It wasn’t all bad
When Sara Hinesley first learned to write in cursive this year, she thought it was “kind of easy.” Now the 10-year-old from Maryland has won a national handwriting competition, a feat made all the more remarkable by the fact that Sara was born without hands. The youngster—who also enjoys painting—doesn’t use prosthetics. Instead, she grips the pencil between her arms and creates the beautiful script that won her the 2019 Nicholas Maxim award, given annually to two students with special needs. “If you try your hardest,” Sara said, “you can do it.”
King: A lifesaving delivery
Robert King was driving home from his job at a car dealership in the Chicago suburbs when he spotted an emergency medical van crashed on the roadside. King stopped to see if he could help, and a man asked if he could drive him and several boxes to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The man hopped in the car and told King that the boxes held a liver, a kidney, and a pancreas from a just deceased donor that were being rushed to two transplant patients. The organs arrived at the hospital in time, giving the two patients a shot at life. “I’m just glad I was able to do a good deed,” King said.
Katana the Shiba Inu has lost her eyesight, but not her love of the great outdoors. Florida resident Kyle Rohrig and his pet dog had previously trekked the Appalachian Trail together, with Katana walking up to 30 miles a day. Glaucoma caused Katana to lose sight in one eye in 2016, and just two months before the pair were about to embark on their latest adventure, hiking the 1,100-mile Florida National Scenic Trail, she went totally blind. But despite her handicap, Katana happily walked some 300 miles of the trail on her own, with Rohrig carrying the 8-year-old dog in a backpack the rest of the way. “She rose to the occasion,” Rohrig said. ■