It wasn’t all bad
A runner on the Isle of Man—a tiny island that sits between England and Northern Ireland—has completed 19 marathons in 19 days to raise money for coronavirus relief. Christian Varley finished his final 26.2-mile run in four hours, 39 minutes and raised $102,000, more than four times his goal. The 35-year-old said he was inspired to take on the challenge after seeing the devastation caused by Covid-19, which has killed at least 24 of the island’s 83,000 residents. “I’ve never been so emotional,” Varley said after completing the 19th marathon.
When Gabrielle Pierce discovered that her graduation ceremony from Xavier University of Louisiana had been canceled because of the pandemic, she burst into tears. “I was really upset because felt I deserved to walk after all that hard work,” said Pierce. Seeing her despair, her dad, Torrence Burson, decided he’d bring commencement to their Memphis home. He secretly hired a stage and podium, enlisted the family’s pastor to run the ceremony, and then told Pierce to put on her cap and gown for a practice graduation. Pierce stepped outside and was stunned to see the elaborate setup in their driveway. “I think it was better than the regular one,” she said of her commencement.
Sebastian Morris was scuba diving with his dad off the Florida coast when the 13-year-old spotted something on the seabed. “It kind of shined, so my natural reaction is, OK, it might be treasure,” said Sebastian. Father and son pulled the object free from the sand and discovered it was a prosthetic leg. Sebastian started a Facebook campaign to reunite the titanium limb with its owner and was quickly contacted by Carter Hess, an Army veteran who explained that he’d lost the $3,000 prosthesis while surfing. Hess now has his limb back and is planning a diving expedition with Sebastian.
Cover illustration by Howard McWilliam.
Cover photos from AP, Reuters ■