Friday's intriguing people
December 24th, 2010
10:07 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Lil Wayne

Just call him “Rapper Claus.”

Lil Wayne (pictured above) bought an $11,000 wheelchair for a New Jersey woman after her daughter wrote him multiple letters every week while he was in jail.

The 28-year-old rapper became a free man in November after serving eight months in New York's Rikers Island on a weapons charge.

Evelyn Austin said that her knees started going bad about 10 to 15 years and she reached the point where she couldn’t walk anymore.

Regarding Lil Wayne's gift, Austin, 64, told the New York Daily News, "I pray for him every night thanking him for this chair. I love every bit of it. It changed my life.”

Mike Lee

The 39-year-old Utah Republican made news during his Senate campaign when he called for dismantling the departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development as well as a repeal of the federal income tax.

Now, the senator-elect is likely to attract attention as he heads to Capitol Hill next month.

The New Republic calls Lee  the Tea Party’s “most skilled spokesman,”  and the politician has been strengthening his foreign policy skills. Last week he spent time in Israel as a guest of the American Israel Education Foundation and reportedly held private talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

According to The Jerusalem Post, Lee was the second newly elected senator (after Florida Republican Marco Rubio) to visit Israel.

David Heard

This 10-year-old boy fighting cancer is trying to inspire other ill kids around the country with the help of origami.

Heard's goal is to make sure 220 pediatric cancer clinics nationwide each will get 1,000 paper cranes. And he made a video and inspired classmates to help him out.

David's father, Tom Heard, said his son's prognosis isn't good and so they've tried to focus on the positive and to help others in similar situations.

"We try to make the most out of every day that we have together," he told WNYW-TV in New York.

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Cesar

    @Phil: That's silly. A man will never marry a dog.

    December 24, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. q mack baby

    Maaaaaaan Damassa jus sounds like a dude with a white sheet fettish...... leave dat dude alone, unless U payin him for his look it shouldnt matter to U...... Rock on wit ya bad self Wayne

    December 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    Cesar! Yeah? Over 2,000 yrs. ago, one of the biblical end-time prophecies met with the same reply. Jesus said concerning the last-days "...Men marrying and women being given in marriage." Now we finally see it happening, just as fortold. They laughed at him then, just as people laughed at the thought of gay-marriage 50 years ago. What will we say when those who prefer the 'alternative lifestyle' of beastiality take to the streets and demand equal treatment? Will we tell them to get back in the closet where they belong? No, for by then our tolerance will have grown to the point that it's "no big deal."

    December 24, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nichole

    I find it amazing that of the three people picked for this artical, not one of you has mentioned the little boy DYING of cancer. I would like to say thank you to this brave child. He is fighting for his life and instead of feeling sorry for himself, he is trying to make a difference in other sick children's lives. We could all learn something from him. Merry Christmas, I wish you the best and my prayers are with you and your family.

    December 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RayRay

    i never thought that i see a rapper like lil wayne help some one in need like that, it showed a different side of him that id been wonmdering for a long time!

    January 7, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
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