In a chaotic and uncertain world, it helps to remember that good things are happening around us all the time. We think it’s important to pay attention to the good stuff. Here’s a roundup of uplifting stories to cheer your heart.
Hiking buddies: she’s his eyes, he’s her legs
Trevor Hahn, 42, lost his sight due to glaucoma. Melanie Knecht, 29, is unable to walk as she was born with spinal bifida. The two nature-lovers found a way to enjoy hiking together – with Hahn carrying Knecht on his back and Knech acting as a guide for Hahn. It’s called adaptive hiking, and we’re here for it.
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We have officially set a date and picked a 14er (but are keeping it a secret🤐😉)! With one month to go, we are training and preparing as much as we can! 💪🏼🧠 Guiding Trevor has become more natural/easier, and Trevor is building up his strength carrying Melanie. Many people stopped to stare at us on this beautiful trail specifically, probably a little confused and definitely curious.🤔 This is nothing new for Mel, and doesn’t bother Trevor obviously 😂, but we love making new friends, so if you see us on the trails, please say “hello👋🏼”! Part of sharing this journey is creating a safe space to ask ability-related questions, which we are more than willing to discuss. FYI, most handicapable people would rather be asked a seemingly uncomfortable question, than have (most likely) false assumptions made about them. If there’s anything you’re dying to know, ASK!🏔🥾👀 #hikingwithsight • • (Image description: Trevor and Melanie smiling on the Twin Sisters Trail with big boulders, surrounded by pine trees, under blue skies, with Mount Meeker and Longs Peak being majestic in the background)
You can’t help but smile at these toddler BFFs spotting each other on the street
Maxwell and Finnegan are in music class together and when they saw each other on the street, they couldn’t help but be overjoyed. These little ones are friendship goals, for sure.
Stranger responds by raising money for sick boy after receiving text by mistake
Abby Fink, a friend of the Jakeman family whose son Noah is in the hospital suffering from respiratory failure, texted what she thought was a message to a church friend in an attempt to coordinate dinner. Instead, she reached a man named Bill. When Abby explained the error and the situation with Noah, Bill’s response was “How can I help?” He went on to ask his friends to give cards, blood donations, and money to help defray medical costs. Bill himself is not religious – he simply believes people should look out for each other, but Fink considers him an angel. You can donate to Noah and his family here.