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The Amazing Ways 8 Extraordinary People Said I Love You Sometimes, the people we love deserve more than chocolate and flowers. He carved 6,000 steps In Gaotan, China, in 1942, Liu Guojiang came upon a woman and one of her daughters who had tumbled into a river while washing clothes. Liu rescued themand promptly fell in love with the woman, Xu Chaoqing. She considered Liu a hero, but some community members didnt approve of the couples ten-year age difference. So Xu and Liu eloped, and they and Xus four children retreated to an abandoned straw hut in the mountains of Chongqing. Worried that his wife would get injured on the small, steep trail between the hut and the town below, Liu spent 57 yearsand broke 36 steel chiselscarving 6,000 steps by hand into the mountainside to ensure that his wife could ascend and descend without trouble. Liu maintained the stone staircase until his death, in 2007, at the age of 72. Xu passed away on October 30, 2012. The two are buried on the same mountain where theyd built their lives together. Alison Caporimo

He tracked down a kidney When doctors told Larry Swilling, 77, that his wife Jimmie Sues only kidney was failing, he knew he had to do something quickly. Larry couldnt donate to his wife of 57 years, and Jimmie Sue, 76, was too sick to wait three years or more for an anonymous kidney

donation. So Larry took to the streets of the couples town of Anderson, South Carolina, wearing a homemade sign that read Need Kidney 4 Wife in big red letters. Larry got some strange looks as he hung around busy street corners, but I dont care what people think, he told CBS News. She looks after me, and I look after her. After the local news covered the story, Larrys act of love went viral, inspiring more than 100 strangers to get tested to donate to Jimmie Sue. Nearly a year after Larry began his unconventional search, the couple found a match, and Jimmie Sue underwent surgery to receive a kidney from Kelly Weaverling, a 41-year-old retired Navy lieutenant commander from Virginia. Says Kelly, I just had a feeling that it was the right thing to do. A. J.

They got him down the aisle Last October, ICU nurses at the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland gave patient Scott Nagy special assistance. They carefully buttoned a crisp white shirt over his breathing tube, helped him into a black sport jacket, and pinned a red rose to his lapel. Diagnosed two months earlier with terminal urethral cancer, Nagy was determined to attend his daughter Sarahs wedding. Scott is the most courageous person Ive ever met, says nurse-practitioner Jacky Uljanic. Hed say, No matter what, Im going to make it to the wedding. Twelve medical professionals made it happen. Some helped load the 56-year-old into an ambulance, while others monitored his ventilator. Two nurses even wheeled him down the aisle in his hospital bed as he held hands with Sarah. Says Jacky of Scott, who passed away less than a month later, [He] allowed us to look outside the box of traditional medical care. I was honored to help him. D. B.