In 1992, Bill Mantlo, legendary comic book writer and co-creator of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy’s Rocket Racoon, was involved in a tragic hit-and-run accident that left him in a coma. He woke up, but suffers irreparable brain damage that has left him in institutional care ever. And while going to a movie theater would be nearly impossible for the writer, Marvel made sure that Bill got to see his creation come to life by bringing the movie to him. Bill’s brother, Michael Mantlo, thanked Marvel for this opportunity claiming they gave him “the happiest day of his life.” Click here for more on Marvel’s kind act towards this fantastic creator!
A high school student, Noah Van Vooren, with Down syndrome recently learned he has been accepted to college. His parents captured video of his excitement as he read his acceptance letter to Edgewood College in Wisconsin. It has since been viewed over 500,000 times on YouTube. Click here to see this young man’s sweet reaction to some awesome news!
When Dr. Larry Benson thought he was being interviewed for a car blog, he had no idea that his son and wife had a huge surprise waiting for him instead. In the fake interview, Dr. Benson was asked about his first car. He told the camera more about his own father’s car and also explained his attachment to it. He then went on to say he could see himself owning the same car if given the chance. Standing in front of the garage where his surprise was parked, Benson became emotional once son, Aaron, opened the door and he saw the same car that he had grown up with. Click here to see this man’s big surprise!
Mother, grandmother, and biomedical scientist Kimberly Koss of Ohio is battling a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer, called triple negative — but has chosen to skip an initial round of chemotherapy in order to donate some of her deadly cells to science. These triple negative tumors are not very well understood, causing them to be underfunded as well. They have very high mortality rates, making Koss’ act one of extreme bravery. When asked why she chose to miss her first suggested treatment and donate cells, she said her daughter and three granddaughters were her motivation. Due to all of triple negative’s unknowns, there is concern for a hereditary component and Kimberly wants to do all she can to protect her family. Click here for more on this woman’s incredible strength and bravery!
Patrons of Mary’s Gourmet Diner have found that gratitude prior to a meal, can cause another moment of thanks when they receive their bills! Jordan Smith recently said grace before his meal at the Winston-Salem, N.C. restaurant and when the bill came, he found the subtotal to be odd. His waitress was there to explain that they had given him a 15% discount for praying! Mary’s Gourmet Diner has an official policy of giving diners a special savings if they “pray publicly” before chowing down. The restaurant has reportedly offered this discount for four years. While some believe this discount to be unfair, restaurant owner Mary Haglund claimed, “It’s about the whole idea of gratitude. It’s not a religious thing, it’s a spiritual thing.” Click here for more on this restaurant that loves prayer!
Don and Maxine Simpson of Bakersfield met while bowling – he was a civil engineer from North Dakota, she was a local gal – and the pair married a few years later. Over the course of their decades together, they adopted two sons and were involved with local organizations and loved to travel. Their family says that, over the years, the couple remained inseparable. When both Don and Maxine’s health began to decline, their granddaughter’s chose to move their beds into the same room of the family’s home, keeping them side-by-side. The couple spent their final weeks together holding hands, looking at old family photos. Their family suspected the pair might die together, a phenomenon backed up by recent scientific research that has found that a person really can die of a broken heart. The family turned out to be correct, as the Simpsons eventually died on the same day. Maxine was the first to go, passing away as she held Don’s hand. Click here for more on this couple’s beautiful love story!
On lunch breaks, Jajuan Harley ducked into a bathroom, took off his blue shirt and name tag, changed into workout clothes, and headed outside to run a steep hill until it was time to return to work. Or he would head to the parking lot of his Florida Walmart Superstore, and run around the parking lot, weaving through the rows of shopping cart holders. Or he would sneak into the fitness section and do some dumbbell curls. Anything to chase his football dream that once seemed so assured. Five years ago, Harley was a prized recruit, a four-star safety from Tallahassee. On Jan. 1 of this year, only a few miles from the Florida State campus where he was supposed to become a household name, Harley walked away from his $7.73 per hour salary at Walmart to train full time for one more chance at big-time football. He emailed every single NFL team, hoping for a response. Now, a few months later, he’s the longest of long shots at Buffalo Bills training camp. Click here to find out more about Harley’s ambition and big dreams!
TD Bank set up an ATM, or in this case, an “automated thanking machine,” at various locations across Canada. To express gratitude to its clientele, the company gave out money and gifts that clearly required some thought and planning. Gifts included throwing out the first pitch at a Blue Jays game, setting up registered education savings plans for one woman’s kids and also sending them to Disneyland, and they even sent a mother whose cancer-stricken daughter is in Trinidad for a visit with her. Click here to see the precious reactions to these unexpected gifts!
When Maisy Yeager’s son, Zarek, was just 8 years old, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukemia. Luckily, Zarek is now cancer-free, making it through years of draining surgeries and steroid treatments. But countless other children — nearly 2,000 a year, according to the National Cancer Institute — are not so lucky. It’s why Yeager and 45 other mothers from around the U.S. and Canada convened in Boston on Sunday to have their heads shaved bald in a public ceremony for the fifth annual 46 Mommas event — so-named to symbolize that each weekday of the year, 46 mothers in the U.S. are told that their child has cancer. This year the moms raised more than $200,000 for the national St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which fundraises for pediatric cancer research. Click here for more on these awesome “Mommas” and their charity!
With the help of scientists at the University of Central Florida, one little boy got to do something he’d never before: give his mother a hug with two hands. 6 year old Alex Pring was born without an arm. As he has grown and become more active, he has an increased need for a prosthetic. Financially though, this $40,000 wasn’t a possibility for the Pring family due to no support from insurance. Looking for solutions, Alex’s mother Alyson got in touch with E-nable, a technological collective that produces robotic hands and arms for children. After hearing her story, Albert Manero, a grad student at the University of Central Florida, had an idea: produce a robotic arm for the boy using a 3-D printer. With the help of his team at UCF, Manero had a working prototype of the new plastic limb in a few weeks. It runs on household batteries, and opens and closes through a connection to the muscles in Alex’s arm. After a few fittings, Alex Pring officially had a new right arm – all for a grand total of $350. Click here to see mom and son finally getting to fully embrace!