Shaw set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money.

None of my success felt sufficient to honor my parents’ gift of life in America. I treated mistakes as mortal sins, as evidence that something was wrong with me.

"Now I can write letters to my boyfriends,” she said with a laugh. The Internet laughed along with her.

More people across the country are hiring professional cuddlers for nonsexual touching sessions. “Most clients are under some level of duress: anxiety, stress, loss or need,” says the co-founder of one company.

Her son approached her and said, “Would you like to go to the prom with me? I think it would be dope. I think you deserve it.”

The joy she found in her rescue dog provided the inspiration

“I got over a hundred packages at my house. We’d sometimes get two, three, four a day,” said the woman who coordinated the birthday surprise.

Michael and Laurin Bank were married, as planned, on March 24.

Several weeks into the search, my son's anxiety was palpable, and I was starting to lose faith in humanity. Then I received an email.

"Her family blessed me w/EVERYTHING I needed,” wrote Chris French, who met the grieving parents in the hospital.

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