Super 5-Year-Olds: 5 Great Things This Week

Including some young lightning-strike survivors
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2015 5:12 AM CDT
Super 5-Year-Olds: 5 Great Things This Week
An from video of Lila May Schow.   (YouTube)

Some of the week's most uplifting stories have a common theme—very special 5-year-old girls:

  • Community Gives Girl Best Birthday Ever: Five-year-old Lila May Schow has a rare form of cancer, and when doctors informed Lila's family she likely had only months to live, they threw her the party of her young lifetime, with help from the community. She got a birthday, prom, and a wedding rolled into one, but Lila's favorite part was something simple her dad did.
  • Parents Have Visual Bucket List for Daughter Losing Vision: The parents who created a "visual bucket list" for their 5-year-old daughter who is going blind started by showing her sights close to their Ohio home. They never dreamed she'd get to see Rome someday, but then a generous airline exec got wind of Elizabeth "Lizzy" Myers' story.
  • Girl Saves Mom and Her Little Brother: A little girl in Canada saved her mom and her brother by taking extraordinary action after a car accident. Lexi Shymanski, 5, was strapped into the back seat beside her baby brother when their mom dozed off behind the wheel and plunged their SUV down a 40-foot embankment. That's when Lexi woke up with her mom unconscious and 10-week-old brother Peter crying—and then sprang into action.

  • Teens on a Date Survive Lightning Strike: There was electricity in the air—literally—on a high-school couple's date in Claremont, Calif. Lexie Varga and Dylan Corliss were struck by lightning while walking to get burgers. They can smile about it today, thanks to a modest public display of affection.
  • Stolen Stradivarius Is Back Home: The family of NPR's Nina Totenberg got a long-lost possession back this week—a rare Stradivarius stolen from Totenberg's violinist father back in 1980. And it seems his suspicions about who stole it were correct.
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