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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ADEKUNLE FAGBENLE, ESQ. CLASS AND GRACE
ADEKUNLE FAGBENLE, ESQ. Words can hurt, and words can heal. The power of the wordsmith cannot be understated. My Brother Kunle had a potent way with words, and not once did I hear him use them unwisely. Just when I would think I had it all figured out, he would suggest something that surpassed my logic. I am sure I became 17.5x smarter...
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
BREAKFAST COMMENTS! NULL I was having breakfast one morning with my four year granddaughter Charlie in our local Cracker Barrel. A sounthern older lady approached us as she was leaving. She commented on how adorable my granddaughter was. She said, she had been watching our interaction with each other as we ate out breakfast. We had...
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KINGDOM WILLIAMS VISION
KINGDOM WILLIAMS My 9 year old son Kingdom was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3 years old. Although he has challenges, he has an insight to die for. He is able to see and appreciate so many things that I have walked passed my whole life without seeing. For example, he has shown me that there are letters and numbers...
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PASSION
MY PASSION OF MUSIC! NULL I was a kid in the 4th grade and I been inspired by people playing the flute. So when I started 4th grade, there was a program in my school where you could learn an instrument and play in the band. I signed up as soon as possible because the places where being taken away fast so I really wanted to play the...
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ZOE REED COURAGE
ZOE REED Zoe Reed fought cystic fibrosis for 11 years watching children like herself die along the way never complaining.on her death bed in 1994 i promised to walk around the world in her memory.between 1990 and 2012 her courage has inspired me to walk over 25,000 km her courage lives on.Nigel Reed ( Zoes Dad.)
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CREATIVITY
THIRSTY FOR ART NULL I am a free lance artist. I paint murals in schools, most elementary schools. I design educational murals as well as decorative murals. But the important part is, the students paint with me. Nearly 20 years ago I was inspired by a local muralist to paint a mural at my kids' school. Once I got started, I decided...
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AXANA  SOLTAN CHARITY
AXANA SOLTAN Axana is an inspiration. At only fifteen in United States, Axana became the CEO and Founder of Enhancing Children’s Lives Organization, a foundation dedicated to providing access to education, advocacy, medical care and meal nourishment to low-income children in Virginia and around the world. Axana’s steadfast...
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JAMES SCRUGGS FAMILY
JAMES SCRUGGS My dad came into our lives when I was 6 years old. Thanks to him, I was able to live through a very rare type of brain cancer. I was always told that I wouldn't be able to work and couldn't have children. They said I only had 4 months to live when I was 17 years old. Because of my dad's encouragement and love, I...
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LIVE YOUR DREAMS
I AM NOT MY CIRCUMSTANCES NULL I am Jearlean Taylor from Baltimore, Maryland. I am author, fashion model, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, mentor, and woman of God. My life has proven to be a journey of unexpected challenges. I developed a rare form of cancer (Rhabdomysarcoma) at 3 years old. As a result of cancer, multiple surgeries(too...
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HONESTY
TELLING THE TRUTH NULL When I was about 13 or 14 years old, I got caught in a few lies, my father told me that if I ever find that I have to lie about what I was doing, then I was doing the wrong thing... I didn't reform my ways immediately but what he said stuck with me. I am now 66 years old and I've made a considerable effort...
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ACHIEVEMENT
MY SON WHO NEEDS FRIENDS NULL While watching the pass it on commercial the similarity in her story matched my own with my 9 year old son. He is autistic spectrum as well. And he has no friends who are his peers. I am the only one that plays with him in the park. And it hurts so much. He offers to play with other children, but once they...
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LOVE
A BUS CONDUCTOR NULL Well am not that much good in english..But I will try my best.. One day I get into a bus.Conductor came near by me.I gave him the money.And I said the name of the place.But conductor got angry.And said, "Are you blind..you didn't saw the bus board?This bus will not go to that place."I really felt sad.And I...
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FORGIVENESS
HIT BY A TRUCK WHILE STANDING ON THE SIDEWALK NULL 3 and 1/2 years ago, I was standing on the sidewalk waiting to cross the street when a pickup came through the intersection trying to turn right. His rate of speed and blood alcohol caused him to go up on the sidewalk and hit me. I am a nurse and have always wanted to be a nurse. I loved my job. The injuries I...
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GABRIEL GALLEGOS HELPING OTHERS
GABRIEL GALLEGOS My father unfortunately passed away not too long ago. The value he instilled in me was to always help people if I had the means and was able to do so. As a result of this I studied psychology and now work with at risk youth, families who are going through domestic violence issues and victims of sexual assault. I...
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BARBARA (RICH) MCCABE CLASS AND GRACE
BARBARA (RICH) MCCABE I was about 8 years old when I was telling my mom about a dream I had one night. I told her that in my dream, I was trying on dresses and one was a bright yellow and as I looked in the mirror I saw me wearing the dress and that I was also a black girl. I remember, as I said that, I must have had a look on my face...
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CHARACTER
FAILURE NULL Started as an average Asian kid, everything seemed normal and fun until I got to Grade 3. My grades were just dropping, my parents forced me to study harder and there were some tough nights where they would give me an hour long lectures which I hated, but had to deal with. Through grade 4, 5, and 6 I kept having...
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LIVE YOUR DREAMS
42 YEARS AND GOING STRONG NULL Not a day when I have doubted my love for this girl. We got to enjoy our 42’nd Wedding Anniversary, while visiting the stunningly rugged and beautiful Mayan towns surrounding Lake Atitlan in Guatemala this past week. A half hour speedboat ride across the lake, got us to the artisan town of San Juan la Laguna,...
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DEVOTION
STEP(UP)MOM NULL When I began dating my husband, he had an 8 month old son. We married a short time later when baby boy was almost 14 months old. He has a mother, she tries to participate but usually falls short. I’ve always called him my baby., even though he’s now 8 years old. I’ve had 3 children since I’ve been married. When...
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CARING
MY EON NULL I have a 3 year old who has autism his name is Ezra and he is a amazing little boy but everyone who meets him and learns he has autism tells me there sorry and treats him so different and tells me how sorry they are and he is a amazing little boy it's hard to get people to understand he's just like everyone else...
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PERSEVERANCE
GREAT VALLEYS AND FALLS WERE CREATED THROUGH PERSEVERANCE . NULL They say life doesn't give you what you deserve but what you fight for.Life has all that we need to live like gold underneath the earth that you need to extract from the mother earth.In extracting it there levels of difficulties which we encounter .As we go deeper the earth there level that are soft and...
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TIFFANY  WRIGHT PURPOSE
TIFFANY WRIGHT The person I call my hero is my twin disabled big sister name Tiffany. As I reflect back on growing up with tip I can definitely say, “it has been one heck of a ride”! People would always tell me that they wish they had a twin but to me I never felt that at the time. My sister is blind deaf and is in a...
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MARIA  DUFFY PERSEVERANCE
MARIA DUFFY My MOM is my biggest inspiration She is my Wonder woman. I am sooo truly Blessed to have a such a magnificent Loving kind hearted person she always put others before herself she awesome mother & awesome wife to my wonderful Father she works really hard God has really bless me with a beautiful woman that has a...
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COLIN ANDREWS PERSEVERANCE
COLIN ANDREWS My Son Colin is 16 years of age and is on the Autism Spectrum (Asperger's). I admire him because he keeps trying is best to improve on his disability, he doesn't let anything get him down. He has not been able to acquire one on one lasting friendship, though the years. For me this is tough, knowing growing up...
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
LUCKY FIN FOR THE WIN! NULL Hello my name is Ashley and I'm 23 years old. I was born missing the lower part of my right arm. I grew up in a day and age where I never saw anyone like me. You didn't see people with missing limbs working in your local grocery store, on TV, on billboards, or even being confident just walking around. I never had...
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APPRECIATION
THE DAY I LOSS HER NULL Do you remember the last time you spoke to your mother? If you do, when was that? Do you remember the last time you expressed how much you love her? If so, when? I am unsure if it was only me but we tend to have this habit of shying away from the expressing how important our mother or our father to us. I...
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INCLUSION
EZEQUIEL NULL Happy #autismawarenessmonth everyone. This song is the culmination of my senior project at The Center School. My topic revolves around the Socioeconomic Status of people with autism and how it affects their education. This song, however, more talks about the subject of my topic and why I chose this topic. This...
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TRACEY WILLOUGHBY BEING THERE
TRACEY WILLOUGHBY My mom has always been there for me always keeping me going. When I was down she always helped me feel better. I have autism and only my mom believed I could achieve my dreams. I graduated 4 months early because of her belief in me.
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PURPOSE
MADISON NULL my sister was born with down syndrome in 1997 after being alive for a few days , sadly she passed away . She was going to be my younger sister , i was going to take care of her and love her endlessly. i feel like God gave me a purpose in life to work with individuals with down syndrome, to put my devotion that i...
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MOTIVATION
MOTIVATION NULL I motivate myself everyday to conquer school and the battle of life. Sometimes it can be a challenge but if you believe in yourself then you'll get through anything. My father motivates me everyday to make my day worth living. He told me that if I was brave enough that I could do anything in life. Be strong and...
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MENSAH JOSEPH MOM MABEL FORTUNE OVERCOMING
MENSAH JOSEPH MOM MABEL FORTUNE My mom taught me to be daring,bold and unwavering.A single mom who raised three children in the face of adversity but stood tall to bring the very best out of us.I can look back today and say because of my darling mom,i didnt give up the fight.I gave it all my all and i am looking forward to that day when i am...
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OPPORTUNITY
NOT ONLY ME. NULL There was a time where I completely gave up. A time where I thought I wasn’t worthy to live up to my dreams. I was wrong. I joined a school that helped me find myself. Helped me understand who I truly was, what I really wanted to be. They believed in me so much that I was completely connected with one particular...
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CHARACTER
A STORY TO TELL NULL So recently I got goosebumps. It was Friday, November 17. I was so pumped since it was the end of the week and we had planned to go out and eat for dinner. I went school like it was a normal day, but little did I know there was a shock waiting for me at school. There’s this boy in my band, Spanish and math...
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NORA  JOHNSON OVERCOMING
NORA JOHNSON Growing up with my grandparents because my mom was a drug addict . My aunt Nora would always be the one to help me realize we weren't a normal family. To always be a better person, save money . Work hard and stay away from drugs and alcohol . She came to visit almost every day and took me to her house on...
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