10 stories that brought us joy this week

Each year, an estimated 1.8 million people in the United States are affected by cancer — most commonly cancers of the breast, lung, prostate, and blood cancers such as leukemia. While not everyone overcomes the disease, thanks to science, more people are surviving — and for longer — than ever before in history. We asked …

43-year-old mother of 4 just qualified for the U.S. Olympic diving qualifying finals

Laura Wilkinson was first woman to have won three major diving world titles, including the Olympic gold medal in the 2000 Olympic Games. She was 22 then. Now she’s 43, a mother of four, and 13 years post-retirement—and she just qualified for this weekend’s women’s platform finals in the U.S. Olympic trials. “I never thought …

2 awesome strangers brought gifts for a newborn baby after receiving a misdirected text.

What happens when the proudest moment of a parent’s life is also the strangest? Just ask Mark and Lindsey Lashley from Georgia. On March 19, they welcomed their first child Cason, a healthy baby boy, into the world. Nothing out of the ordinary there. Then Cason’s grandmother decided to send a text to family members …

Dad delights crowd with a literally over-the-top celebration at his kid’s graduation

Alice Saisha was raised in the Luapula Province of Zambia with 10 brothers and sisters. She always had big dreams for when she grew up. However, she almost didn’t achieve them. “I nearly had to drop out of school because of poverty,” she says. She also almost became a child bride to a much older …