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William Swilling spent last week pounding the pavement -- not in search of a job, but in search of a kidney for his wife, Jimmy Sue, whose only kidney is failing.

"I didn't know what to do," Swilling said. "I thought of this Tuesday night. Had (the sandwich board sign) made. I'm walking town to town and will walk back if I can make it."

Swilling said that by Sunday, he had six pages of names of perfect strangers willing to be tested for a match. But he'll keep walking the streets in his sandwich board until he finds one:

"I'm going to save my wife and that's what I want… I love her more now I believe than when I married her because we're not two, we're one."

[iwidk]

Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day

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Sixteen-year-old Caleb Beaver died suddenly of back-to-back strokes on Christmas Day 2011.

Eight months later, his mom, April, is a puddle of tears when she hears his heartbeat once more -- in the chest of Kentucky doctor Charles Shelton, whose life was saved by Caleb's donation.

[biotv]

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Long-lost silverback gorilla bros Kesho and Alf were reunited this week after spending nearly three years apart -- and it was brotherly love at first embrace, according to staff at Longleat Safari Park in the U.K.:

We weren't entirely sure that the brothers would even know each other, (Kesho has gained 200 pounds!) but the moment they met you could just see the recognition in their eyes. They were touching each other through the cage that temporarily separated them and there were no acts of aggression. We put them together 24 hours later and it was like they had never been apart.

[metrouk]

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Ten-year-old Elijah Porter was ecstatic when Canada's 4x100m relay team won bronze in London.

Then the team was disqualified for running outside the lane, and Elijah, devastated, wanted to help ease the pain for runners Justyn Warner, Gavin Smellie, Jared Connaughton, and Oluseyi Smith.

So he sent them a letter:

Dear Justyn, Gavin, Jarred [sic], and Oluseyi, I'm Elijah Porter. I'm ten and I live in Newfoundland, Canada. When I heard what happened on Aug. 11, I knew it was wrong. The rules were not right. But, at last, I realized how good you were. We're Canadians. We persevere. We create better lives for each other. The cold didn't stop us from living in the north. We didn't lose the War of 1812. We adapt and survive. We have earned our freedom. Someday, if I become a biologist, if I get rich, and, if I remember, I will donate money to the summer and winter Canadian Olympians. I hope you like the medal! Elijah Porter

Elijah included with the letter his medal from a soccer clinic sponsored by Tim Hortons.

[deadspin]

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On a day when the Honey Badger's dismissal from LSU dominated college football headlines, it's awesome to see a player get rewarded for their hard work. Marc Panu is a four-year walk-on at Vanderbilt, and during a team meeting on Wednesday, head coach James Franklin presented a highlight package to the team -- followed by a scholarship. Bravo!

[thanks, nick!]

Kickass Uncle of the Day

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YouTuber greatwhitebenja may be far from home, but when it comes to his sister's son Cade, he's a man with a plan:

I only get to see my nephew about twice a year because I am in the military, so today I emailed my sister some lines for him to get on videotape so we could do a little project together.

Their little project -- called "SuperNerds: Call Cade Maybe" -- involves rescuing the president from a hostage situation, and of course Cade gets to save the day.

Hottest. Coolest. Uncle. Ever.

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Emma is 2 and suffers from arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a rare condition that makes it nearly impossible for her to lift her arms.

Enter the specialists at Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, who custom-fit a 3D-printed Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton for the toddler.

Emma is back in business, and we're blinking our eyes in amazement. Technology can be beautiful.

[dailypicks]