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The staff at Seattle Children's Hospital is back with another heartwarming tearjerker -- and darn if isn't tailor-made for us softies:

Maga is a cat-loving teen patient with cancer at Seattle Children's Hospital. She's had to be in the hospital many times, and during her stays what she misses most is her own cat Merry. We asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite cat photos with us, and got an awesome response -- 3,000+ photos! We used these pictures to create this "cat immersion" for Maga -- an audio/visual experience to bring thousands of "virtual" cats to Maga's room.

[seattlechildrens]

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Redditor justgrant2009 recently received one of the most thoughtful gifts in the history of parenting:

This lamp has everything my mom ever found in my pockets when doing laundry for me when I was little. She gave it to me at my wedding.

Don't miss the "awww"-inspiring pic gallery, which offers close-ups of rocks, marbles, various small balls, and other detritus of a boy's life.

[twistedsifter]

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In anticipation of her 9th birthday, Rachel Beckwith informed her mom that she didn't want presents; instead, she asked friends and family to donate $9 to charity: water, so that kids her age in Africa would have clean water to drink.

She fell shy of her goal of $300, which is enough to give 15 people clean drinking water. But she pledged to do better when her 10th birthday rolled around.

Tragically, Rachel was killed in a car accident in Seattle just a month after turning 9.

News of the tragedy -- and Rachel's birthday wish -- made it around the world, and some 30,000 people gave more than $1.2 million to Rachel's campaign.

Her mom, Samantha Paul, was blown away:

It made me realize how blessed I am even though I don't have Rachel with me anymore.

And so on Monday, exactly one year after Rachel's death, Paul continued her daughter's campaign with a visit to a village in Ethiopia, where local partners were using funds from Rachel's campaign to drill wells.

They also had commissioned a marble sign to honor her:

Rachel's great dream, kindness and vision of a better world will live with and among us forever.

Sixty thousand people in more than 100 villages will drink clean water because of Rachel's wish.

[seattletimes]

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Mark Ellis suffered a stroke at the age of 22, and subsequently developed locked-in syndrome -- he was completely paralyzed and unable to speak, but his mind was unharmed.

But just weeks earlier, his wife Amy had given birth to their daughter Lola-Rose. Despite being given a slim chance of survival, Amy Ellis says her husband eventually regained the ability to talk, move, and walk by mimicking his infant daughter:

He started to make the same sounds, and then the words came too. There wasn't much time between him and Lola-Rose both taking their first steps -- I think Mark took his first steps a week or two after Lola. They use toys, books, games and the iPad together to learn how to do things and communicate. Doctors didn't expect him to survive but his youth and mental strength have helped him pull through.

Amy Ellis says that despite her husband's recovery, they support the family of Tony Nicklinson, who has suffered from locked-in syndrome for seven years and last week took his fight for the right to die to court.

[theweek]

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The "My Wish" series returned to ESPN this week for its seventh season, and the newest episode captured 10-year-old Donovan Troy, who suffers from sickle cell anemia, hitting the recording studio with his favorite NFL player, Philadelphia Eagle DeSean Jackson.

After the Eagles practice, DeSean completely surprised Donovan with an invitation to go to a recording studio in downtown Philadelphia to write and record a rap song. Music producer/audio engineer Mike Jerz played a few different beats he created and Donovan selected his favorite. DeSean wrote lyrics that were Eagles-themed and pretty soon Donovan donned some headphones and hopped in the booth with DeSean to start rapping. DeSean called Donovan "Jay-Z in the booth" at one point. ... Donovan was thrilled to play catch with Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick. He didn't drop one pass, which included a high-arcing, 25-yard strike. Donovan impressed Vick with his best DeSean touchdown dance after that catch.

[rosterbation]

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YouTuber cadynow sets the scene:

After 5 years of building a relationship through video games, facebook, and a webcam we both get to see each other for the first time.

[nedhardy]