7 Uplifting News Stories from Last Week

Happy Monday, Superheroes! Start your week off right with these uplifting news stories.

1. 97-year-old sees the future, thanks to Google.

97-year-old Olive Horrell grew up on a rural farm sans electricity and didn’t even know what a radio was. So she was completely awed by all the futuristic technology on her VIP tour of Google’s campus. Horrell’s wish to “see the future” was granted by the non-profit Wish of a Lifetime, which makes senior citizen’s dreams come true. Read the full story here.

2. Rescued penguin continues visiting man who rescued him. 

In 2011, João Pereira de Souza discovered a penguin beached right by his Brazilian shanty. de Souza nursed the penguin, who he calls Jinjing back to health. Now, Jinjing often wanders off for days (or even months) at a time, but he always returns to the man who saved his life. Read the full story here.

3. Twitter CEO gives his stock back to employees.

Twitter has been making headlines lately for massive layoffs – but employees got some good news too. Twitter Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey agreed to give 1/3 of his stock share back to the company so they could use it for employee bonuses. That’s about $200 million! Read the full story here.

4. Cop returns teddy bear.

Talk about the most adorable distress call of all time! An Indiana sheriff’s deputy was shocked over the weekend when he received a call from a Minnesota 5-year-old, who had lost his beloved teddy bear during a family road trip. But the sheriff’s deputy decided to do what he could – and ended up finding the bear and sending him home. Read the full story here.

5. Mom pleasantly surprised by boy at skate park.

Jeanean Thomas was prepared for the worst when a teenage boy approached her intimidated daughter at the local skatepark. But the boy helped out the young girl, ignoring the friends who made fun of him for doing so. Thomas’ thank you letter to the teenager went viral – read it here.

6. $750 drug gets $1 competitor.

Daraprim, a drug that treats a life-threatening parasitic infection, used to cost $13.50 – until Turing Pharmaceuticals acquired it in August and raised the cost to $750 per pill. The price hike outraged many – and another company decided to do something about it. Imprimis Pharmaceuticals will release a Daraparim alternative with the same active ingredient for just $1 as part of its new initiative Imprimis Cares, which will offer lower-cost alternatives to 7800 FDA-approved medicines. Read the full story here.

7. Sesame Street introduces autistic character.

Last Wednesday, Sesame Street launched Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children to help reduce the stigma behind the disorder. The initiative introduced a new autistic character named Julia, who appears in digital stories and videos as well as a free app, geared towards families with kids aged 2 to 5. Read the full story here.

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Written by Sasha Graffagna

Happy Monday, Superheroes! Start your week off right with these uplifting news stories.

1. 97-year-old sees the future, thanks to Google.

97-year-old Olive Horrell grew up on a rural farm sans electricity and didn’t even know what a radio was. So she was completely awed by all the futuristic technology on her VIP tour of Google’s campus. Horrell’s wish to “see the future” was granted by the non-profit Wish of a Lifetime, which makes senior citizen’s dreams come true. Read the full story here.

2. Rescued penguin continues visiting man who rescued him. 

In 2011, João Pereira de Souza discovered a penguin beached right by his Brazilian shanty. de Souza nursed the penguin, who he calls Jinjing back to health. Now, Jinjing often wanders off for days (or even months) at a time, but he always returns to the man who saved his life. Read the full story here.

3. Twitter CEO gives his stock back to employees.

Twitter has been making headlines lately for massive layoffs – but employees got some good news too. Twitter Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey agreed to give 1/3 of his stock share back to the company so they could use it for employee bonuses. That’s about $200 million! Read the full story here.

4. Cop returns teddy bear.

Talk about the most adorable distress call of all time! An Indiana sheriff’s deputy was shocked over the weekend when he received a call from a Minnesota 5-year-old, who had lost his beloved teddy bear during a family road trip. But the sheriff’s deputy decided to do what he could – and ended up finding the bear and sending him home. Read the full story here.

5. Mom pleasantly surprised by boy at skate park.

Jeanean Thomas was prepared for the worst when a teenage boy approached her intimidated daughter at the local skatepark. But the boy helped out the young girl, ignoring the friends who made fun of him for doing so. Thomas’ thank you letter to the teenager went viral – read it here.

6. $750 drug gets $1 competitor.

Daraprim, a drug that treats a life-threatening parasitic infection, used to cost $13.50 – until Turing Pharmaceuticals acquired it in August and raised the cost to $750 per pill. The price hike outraged many – and another company decided to do something about it. Imprimis Pharmaceuticals will release a Daraparim alternative with the same active ingredient for just $1 as part of its new initiative Imprimis Cares, which will offer lower-cost alternatives to 7800 FDA-approved medicines. Read the full story here.

7. Sesame Street introduces autistic character.

Last Wednesday, Sesame Street launched Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children to help reduce the stigma behind the disorder. The initiative introduced a new autistic character named Julia, who appears in digital stories and videos as well as a free app, geared towards families with kids aged 2 to 5. Read the full story here.

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Written by Sasha Graffagna

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