1The students who wore surgical masks to prom in support of a friend with cancer
Fortunately, Emily & her Osbourn Park High School choir friends devised a plan to make Jared (pictured, center, next to Emily in red) feel more comfortable behind the protective mask. After Emily and her friends got all dolled up in their gowns, tuxedos, and suits, they added one more accessory. It may not be a new fashion trend, but these youths, who all donned protective face masks, showed a sense of unity that everyone can admire. (Source)
2The neighbors who learned sign language so a deaf resident would feel more at home
A team of people from Samsung and the Leo Burnett ad agency spent a month setting up cameras and teaching people throughout his neighborhood sign language. On the appointed day, Ozlem went for a walk with her deaf brother, who was stunned to meet so many signing people in a world where those who can communicate in sign are often few and far between.
The ad was designed to raise awareness about Samsung's new call center for the deaf and hard-of-hearing in Turkey. It's nice to see advertisements that can both educate and make the world a better place.
3The classmates and coaches who shaved cancer ribbons on their heads to show solidarity with a teen who has bone cancer
4The students from a Brazilian school who wore skirts to support a transgender classmate
Maria decided to wear a skirt to school, but administrators attempted to make her wear pants, and fined the young transgender student for her skirt. Nine days later, 15 of Maria's male schoolmates arrived clad in navy blue skirts. She says that their act of solidarity meant the world to her.
Maria's friends aren't the only people who stand with her. The images of the skirt-clad students — tagged #VoudeSaia — went viral. (The hashtag roughly translates to “I'll be wearing a skirt.”) People of all races and sexual orientations have tweeted their support for her decision.
5The 80 students that had their heads shaved to support a classmate with cancer
To support her best friend, Cameron McLaughlin decided to donate a portion of her long, curly locks, but didn't feel like that was enough — she wanted to shave her entire head. Cameron's idea blossomed into a school-wide event called "Be Bold, Be Brave, Go Bald," where 80 students, three female teachers, both male principals, and even a student's mom, got their heads shaved in solidarity. (Source)
6The emotional moment when eleven women revealed their shaved heads to their cancer-suffering friend
South African portrait photographer Albert Bredenhann was first contacted by one of Gerdi McKenna's friends to do a shoot in February 2014. McKenna was diagnosed with breast cancer several months prior, according to a Vimeo video posted by Bredenhann.
Bredenhann said yes to the project, then called each woman involved to ask if they would shave their heads in support of McKenna for the photos. Bredenhann's video, set to Meatloaf's "I Would Do Anything for Love," shows McKenna's friends wearing pink clothing in support of her on the day of their drastic transformations.
7The teen who shaved his head in support of a friend battling cancer
Debbi says her daughter just wishes she could just live life as an average teen. Fortunately, Allie was well enough to make it to the homecoming dance at Collierville High School with her date, Brayden Carpenter. To her surprise, Carpenter shaved his head in support of mother and daughter, who have both lost most of their hair due to chemo. (Source)
8The high school students who shaved their heads for a classmate battling cancer