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10 positive stories that happened in Northeast Ohio in 2020

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 16:47:21-05

CLEVELAND — Let's be honest, 2020 wasn't the best year for most people, but some positive things did happen this year.

These are 10 positive stories that we covered this year.

Stand Up for Downs uses improv to help performers with down syndrome

Down Syndrome isn't stopping a group of people from following their dreams of performing improv.

The group Stand Up for Downs mission is to help those with down syndrome through improv comedy.

Cleveland Clinic celebrates its first canine caregiver on National Golden Retriever Day

The Cleveland Clinic received their first canine caregiver in February, a golden retriever named Kid.

Some of Kid’s duties include accompanying patients through long tests, procedures and infusions, as well as working as a walking companion for children who want to get out of bed and move around during their stay.

2-legged Ohio dog named Lieutenant Dan crowned 2020 Cadbury Bunny

A two-legged Ohio dog showed the world that you can become anything you want to be if you believe.

Lieutenant Dan from New Richmond, Ohio is now a star after he was named the 2020 Cadbury Bunny.

'Heart Fairy' in Avon Lake is spreading love and joy throughout her neighborhood and beyond

While the pandemic was in full swing in April, a woman from Avon Lake made it her mission to spread love and kindness in her neighborhood.

Dubbed the “Heart Fairy” by her neighbors and friends, Lori Burke drove around with her mother delivering hearts in the neighborhood.

High school seniors throw parade for nursing home seniors they've been paired with since October

High school seniors across the country didn't get their typical graduation this year due to the pandemic and senior citizens were stuck quarantining in nursing homes.

As part of the Four Cities Compact, high school seniors from Barberton, Norton, Copley, and Wadsworth were paired with seniors living in nursing homes since October.

The high school seniors decided to show their support for their new friends by visiting them in a safe, socially distanced way.

Officers give gift cards instead of tickets to honor fallen comrade on anniversary of his death

Each year on June 25, officers remember their fallen comrade, Officer Wayne Leon, who died on this day 20 years ago after he was ambushed, shot and killed during a traffic stop.

This year, officers, including Wayne’s brother Dean who works for the Parma Police Department, handed out gift cards instead of tickets as random acts of kindness in honor of Leon.

PHOTOS: Sunflowers in full bloom at Maria's Field of Hope at Cedar Point

Maria's Field of Hope brightens everyone across Northeast Ohio at the end of every summer.

The field was started by the McNamara family who lost their 7-year-old daughter Maria after she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive tumor called diffused intrinsic pontine glioma.

Man stranded on I-80 learns good Samaritan helping change his tire was Browns safety Ronnie Harrison

He may be new to the area, but Cleveland Browns safety Ronnie Harrison is already paying it forward in the city with random acts of kindness—and one man is particularly grateful for it.

Harrison helped changed the tire of a stranded driver on I-80 after he noticed that no one was stopping to help the man.

Dog with terminal cancer getting married Saturday, 'living her best life'

The Friends of City Dogs Cleveland gathered in October for a very unique wedding. Suzy, an adorable pit bull mix, got hitched to Frankie, a former City Dog.

Suzy is currently in foster hospice care. She was found on the streets, when it was discovered that she had a mammary tumor and cancer.

Her foster mom created a bucket list to ensure she lives the rest of her life to the best of her ability.

Cavs' Larry Nance Jr. creates personal initiative to assist local businesses struggling amid pandemic

Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Larry Nance Jr. took to earlier this month to announce a personal initiative he is starting in an attempt to help local businesses being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nance has requested that fans and businesses send an XL shirt, hat or piece of apparel from a local business that needs assistance. He will then wear a piece of each apparel he receives to a game this season, be photographed and post about the business on social media to bring awareness to it.

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