• Amanda Scarpinati doesn’t remember being burned as an infant, but she’s always had the scars to remind her. 

    “Growing up as a child, disfigured by the burns, I was bullied and picked on, tormented,” she told the Associated Press.

    At only three months old, Scarpinati rolled off the couch onto a boiling steam vaporizer. The medicated ointment she was wearing at the time helped cause the severe burns that covered much of the child’s body. 

    While she didn’t have any memory of her time at Albany Medical Centre, where she was treated for her injuries in 1977, she said she always felt a connection to one nurse in particular. 

    In fact, one nurse was photographed swaddling and cradling the three month old Scarpinati, a tiny figure with gauze covering most of her head. 

    “I’d look at those pictures and talk to her, even though I didn’t know who she was. I took comfort looking at this woman who seemed so sincere, caring for me,” Scarpinati said.

    Scarpinati, now 38, has been looking for the

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  • Two teens are giving a tiny disabled kitten a second chance at a better life.

    Cassidy the kitten was found nearly starved in the woods in Langley, B.C., with both of his back legs lost. He was rescued by Shelly Roche from Tiny Kitten Rescue, a volunteer-based organization working to rescue stray, feral and abused cats, Global News reports.

    “He managed to survive somehow for nine weeks, until we found him,” Roche told Global News. “He actually had learned how to lift his little bum off the ground and walk like a reverse velociraptor.”

    Cassidy was born with all four legs but Roche told the Huffington Post that she suspects the kitten’s back legs were “accidentally chewed off by his mother” instead of the umbilical cord during his birth. He then suffered from E.Coli infection in his back legs and it took “lots of food and antibiotics” to save him.

    After getting healthy, the 12-week-old kitten was stuck with a body that just couldn’t keep up with him.

    So Roche turned to Facebook for help.

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  • Sikh men use their turbans to save group from drowning

    Their heroic actions saved lives

    The Dastaar, the turban worn by Sikhs, is something that’s mandatory by their faith and represents piety, dedication, self-respect and courage – But two Sikh men in Punjab have themselves become symbols of courage after removing their Dastaars so they could save a group of young men from drowning in a canal.

    Footage of the dramatic rescue, shot on a bystander’s cell phone, has been circulating online and was picked up by New Delhi Television.

    The broadcaster said young men had gathered for the immersion of Ganesha idols at Sullar Gharat village when strong currents washed a group of men away.

    That’s when two men on opposite sides of the canal sprang to action.

    “They had fallen very near the canal bridge and shouted for help,” Inderpal Singh, 34, told the Times of India. “I immediately spotted a wire lying near the bridge and rescued two of them with the help of the wire. However, three others were still caught in a current.”

    He told Times of India three men then jumped in to help the

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  • (Facebook/Rebekka Garvison)(Facebook/Rebekka Garvison)

    Rebekka Garvison was traveling last week with her newborn daughter, Rylee, to surprise her husband.

    The Huffington Post reports that they were leaving Kalamazoo, Michigan, to visit Fort Rucker, Alabama, where Nick Garvison was working for the U.S. Army.

    Garvison revealed in a Facebook post that she was nervous about flying alone with Rylee.

    She boarded her early morning flight and immediately noticed that the couple next to her seemed unhappy about sitting next to a mother and baby.

    Things only got a little more stressful when Rylee started to cry before the plane even took off.

    Garvison changed seats and ended up sitting next to a woman, Nyfesha Miller, who offered to comfort her crying baby.

    “I’m not sure if she could tell how stressed and upset I looked or what, but she turned our day completely around,” the mother wrote.

    Rylee stopped crying as Miller held her for the entire flight. At one point, the two ended up falling asleep.

    “It brought tears to my eyes while I sat there and

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  • An animal aid group in India has brought a dog back from the brink of death and her transformation will have you believing in miracles.

    Animal Aid Unlimited found the starved and sickly pup on the side of the road in Udaipur, a city in North West India.

    The animal was initially wary of human contact and it was clear by the condition of her mange and other severe health problems, she had not had any of it in quite a while.

    “She was so exhausted and inward,” Animal Aid Unlimited said.

    (Photo: Animal Aid Unlimited, India)(Photo: Animal Aid Unlimited, India)

    At the shelter she showed herself to be very defeated. She would simply lie on her mat and stare at the wall, clearly in pain from the infections and hair loss she had suffered from being on the streets. Human touch was also so foreign to the animal, she didn’t understand how to react to being pet.

    Her rescuers could see there was still hope both physically and emotionally for sweet Mabel.

    They treated her for two months with everything from an IV drip for her infections and medicated baths for her mange,

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  • Cop joins daughter for an adorable tea party

    “A great reminder that deputies are human beings."

    (Facebook/Collier Country Sheriff's Office)(Facebook/Collier Country Sheriff's Office)

    We all have our pre-work rituals, from an early morning workout to a steaming mug of coffee to hitting the snooze button.

    For one Florida deputy, spending time with his daughter before work is a sweeter kind of call of duty.

    Adam Dillman, a deputy officer with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, joined his daughter for a backyard tea party before heading to work and the resulting photo is melting hearts everywhere.

    “This photo is a great reminder that deputies are human beings,” the sheriff’s office posted on its Facebook page.

    “They are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters … they have families at home that are praying for their safety every day.”

    Since it was posted last week, the photo has been shared more than 1000 times on Facebook and has almost 2000 likes. 

    “I said it before [that] it doesn’t matter how big and bad you are… If you are invited to tea time you go to tea time,” Facebook user Josch Jurczak commented on the photo.

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  • (Photo: Delia D Blackburn)(Photo: Delia D Blackburn)These tear-jerking photos shot and shared by Ohio based photographer Delia D Blackburn have garnered nearly a million likes on Facebook

    Bride Brittany Peck and the rest of the wedding party were all left confused as Peck’s biological father, Todd Bachman, abruptly stopped the procession and walked towards her stepfather, Todd Cendrosky, according to WKYC.

    Bachman then grabbed Cendrosky’s hand, and pulled him towards the front of the aisle to join him in walking their daughter.

    “NOT A DRY EYE at the ceremony.. including me!” shared Blackburn on Facebook.

    “He came and grabbed my hand, and said: ‘You worked as hard as I have. You’ll help us walk our daughter down the aisle,” Cendrosky tells WKYC, “I got weak in the knees and lost it.”

    (Photo: Delia D Blackburn)(Photo: Delia D Blackburn)
    The bride’s stepfather was overwhelmed with emotion as he walked down the aisle with Peck and Bachman. 

    “Families are what we make them… make it about your kids and not your ego,” shared Blackburn.

    (Photo: Delia D Blackburn)(Photo: Delia D Blackburn)
    “It hasn’t always been peaches and cream… by any stretch

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  • A doctor who specialized in robotics is getting applause for his hands on approach to treating a toddler who was suffering an asthma attack on a transatlantic flight.

    On Sept.18, Dr. Khurshid Guru of Buffalo, New York was flying from Spain to the U.S. when he was informed there was a toddler on board crying and struggling to breathe. 

    The child’s parents informed Dr. Guru that they had accidentally packed his asthma medication in their checked luggage, which was now stowed below. 

    “The child had developed a cold,” Guru told ABC News. “We were three or four hours into the flight. I think the cold and popping of the ears and crying. He got worse.”

    Dr. Guru measured the child’s oxygen levels and found them to be very low. It was at this time he decided the child needed to receive treatment on board the flight and waiting to land would be too dangerous.

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  • A police officer is receiving some well-deserved attention after lending a hand to a man in need.

    Last Tuesday, the Roeland Park Police Department in Kansas received a phone call about a suspicious man sitting in a local park.

    Officer Zach Stamper arrived on scene and found Samuel Meixueiro, who wasn’t at all suspicious.

    Meixueiro had stopped in the park to take a break during his five to six hour commute to work.

    He told Officer Stamper that after losing his house, he began sleeping in a church and walking to work from Kansas City, Missouri, to Mission, Texas, in order to keep his job, Fox 4 News reported.

    Officer Stamper drove Meizueiro to work, but after they exchanged goodbyes, he knew he had to do something to help the other man out.

    Stamper returned with a bike for Meixueiro, and a duffel bag to store his belongings.

    Meixueiro was touched by Stamper’s generosity and said he couldn’t believe what the man had done for him. 

    “Things are so hard for me right now. Any kind of help is

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  • SpiderMable: Edmonton girl rescues "kidnapped" Oilers captain Andrew Ference

    Children's Wish Foundation gives young cancer patient a heroic day

    A six-year-old woke up Monday to find her city looking to her to help save a local hero.

    A breaking newscast was broadcast in Edmonton, with Sgt. Steve Sharpe explaining that Oiler’s team captain Andrew Ference had been "kidnapped."

    “If SpiderMable is out there, and you get this message, come down to the mayor’s office and be a part of that team and lead us towards safety and getting our captain back,” Sharpe pleaded.

    Of course, Ference was not in danger and the newscast was staged. Ference was actually hanging out at the Edmonton Valley Zoo, waiting to be saved by his biggest fan and soon to be hero. Here's a recap of SpiderMable's incredible journey.

    The whole scenario was cooked up by the Children’s Wish Foundation – with help from Edmonton Police, Mayor Don Iveson’s office and other community groups – to help Mable fulfill her dreams of helping others and fighting crime, all in a leotard.

    Even Ference’s kids were in on the heroic rescue.

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