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90-year-old woman is diagnosed with cancer so she decides to travel across America

At the age of 90, Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer within a week of her husband’s death. Doctors told her she would need to undergo chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. What she chose to do instead could be the stuff of legend. After discussing her options with her son and daughter-in-law, Ramie, Norma decided to join the couple on a road trip across the country.

“She knows our lifestyle,” Ramie told TODAY. “She said, ‘Yep. I think I’d like to go along.’”

The family sold Norma’s residence and bought a motor home for her to travel in comfortably. And with her poodle companion joining in, the family began their wanderings in August 2015. “We see a spark in her eye that we haven’t seen in a very long time. She’s up for most anything,” Ramie said. “She’s living life and not in an end-of-life mentality. She’s in the present moment.” [source]drivingmissnorma1 drivingmissnorma2 Norma2 Norma3 Norma4 Norma5 Norma6 Norma7 Norma8 Norma9 Norma12 Norma16

Japan keeps a train station open for a single high school student

With birth rates rapidly declining in Japan, railways are finding they need to close down train lines that don’t have enough ridership to stay open. The Kami-Shirataki train station in a remote part of Hokkaido was one such station long overdue to close. However, Japan Railway decided to make an exception and keep the station open for a single passenger, a high school girl who uses the station to get to school.

The train only stops at the station twice a day, once in the morning to pick the girl up and once in the afternoon to drop her off back home. They’ve been doing this for the past three years and will continue to do so until March, when she will finally graduate.

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The decision has garnered quite a bit of positive reactions from Japanese citizens. “Why should I not want to die for a country like this when the government is ready to go an extra mile just for me”, said one commenter. “This is the meaning of good governance penetrating right to the grassroot level. Every citizen matters. No Child left behind!” [h/t lostateminor.com]Capture Capturew 

Dramatic Photos from the deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal

Buildings crumbled, thousands of lives were lost, and people banded together to help the wounded in the aftermath of a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck Nepal on April 25. Four days after the initial quake, over 5,000 people are reported to have died while over 11,000 were injured. The earthquake also triggered a massive avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 18 people.

Strong aftershocks and congestion on Kathmandu’s airport tarmac initially delayed the arrival of aid as local food, water, and medical supplies ran low. While aid has now reached the city, aid workers are currently tackling the challenge of accessing more remote regions.

These photos taken after the earthquake show the enormous amount of damage wreaked on the country of Nepal while also displaying the resilience of its people in the face of tragedy. [h/t gizmodo.com]

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