Gesture of Kindness Touches Vietnam Vet

5 most uplifting stories of the week
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2014 5:13 AM CDT
Gesture of Kindness Touches Vietnam Vet
Michael Sulsona, a Vietnam War veteran who lost both legs to a land mine 40 years ago, poses with a "thank you" sign.   (AP Photo/Frieda Sulsona)

Stories about people going above and beyond in their jobs—from three workers at Lowe's staying late to help out a vet to a teacher who literally adopted a wayward student—make the list of the week's most uplifting stories:

  • Lowe's Workers Fix Vet's Wheelchair (After VA Wouldn't): A Vietnam vet who lost his legs in the war had been waiting two years to get a new wheelchair from the VA. When his old chair finally broke down while he was at Lowe's, three workers there stayed after hours to fix up his chair like new. "I kept thanking them and all they could say was, 'It was our honor," recalls Michael Sulsona.
  • Teacher Adopts Student Nobody Else Wanted: Cruz Riojas came from a troubled home and was known as a "holy terror" in school. Then he started spending time with teacher Linda Hooper and her family—and eventually became a part of it himself when his own fell apart.
  • Woman Missing Part of Heart Defies Pregnancy Odds: After surviving major heart surgery at one day old, spending a lifetime taking medication, and losing her breath just going up the stairs, Shanelle Ragin has survived both pregnancy and childbirth and is now the proud mother of a healthy baby boy with a healthy little heart. But first came nine months' of bed rest and constant monitoring.

  • Mom of 2, Age 40, Makes NFL Cheerleader: Kriste Lewis is a 40-year-old mother of two with a debilitating kidney disease that will ultimately require dialysis and a kidney transplant ... and she's also one of the newest cheerleaders for the New Orleans Saints. Squad leaders say it was an easy decision.
  • Dad's Internet Plea Pays Off in Images of Baby Girl: Little Sophia Steffel was attached to tubes in Ohio hospitals for the entire six weeks of her life—and when she died of complications from a liver tumor, parents Nathen and Emily realized they didn’t have a photo of her without the tubes and tape covering her tiny face. The Internet fixed that.
Click for more uplifting stories, including one about a toddler credited with saving the life of a senior locked in a hot car. (More uplifting news stories.)

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