Proof Positive! Celebrating Things That Don’t Suck

Here’s some good stuff to get your mind off all that bad stuff. BRACE YOURSELF FOR FEELS!

Teen with Dwarfism Forgoes Gifts to Help Kids In Hospital


Brenden Baker of Abilene, Texas, was born with a rare form of dwarfism called Desbuquois syndrome, and he’s 27-and-a-quarter inches long and weighs 24 pounds because of it. Brenden recently turned 13 years old in December, but instead of presents, he requested that people donate money for the Children’s Miracle Network, a nonprofit that helps fund children’s hospitals and medical research. His current goal for the campaign is $6,500. You can (and should because this kid is AMAZING) donate to Brendan’s GoFundMe HERE!

Dog Missing For 3 Days Rescued After Being Found Alive in Sinkhole


A dog named Maverick who went missing for three days was rescued after he was found buried alive inside a sinkhole. The dog’s owner, Lisa Van Valkenburgh, worried her 12-year-old German Shepherd had run off to a nearby lake, and almost gave up looking for him after 72 hours. She decided to go out one more time, when she heard a faint howling. Firefighters and rescuers spent three hours getting Maverick safely out of the sinkhole, and he was safely reunited with his family. MORAL OF THE STORY: ALWAYS LOOK FOR YOUR DOG ONE LAST TIME.

Indian Soldier Buried By Avalanche Found Alive After 6 Days


An Indian soldier named Hanamanthappa Koppad who was buried under 10 meters of snow for six days on the world’s highest battlefield in Indian-controlled Kashmir was miraculously found alive Monday night by rescue teams searching for him and 9 of Koppad’s fellow soldiers. He was miraculously found alive Monday night by rescue teams searching for the missing soldiers. He is currently in a New Delhi hospital in critical condition, so send him all of your good vibes and well-wishes. ALL OF THEM.

Entire Class Learns Sign Language To Communicate With Fellow Student Who Is Deaf


Mirzana Coralic enrolled her 6-year-old deaf son named Zejd into a school that had no students or teachers who knew sign language, so his primary teacher, Sanela Ljumanovic, volunteered to learn in order to communicate with Zejd. Zejd didn’t know sign language himself, so Ljumanovic recruited his fellow students to also learn so that the entire class could communicate with him. Now THAT’s a school that doesn’t let any child get left behind. (Take notes, ‘Merica!)

One Workshop Is Letting Kids Design Their Own Prosthetic Limbs


Companies KID-mob and Autodesk teamed up with professional designers and engineers for a “Superhero Cyborgs Workshop”, which gave six kids a chance to 3D print “a potential alternative to their upper limb prosthetics”. Obviously the kids got incredibly creative with their design freedom, and most of them ended up with awesome Nerf-gun arms or water-gun arms. The latter is what Sydney Howard, pictured above, went for.  Her dual-water-gun arm is activated by merely moving her elbow. (Who DOESN’T want to hang out with a kid like that?!)

Husband Saves His Wife’s Life By Donating His Kidney After Spending An Entire Year Dieting and Exercising to Get His Blood Pressure Low Enough For Surgery


PJ Spraggins was delighted when he discovered he was a perfect kidney donation match for his wife Tracy, who was told her life-long battle with Lupus would kill her if she didn’t get a transplant. However, the couple was told that PJ’s blood pressure was too high to perform the operation. Instead of accepting defeat, PJ spent the next year losing 70lbs and getting in shape in order to get his blood pressure down. After months and months of hard work, doctors finally gave him the all-clear and they performed the surgery this February. Sounds like this couple saved each other! 

A Boy With Cancer Proposed to His Favorite Nurse

As you can see in this video that most definitely made you cry in public, Gideon Robinson, a 5-year-old who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia last year, proposed to his favorite nurse, Sarah Richards, while undergoing treatments at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Sarah said “YES! You Can be my hospital husband!”, which will probably suffice for Gideon at least for the next 15 years or so.