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Josh Kelly suffered from epilepsy, a brain disorder that forced him to drop out of high school nine days before graduation. For nearly a decade, Kelly attended Idaho State University working toward a degree in geology, with his service dog, a black pit bull named Cletus, by his side. The pair would dutifully walk two miles both ways to catch the bus to campus.

Unfortunately, Kelly passed away in February just two classes shy of his degree. Nonetheless, ISU granted him a posthumous degree on May 10. In the young man's place, Kelly's tearful father, Terrell, walked across the stage with Cletus by his side and accepted the diploma.

Garth Callaghan is 44 years old and has been diagnosed with cancer three times since November 2011. Prostate cancer once. Kidney cancer twice. Although he appears healthy today, statistics say he has an 8% chance of living past 5 years.

Since his daughter, Emma, has been in the second grade, he has written her a napkin note for each lunch he's packed. It may be a quote or a simple word of encouragement but it is a time when the two can connect.

Garth may die, but he will not let Emma eat lunch without a napkin note. His promise to her is to write one napkin note for every day of class Emma has until she graduates from high school.

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Tennessee mother, Lacey Buchanan, shares her story through this heartstring-tugging video she made about her son who was born blind and with a cleft palate. She does expose the less-than-kind words that she's heard, which seems less than important when it's countered with the video's uplifting message.

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Therapy Kangaroo of the Day: Christie Carr credits her kangaroo Irwin with saving her life.

She says caring for the disabled Red Kangaroo convinced her not to commit suicide. "I needed something, and Irwin needed somebody," she told the AP.

But Broken Arrow, Oklahoma officials are concerned that Irwin could become a public safety risk. Carr says that, because of his injury, Irwin isn't expe

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Survival Story of the Day: A dog that had been carried out to sea by the tsunami was found alive three weeks later on a floating pile of debris off the coast of Kesennuma, Miyagi.

After several rescue attempts, the Japanese Coast Guard eventually managed to rescue the strandad pup (see photo below).

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