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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INSPIRATION
JERRY ECKERT My hero is my grandfather the reasons why he is my hero is because he is the hardest working man that I know. He is my inspiration everyday. He has stage 5 bladder cancer the doctor said he only has about a year left to live he has been in the hospital for months. He hates to be stuck inside and do nothing all he...
SUBMITTED BY BEN STUDER
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FRIENDSHIP
KALANI SITAKE Kalani Sitake is BYU's football coach and my 2nd cousin. The reason I chose Kalani is because I think he is a great person. Kalani loves to make great relationships with the players and is really close to them. He thinks of the players like family and treats them that way.
SUBMITTED BY DANIEL CHAI
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HELPING OTHERS
SAM ZHERKA Everyone in the neighborhood knew Sam Zherka. I respected him as a businessman who became successful at a young age. Sammy was the kind of guy who invited everyone he knew for a meal or a job, whatever he could. I used to hang out in his office playing with, ‘Butchy,’ Zherka’s Rottweiler. He was a tough dog, but...
SUBMITTED BY HECTOR
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CHARACTER
JOE GATTO Joe Gatto is a successful comedian based out of New York. Many of his counterparts in the industry get laughs by putting others down. Joe is the complete opposite. He never makes fun of anyone and always stays optimistic. His class and sophistication make him one-of-a-kind. Not only does Joe spread...
SUBMITTED BY DELANEY
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FRIENDSHIP
AIDEN MSHALLSCLASS He is very kind. He is very loyal and helpful as a friend. He is very funny. He helped me run away from a person who was trying to poke me with a stick. He's so cute. He helped me by cleaning up my mess when I spilled the bin or my tool box. Aiden helped me to run away from Erin. He's very nice to me. I like him.
SUBMITTED BY MS. TARLETON'S MUSIC CLASS
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GENEROSITY
WALK BY "HUBCAPPING" A few years ago I had purchased another car since my old one was not going to last long. I still had my old car and had not gotten rid of it yet when this happened. Each day I would drive to the next town and park my new car in a residential area and walk a few blocks to get to work. On the way, I noticed this...
SUBMITTED BY GREG JOHNSON
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COURAGE
MULALA YOUSAFZAY Mulala has a powerful story. She just wanted an education, but growing up in Pakistan made this difficult. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price for wanting an education. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few...
SUBMITTED BY KAY FRANK
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UNITY
FIVE AND ALIVE I grew up very poor and with a single mom in the throws of addiction. Often there was no money for food, and I was hungry a lot. On my fifth birthday (1986), a couple close family members were invited to go to a park to celebrate my birthday. No cake, no presents, not a problem. Except for my auntie. ...
SUBMITTED BY ERICA EYER
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COURAGE
SURVIVOR NOT STATISTIC! After enduring three years of abuse, and seeing it turn to my children I could not take it any more. Strength is more than the measure of muscle. Strength is the courage you muster to do even the things that seem impossible. That year there were 22,000 reported cases of abuse against children in my state. ...
SUBMITTED BY TARA RYAN
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MOTIVATION
BULLIED My whole life i have been bullied. i don't really remember a time when i haven't been bullied. the world is filled with them so you can't seem to get away from them no matter how hard you try. but i have learned that you must not believe what they say and believe what YOU have to say. bullies are just a waste of...
SUBMITTED BY KIERSTYN YOHE
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CLASS AND GRACE
MOE PISCOTTY When I was younger Moe was one of my closest friends. We would do everything together, from going mudding in his uncle's truck to bull riding at his ranch. Over the years we became further and further apart. He pursued his aspirations as a violinist while I got my self into trouble. One day, a few of my friends...
SUBMITTED BY FELIPE NEURENBURG
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MENTORING
ALEXANDER ESPINOZA Arriving at a new school not knowing anyone was one of the scariest experiences of my life. When I met Alexander it seemed as if all my fears and doubts were taken away. He genuinely cared about my comfort and went out of his way to make me feel welcomed. Alexander has one of the sweetest, most gentle hearts out...
SUBMITTED BY FRANCIS MELENDEZ
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COMPASSION
SEAN TOOHEY This young man is a truly remarkable individual. He consistently brings a smile to everyone he encounters on a daily basis. He exemplifies everything a Dad would want in a child. He is very humble with his personal life, and tries to shield his 9 month old son from the dangers of this cruel world. He is a...
SUBMITTED BY PAPA TOOHEY
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COURTESY
THE COFFEE PLACE I used to believe courtesy was a thing of the past. Very seldom have I encountered a courteous human being in this modern era of the so called Gen X. Recently, I had to change my thinking, when I came face to face with just such a human being. I had gone to a happening coffee place, with two of my grown up...
SUBMITTED BY AMITA SINHA
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DETERMINATION
KATHERINE HYATT My hero is my mama. She started her life at a very young age when she got pregnant with my older sister Mickellia, at 17 years old. When my grandparents found out they kicked her out of the house and she had to live on her own going to work full time to pay for us kids and finishing her high school career as...
SUBMITTED BY MYA
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