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This is the saddest story you will hear all day.

When his mother died unexpectedly in her sleep, Lennon James Picco was delivered via emergency C-section at just 24 weeks old.

The child tragically died as well soon after, but before he did, his father, Chris, sang to him for several hours in the NICU.

From the family's memorial site:

Dear friends, family, and supporters; it is with an unbelievably heavy heart that I write this. My little fighter, Lennon James Picco went to sleep in his daddy's arms late last night. He was surrounded by family, friends, and the best doctors, nurses and hospital staff in the world. He was dressed in an outfit that Ashley bought for him, with little guitars on it, and wrapped in a blanket made by a dear friend. I am so thankful for the four unforgettable days I got to spend with him. His mommy would have been so beyond joy to see him and to hold him, touch him, bathe him, sing to him - as I have had the privilege of doing. I have been so blessed and honored to love him before he was formed, to cherish him while mommy carried him, meet him face to precious face, and hold his perfect little body while we said "goodbye for now". There are no words, but I wanted to keep you updated, as your love and support has meant more than anything in the world. All you need is love.

You can donate to help pay for medical expenses here.

Via Hasset Go
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Early this year, Rowden and Leizl decided to get married on July 8, 2014, Rowden's 30th birthday. Together with their adorable 2-year-old daughter, they already had a perfect family.

Then a twist of fate, Rowden got diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer in late May. His last request was to marry his one true love. After 12hours of preparations, his dream was fulfilled. Unable to take him outside the hospital, we brought the church to him. It was like a heartbreaking fairytale.

Rowden Go, at the age of 29-years-old, passed away on June 11, 2014. Less than 10hours after he said his vows.

He is survived by his wife Leizel May, daughter Zakiah Rowzel, mother Lorelei, and brothers Hasset & Hisham.
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Lifelong Colts fan Danny Webber had just one wish -- to meet Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck.

Watch as the Colts make his dream come true.

Spoiler alert: puddles of tears, and not just for Danny.

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UMass football players Rob O'Connor and Daniel Maynes are pretty bewildered when a pair of cops tracks them down at practice -- but little do they know, Coach Charley Molnar is calling the play.

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Kyle Camp, a 10-year-old with Down syndrome, went missing Tuesday afternoon. Within hours, hundreds of friends and family had fanned out to find him.

When he didn't turn up, they feared the worst.

But 18 hours after he was last seen, Kyle was discovered safe and sound in a creek -- along with a mini expedition: His four puppies had "kept him warm overnight" in the woods until their barks gave up their location.

Awww.

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Holy schnikes, this is good -- no way you'll watch without crying.

(From this weekend's Georgia-South Carolina game.)

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These women kick serious ass -- here's the intro to their inspiring story:

Skittish at first, then wide-eyed with delight, the women and girls entered the sea, smiling, splashing and then joining hands, getting knocked over by the waves, throwing back their heads and ultimately laughing with joy.

The women were Palestinians from the southern part of the West Bank, which is landlocked, and Israel does not allow them in. They risked criminal prosecution, along with the dozen Israeli women who took them to the beach. And that, in fact, was part of the point: to protest what they and their hosts consider unjust laws.
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TJ has cerebral palsy, so he didn't have much control growing up.

But his physical therapist allowed him to ride the elevator as a reward on rough days -- being able to manipulate the buttons, choose the floors, and decide where he was going gave him an ownership over his situation and environment that he craved.

Now known as TJ Elevator Man, he's ridden thousands of elevators throughout the country; he even has a his own website that chronicles his journeys checking out elevators.

Which brings us to the video: When Hampton Inn in Ashville, N.C., found out TJ was staying there, they scrambled to mark the occasion. Watch as they make him an honorary member of the team, give him a lil' jacket and nametag, and film a video in the hotel's elevator for his website.

Great stuff.

[thanks, cole!]

Via PetaPixel
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Daniel Cui, a freshman goalie, was being blamed for his high school soccer team's losing season.

Then his classmates decided to show him they had his back.

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Meyers Leonard, a Portland Trail Blazers rookie, had a tough go of it after his dad died in a freak accident when he was 6. He and his big brother Bailey slept on the floor without electricity and struggled to survive.

But survive they did -- the two were inseparable, until Bailey joined the Marines to help support the family and was sent to Afghanistan for two tours. Meyers stayed behind and played college ball at Illinois.

Here's the happy ending: On Wednesday night, Meyers tweeted the video of the moment earlier this year when Bailey surprised him by flying home to come to one of his games for the first time in years:

A moment I will never forget. By far the best surprise I've ever had. Hard to watch it without tearing up. #Blessed

(For more, the brothers' incredible story has been covered extensively by the Oregonian and ESPN.)

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Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Freitas is home from Afghanistan for the first time in six months.

Watch as he surprises his six kids one by one.