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When Ryan Tripp was 12 years old he heard about a four month-old girl in his hometown who needed a liver transplant. Ryan decided to help her out. In 1997 he left Salt Lake City, Utah on a trip across America to raise money for her - except he wasn't biking or inline skating. Ryan rode a lawnmower. 42 days later, he arrived in Washington and set a world record for the longest lawnmower ride in history.

Ryan mowed the lawn of the US Capital (Washington, D.C.) and met Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. He increased awareness about organ donors and raised $15,000 for the baby girl's medical expenses. Ryan appeared on the David Letterman Show and met the country music group Brooks and Dunn. He was also a guest on the Nickelodeon show Figure it Out.

Two years later, Ryan set out to break another record. At the same time he promoted organ and tissue donations across 50 states by mowing the lawn of every state capital in the US in 75 days. Ryan began his quest on June 1, 1999 in Salt Lake City.

"Ryan Tripp's determination to take the message of organ and tissue donation to all 50 states is inspiring," said Nebraskan Governor Johanns. "His efforts are certain to increase awareness of the need for organ and tissue donors. Hopefully, those individuals waiting for the life-saving gift of organ and tissue donation will come closer to their goals, too."

On August 9, 1999 Ryan set his record. At 11:30 am Ryan mowed the capital lawn of Honolulu, Hawaii along with the Lt. Governor. Afterwards, he signed the back of the lawnmower and then had lunch. At 14, Ryan not only mowed more lawns than most people but he increased awareness about organ donation. You can read his diary entries during his lawn cutting days on his site.

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FroggyBurton
FroggyBurton posted in Friends:
"drowning" wrote:I've met this predicament in the past myself. I still do. But, there's always little things you can do other than medications and doctors. Find others to talk too or even online services like imalive. They're lovely people to talk too; I had the pleasure of finding that out.Pull yourself to find little hobbies to do; even if it's not all the time and just sometimes. Try drawing, writing, reading. Exercise, even. Drink water, treat yourself. Walk more, keep your music updated. Rearrange things; move things. Keep your environment as up as you can. Get things done; make yourself feel accomplished. You don't always have to do big things and take different tests to make yourself feel better. It takes time; lots of it. I've dealt with depression and anxiety since I was 11; now I'm 17.And, you need to remember that it's okay to get sad and you're not always going to know what to do. But, that doesn't mean you won't figure it out. Honestly, I didn't think I'd be here today. I almost wasn't a few times. Now, I'm working on getting ready for college and I'm engaged. Things aren't going to always be great or perfect, even. But, that doesn't mean they won't be okay. I hope you the best of luck and I wish to tell you that you can come to me at any time.Honestly, it's just really hard for me to even wanna do something these days. Most of the things people wanna do, it involves having more people around to help you achieve it your goal(s). I do sketch, a lot. But all of my outcomes of my drawings end up being depressing and suicidal. I try doing things, but again, nothing seems to work. My family honestly would rather have me try for emancipation then want me to stay any longer. But the thing is, I can't do it in my state. I feel like I'm trapped here and there's no escape. I've been kicked out so many times. Slept underneath trees, etc. I don't have anybody, literally anybody to talk to anymore. It's lonely. It's great at times. But it's just really depressing when you look around in the hallways of your school and try to talk to someone, they just walk away from you...
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
I've met this predicament in the past myself. I still do. But, there's always little things you can do other than medications and doctors. Find others to talk too or even online services like imalive. They're lovely people to talk too; I had the pleasure of finding that out. Pull yourself to find little hobbies to do; even if it's not all the time and just sometimes. Try drawing, writing, reading. Exercise, even. Drink water, treat yourself. Walk more, keep your music updated. Rearrange things; move things. Keep your environment as up as you can. Get things done; make yourself feel accomplished. You don't always have to do big things and take different tests to make yourself feel better. It takes time; lots of it. I've dealt with depression and anxiety since I was 11; now I'm 17. And, you need to remember that it's okay to get sad and you're not always going to know what to do. But, that doesn't mean you won't figure it out. Honestly, I didn't think I'd be here today. I almost wasn't a few times. Now, I'm working on getting ready for college and I'm engaged. Things aren't going to always be great or perfect, even. But, that doesn't mean they won't be okay. I hope you the best of luck and I wish to tell you that you can come to me at any time.
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drowning posted in Family Issues:
If you need counseling, anti-depressants, and you're being abused verbally, mentally, and physically; you need to get immediate help. You are in an unhealthy environment and it shouldn't be normal to you. This isn't normal and it isn't okay. Call 911 and get yourself out of that household.
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FroggyBurton
FroggyBurton posted in Friends:
So, not too long ago, I tried talking to one of my best friends and I was severely depressed and just wanted to end my life. I really didn't know what to do and I felt like I was down on my knees. So, I messaged her and told her that I just really needed someone to talk to and that I haven't talked to her for almost a month and a half, or so. She instantly snapped on me and explained to me that I cannot rely on my friends for happiness, now, before I go any further, I don't rely on my friends for happiness. But it doesn't hurt to have somebody to talk to from time to time, right? Anyways, so, I told her that and she replied back saying that I'm just too much for her to handle and too depressing and then attacked me by calling me ugly names and involved my other friends into it and I lost them as well. I'm feeling horribly depressed even worse than I did that day (which was two days ago) and I just don't know what to do anymore. I feel like I don't have any friends anymore. I feel like I don't have anybody to talk to. People are probably going to read this and either think that I'm just asking for attention (which is not what I want) or that I do have friends to talk to and that they are always here for me. But nobody understands that nobody is ever really going to be there for you 24/7 and it sucks, honestly. I feel really isolated from everybody, which is why I search on social media for friends and they all fail. I'm seriously begging for some advice on how to handle my depression because it's getting way out of hand and I'm only fifteen years young, going on sixteen in April. I'm running out of options. I've talked to therapists, left and right but nothing worked. I've taken medications but nothing has changed. I just want to throw my hands up in the air and wave the white flag...
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"IlikeGUYS20" wrote:Dear dish-it,I think I am bi! For the past few years I have been attracted to boys and girls. I think I am bi. But is it to early to come out and say this?xxIlikeGUYS20xxPS My friend wrote my username. I am not kidding. I think I am bi. You do not have to do anything that you don't wanna do.  Your sexuality what you feel.  It's what you believe that you are attracted to.  Bisexual or not.  There is nothing wrong with it.  I know a lot of bisexual people who still to this day haven't come out yet and said anything to their parents.  Whether or not your friends and family accept you, you still have a whole community that does 100%!
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