Feel Good Friday

“Five people with severe autoimmune disease have become the first in the world to receive a groundbreaking therapy that uses genetically altered cells to drive the illness into remission.” Scientists hail autoimmune disease therapy breakthrough.

+ Ian Mackay was paralyzed 14 years ago in a bike accident, but he’s come to see there’s happiness in finding new ways to experience old loves. In his case, that meant getting back on the road, in a record-setting way.

+ A fundraiser for an Iowa teen who was a victim of human trafficking and convicted of killing her rapist, has easily surpassed the $150,000 restitution fee she was ordered to pay his family. (It’s still a sick story.)

+ SF Chronicle: Bay Area swimmer crushes 27-mile ocean route from S.F. to Half Moon Bay. (On the next day, I pedaled my kayak under the Golden Gate Bridge which is the middle-aged Jewish male equivalent of swimming to Half Moon Bay.)

+ NYT: 5 Russian Bullets Dashed an Opera Singer’s Dreams. Then He Reclaimed His Voice.

+ ‘The craziest thing ever on ice’: teenager Malinin lands first quad axel in history.

+ Chick-fil-A employee praised for saving woman and baby during carjacking.

+ ‘I’ve Played More Games Than Barry Bonds’: Meet Home Run Hunter ‘McCovey Cove Dave‘.

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