It wasn’t all bad
When internet trolls told Jade Hameister to “make me a sandwich,” she did just that. Bullies bombarded the 16-year-old Australian explorer with the sexist suggestion in 2016 after she gave a TEDx talk about how she had skied to the North Pole. Revenge is a dish best served cold, so Hameister celebrated the end of her recent expedition to the South Pole—when she became the youngest person to ski to both poles—by posing for a photo with her lunch: ham and cheese between two slices of bread. “I made you a sandwich,” Hameister captioned the picture. “Now ski 37 days and 600 km to the South Pole and you can eat it.”
Thanks to road-tripper Jordan Kahana, a pair of abandoned puppies are now social media stars. Kahana, 30, was journeying across the U.S. when he spotted the dogs on a deserted Arizona road. After rushing them to an animal hospital for treatment, Kahana decided to adopt the 8-week-old pups as travel buddies. Since then, Zeus and Sedona have visited 35 states—their travels to national parks and beaches chronicled on Instagram for the puppies’ thousands of followers. “I just knew I had to bring them with me,” says Kahana.
A $35 T-shirt saved Robert Leibowitz’s life. Suffering from chronic kidney disease, the New Jersey father of five came up with an innovative way to find a transplant donor: He had the phrase “In Need of Kidney” printed on a T-shirt and wore it to Disney World. Onlookers posted a photo of Leibowitz on Facebook, where it garnered thousands of shares. Eventually, Richie Sully, a father of two from Indiana with the same blood type, offered to help—and the two successfully underwent surgery last week. “It’s not about checking a box at the DMV or donating platelets,” says Sully. “It’s about doing more when you can.”