BOSTON (CBS) – WBZ’s Jon Keller has been combing the archives for feel good news stories we reported during 2012.

There’s no doubt that bad news tends to dominate, that’s the nature of the news business. But everybody loves a good news story and here are a few of the local stories that made us all feel good during the year gone by.

Brockton native Jason Fowler was only 17 when a motocross accident left him paralyzed from the chest down. For a lesser man, cause for despair, but Fowler’s mother pointed him down a different path.

He became a world-class wheelchair racer, and then tackled the sports world’s toughest test – Ironman triathlete competition. This year, he won the world championship.

You may recall Jim Maki as the Boston man disfigured in a subway accident, who three years ago received a rare full-face transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. But this year, Jim told us about an even greater gift.

After years of separation, Jim and daughter Jessica, who works at the Brigham, have reunited.

David Lanteigne says his hero is Lilly the Pit bull, who saved her owner, David’s mom, after she had passed out on train tracks in Shirley. The public stepped up for Lilly, donating $60,000 to pay for the care of the woman’s best friend.

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One minute, 22-year-old Sunny Singh of Hyannis was working two jobs to help his cash-strapped family. The next, he was claiming a $30 million Mega Millions jackpot, with his spending priorities in order.

It’s nice to see good things happen to good people. But the girlfriend who dumped Sunny may see it differently.

Stephen Jerome downplays his heroism, but when he came upon two people trapped in a terrible wreck on Route 495 in Raynham, he stopped to help. Jerome pulled them to safety, risking his own life to save strangers.

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And if you love animals, you had to feel good about the story of Sugar the cat, who fell 19 stories from her owner’s apartment in Boston’s West End without suffering any broken bones.

Jon Keller


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