It wasn’t all bad
A year ago, Lalu Muhammad Zohri couldn’t afford running shoes. Last week, the 18-year-old Indonesian won gold in the 100-meter sprint at the world junior championships in Finland. Zohri crossed the finish line in 10.18 seconds, beating two favorites from the U.S. and becoming the first Indonesian to medal at the event. Raised in a wood-and-bamboo home on the island of Lombok, next to Bali, Zohri often trained barefoot. He had to borrow $30 from his sister to buy sneakers for the big race. “I am crafting history,” Zohri says, “and I’m very proud.”
An 8-year-old with a robotic hand is closing in on her dream of becoming the first person to throw out the first pitch at all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. Hailey Dawson has Poland syndrome, a rare congenital disorder that caused her to be born without part of her right hand. But with a robotic hand built by a team at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Hailey can do anything she wants—including toss balls at MLB batters. She notched her 21st stadium last week with a pitch at Fenway Park. “I want people to know that if I can do it you can do it,” says Hailey.
When the rain started to come down in Pascagoula, Miss., Dulce Gonzalez was sure that her beach wedding would be ruined. But as the 24-year-old bride-to-be sat in her parents’ car, watching her nuptial setup get soaked, a stranger approached and offered to help. That woman, 67-year-old Cynthia Strunk, suggested Gonzalez hold the ceremony in her family’s beachfront home. The Strunks pulled chairs out of storage and were soon ferrying some 50 guests into the house. Framed by beach-facing windows, Gonzalez exchanged vows with her intended, Ariel Gonzalez. “They had everything set as if we actually planned it,” Dulce said. “It was perfect.” ■