Where did your values come from?

We've all had people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. A parent or grandparent, a sibling who was there for us, or maybe even just a guy who shines shoes for a living? Whoever they are, tell us their story so they can inspire us even more.



CARING

Micah S

Chorus has just ended and I am so excited about going to woodshop that I don't see these chairs in my way. Then suddenly, I trip over them and go flying and land on the ground unconscious. My breath is knocked out of me. It aches and hurts just to move, walk or get up. Micah says, 'Ben!' with lots of worry in his...

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CARING

Ellen E

My sister Ellen is my hero. We came from a somewhat poor family with three boys and my sister. My father died when we were pretty young. After my father died, my sister took care of my mother and us. She had just gotten married and she would have my mother stay at her house most weekends because she knew she was...

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LOVE

Martin T

Forty years ago at the age of six I had spent a great deal of time in a box in the closet and endured many years of abuse at home. I came to my first grade class sucking my thumb and staying behind when the class would go out to play. I was filthy and neglected. At one point I was kept out of school for an...

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CHARACTER

June and Grad W

This couple is in their mid 70's and work together for good like the wings of a beautiful bird in flight. Whichever one is involved in a project, the other is there to help. Together they've been taking care of a hospice patient for over two years. They care for any stray animal that crosses their path, not only...

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REACHING OUT

Pat B

Pat B. is a retired 2nd grade teacher. Like a lot of other teachers, Mrs. B faced challenges having kids in her class that brought with them various problems from home. In my particular case, as with so many other kids that she helped, I came from a disadvantaged family. I was often teased about my clothes, my...

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REACHING OUT

Joseph G

Joseph is always there when I need someone to talk to. He was one of the friends I made at my new school. If I ever have any doubts about something, he gives me the confidence. He believes in me no matter what I am trying to do. No one has ever really believed in me or told me I can do things. People have just...

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REACHING OUT

Rhonda K

After a bad childhood & no family; I lacked a huge concern for others. With no hope, I came to VCU as a lost freshman. Little did I know, my life would be changed forever by my advisor. Mrs. K. came into my life in August 2004 and I quickly bonded with her. I felt I could trust her, something not normal for me....

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REACHING OUT

DeAnn K

It is with great honor to nominate Dr. DeAnn K., a Professor of Sociology at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette as an outstanding person. Dr. K. believes in the success of students especially those with disabilities. Her belief is that she will NEVER, EVER give up hope on a student regardless of the grade...

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RIGHT CHOICES

Carol M

Carol is the director of P.A.C.T. (Partner Against Crime Team Mentoring Program) where she connects mentors with youths on probation who need a positive influence in an attempt to turn their life around. She treats the troubled youngsters with respect and dignity. Long hours are selflessly dedicated to keep the...

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CARING

Sherman P

I would like to nominate my dad as a hero. He lives across the country from me and my husband, but is never more than a phone call or email away. My husband and I live in beautiful Colorado where the mountains have become our backyard and playground. From time to time I find myself faced with having to do...

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REACHING OUT

Jennifer B

I am nominating my mom as my hero. I love my mother very much. She is always cheering me on to reach my dreams. Even though she didn't reach all of her dreams, she wants me to reach mine. She is my hero because she is the perfect mom. I have said a few bad things to her, but she is very, very forgiving. If I...

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LEARNING

Steve V

I never ever thought my dad would be a hero to me, but he is now. See this week we found out he has cancer. But that is just part of my story. I never liked my dad. I feel like I wished his cancer on him. I have Autism and a lot of other problems. I love to ride my horse and do gymnastics. I thought my dad never...

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HELPING OTHERS

Alan F

Alan is a wonderful man who works as a high risk obstetrician. He has saved countless mothers and babies, and he does it every day. Alan does such wonderful things every day, and he doesn't go around flaunting it. He says he's just doing his job, but he's really giving back to the community, and saving lives each...

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APPRECIATION

Geoffrey H

Most little girls grow up with their dad as their own personal hero. But my father is an inspiration to everyone in his life. As is frequently the case, the most generous and supportive person always seems to feel the least appreciated. I know there are days that my dad must feel that way. I want him to know that...

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APPRECIATION

Tommy E

My hero is my dad because he encourages me to live my life and he tells me what is right and what is wrong. I look up to him because he was there for me all my life and he never left me and he never will. He is just a great person to look up to. He is always there for me.

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