Feel good news: five reasons to feel good this week

Get through the week with these heartwarming stories.

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 1:45 p.m.

Hitting an early week slump? We've compiled some happy stories below to brighten up your day and get you through to the weekend.

Elkhart woman who has battled cancer attends red carpet Oscars event

Vicki Lehman and her daughter, Julie Eaton, attended the Night of 100 Stars red carpet event in Los Angeles for the Oscars.

Lehman and Eaton joined a group of 20 others from YES!, an organization that provides support to people with liver cancer. Lehman has battled colon cancer for 10 years. She said that attending events like then Night of 100 Stars makes her feel like she’s cancer-free.

The mother-daughter pair received custom designed dresses and jewelry and watched the Oscars with celebrities such as Jeff Goldblum, Patti Labelle and Jamie Foxx.

Couple inspired by the nostalgia of young love

A person named Devon sent this message to the Elkhart Pays it Forward Facebook page: 

“My hubby and I went out to breakfast this morning. I saw this young couple off in the corner with huge glasses of chocolate milk… Made me smile and remind me of when I was first starting out. So we paid for their breakfast with ours.”

An Elkhart Boy Scout troop is hosting a fundraiser for a Boy Scout with a rare disease

Zach Talley, 15, has a rare degenerative muscle disease called ataxia-telangiectasia, which means he's losing the ability to control his muscles as he gets older.

His mother, Brigid Steinhagen, is a single Elkhart mother with three other children. She worked two jobs until Zach got very sick in December and he was in the hospital for two months.

To help Steinhagen pay the bills and help cover medical expenses not covered by Zach's insurance or Medicaid, Zach's Boy Scout Troop is hosting a fundraiser.

A spaghetti dinner will be held on March 30 at Elkhart Moose Lodge. Find out more information in The Elkhart Truth's story about Zach.

This Elkhart company is the fourth best plastics company to work for

Plastics News and Best Companies Group ranked Reschor Inc., in Elkhart, the fourth best plastics company to work for.

The company employes about 93 employees and will be profiled in Plastics News’ March 17 issue.

"As a family-owned company, we take care in treating our employees with respect and rewarding their efforts. We continue to look for ways to make positive contributions in the community and in the lives of our employees,” Reschcor's President Tom Reschly said in a news release.

Scared puppies get new home, learn to love the snow

Ginny and Stella are new additions to Heartland Small Animal Rescue. When they arrived, they were so scared that they had to be carried into their foster home.

A few days later, after lots of love, food and interaction with their foster family, Ginny and Stella stepped outside on their own.

When they got outside, they discovered that they enjoyed all of the snow on the ground. They played and ran around and were happy.

Read more in The Elkhart Truth's Tails from the Heart community blog.

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