August 2012

Aimee Copeland is out of the hospital

Flesh-eating bacteria survivor is finally back home with her family

I have some truly great news about Aimee Copeland to share: After spending more than three months in the hospital due to a devastating flesh-eating bacteria diagnosis, the 24-year-old Georgia woman is home with her family now.

Anyone who's followed Copeland's harrowing story knows that this young lady is a fighter. Copeland was diagnosed with the rare, flesh-eating disease back in May of 2012. Doctors believe she contracted the infection while zip lining. Now, after multiple operations and months of rehabilitation, Aimee is home and learning to live again.

Amazing, heroic rescue of dog abandoned on Colorado mountain

Missy the German Shepherd is safe and getting healthy

I love a great animal rescue story, and this one almost beats all. Earlier this month, a couple hiking on Mount Bierstadt in Colorado made a shocking discovery: A weak, injured German Shepherd dog. Keep in mind, this was on a very steep mountainside -- and area where you definitely don't see dogs.

Scott Washburn and his wife, Amanda, tried to help the dog, but to no avail. She was simply too weak to get up and walk on her own, and they knew they wouldn't be able to get her out alone. So they asked for help, and they definitely got it. What follows is certainly one of the most daring and inspirational animal rescue stories I've heard in a long, long time.

One man can make a difference; Jim Cotter is a great example

Ohio widower helps to transform his town.

There's no doubt in my mind that one person can spark a huge, positive movement. Jim Cotter is the perfect example of this. When Cotter's wife passed away in 2011, he vowed he would "paint the town." Literally.

Jim Cotter set out to help revitalize his hometown of Glouster, Ohio, one building at a time. Over the past few months, the small town has been totally transformed. Cotter's story is definitely inspirational, and we can all learn something from it.

Aaron's last wish: Man's dying wish inspires thousands

Aaron Collins' simple request has turned into a massive movement

Chances are, you hadn't heard of Aaron Collins until just a few weeks ago. If you still haven't, allow me to share. Collins was a Lexington, Kentucky, man who, sadly, passed away last month at the age of 29 -- but not before putting something in motion that's resulted in a truly inspirational legacy.

What exactly was Aaron Collins' final wish? Tip a waiter or a waitress, and not just a little -- a lot. As in, give the server $500. Aaron's brother, Seth Collins, was all too happy to carry out that wish. Now, millions know about "Aaron's Last Wish" and are donating money so more good deeds can happen.