5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week
Including a generous tip—and a very generous doctor
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2014 5:13 AM CDT
In this September 1941 photo provided by Dick Felumlee, Kenneth and Helen Felumlee pose for a photo nearly three years before their marriage in February 1944.   (AP Photo/Felumlee family)

(Newser) – A devoted couple, a selfless hunter, and two heroic inmates make the list of stories that were sure to raise your spirits this week:

  • Couple Who Never Spent a Night Apart Die Together: Helen and Kenneth Felumlee didn't spend a night apart in 70 years of marriage—including one night they spent on an overnight ferry trip, during which they shared the bottom of a bunk bed to avoid being separated. Even in death, the Ohio couple kept that tradition.
  • Farmer Lets Hunter Use His Land, Gets a Kidney: A Mississippi hunter who knocked on a Kansas farmer's door seeking permission to hunt ended up giving the stranger a kidney. And after the successful transplant, Rob Robinson and Gil Alexander went on to do something else big together.

  • Inmates on Trash Detail Help Unconscious Supervisor: It could have been an easy walk to freedom. But instead, two inmates on a work-release program chose to stay and help the detention officer supervising them when he fell unconscious.
  • Doctor Donates $1M to Keep Gun Research Alive: The CDC currently allocates $0 toward research into gun-violence prevention, and one such researcher at UC Davis has taken extraordinary steps to remedy the situation. Dr. Garen Wintemute has so far donated $1.1 million of his own money—to keep his own research alive.
  • Customer Leaves Huge Tip for Dog's Surgery: A couple ordered drinks and wings at a bar in Clinton, NJ, and the guy noticed a paw-print tattoo on barkeep Christina Summitt's wrist. That led to a conversation about her work as a volunteer with rescue animals and about how her own dog needed surgery after swallowing a tennis ball. And that led to quite the tip.
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