underwent.

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Since then, Reeves has quietly poured his Hollywood earnings into cancer research, even establishing his own private foundation for the purpose.

“I have a private foundation that’s been running for five or six years, and it helps aid a couple of children’s hospitals and cancer research,” Reeves told Ladies Home Journal in 2009. “I don’t like to attach my name to it, I just let the foundation do what it does.”

In 2020, Reeves also auctioned off a 15-minute Zoom date with himself to raise funds for Camp Rainbow Gold, a summer program for children with cancer.

Since his breakout role as an aloof teen headbanger in the 1986 drama “River’s Edge” followed by his iconic performance as the airheaded stoner Theodore “Ted” Logan in the “Bill & Ted’s” films, Keanu has become beloved by audiences.

However, he has since far outgrown his public persona as a simple airhead who says “Whoa” in the SoCal dude-bro accent and is now seen as the quintessential nice guy of Hollywood, who not only doesn’t take himself too seriously but is also distinguished by his big heart and generosity.

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