• James Harrison sits with two babies. (Growing Your Baby)James Harrison sits with two babies. (Growing Your Baby)

    James Harrison hates the sight of blood. And while he’s not unique to this feeling, the 78-year-old Australian has given blood more than 1,000 times – and that’s a lot of time spent staring at the ceiling.

    “Never once have I watched the needle go in my arm,” Harrison told CNN. “And I can’t stand pain,” he adds.

    For someone with a fear of blood, Harrison’s own plasma has had quite the influence. Known as “The Man with the Golden Arm,” Harrison has donated blood a few times a month for the past 60 years, saving millions of young lives across Australia.

    After undergoing a chest operation in 1951, the then 14-year-old received 13 litres of blood from unknown donors and decided to become a donor himself.

    What followed was miraculous: Harrison’s blood was thought to be the answer to a national issue, containing a rare antibody that would eventually save lives.

    Up until 1967, thousands of babies were dying each year across Australia due to rhesus disease, a condition where the mother’s blood

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  • Meet Lillian Weber, the 99-year-old woman who creates and sews a new dress every day for a girl she will never meet.

    Weber gets to work on a new dress every morning at her home in the small town of Bettendorf, Iowa, to benefit Little Dresses for Africa, a Christian nonprofit agency that sends dresses overseas to impoverished girls in Africa. 

    Weber first began her project in 2011 and has since made over 800 unique and one of a kind dresses. She is slowly reaching her goal of sewing 1,000 dresses by the time she turns 100.

    Even though Weber is fast at her craft, she always takes the time to make each dress extra special, personalizing each design with a pattern, appliqué or stitching detail. All in an effort to ensure that each girl that receives a dress feels beautiful.

    And even though she is almost 100, Webber has no desire to stop or slowdown. 

    “It is just what I like to do,” Weber said in a interview with Quad-City Times.

    “If I’m still able to do it I’ll continue all the way

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  • Teen completes 57-mile Cerebral Palsy awareness walk with his brother on his back

    “We want to show people his struggles, what he has, and what we can do to make it better."

    Hunter Gandee and his brother, Braden.Hunter Gandee and his brother, Braden.

    Hunter and Braden Gandee bring a whole new meaning to the term brotherly love.

    “Way to go Gandee, way to go!” supporters chanted as 15-year-old Hunter Gandee neared the end of the second-ever Cerebral Palsy Swagger walk in Michigan with his eight-year-old brother on his back.

    Hunter and his brother, Braden, who was born with the neurological disorder, were met with a modest crowd of supporters as they crossed the finish line and marked the end to the three-day awareness walk.

    After the 57-mile walk, Hunter thanked anyone who has taken an interest in his story because he just wants to “raise awareness for a condition that [his] brother has to suffer and go through each day.”

    “We want to show people his struggles, what he has, and what we can do to make it better,” he told a group of reporters.

    In the first Cerebral Palsy Swagger walk, Hunter carried Braden 40 miles, reports MLive. But this year, he decided to add an extra day to visit more communities along the way.

    “It was great to

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  • Man beaten up for trying to build community centre gains support online

    “I am in good health and my wounds will heal in time."

    Ronald Moon Jr. wanted to do something constructive for his Cincinnati neighbourhood by turning an old home his father bought years ago into a community center. Instead, the project that he put months of effort towards kept getting broken into and burglarized.

    This week Moon came across the people who have been breaking in, and in a video he posted to YouTube, he said “this is what they did to me.”

    In the video, his face is shown to be bloody and bruised, with scratches and open cuts on his back and along his elbows.

    Left out of options, the deeply upset Moon took to the video sharing platform to vent his frustrations and share his dreams of doing something positive for his neighbourhood.

    “I’m tired of struggling,” he told the camera. “I’m just trying to do the best that I can for my people.”

    But instead of giving up, Moon created a GoFundMe page to help get the community centre built and running.

    The Internet felt his pain and his inspirational story went viral.

    “This is really hard

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  • Ed Sheeran exchanges charity donations with a young fan in Ottawa

    “That’s the coolest thing anyone’s ever done," said Sheeran. "Thank you."

    Ed Sheeran poses for a photo with his most philanthropic fan, Piper. (Twitter/@MaulerMauler)Ed Sheeran poses for a photo with his most philanthropic fan, Piper. (Twitter/@MaulerMauler)

    Ed Sheeran, who got his big break from writing a song about a woman who he met while he was volunteering for a shelter, proves once again how great of a guy he is.

    Before his sold out show at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, he partook in a question-and-answer media scrum.

    Co-host of The New Hot 89.9’s The Morning Hot Tub, Mauler, told his audience that his daughter, Piper, is a huge Ed Sheeran fan. So instead of having him ask Ed a question, he handed the mic over to her, the Ottawa Citizen reports

    “What’s your favourite charity?” she asked the singer-songwriter.

    After telling her about the East Anglia Children’s Hospice, where his mom works, Piper pulled out a fistful of money and said “here’s 25 pounds from my birthday money to donate to that charity.”

    Piper’s grandparents gave her 50 dollars for her birthday, explained Mauler, and she went to the bank to convert it to pounds so that she could donate it to Sheeran’s charity of choice.

    “That’s the coolest thing anyone’s ever

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  • Christian, pre and post-haircut. (Deeanna Thomas/Facebook)Christian, pre and post-haircut. (Deeanna Thomas/Facebook)

    Eight-year-old Christian McPhilamy is the centre of attention for his selfless act today, but his last two years haven’t always been quite as easy.

    The boy from Melbourne, Florida saw a TV commercial about pediatric cancer two years ago, his mother Deeanna Thomas told Florida Today, where he heard about St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the challenges faced by kids dealing with cancer. It inspired Christian to grow his hair and, on May 20, he cut off one 12-inch and three 11-inch ponytails to be mailed to the Michigan-based charity Children with Hair Loss.

    Christian's hair in ponytails, ready to be chopped off. (Deeanna Thomas/Facebook)Christian's hair in ponytails, ready to be chopped off. (Deeanna Thomas/Facebook)

    While Christian’s intentions were entirely noble, his peers didn’t always see the good that he was doing and Thomas says Christian was bullied for having his long hair.

    “Some people tried to call me a girl,” Christian told Florida Today. He says he didn’t feel good about the comments, but wanted to keep working towards his goal.

    “I just wanted to give a wig away.”

    Scott Norris buzzing off the last of Christian's long hair. (Deeanna Thomas/Facebook)Scott Norris buzzing off the last of Christian's long hair. (Deeanna Thomas/Facebook)

    In a Facebook post, Thomas shared Christian’s story:

    He

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  • Beer company stops production, cans water for flooding victims instead

    "If everyone did one thing nice for another, this world might be a better place.”

    A can of water donated by the Anheuser-Busch company in the fourth year of worsening drought on February 11, 2015 in East Porterville, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)A can of water donated by the Anheuser-Busch company in the fourth year of worsening drought on February 11, 2015 in East Porterville, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    On Wednesday, beer company Anheuser-Busch, the maker of major brands like Budweiser, Michelob ULTRA, Beck’s, Kirin and O'Doul’s, announced that it had stopped beer production at its Cartersville, Georgia, brewery in order to produce 50,000 cans of water instead.

    “Right now our production line is running emergency drinking water instead of beer,” Cartersville brewery manager Rob Haas told NBC News.

    About 2,000 cases of the emergency water are already on route to communities in Texas and Oklahoma most affected by the recent flooding. The water should reach those states in the next day or so.

    Apparently this is nothing new. Three times a year, the Cartersville brewery produces cans of emergency relief water for the American Red Cross.

    “It’s something we’re uniquely positioned to do in a very timely period,” Haas said.

    In the wake of the devastation, more good news stories are emerging.

    When overcrowded animals shelters took to social media for help, dozens of people showed up to

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  • Six-year-old hero helps rescue kitten from storm drain

    “The [fire deparment] crew lowered Janeysha into the hole where she was able to lure the kitten into her arms and handed her out to safety.”

    Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Usdin, left, holds the kitten that was rescued with the help of Janeysha Cruz. (Brett J. Fassnacht/Lancaster Township Fire Department via AP)Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Usdin, left, holds the kitten that was rescued with the help of Janeysha Cruz. (Brett J. Fassnacht/Lancaster Township Fire Department via AP)

    Sometimes heroes come in small packages.

    When firefighters couldn’t reach a kitten trapped in a storm drain in south-central Pennsylvania, a little girl did the rescuing for them.

    Janeysha Cruz, 6, and her friends, spotted the trapped kitten on Tuesday afternoon. Janeysha’s mother called emergency services, then stuck around to give the fire crew permission to lower her daughter almost a metre down into the narrow drain.

    “The LTFD [Lancaster Township Fire Department] crew lowered Janeysha into the hole where she was able to lure the kitten into her arms and handed her out to safety,” the Fire Department posted on Facebook alongside a photo of Janeysha, Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Usdin and the kitten.

    “Special thanks goes out to Janeysha for her assistance.”

    The kitten is now being evaluated at an animal shelter where it will eventually be put up for adoption.

    In December 2013, we shared the story of a brave 11-year-old Brazilian boy who stopped traffic to save his dog after it was hit by

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  • Cleveland kidnapping victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus graduate from high school

    "I always planned to graduate, and my mom always wanted that for me..."

    Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus pose for a photo after accepting their high school diplomas. (Twitter/@EunKim)Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus pose for a photo after accepting their high school diplomas. (Twitter/@EunKim)

    In the spring of 2003, on the day before her 17th birthday, Amanda Berry was abducted by Ariel Castro.

    Gina DeJesus was abducted by the same captor the following year. She was just 14.

    The women, along with fellow kidnap victim Michelle Knight, spent the next 10 years in captivity. Their eventual escape made international headlines a year ago.

    And while they can’t relive the adolescence Castro stole from them, they can celebrate an important milestone they missed out on while imprisoned: high school graduation.

    On Wednesday, the two women donned white caps and gowns and walked across the stage during John Marshall High School’s commencement ceremony, and received honorary high school diplomas.

    John Marshall High School is Berry’s old high school. The idea to honour the women came from a teacher who taught Berry when she attended the school.

    “It was awesome,” Berry told the Plain Dealer not long after the ceremony. “I always wanted to grow up and be somebody and do something with my

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  • New York man takes dying dog on bucket-list adventure across the country

    “He loved it, it was so healing for him. It was like he was five years younger."

    Poh poses for a photo during a stop in Portland, Oregon. (Instagram/pohthedogsbigadventure)Poh poses for a photo during a stop in Portland, Oregon. (Instagram/pohthedogsbigadventure)

    Poh doesn’t have long to live.

    The 15-year-old pit bull-lab mix from New York City has been diagnosed with a series of serious health problems including tumours and kidney failure. Veterinarians believe that his days are numbered.

    The terminal diagnosis inspired Poh’s owner, Thomas Neil Rodriguez, to embark on a seven-week road trip with his pet, crossing off bucket-list destinations as they travelled the country.

    Poh looks up at the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington. (Instagram/pohthedogsbigadventure)Poh looks up at the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington. (Instagram/pohthedogsbigadventure)

    “It was a great trip,” Rodriguez, who adopted Poh from a shelter when the pup was just eight weeks old, told ABC News. “I got to spend seven weeks with Poh. At first, I did not think he’d make it two weeks, but he did.”

    Starting on March 6, Rodriguez, his fiancée, and Poh set off on a 35-city, 12,000-mile road trip that included stops in North Carolina, Texas, Oregon and Arizona.

    It didn’t start off as a seven-week trip. It just grew into one.

    Poh and Thomas enjoy the view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. (Instagram/pohthedogsbigadventure)Poh and Thomas enjoy the view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. (Instagram/pohthedogsbigadventure)

    Rodriguez, a DJ, had a gig booked in Arizona. Not wanting to leave his sick dog behind, he decided to bring Poh — and a daily IV

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