It wasn’t all bad
Three years ago, Hayden Hatfield’s bone marrow donation saved the life of a stranger’s baby. Last week, that now-healthy toddler served as flower girl at her wedding. Hatfield was at college in Alabama when she was found to be a match with a young leukemia patient in California, Skye Savren-McCormick. Although they never met in person, Hatfield and Skye’s family stayed in touch after the donation, and when Hatfield’s wedding rolled around, she knew Skye had to be part of her big day. Finally seeing Skye inside the church “was like a fairy tale,” says Hatfield. “It was magical.”
A deaf hiker says she owes her life to a husky named Nanook. Amelia Milling, 21, was hiking an Alaskan trail when she slipped and tumbled 700 feet down a snowy mountain. Bruised and confused, she saw a strange dog watching her and initially thought the animal was a wolf. Then she saw the collar and realized that Nanook—who lives with his owner near the start of the trail and often goes wandering by himself—wanted to help. He pulled her to safety after she fell while crossing a fast-flowing, freezing river and stayed by Milling’s side, licking her face, as she waited for rescuers. “I believe the dog is a guardian angel,” Milling says.
To get to Barali elementary school in southwest India, students until recently had to trek 2 miles through a jungle along a mud path. Many parents kept their kids home rather than send them on the hike. Worried that these children would miss out on an education, a science teacher named Rajaram and a former student recently pooled their savings to buy a school bus. Unable to afford to pay a driver, Rajaram said he “decided that I would learn how to drive the bus.” Daily attendance has increased from 50 to 90 children since Rajaram began ferrying kids to and from surrounding villages. ■