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‘It’s a mystery’

Little Kaleb Rietema is full of surprises. It began on day 1, when he defied the best-laid plans for his birth.

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‘Will you marry me?’

Told she doesn’t have much time to live, Rhonda White sees two wishes fulfilled in a tearful, joyful double wedding ceremony.

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‘They are the A team’

More than a year after suffering a concussion, Jenn Essenyi finds the right treatments—and a wellspring of determination and faith—to reclaim her life.

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22 pounds of love

Cricket, a therapy cat, brings happiness and wholeness to hospice patients.

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The power of ‘ghost poop’

A brave 4-year-old girl gets a little help from her friends as she overcomes her fear of injections.

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‘I felt and heard a big pop’

Hope College running back Mike Miklusicak suffered two severe knee injuries. After two surgeries, he's back toting the rock and scoring touchdowns.

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Choosing joy

After a double lung transplant and battling a host of maladies, a Michigan mom has kept faith alive.

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‘In God’s hands’

A deer collided into his motorcycle, throwing Ken Pierce to the pavement and breaking his ribs. An innovative 'rib plating' surgery offered a quicker recovery with less pain.

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‘A walking, living, breathing miracle’

Candus Jones comes from 'a long line of cast-iron skillet women.' That toughness came in handy as she faced a rare and debilitating condition.

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Superheroes arrive in style

A quartet of caped crusaders rappel down the side of the children's hospital to kick off the Halloween party.

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‘So much better’

ReShape's balloons and one-on-one coaching help a swim instructor enter retirement in great shape.

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Reclaiming her spark

Menopause stripped away Judy Pellerito’s joy, but with hormone therapy, she has a new song to sing.