Woman paralyzed while helping crash victim walks down aisle at her wedding

Updated: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 @ 7:42 AM
Published: Monday, September 09, 2013 @ 1:25 PM
By: WPXI-TV

A bride, who doctors said would never walk again, took a trip down the aisle Saturday.

Alissa Boyle walked down the aisle then danced the night away at her reception.

Boyle was paralyzed last year when she and a fellow nursing student stopped to help a crash victim on Interstate 79.

The two women jumped off an overpass to avoid a semi-truck that was barreling toward them.

Doctors told Alissa she would never walk again, but she proved them wrong.

"It hasn't been easy.  But I just take it a day at a time and I'm here,” Boyle said. “I've met every goal that I've had since the accident and this is my last one and I did it, so it's been really good."

The nonprofit organization Jamie’s Dream Team helped  Boyle and her husband plan their wedding. The couple will honeymoon in Hawaii.

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Updated: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 2:29 PM
Published: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk


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From working dogs, to house pets, to those in shelters waiting for a home, no matter the size or the amount of fur, Friday is National Dog Day, honoring human's best friend. 

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The day was started by Colleen Paige, a pet and family lifestyle expert, in 2004, according to the National Dog Day website.

The group offers some ideas on how to celebrate the day, including adopting a dog from a shelter; donating blankets, food and other items to a rescue group; or conducting a home safety check to ensure a dog's safety.

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Florida man survives lightning strike, spider, snake bites

Updated: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 2:34 PM
Published: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 11:40 AM
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Kyle Cook can't decide whether he's really unlucky or incredibly fortunate.

In the last four years, the 31-year-old Florida man has been struck by lightning, bitten by a venomous spider and -- most recently -- attacked by an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake in his back yard in Lakeland.

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His father, Mike Cook, calls his son "a walking Murphy's law."

The younger Cook was almost finished mowing the yard at his family's rented house on Aug. 11 when he heard a loud rattling sound. He saw the 5-foot snake about 3 feet away. As he moved back, he stepped on a stick. He says the noise provoked the snake, which struck him.

Media outlets reported that the fang marks were still visible on Cook's right ankle two weeks later.

Strangers singing together at hospital are big hit online

Updated: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 2:24 PM
Published: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 11:08 AM
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A pair of strangers came together for an impromptu musical performance at a Texas hospital and have become viral sensations.

Pastor Mark Willhoite and his wife Sherry were at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital Aug. 18 to minister to patients, according to KTRK. While Mark Willhoite was performing a song on the hospital’s piano, a stranger, Vera Swain, set down and began to accompany him.

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The results were magical.

Sherry Willhoite posted the video on Facebook, where it quickly went viral and has been viewed over four million times.

Swain said she was delayed in getting to her destination by an hour, but it was worth it.

Florida woman tries to drown dog, witnesses save it

Updated: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 2:14 PM
Published: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 1:17 PM
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A Florida woman was arrested Wednesday after officials said she was seen trying to drown a dog in the ocean but was stopped by witnesses.

Marilynne Jones, 70, was at the Lighthouse Point Park at Ponce Inlet in Daytona Beach on Wednesday when witnesses said they saw her pulling on a cocker spaniel as it was trying to get out of the ocean, according to WFTV. Officials said the dog was unconscious when witnesses grabbed it out of the water.

"I observed the lady with a dog on a leash in the water and the dog was trying to get out of the water and she kept pulling it back into the water,” witness Edvaldo Silveria said.

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Witnesses performed CPR on the dog and it regained consciousness. The dog, whose name is Gracie, was taken to a veterinarian, where she is still being held. Investigators said the dog is alive and improving.

Officials said Jones did not appear "concerned or worried about her dog." She was arrested and charged with felony cruelty to animals.