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Tweet reconnects family with Bristol nurses who saved girl’s life

We’re often told that social media is making us more divisive, more prone to outrage, more unhappy. It’s easy to forget that through the thickets of arguments an annoyances, social media is ultimately a tool for people to connect with each other. And sometimes, a story comes through that shows the best qualities of social media in all their glory.

Martin Dorey dropped his daughter Maggie off at University for the first time in September – an emotional moment for any parent. However, Maggie’s arrival to her halls in Bristol was especially poignant, as the window overlooked a children’s hospital where she had spent 6 months from birth fighting through leukemia.

After tweeting a picture of Maggie’s arrival, Martin saw a deluge of emotional responses – including one from Charlotte Higby, a nurse who saved Maggie after she went into anaphylactic shock due to her chemotherapy treatment all those years ago.

The touching conversation became even more emotional when Martin revealed that he named his second daughter, Charlotte, after the very same nurse.

I’m not crying, you are…

Though the initial replies to the conversation have been hidden to preserve nurse Charlotte’s privacy, you can read the full story here.

Since the tweet’s popularity, Martin has asked those interested to donate to various charities that aid children with cancer. If you’re interested, you can do so here.

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17 year-old blind athlete and TikTok star takes Paralympic swimming gold

Sometimes your hobbies can take you far further than you might expect them to.

Anastasia Pagonis is a prime example of how commitment to a leisure activity can take you to incredible new heights, even while overcoming adversity. Though her eyesight started to diminish around age 11, Pagonis continued with her passion of swimming.

At first, she struggled to maintain her usual form, sometimes “struggling to make it across the pool without bumping into a lane”. However, Pagonis maintained a consistent schedule, and by connecting with her coach, Marc Danin, she was able to overcome not only her own hardship, but her competitors.

In fact, Pagonis recently made history at the Paralympics by setting a new world record in the S11 400-meter freestyle at 4 minutes and 54.49 seconds, a full 10 seconds ahead of the second-fastest swimmer.

Equally impressive is the other side of Anastasia’s fame. Before attending the 2021 Paralympics, she was already well known to millions as a TikTok star, answering often mundane questions around her physical disability.

While you may not fancy yourself as a TikTok celebrity, there’s a lot to be said for following your passions through – you never know where they might lead you!

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10 year-old diagnosed with rare eye disease that left him blind is now training for England

Mikey Poulli has been a football fan for as long as he can remember. He cheered for Arsenal from the stands played for his local club from the age of 5, with dreams of becoming a professional footballer.

This all turned upside down for Mikey after a routine eye test at age 6 revealed he had ‘Rod Cone Dystrophy’, a very rare, incurable eye disease that in most cases eventually leads to blindness.

By the end of the next season, Mikey’s vision had deteriorated to the extent that he was officially legally blind.

But despite the devastation for Mikey and his family, he was not deterred. Mikey attended sessions for Visually Impaired Football, where the specialist coaches immediately recognised his talent.

Mikey now trains with England, and videos of his incredible talent have gone viral online. His achievements are proof that adversity in any form can be overcome!

We’re looking forward to the day we can see Mikey help it coming home… ⚽

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Man with Alzheimer’s remarries wife after forgetting they’re married

A 56 year-old man from Connecticut has proven that his love for his wife is undying, even under the strain of neurological disorder like Alzheimer’s.

Lisa Marshall, wife and caretaker for Peter Marshall since his diagnosis in 2018, explained her own confusion and heartache at Peter’s young diagnosis: “I didn’t know anything about Alzheimer’s. It was something you get when you’re 80.”

Lisa began documenting their journey on the Oh Hello Alzheimer’s Facebook page.

In 2020, while watching a wedding scene on television, Peter pointed at the screen and asked Lisa if she’d like to marry him. ” He didn’t know that I’m his wife,” said Lisa. “I’m just his favorite person.”

On April 26 of this year, the couple renewed their vows in front of close friends and family. Lisa says there “wasn’t a dry eye in the house”, and she “hadn’t seen Peter that happy in a very long time.

“I just want to be open and honest and tell people what we’re experiencing, because you might too,” Lisa told Today.

If you or a family has been affected by Alzheimer’s or you’d like to learn more, visit the Alzheimer’s Society website for support, advice and information resources.

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Boy sells his Pokémon card collection to save his puppy, receives rare gift in return

Eight year-old Bryson Killean, of Virginia, gained attention recently with a high-profile campaign to save his pet pup.

Bryson set up a GoFundMe in order to raise funds to treat his puppy, Bruce, from a highly contagious canine virus known as Parvo. Initially with a goal of $800, the campaign raised a staggering $5,000 in total.

Bryson also proved to be a real hero when, to the surprise of his family, he set up a curbside stall where he sold his beloved Pokémon card collection. Young pup Bruce underwent successful treatment for Parvo and is now reunited with Bryson and family at home – but the story doesn’t stop there.

The Pokémon Company got wind of Bryson’s heroic deeds, and made contact with Bryson to send him a pack of very rare Pokémon cards and a handwritten letter professing their admiration for his good deeds.

All the additional funds from Bryson’s GoFundMe and the sale of his cards are going towards future vaccinations for Bruce and other sick dogs in his community.

Now that Bryson and Bruce are healthy and reunited, I wonder if he’s up for swapping my shiny Charizard…

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British retiree becomes Twitter sensation through ‘Big Veg’ gardening

A lifelong gardener from Oxford has taken Twitter by storm for his incredible ‘big veg’, colourful outfits and all-round cheery outlook on life.

Gerald Stratford, 72, joined Twitter in early 2019, following some encouragement from his fellow gardeners, partner Elizabeth, and nephew Stephen.

Shortly into the first lockdown, Gerald’s incredibly-sized vegetables became a viral hit, with everything from his giant celery to crops of rocket leaves receiving thousands of comments, likes and retweets.

In fact, Gerald often seems to get as much love for his outfits as for his achievements in veg growing. In a recent tweet where he celebrated receiving his second COVID vaccination, many were quick to praise everything about Gerald’s outfit, from the cardigan to the veg-themed mask, and even the pins on his hat!

Gerald’s success isn’t just on the allotment, though, with his fame having led him to a collaborative project with Highsnobiety magazine for a new Gucci collection.

A prime example of doing what you love to find success… here’s to many more crops with Gerald 🌱

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