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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!]

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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.

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Meet Taylor and Danielle, whose epic love story has inspired people to donate more than $250,000 to help pay for Taylor's rehabilitation after he was severely wounded in Afghanistan in May.

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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]