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In a letter to viewers, Roberts, also a breast cancer survivor, said that organ donors were vitally important. Despite this need, many people don't know they can be bone marrow donors or how easy it is to become one.
According to Be the Match - an organization that helps match marrow donors to recipients, and encourage others to volunteer - more than 10,000 U.S. patients every year are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia or lymphoma.
Sho Yano is living his dream - and calling to mind for many the popular '90s show "Doogie Howser M.D."
This week, the 21-year-old will become the youngest student to attain an M.D. from the University of Chicago, but in 2000, he was a 9-year-old college freshman eschewing the word "genius."
"I'm not a genius. I'm gifted," he told ABC News. "I got a gift from God and I may be accountable to God for using it wisely. Besides, I have to work for it."
When he was 12 - having already graduated in three years from Loyola University - Yano entered the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine, participating in a program where students get both their doctorate and medical degrees.
According to the Chicago Tribune, he completed his first year of medical school, got his Ph.D. in molecular genetics and cell biology and then pursued the rest of medical school so that he'd be at least 18 when it came time to work with patients.
Yano was reportedly reading by the age of 2, writing by the age of 3 and composing music by 5. At the age of 8, he scored a 1,500 out of 1,600 on the SAT.
"Dirigible," the adjective meaning "capable of being steered" was no match today for the 6-year-old from Lake Ridge, Va., who breezed through Round 1 of the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee.
However, it was in Round 2 where Lori Anne, the youngest competitor in the history of the prestigious contest, stumbled. Faced with the word "ingluvies," meaning "the crop of a bird or insect," she incorrectly spelled it with an "e" as the first letter and was later eliminated, not moving on to Thursday's semifinals and finals.
Lori Anne earned her spot in the Scripps by beating out 21 other spellers and winning the 34th Prince William County Spelling Bee earlier this year. She was the youngest participant in that contest as well.
"I have been in competitions with older kids before and I have many friends, some younger and some older, and I feel comfortable in any group," she told ABC News in March.
She said then that her love of spelling had started when she was 3 years old.
Ortiz, 24, plunged the 189-foot-tall waterfall - higher than Niagara Falls - April 25. According to the Red Bull website, which called Ortiz "a specialist for vertical water," Ortiz soared down Mexico's Big Banana Waterfall, which stands at 130 feet, in 2010.
The first person to kayak down the U.S. falls - and set a world record for longest drop - was Montana's Tyler Bradt, 23, in April 2009.
Red Bull said that because Ortiz was thrown out of the kayak as he hit the surface of the water , "community rules" did not recognize his bold move as matching Bradt's record.
According to Ortiz's blog, he was 8 years old and in Veracruz when he first entered the rapids in a raft. He was 14 when his parents gave him a whitewater kayak.
Years later, he became the first Mexican to compete in the World Freestyle Championships in Australia, where he came in 22nd in the junior category. Ortiz says that his search for huge waterfalls has led him back to Veracruz and to India, Africa, Pakistan and Brazil.
In a move not quite as dramatic as Coachella's resurrection of Tupac, PepsiCo Inc. said today that it has collaborated with Michael Jackson's estate to use the Gloved One's image and his music in a series of new ads across the world.
The promotion will vary across the globe but will include Jackson's silhouette on 1 billion special-edition cans as well as a TV spot, contests and the opportunity for fans to download remixes of some of Jackson's top hits.
The Michael Jackson campaign also will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the "Bad" album and his 1988 tour, which the company sponsored.
It is part of PepsiCo's "Live for Now" promotion, which Brad Jakeman, president of Global Enjoyment Brands and chief creative officer of PepsiCo's Global Beverage Group, said was meant to highlight the company's relationship with pop culture.
PepsiCo. is expected to release a TV ad featuring Nicki Minaj next week.
Larry D. Woodard, an ABC News columnist, and CEO and president of Graham Stanley Advertising, called the campaign "innovative."
"He was scared. He was intimidated. He was bullied," Peter Wallerstein, director of El Segundo-based Marine Animal Rescue, told The Los Angeles Times.
On Friday morning, the black-and-white common dolphin was found swimming in circles 12 feet from the shore in the Bolsa Chica wetlands south of Los Angeles. Officials told ABC News affiliate KABC Friday that the dolphin appeared disoriented and stressed and could be at risk of suffocating in the low waters.
Wallerstein said Monday that when wildlife rescue crews had tried to help the dolphin move back into the ocean Saturday, a group of dolphins appeared, thrashing around and attacking the loner. Wallerstein said the dolphin eventually retreated back into the channel.
"Dolphins can be very aggressive toward each other," Wallerstein said. "They're not the sweet, loving, gentle animals portrayed by the movies and the cartoons. They do have a dark side."
In March, researchers from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, released the results of a five-year study of more than 120 adult dolphins, with a focus on the males, in Shark Bay, western Australia.
Stephen Martino, the director of the state's lottery, said this morning that three friends who worked in the public education system had come forward with the ticket.
Calling themselves "the Three Amigos," the winners - a man in his 40s, a woman in her 20s and a woman in her 50s - pooled their money to buy 60 tickets. Under Maryland law, they can choose to remain anonymous and they intend to keep their riches a secret from the general public.
The youngest member of the trio reportedly kept the tickets and called the other two when she realized one set of numbers matched.
One of the winners was so unconcerned about the drawing that she went to sleep.