Long week got you down? In the hustle and bustle of life, it can be difficult to stop and appreciate all the good in the world. These stories should start your weekend off on a positive note.
Paralyzed Football Player Walks His Bride Down the Aisle
Via: People Magazine
We’ll kick this off with the story of Chris Norton, now 26, and his triumph through a paralyzing college football injury. During a Luther College football game in 2010, Norton made a tackle that paralyzed him from the neck down. After being told he had only a 3% chance of ever walking again, Norton immediately made the decision to be part of that 3%. Through perseverance and determination, he began to gain his mobility back day by day. When it came time for him to receive his diploma, Norton stood up and walked across the stage. His beautiful fiancée, Emily, who he had proposed to the night before, helped him receive his diploma in front of a tear-filled audience. His next goal was to walk down the aisle with Emily, and guess what he did this past Saturday? Norton now spends his life helping others through the Chris Norton Foundation, which raises money for people with spinal cord injuries. He and Emily are also raising five foster children under the age of eight.
Girl Scout Troop 6000 Crushes Cookies Sales Goal
Via: KETV 7
Troop 6000 is just like any other Girl Scout troop; they meet up to do activities, go on field trips and sell Girl Scout Cookies. However, there is one thing that makes this troop special: all of the girls are homeless. Troop 6000 was started by the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Mayor Bill De Blasio and the New York Department of Homeless Services to serve girls living in the city’s shelters. The girls recently had their first-ever cookie stand sale at Kellogg’s NYC Café in Union Square with a goal of selling 6,000 boxes. By the end of the week, word had spread and people lined up to buy cookies and make donations to the troop. They sold 32,000 boxes of cookies and raised $15,000 to help the troop of 300 girls continue to do activities and go on trips.
Blind, Deaf Dog Helps Rescuers Find Lost Girl
Via: CBS Miami
Everyone knows that dog is man’s best friend, but one dog went above and beyond to save the life of a little girl in Australia. Max, a 17-year Blue Heeler who is deaf and mostly blind, followed 3-year-old Aurora for over a mile after she wandered away from her yard into rural bushland. He stayed with the little girl overnight before finding rescuers and leading them to her. The girl was completely unharmed, despite spending a cold, rainy night in the wilderness. For his efforts, Max was named an honorary police dog by the Queensland Police.
Now take those feel-good vibes and carry them with you into the weekend!