EVERYDAY HERO STORIES
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.

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LOVE
LIFE LONG FRIEND I believe that we are blessed to have one true friend in our lifetime. That friend, for me, would be Liz. We met in 1964, both newlyweds away from home. We were in the same town for a little more than a year. How could we know that in 2011 we would still be the BEST of friends living 300 miles apart. Even with...
SUBMITTED BY SANDRA MARKHAM
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CARING
TAKE TIME TO NOTICE THOSE AROUND YOU After a long day of hassles and shopping. I was tired, hungry and ready to point my car in the direction of home. It seemed like every time I turned around something was going wrong and I was weary and recalling all my struggles in my own mind as I pushed my basket full of stuff out of the store. I happened to...
SUBMITTED BY BETTY NEWBERRY
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HARD WORK
HAMLET T My little brother is my hero. He was a wild teenager. Everybody expected him to end up in trouble. When his girlfriend got pregnant, he didn't run away, he moved his girlfriend to an apartment and got two jobs to support her and her son from a previous relationship. I saw him put a crib together and wait for the...
SUBMITTED BY JEDAYA
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FRIENDSHIP
MY FIRST BEST FRIEND. I am in my late 50's now and all the racial discord going on in our world these days makes me so sad. I was born in the south and we moved to a small farm when I was probably about four. Our only neighbors were a wonderful and loving black family. Their daughter, Linda, was a little more than a year younger than...
SUBMITTED BY PHYLLIS ROBERTS
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HUMILITY
CHARLESTON C My hero is a man named Charleston. He is the grocery store clerk at a local grocery store here in Wisconsin. My family never had much of anything and we were okay with that. Charleston knew that we struggled and helped us a great deal. He always had a warm smile on his face every time we would come in and he...
SUBMITTED BY DAVID WYNNE
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PERSEVERANCE
JOHN S My hero changes my life every day. My hero always loves me, cares for me, nurtures our relationship, helps me be the best "me" I can be. My hero is my big brother. He was born physically challenged but that did not stop him from being the best man I know. When he rolls into a room, everyone smiles! Those of us...
SUBMITTED BY ANNIE CROUDY
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INSPIRATION
TUCSON: OUT OF THE ASH SPRINGS THE FLOWER I listened to the speech President Obama delivered at the Tucson Memorial for the fallen and wounded. And while there remains a different kind of wound in all our hearts, I was captured by his appeal for the ‘better angels of our nature’. The horror that felled people at the Safeway store in Tuscan while Rep....
SUBMITTED BY ROSALIE CUSHMAN
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COURAGE
GLENDA M My hero is my mother who always knows what to do and makes everyone happy. She is very friendly and nice to people. Everyone that knows her loves her sense of humor. She makes everyone laugh and feel good. And that is why she is my hero.
SUBMITTED BY SCOTT
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DO YOUR PART
CHRISTOPHER H My youngest child is my hero. In high school he completed 4 years of NJROTC. His junior year he enlisted in the US Navy. May of 2010 he graduated high school. June of 2010 he turned 18. August of 2010 he left for boot camp. He has people constantly approaching him and saying thank you. His response is, "I haven't...
SUBMITTED BY SHELLY
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COMPASSION
TRACY A The definition of a hero in the dictionary is, "someone distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility and strength." I know this is going to sound cliche, but my mom is my hero. She takes care of me and my family, she goes to work and is usually happy. But the main reason why I idolize her as my hero is because...
SUBMITTED BY AMBER
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HELPING OTHERS
GLORIA S My hero, is my friend Gloria! Our life paths crossed about 22 years ago, while working with the phone company. During those years, of working together, I began to know what she really wanted to do in life and that was to help women, children and the homeless. Gloria spent many hours working with a local coalition...
SUBMITTED BY GLEN BROSE
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CHARITY
BEST FRIENDS SHARING THEIR LOVE FOR ANIMALS The local paper picked up a story about 2 girls from my son's elementary school. Here is the link: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/07/its-their-party-so-birthday-loot-goes-to-needy/
SUBMITTED BY SUSAN BERNOTAS
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LOVE
MANJU K My Hero is my 'Mother'. Despite early widowhood caused by life-altering traumatic death of our dad, my mother chose to remain sane and move ahead in life! She raised her two daughters single-handedly and beautifully, instilling positive values in them. She is the epitome of a 'woman 'with strength,grace and...
SUBMITTED BY RAJITA
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FRIENDSHIP
TRICIA S My hero is not someone who has faced war or has saved many lives from a burning building. No, my hero lives among us. Just like you and I. She has an average life but has changed mine greatly. I first met my hero about 2 years ago when I was 12. It took me 6 months to actually start talking just about little...
SUBMITTED BY HANNAH
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PERSEVERANCE
REESE W My cousin Reese is my hero because of her determination, stubbornness, and will to get out of that hospital bed and into her wheelchair. From the chair to her knees. From her knees to her walker. From her walker to her cane. And someday from her cane to her feet. With perseverance, I know she can do it. I love...
SUBMITTED BY KENNEDY
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