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Despite the coronavirus pandemic, there was plenty of good news in 2020 like a nurse capturing graduation photos of a child she helped care for in hospice.

WASHINGTON — In the past year, there has been a lot of focus on the global pandemic, national politics, social justice,  unrest and a lot of gloom and doom.

Despite all of that, there are always things worth celebrating, big and small. No matter what’s happening in the world, there’s always a reason to smile.

Here are a few stories you might have missed in 2020 that are sure to lift your spirits:

1. Football players buy cookie so little girl can use the restroom at Subway

In July, when 8-year-old Avery needed to use the bathroom at a Subway, the employee said she would need to buy something first. Her mom didn’t have her wallet at the time and they were about to leave when two University of Georgia football players stepped up and offered to buy a cookie.

RELATED: Mom grateful for UGA players who stepped up when 8-year-old couldn’t use restroom without paying

2. Mother and daughter matched at same hospital for residency

Cynthia and Jasmine Kudji made history by being the first mother-daughter duo to attend different medical schools simultaneously and match with a residency program at the same hospital. They both matched with LSU Health in New Orleans for their residencies.  

RELATED: Mother and daughter doctors matched at the same Louisiana hospital for residency

3. Former sanitation worker gets into Harvard

Rehan Staton said he received rejection letters from every college he applied to, so he started working as a sanitation worker to help his single father. Years later, he’s been accepted to Harvard Law School.

4. Man with Down syndrome completes Ironman

Chris Nikic became the first person with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman Triathlon. He…



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