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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MATTHEW MASSULLO GRIT
MATTHEW MASSULLO Matthew has suffered from Major Depression Disorder since he was 18. After enlisting in the Army, he finally got the consistency that he craved for so long. Unfortunately, his depression kept him from being happy, and his military career quickly came to an end when he attempted suicide in February of 2014....
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LEARNING
LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE NULL For many years I was living a life of self will run riot. Until recently my natural instincts drove my unrealistic demands on people place and things of which I really had no control, my expectations had become resentments under construction. Until just recently I've discovered that love tolerance and...
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
STOP DOUBTING YOURSELF NULL I have had very low self confidence ever since I was younger because I was always at least slightly bigger than the other girls in my grade and I have never been the smartest kid. It was one of the first days in my new school and I still didn't know anyone. It was math class and we were all going over math...
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LINDSAY CONDEFER HELPING OTHERS
LINDSAY CONDEFER Lindsay is an amazing, selfless person who gives countless hours not only to her dog rescue, which takes in several animals needing medical care, but also to raising awareness and acceptance for children with craniofacial conditions. The most notable dog she raised is Lentil, a French bulldog born with a...
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LORI  RICH COMPASSION
LORI RICH Lori Rich, of Riverside, CA, founded Taking it to the Streets with Lori and Rich three years ago after recognizing the need to offer kindness and compassion to the dogs living on the streets with the homeless population. She and her daughter Shira were able to see the problem of a homeless person not being able...
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INSPIRATION
YES, I BELIEVE IN YOU NULL During my school days, I was one of those shy and distant kids who would just sit in a corner for an entire day. For me, my books were my only world. Even during, breaks, I used to just sit in a corner of the ground and see other play games. It was not like I wasn’t interested in joining others or making new...
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TEACHING BY EXAMPLE
INFLUENCE NULL Do you recall when your parents would tell you to stay away from certain people because they were a bad element, or not to go to certain places in order to avoid potential problems? The places we go, things we do, and the people in our lives influence who we are and what we do. Things happen daily that have...
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OVERCOMING
FIGHTING SCOLIOSIS NULL When I was twelve years old, I discovered I had idiopathic scoliosis. The x-Rays showed that I had an S shaped spine. The largest curve was fifty degrees; the smallest was thirty-five. For two years, I went to a chiropractor near my home town three times a week for two hours each day. Before the two years were...
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LANCE YORK APPRECIATING NATURE
LANCE YORK My daddy is the BEST dad in the would but he is alsoe a Immokalee Water Distribution he helps people get their clean water. I think their should be more people like him I love my dad and I hope you do to
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MEGAN YORK CARING
MEGAN YORK She is the best mom in the world but she is also the best second grade teacher. Her heart is only full of love. Her students a treated as if they were me, her daughter. She cares more than anyone I have ever known. The world could use more people like her!
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FAMILY
UNCLE CEC- WHERE HAVE YOU GONE? NULL My uncle ‘Cec’ was a great inspiration to me. I think of him often and the things he had inspired in me as a child. The last time I saw him was at my brother’s funeral in 2007. He had grown a little feeble and I thought I saw a little glaze in his eyes, very unlike the man I knew as a child. I remembered...
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ARI TANGHE INSPIRATION
ARI TANGHE In a way, distance runners create their own magic. They pull miles and miles out of their hats, and in full stride, they make energy gels seemingly appear out of thin air. Dedicated runners are able to multiply race bibs like white rabbits (though many wish they could multiply those hard-to-come-by safety...
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FORGIVENESS
WHY DID YOU TELL? NULL One time I was sitting there sad. Then a girl came up to me and started chatting with me. Then we became friends the next day. I told her all of my secrets. I went to school happy and everyone look at me and laugh. They told me about some of my secrets that I never share with them. Then I thought for a while and...
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ENCOURAGEMENT
TOUGH LOVE NULL 56 years ago when I was 15, I was in a class room goofing around with a bunch of guys. Jim Huxel, the Principal came into the room, grabed me by my ear and took me to his office. He gave me swats with a heavy wooden paddle. I asked him "Why, why me? There were lots of guys goofing around and you only took me....
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RODNEY HIGH CARING
RODNEY HIGH My dad is my everyday hero. He is extremely caring and generous. He wants to do everything he can for my sister and me; he constantly searches for new ways to provide and support us in our lives. Rodney's heart for the Lord is so evident; he emits God's joy and shares it with everyone around him. He desires to...
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INSPIRATION
MY ANSWER IS…. NULL The day when I came back to Vietnam and said that I would run a Volunteer House Project, many reporters contacted and interviewed me. They praised me and wrote nice words about me in various media. However, the questions they asked me in person were: “Are you crazy? Why are you doing this while you really need to...
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BARBARA MCNAMARA LEADERSHIP
BARBARA MCNAMARA Who can be considered a hero? In my eyes, a hero is someone who inspires you to better yourself. My mother, Barb, is my best friend and my hero. She has molded me into the person I am today. She is such a selfless person. She saves lives every day and cares so much for everyone!
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FAMILY
MY FATHER'S SAW NULL My Father's Saw It was on the top shelf, hanging from a nail above my workbench—my father’s saw. I brought it home a decade ago, one of a few relics I found in his shed when my sister and I cleaned house shortly after his demise. “My old bucksaw,” he...
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DAVID BROWE HELPING OTHERS
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APPRECIATION
APPRECIATING ALL THERE IS... NULL “How dull life would be if we only saw things in black and white. There needs to be shades in between to color this beautiful world.” You could say that I more amused and intrigued by looking at life through colored lenses as opposed to labelling things into black and white categories. I don’t believe that...
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
THE POWER IN GIVING NULL “When you are generous; when you are kind, you’re always making a difference whether you know it or not.” There is an energy that flows from giving wholeheartedly. The giver is always rewarded by the mere fact of doing so. You may never know how many people you helped or touched by one simple act of...
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LISTENING
HUSBAND VERSION 2015 NULL My wife goes to her mom's place during our kids school vacation. We were having a cordial chat on the evening before their departure. We talked in general about her plans during the vacation. Midway into our conversation I casually asked, "See we will be completing 6 years of our marriage this month. If you have...
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PURPOSE
A RIVER OF INSPIRATION FROM THE HINDUKUSH MOUNTAINS NULL “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson I was in my beginning days in Lahore, Pakistan, where I was ready to step into the practical field, just after...
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SARAH CAHILL MAKING A DIFFERENCE
SARAH CAHILL I have had the opportunity of being best friends with an amazing and inspiring young adult named Sarah Cahill. She is currently 18 years old and has been a huge role model for not only me but thousands worldwide. Sarah is the most selfless person I know, and puts ALL 110% of her effort into helping other...
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SHARING
MY FAVOURITE TOFFEE NULL Sharing is a very satisfying value. When you share, you open your heart to the other you share with. My mother used to share her lunch with her cooks and maids. She never started her meal without giving to others. I watched her as a child and wanted to do the same. One day, my father came back from office and...
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RIGHT CHOICES
YOU'RE WORTH IT NULL Everything starts in September 22, a girl was born in Puerto Rico, named Angelina. She was in this word for a purpose. And in November 27 her brother Alex was born. When she was 2 years old her mom broke up with her dad leaving him and all her family and move to a far away place. But nobody knew why. Her mom was...
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FORGIVENESS
I'M SORRY NULL My son Luke was 12. Luke's friend, JT informed him that his friend, Julian was saying negative things about him via text. Luke wanted to resolve it by fighting but it never happened. I had said that Julian would never come over our house again. Then a while later, Julian showed up at my door and apologized very...
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EDUCATION
MATH IS A HARD SUBJECT NULL it was my first year of 5th grade and I was never good at math. Yeah math is a really hard subject but it's going to help you in life so one day I was at math and I did a quiz and I was saying to myself oh i'm going to get a bad grade i'm never going to pass but I used what I know on the quiz and I was being...
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SUMIT SALUJA GENEROSITY
SUMIT SALUJA Every person in my opinion is a hero in one or the other way as everyone is fighting for the survival each day. However, this man - a common man is a real hero in my perspective as I have seen him indulging in acts that only a hero can. The story is about Sumit, my husband. Once when we were at an orthopedics's...
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JOE SLYMAN TEACHING BY EXAMPLE
JOE SLYMAN Joe Slyman is my father. I cannot express to you in words how blessed that makes me. I was the first out of three children my parents adopted. My whole entire life, that's thirty-six years, I've never once witnessed my parents disrespect each other or put each other down. I've been so lucky to have a father who...
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OVERCOMING
ROCKY ROAD TO HAPPINESS NULL Hi im Khadija im a 25 Year old mom of a 4 year old. Now i've had my share of good times an bad and this is my story and i wud like to share it with u so here goes..... It started from small i grew up on the mountain with my mom an dad i'm no brothers an sisters i have a sis but she was already big an off living...
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INSPIRATION
ONE MAN'S STORY & BREAKING THE SILENCE ON MALE EATING DISORDERS NULL I am a 25-year old male with cerebral palsy (CP) & recovered from anorexia nervosa (AN). Both majorly impacted my life. I was bullied because of my CP. I felt alone and with no friends. This affected the development of AN; I became obsessed with my weight/appearance. My CP caused me to "stand out" and I didn't...
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ABIGAIL MARSHALL CHARITY
ABIGAIL MARSHALL Abigail Marshall was10 years of age; and liked receiving brand new pajamas from their Mom & Dad on Christmas Eve. She realized that today’s economy not every child would be as fortunate, she along with her sister Camillie decided they wanted to make a difference. PJs 4 Xmas a Nonprofit Organization from kids for...
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