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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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...
SUBMITTED BY MARILYN JONES
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PASSION
MY PASSION OF MUSIC! 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...
SUBMITTED BY IBRAHIM ALADDIN
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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.)
SUBMITTED BY NIGEL REED
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CREATIVITY
THIRSTY FOR ART 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...
SUBMITTED BY LORI LUTTIG
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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...
SUBMITTED BY KIRSTEN
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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...
SUBMITTED BY LESLIE RANDOLPH
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LIVE YOUR DREAMS
I AM NOT MY CIRCUMSTANCES 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...
SUBMITTED BY JEARLEAN TAYLOR
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HONESTY
TELLING THE TRUTH 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...
SUBMITTED BY KANE FISCHER
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ACHIEVEMENT
MY SON WHO NEEDS FRIENDS 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...
SUBMITTED BY KIMBERLY WILLIAMS
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LOVE
A BUS CONDUCTOR 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...
SUBMITTED BY LOIS GEORGE VARGHESE
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FORGIVENESS
HIT BY A TRUCK WHILE STANDING ON THE SIDEWALK 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...
SUBMITTED BY KATHY SCHIFFER
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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...
SUBMITTED BY GABRIELA GALLEGOS
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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...
SUBMITTED BY IRENE
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CHARACTER
FAILURE 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...
SUBMITTED BY ETHAN WU
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LIVE YOUR DREAMS
42 YEARS AND GOING STRONG 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,...
SUBMITTED BY ROB WATCHER
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