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How 1 couple divided by politics found love
Ryan and Haley Moon met while working an opposite sides of the aisle at the Iowa State House. Two years later, the two married. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk chats with the couple for the 3rd hour of TODAY about how they made their differing ideologies work.
85-year-old pole vaulter sets record
It's tough to do at any age, but this pole vaulter is 85 years old. Flo hails from Vermont and only picked up pole vaulting at age 65. She is just one of 15,000 athletes competing in the Senior Olympic Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Another competitor is Gerald Meyer, who is a grandpa, a triple medal winner and 100 years old. It's not about how fast they run or how high they soar, but rather how the spirit of Olympic competition keeps them reaching for new victories.
Childhood cancer survivor engaged
Montana Brown beat cancer, landed a nursing job at her former treatment center, and is now planning to marry a fellow cancer survivor.
Wheelchair-bound mom proves anything is possible with skiing trip
When Sarah-Jane Stazsak lost the use of her legs after a tragic 2014 accident, she was determined to ski again. Her optimistic spirit led her to this emotional moment in Valdez, Alaska, where she shared an incredible skiing trip with her young son.
Non-verbal grad gives groundbreaking graduation speech
Graduation speeches are often inspirational and moving, but one in particular might take the top spot for the class of 2019.
10-year-old makes history at El Capitan
Selah Schneiter is the 10-year-old girl who just made history, becoming the youngest person ever to climb the El Capitan summit at Yosemite National Park. The Colorado native spent five days scaling the 3,000-foot-high rock wall with her dad documenting the journey. Selah said at times she was tired and sore, but nothing was going to stop her from reaching the top. El Capitan was also at the center of the Oscar-winning documentary “Free Solo," which shows one man ascending without any ropes.
103-year-old runner wins gold in 50 and 100-meter dash
At the 2019 Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Julie Hawkins won gold medals in both the 50-meter dash and the 100-meter dash in the women's 100-plus division.
How tech is reducing hospital-readmission rates
Hospitals are losing more than $500 million per year due to penalties for patient readmission. Here are a few technologies that enable remote patient monitoring and prevent re-hospitalization.
DC restaurant showcases immigrant chefs for World Refugee Week
Maydan restaurant in Washington D.C. plays host to refugee chefs for the week.
90-year-old great grandmother goes skydiving for special cause
This 90-year-old woman wanted to celebrate her ninetieth birthday by doing something special, so she jumped out of a plane for charity.
This guy mowed lawns for vets in 50 states
Rodney Smith Jr. talked about his inspirational journey to help veterans across the country.
Police officer saved a baby’s life by and rushing him to the hospital
A police officer was flagged down by a motorist to save the life of her unresponsive baby
College student surprises stepdad with notes from childhood
When Sophia was in middle school, her stepfather would leave inspirational notes on her door. So while home from college for Father’s Day, she surprised him with a gift that brought him to tears. TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie has the Morning Boost.
Teen attacked by shark remains positive
Paige Winter, that amazing 17-year-old who was attacked by a bull shark while swimming in North Carolina, is on the mend, keeping her focus on the positive. The shark mangled her hands, and her left leg had to be amputated above the knee. Paige sat down with Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America," and she once again impressed everyone with her indomitable spirit. “Got some pieces of the puzzle missing. It's OK.” said Winter. She added that the shark did not take away her spirit.
Heartwarming moment as truck driver stops to help little old lady cross road
This is the heart-warming moment a truck driver stops in the middle of the road in Birmingham, England to help a little old lady cross a busy road junction on June 3.
Cystic fibrosis survivor defies odds with inspiring 'SYTYCD' audition
“We always say it takes bravery to come out here and perform on the stage in front of the judges,” producer and lead judge Nigel Lythgoe said Monday on So You Think You Can Dance. “When you have something like Lauren has, a disease that stops you breathing, it wouldn’t stop her dancing. That’s real bravery.” Nigel was referring to 19-year-old contemporary dancer Lauren Luteran, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as an infant and has been dancing since age 5. The prognosis for cystic fibrosis patients is damning – most do not live past their thirties, and there is no cure – but that has never stopped Lauren from pursuing her dream. “Dance helps my condition a lot. It’s a good thing I’m dancing,” she told host Cat Deeley with a smile. “I get out of breath faster, so it’s harder to sometimes keep up, but I’ve managed to do it for 14 years.” “Lauren is our inspiration,” Lauren’s mother, Maribel, said through tears as she sat next to Lauren’s stoic father, Donald. “Watching her every day get up and have a big old smile and saying, ‘I want to live now, because I may not be able to do it later.’ Just recently she’s really embracing the idea that she may not outlive us, so this has been like a dream for her.” Lauren’s audition, to Nashville electronic band Makeup & Vanity Set’s ethereal track “Obsidian,” was literally death-defying. While it wasn’t quite as advanced as other contemporary routines we’ve seen over the past three talent-packed weeks – which a concerned Nigel noted -- her technique and elevation were impressive (that final backbend/leg-lift combo! that mid-air split!), and she exuded both mental and physical raw strength. “I believe that you are here with a purpose,” declared judge Laurieann Gibson, who saw a Martha Graham-esque quality to Lauren’s expressive and athletic dancing. Said judge Dominic Sandoval, “Nigel made a comment about how your ability may not be strong enough to what we had seen [this season]. I actually think you’re stronger than most people in life in general. … I commend you on you coming out here and being a representation for anyone who might have limited time. You still get to live, and I find that beautiful.” In the end, all four judges decided to put Lauren through, even the conflicted Nigel. “I have got to judge you not only with my heart but my head also – and it’s a yes from me,” he said. It remains the be seen if Lauren, with her constricted airways, will be able to go the distance on this show – and even aside from any health considerations, she does face stiff competition this season. But it is fantastic has she’d been given the chance to compete, and really, she’s already won SYTYCD Season 16. Lauren’s goal, she said, was to “leave my mark and do what I need to do, and hopefully people love me,” and that definitely happened Monday.
Robert Downey Jr. sends special message to teen shark attack victim
The "Iron Man" star recruits the teen for his climate change coalition, and promises to follow her on Instagram.
These kid brothers are successful entrepreneurs – and they're uplifting other kids along the way
These two brothers started their own mega-successful sock company. They partner with tons of charities that benefit kids in need all over Miami and nation-wide, giving them the slogan they proudly wear, "Kids Helping Kids".
Boy filmed studying under street light gets new home built by kind stranger
The viral CCTV images caught the attention of philanthropist from Bahrain, Yaqoob Yusuf Ahmed Mubarak, who traveled to Peru to help the 12-year-old and his mother.
Gary Woodland surprises his biggest supporter
Amy Bockerstette, a Special Olympics golfer whose “You got this” mantra has captured the hearts of millions, helped inspire Gary Woodland during his U.S. Open victory. TODAY welcomes Amy and her dad for a chat about the pair's friendship and special surprise.
'A place I can be empowered': Inside a nightclub for people with disabilities
Starry Night Cafe in Hicksville, New York, is a nightclub that caters to the creative talents of people with disabilities.
This father and daughter are a firefighting pair
What better Father's Day gift is there than to train your daughter in your profession? Such is the case for Mark Andrews and his daughter Shannon. He has served as a firefighter for the last 26 years in the U.K. Shannon, who says she grew up watching her father gear up to fight blazes, knew she wanted to do the same. InsideEdition's Stephanie Officer explores how this family dynamic flows in the workplace.
Bronx conservatory offers low-cost music lessons to students
TODAY’s Sheinelle Jones meets Joaquin, an 11-year-old student at the Bronx Conservatory of Music, a nonprofit organization in New York City that provides students with low-cost classical music lessons.
Girl makes 'blessing bags' to help the homeless
One little girl is making a big impact in the lives of people experiencing homelessness in her city. Five-year-old Tynslee gathers items like napkins, socks, blankets, bottled water, snacks, books and sanitary supplies to help people experiencing homelessness in Florence, Alabama. The little girl has been making her "blessing bags" for more than a year, said her mother, Haley Bennett, and her generosity has inspired others to help as well.
Vegan restaurant in Brooklyn giving back
Sol Sips is a Vegan restaurant located in Brooklyn, New York. The owner is Francesca Chaney who wants to bring affordable, delicious Vegan food to her community. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/solsips/.
Doughnut shop surprises WWII vet with party
It wasn't Thomas House's usual reception at his favorite doughnut shop. The World War II veteran is a regular customer at Rainbow Donuts in West Covina, California, where they know him as "Pops." Little did he know that his family and friends, including those at the shop, had been planning a surprise party for him ahead of his 99th birthday. But the mood at the party was a bit subdued, because it was also a farewell party. InsideEdition.com's Mara Montalbano has more.
Inspiring stories from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Michael, Sara and Keke meet these incredible fathers and their kids.
This nurse's kind last act is to donate her organs
A nurse who spent 39 years caring for patients at a Pennsylvania hospital was given an honor walk as she was taken to complete her final act of care, organ donation. Mary Desin worked in the emergency room at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hamot. Her friend and colleague Donny McDowell said that Desin collapsed in the parking garage at the hospital. It was later determined she suffered a brain aneurysm. InsideEdition.com's Mara Montalbano has more.
How 2 kids are building a better future for families in need
When G.G. Benitez and her kids, Daniella and Gabriel, traveled to Mexico to build a home for a family in need, it sparked a journey filled with volunteer work. The Benitez family members join TODAY to share their story and to receive a special surprise to help them on their mission.
Long-lost lovers reunite 75 years after WWII
Kara Troy "KT" Robbins and Jeannine Pierson fell in love during World War II when Robbins was a U.S. soldier stationed in France. But when Robbins was sent to the Eastern Front, the couple was separated. Decades passed and both married and then became widowed. When Robbins returned to France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, French journalists helped him find his long-lost love. The two shared an emotional kiss and Robbins showed Pierson the photo of her he has kept with him all these years.
ABC News' Janai Norman chose to embrace her curls
How the ABC News anchor came to embrace her natural hair.
'Old Town Road' helped boy with autism find voice
While doing housework, Sheletta Brundidge discovered the breakthrough she'd been waiting for. Her 4-year-old son, Daniel, started singing the words to the wildly popular hit "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus. Daniel has autism and is nonverbal. But according to Sheletta, the song has inspired him to finally find his voice. As InsideEdition.com's Stephanie Officer reports, Lil Nas X himself was so moved, he reached out to the family.
Paraplegic man completes marathon on crutches
This paraplegic man only had one leg but that wasn't going to stop him from running in an 89-kilometer marathon. Amazingly, he used his crutches to quickly move across the road and complete the competition.
Man with rare genetic disorder receives surgery at no charge
Doctors at UC Irvine Medical Center removed nearly six pounds of excess skin from Enrique Galvan, 27, who was born with neurofibromatosis.
Ariana Grande donates to Planned Parenthood
ET has learned the 25-year-old singer made a donation around $300,000 to the organization.
Watch: Cleveland Clinic performs its first-ever surgery on unborn baby to repair spinal cord
This is Candy Sterling – a fierce drag queen at night and a corporate professional by day
Stars reveal why Pride Month is more important than ever: 'You should be proud of who you are'
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