Determination: 5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week

Including a classy move by a fast-food franchisee
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2015 5:14 AM CST

(Newser) – A runner who wouldn't quit and two young kids making a difference make the list of the week's most uplifting stories:

  • Runner Crawls Her Way to Marathon Finish: Hyvon Ngetich was leading the elite women's racing group at the 23-mile mark of the Austin Marathon, but as she got closer to the finish, her body said "No more," she recalls. Her body did indeed all but give out, but her will was another story.
  • Girl Agitates for More Female Superheroes, Becomes One: After 11-year-old Rowan Hansen wrote to DC Comics wondering why there weren't more female superheroes, the company responded via tweet, "Thanks, Rowan. We agree, we're working hard to create more superhero fun for girls!" Then it followed up with a very cool rendering of Rowan as a superhero. But of course, as a superhero, Rowan isn't easily appeased.

  • Blind Boy's Campaign Changing Australia's Cash: Australian 13-year-old Connor McLeod has been blind since birth, and when he got cash for Christmas, he was a little embarrassed that he had to ask how much he got. He couldn't, after all, tells the denominations apart. He didn't just sulk, though, and soon he and all visually impaired people in his country won't have that problem any more.
  • Man Proposes to Wife He Divorced 43 Years Ago: Louis Demetriades and Renate Stumpf's marriage ended 43 years ago, but in December, they spoke again for the first time in years. Apparently the flames were rekindled, because on Valentine's Day, Demetriades drove all the way from Tennessee to a Walmart in Fort Smith, Ark., where Stumpf works ... and asked her to marry him again. She couldn't resist playing hard to get.
  • Burger King Franchisee Goes to Extremes to Pay Bonuses: When Burger King designated Barnett Management in Arizona as "franchisee of the year," it doled out a Corvette and a Rolex in thanks. Tom Barnett and the other owners then sold the car and watch, chipped in their own money, and handed out a total of $120,000 in bonuses to their more than 100 workers.
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