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A look at the stories that made the Shenandoah Valley smile in 2019

Credit: WHSV
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Published: Dec. 26, 2019 at 6:17 PM EST
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Here is a look back at some of the most heartwarming, most inspirational, most awe-inspiring, most joy-giving, most feel-good stories that our WHSV reporters had the honor of covering in the Shenandoah Valley and beyond in 2019:

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— Thanks to your help sharing his story, Diego Hernandez, battling a terminal condition, got to meet his heroes.

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— Days after a 5-alarm fire destroyed a Harrisonburg apartment building, Rebel the dog was found still alive amid the debris.

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— After suffering a stroke, Luke Guinn couldn't be at school. So his school came to him.

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— When Petersburg High School lost their field house to a fire just before the final game of their football season, schools from all around West Virginia chipped in supplies to support them.

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— After decades of searching, an Augusta County woman was able to meet her birth family.

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— A Rockingham County woman turned her family's story of rescuing a stray dog into a children's book.

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— Meet Eli Barkley, who jumped into action during a fishing trip to save a baby bear from drowning.

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— Todd and Jackie Campbell made sure their stillborn son's legacy will live on to let other grieving parents in our area have more time to say goodbye.

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— Meet Daniel Barnhart, who isn't letting spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy stop him from taking up boxing.

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— Meet Ashley Beahm, who made it her personal mission to help prevent drowning deaths in children 4 years old and younger.

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— Captain Anthony Whetzel's memory lives on through a Broadway bridge dedicated in his name.

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— Debby Benkert turned her love of Dr. Pepper into a recycling masterpiece.

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— A Harrisonburg man whose son's life was saved by a kidney transplant biked hundreds of miles so the same could happen for others.

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— JMU's School of Theater and Dance offered a special series of classes for people diagnosed with Parkinson's.

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— Meet the people who volunteer their time to drive people fighting cancer in the Shenandoah Valley to their treatments.

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— After more than 5 hours of not knowing whether his dog had survived a fire, Daniel Hernandez was reunited with Echo, found curled up in a bathtub.

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— To honor the life of her daughter, a Harrisonburg woman crochets hundreds of hats for cancer patients.

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— The owner of a Harrisonburg barber shop gave dozens of free haircuts to the homeless for the holidays.

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