Longshot Request Pays Off: 5 Most Uplifting Stories

Including a calendar to remember
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2015 5:11 AM CDT
Longshot Request Pays Off: 5 Most Uplifting Stories
This photo provided by WMTW-TV shows the message written by Christine Royles of South Portland, Maine, on the back of her vehicle in which she sought a kidney donor.   (AP Photo/WMTW-TV, Kevyn Fowler)

Whatever the opposite of road rage is called, a story out of Maine seems to have captured it. That and other uplifting stories of the week:

  • Woman Finds Kidney Donor—via Plea on Car Window: It's not everyone who appeals to strangers they pass on the road to give them an organ, and it's definitely not everyone who spots such an appeal, turns to his wife, and says, "Did you get her number? Text her right now." The Good Samaritan in Maine says he's trying to send a message to his kids.
  • Saved After 66 Days at Sea: A South Carolina man who is a self-described inexperienced sailor managed to survive two months adrift at sea after his boat was damaged in a storm. Luckily, he managed to become a decent low-tech fisherman.
  • Old Home Residents Strip Down for Calendar: In this calendar, the scantily clad Miss January is 98 years old, and the other women aren't too much younger. But it's all for a good cause in Akron.

  • Dog Bounces Back After Failed Mercy Killing: A community in Washington state is rallying around a year-old dog with an incredible back story: Vets say that somebody struck Theia with a car, hit her in the head with a hammer in an apparent attempt at a mercy killing, then buried in her field. Theia wasn't having it, however.
  • Woman Writes Her Own Spirited Obituary: "I was born; I blinked; and it was over," reads a Florida woman's self-written obituary. She recounts deeds large and small, and explains why it's OK to cry, but only a little.
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