May 2012

Adorable stray dog runs with cyclists in China

Pup ran more than 1100 miles!

Grab your tissues and get ready to say "awwww" repeatedly, because this week's great news features an absolutely awesome animal story. And when I say awesome, I mean possibly one of the best ever. I'll just put it out there right now: A stray dog in China ran alongside cyclists for 1100 miles over the course of several weeks. Why? Because one of the cyclists gave him some food.

All together now: "Awwwww." See? I told you so. Honestly though, this little guy, nicknamed "Xiaosa," has captured the hearts of millions as his story gets out. And while Xiaosa was a stray, he's not anymore. So yes, there's a happy ending. Now, enjoy the story.

Mom and son reunite after nearly seven decades apart

Emma Rymes, 94, finally together again with Robert Fainelli, 73

I'm such a sucker for a beautiful reunion story and Emma Rymes' story is one of the best I've heard about in a long, long time. Emma Rymes is 94 years old and, until last month, she hadn't seen her son in 67 years. Now, mother and child are reunited again, proving that love really does endure -- no matter what.

Emma Rymes and her now 73-year-old son, Robert Fainelli, met for the first time in nearly seven decades over Easter 2012. How did they finally find each other again?

Paralyzed woman completes the London Marathon in a robotic suit

Inspiring story of perseverance and technological wonder

If Claire Lomas' story isn't great news, I truly don't know what is! Lomas made headlines recently for completing the London Marathon. The 32-year-old mother is paralyzed from the chest down, but she managed to finish the grueling marathon with the help of a robotic suit.

It took Lomas more than two weeks, but last Tuesday, she finally crossed the finish line. Her story is one of perseverance and hope. News of Lomas' amazing journey offers hope to so many other people who are paralyzed, without question.

Mother saves daughter's life by donating part of her liver

Venessa Negrete's ultimate gift

Just in time for Mother's Day (this Sunday, so don't forget), I thought I'd share this touching story about Arizona mother Venessa Negrete. Within months after her daughter's birth, Negrete learned that little Aliyah suffered from a rare liver condition that is incurable.

The 26-year-old Negrete refused to give up hope, and the result is a big reminder of the power of a mother's love -- and the wonder of science and medicine.