A canceled wedding that manages to turn into happy news, and a little kid who demonstrates the power of friendship make the list:
- Canceled Wedding Turns Into Feast for Homeless: Willie and Carol Fowler were prepared to lose their deposits. Their daughter canceled her Georgia wedding with just 40 days' notice, and the venue, food, and entertainment were already paid for. Then Willie had an idea: Feed the hungry.
- Long-Lost Siblings Find Each Other After 37 Years: Cindy Murray and Robert Williamson share the same father, but lost touch in the late 1970s, when they moved about 20 miles apart as kids. Nearly four decades later, they finally reconnected—and learned they were remarkably close to each other, literally, all that time.
- Boy Wants to Help Sick Pal, Outraises Everyone: Dylan Siegel is just 7 years old, but he's already raised more money for glycogen storage disease "than all the medical foundations and all the grants combined. Ever," says one doctor who studies the rare liver disease. How? It starts with wanting to help his best friend.
- Woman Makes History, Rows Across Pacific Alone: After 150 days of rowing punctuated by storms, close encounters with sharks and cargo ships, exhaustion-induced hallucinations, and an engagement, Sarah Outen is back on dry land. The British adventurer arrived in the Aleutian Islands, having become the first woman to row the 4,315 miles from Japan to Alaska.
- Half-Marathoner Misses Turn, Wins 1st Marathon: That Meredith Fitzmaurice finished first among all female marathoners in an Ontario race last Sunday is a story that wouldn't typically make it past the local paper. But Fitzmaurice's story has a pretty awesome twist: She had never run more than 20 miles before and only entered the race as a half-marathon contender—but a wrong turn sent her onto the full-length track.
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, including one about a deaf bicyclist who promises to finish his charity trek
after an accident near the finish.