Sometimes, 2017 felt a bit overwhelming. Luckily, we found some stories that will brighten everyone’s year.
Here are some of the most popular uplifting stories from 2017:
With the end of Michigan Radio’s State of Opportunity project, reporter Jen Guerra went on a mission to find the little boy whose voice was on our air for five years.
“Did you ever dream of seeing your name on a Broadway marquee as a kid? If so, you probably have some fond memories of memorizing lines and making costumes for school plays. But for kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities, finding a spotlight isn’t always easy. A growing number of programs across the country are trying to change that.”
"As fifth and sixth graders at Maltby Intermediate School get ready for camp, the school therapy dog Duncan watches patiently. Most of the kids pet him as they head out the school doors to their buses. Duncan is a one-year-old yellow Labrador retriever. He knows he’s on the job because he’s wearing his work vest that says, 'I’m friendly. Please pet me.'"
“When Dr. Rafaai Hamo was featured on the popular photography website Humans of New York in December of 2015, both he and the story he shared grabbed the attention and curiosity of people across the world.”
“Everyone over a certain age remembers where they were when the Twin Towers fell 16 years ago. But George Franklin also remembers a different day: ‘I have seared in my memory, the date of September 20, the day I took Muhammad Ali to Ground Zero.’”
Whoever built the Pontiac Silverdome did a very good job, because it took not one but two explosion attempts to knock it down!