Take That, Cancer: 5 Great Things This Week

Including an awesome road trip and an unusual sisterly reunion
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2016 5:21 AM CST
Norma enjoys a beer in Ormond Beach, Fla.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – An inspiring choice about cancer treatment and a family reunion with a twist make the list:

  • 90-Year-Old's Cancer Treatment: an Epic Road Trip: Norma had two choices. She could get treatment for uterine cancer, or she could go on the trip of a lifetime across the US. It was a no-brainer: "I'm 90 years old, I'm hitting the road," she told her doctor. You can follow the trip on Facebook.
  • Teacher, Student Find Out They're Sisters: Diane DiProspero Cook always considered Karen Cometa-Zempel to be her favorite teacher from New York's Bryant and Stratton College, where she was a student in 1985. Thirty years later, it makes a lot of sense: They just found out they're sisters. They even had a chance meeting before their official reunion.

  • Baby's Heart Fails Before Transplant, but He Survives: Lincoln Seay was born July 14 with his heart on the wrong side of his body, and by November, doctors told his parents he needed a heart transplant. When the donor organ finally arrived, it was in the nick of time: Lincoln's own heart stopped as he was being prepped for surgery, but this time he finally caught a break.
  • Rainbow Tunnel Named for Robin Williams: A tunnel with rainbow arches that connects the Golden Gate Bridge to greater Marin County has officially become the Robin Williams Tunnel. It was essentially a matter of erecting two signs, but the money to do so didn't come from the government.
  • Toddler Makes Adorable 911 Call: When you're 2 years old, getting stuck in a pair of pants seems like an emergency—which explains one needless yet cute 911 call placed by a toddler in Greenville, SC. And the officer who arrived to investigate was anything but annoyed.
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