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Feel Good Friday: Inspirational People Worth Celebrating This Week

People never cease to amaze us here at Celebrations. During a time when bad news seemingly gets more attention than the good news, when selfish and salacious behavior appears to be rewarded more than common decency and the age of online anonymity has turned anyone and everyone into a bully, there is a whole crop of do-gooders who restore our faith in humanity. 

We honestly believe that for every story about violence and hate, there are 100 more about love and acceptance. For every insult hurled, there's a dozen selfless good deeds that have been acted. And for every event that brings us sadness, there's another worth celebrating.

This week, there were so many stories of courage and compassion, we couldn't help but spread the love. We've rounded up some of our favorite feel-good stories of the week in the hopes of not only recognizing people worth celebrating, but also learning something from their good deeds.

First-Class Passengers Give up Their Seats for U.S. Marines Traveling Home
Image via ABC News
A group of 13 United States Marines were given an unexpected surprise when they stopped through Chicago's O'Hare Airport on their way home to San Diego from their tour in Afghanistan.
Linda Kozma, an employee with the Veteran Military Employee Resources Group, learned the group would be passing through O'Hare when a wife of one of the service men called requesting the group be greeted with some Chicago-style pizza or champagne. With such short notice, Kozma and her fellow volunteers organized a warm welcome.
The city's aviation department, firefighters and police all came in to greet the incoming Marines. As their plane taxied, firefighters sprayed arches of water in salute. When the Marines walked off their plane into the airport, they were greeted by a line of applause from American Airlines personnel, airport employees and other patrons.
American Airlines also has a policy of upgrading service men and women to first class, but only had six spots available for their San Diego-bound flight. That's when seven first class passengers gave up their seats so the Marines could fly home in style.
"We want these kids coming home to realize that they haven't been forgotten," John Colas, a USO volunteer and former Marine, told the Associated Press.
Breast Cancer Patient Has a Hospital Dance Party Before Double Mastectomy

Undergoing a double mastectomy must be nothing short of terrifying -- not only for the patient, but also her family, friends and doctors. But San Francisco OBGYN and breast cancer patient Deborah Cohan gave "staying positive" a whole new meaning on Nov. 5 when she hosted a dancing flash mob at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion moments before her surgery. Wearing a hospital surgical gown and cap, Dr. Cohan and her medical team shook their booties to Beyonce's "Get Me Bodied."
"I want to dance with my community -- flash mob style -- in the hallway of my Mt. Zion hospital room," Dr. Cohan wrote on Oct. 28 on her CaringBridge page. "Maybe even get some other patients out of their beds to dance with us... dance is my medicine."

A Homeless Veteran Gets a Makeover (and a Second Chance)

Jim Wolf, a homeless veteran with an admitted drinking problem, allowed to undergo a makeover, courtesy of Dégagé Ministries, Design 1 Salon & Spa, and Rob Bliss Creative. They filmed the video of his shave, haircut and new duds for an incredible time-lapse video. After his dapper new makeover, Jim agreed to enter Alcoholics Anonymous, and now has his own housing.

Via Buzzfeed

City of San Francisco to Transform into Gotham City for Boy's 'Make-a-Wish'

Image via Make-a-Wish

On Nov. 15, San Francisco will become a real-life version of Gotham City for 5-year-old Miles, a cancer patient whose one wish is to be BatKid. The Make-a-Wish Foundation is not only making Miles' dream come true with their organization; for the first time, they're enlisting the help of the entire city.

Local police officers, bank employees, restaurant workers and actors will all help Miles rescue a damsel in distress, capture a bank robber and be honored for his brave efforts with a key to the city at City Hall.

“Since he wants to be a superhero, we felt like having a large crowd there waiting with signs and cheering him on would make him feel like a hero, not just because he battle villains and helped fight crime, but he’s a true hero,” Jen Wilson, marketing and promotions manager for Make-a-Wish in San Francisco, told ABC News.

Via ABC News

NYC Commuter Lets Tired Man Take Nap on His Shoulder

New Yorkers have the reputation of being grumpy and impatient, especially during the subway commute home. But Isaac Theil, who lives in Brooklyn, proved we can all be a little more considerate of those around us when he let a tired stranger fall asleep on his shoulder. When fellow passengers offered to wake the napping subway rider, Theil refused.

"He must have had a long day, let him sleep," Theil said, according to a Redditor named Braffinator, who posted the initial story to the social media site. 

"We've all been there, right?'"

Via Huffington Post

Did a media story or personal experience inspire you this week? Share your story with us on our Facebook page, tweet at us @celebrations or drop a comment below.

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