10. Middle School Football Team Plans Secret Play for Special Needs Teammate
The football players at Olivet Middle School went behind their coach’s back to devise a secret play that would allow Keith Orr, a teammate with behavioral and learning disabilities, to score his first touchdown and enjoy the spotlight.
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9. Jennifer Lawrence Wins Oscar for Best Actress
Not only did Jennifer Lawrence win over millions of Americans with her quirky personality and lead role in The Hunger Games, she also managed to snag an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, adding to a long list of reasons why we all love her so much.
8. Woman Finds Dog in Okla. Tornado Rubble During Live Interview
When an Oklahoma woman was interviewed while standing in the post-tornado rubble that used to be her home, an emotional moment is captured as she discovers one of her most precious possessions: her dog.
7. Dairy Queen Worker Repays Blind Man, Rights Someone Else’s Wrong
This Dairy Queen employee’s act of kindness went viral after he went out of his way to repay a blind man for money that was taken by someone else.
6. Newborn Cured of HIV
Scientists led by Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins said they functionally cured a newborn of HIV after it had been infected by its mother, which makes us wonder, is the end of AIDS near?
5. Man Survives 60 Hours Under Water in Atlantic Ocean
A Nigerian man was able to survive for 60 hours at the bottom of the Atlantic by breathing oxygen from an air pocket before he was rescued by South African rescue divers.
4. Homeless Man Returns Money-Filled Bag
It’s a Good Samaritan story with two parts: a Boston homeless man first made headlines when he returned a backpack filled with more than $40,000. His kind act, which went viral, was rewarded by a total stranger who heard his story and raised $50,000 for a man through an online campaign.
3. Prince George is Born
Possibly the world’s favorite royal couple became even more lovable when they gave birth to Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.
2. Pope Francis Kisses a Disfigured Man
In a compassionate moment that caught the attention of the world, Pope Francis kissed and blessed a severely disfigured man. For Vinicio Riva, the recipient of that kiss, it was a life-changing moment.
1. Batkid, the World’s Most Adorable Superhero
Gotham City became a reality for a very deserving 5-year-old leukemia patient, who assumed the role of Batkid through a citywide production created by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Not only did the event make a little boy’s wish come true, but it brought the people of San Francisco together in a way that brought both cheers and tears.