It wasn’t all bad
At 95 years old, Canada’s oldest blood donor is happy to keep on giving. Beatrice “Granny Bea” Janyk has been donating blood ever since her husband nearly died from a sawmill accident in the 1940s. She’s given blood more than 200 times to no fanfare, but last week Canadian blood services honored her with a special ceremony and pin. “Knowing that I can save someone’s life, that’s so important,” says the great-grandmother, who takes no medications so her O-positive blood can be used for children and infant transfusions. Janyk’s message to anyone who’s afraid of giving blood is simple: “No pain, 20 minutes, then you’ll gain.”
Heavy winds and a freezing downpour couldn’t stop a cancer survivor from finishing the Boston marathon last week. Mary Shertenlieb, who has beaten leukemia three times in the past five years, was nearly 16 miles into the rain-soaked race when hypothermia took hold and medics recommended she quit. Her husband, Rich, suggested she warm up at home and finish the remaining miles later that night. At 12:18 a.m., the couple crossed the finish line together. “I just burst into tears,” Shertenlieb says. “I never thought I would feel this happy being in last place!”
Eighteen years ago, Fatima Faruq was too busy raising her newborn son to make it to senior prom. Her son, Nassir, never forgot that she missed out on that special night for his sake, so when senior prom rolled around this year at his Pennsylvania high school, he asked his 36-year-old mom to be his date. Faruq builds military helicopters for a living and normally wears a baseball cap, but for the party put on a glam wig and custom-made green gown that matched Nassir’s tuxedo. “I wanted her to feel young again,” says Nassir. “I didn’t want her to miss out.”
Cover illustration by Fred Harper.
Cover photos from AP, Nokia (2), AP