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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ACHIEVEMENT
PASSING THE 5TH GRADE NULL I was so nervous about if I get to go the next grade or not. But when I got the report card I slowly opened it and checked. And it said I was going to the next grade. I danced so much and knew that my parents would be so happy for me.
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CONFIDENCE
FROM STRESS TO STRENGTH NULL Being jobless for the last three months I am depressed now a days. My son has lost his admission from a good school and he might have to go to a less qualitative school. I have moved from a spacious apartment to a lesser apartment in order to reduce my living expenses. My wife has built extra stress. On top of...
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CLASS AND GRACE
GRANDMOTHER'S NOSE NULL I remember 20 family members sharing a room...which at night was the bedroom; and at different times during the day - dressing room, breakfast table(s), lunch room, snack table(s), home work center, prayer room. Also, a home that warmly welcomed and accommodated visitors! The central theme..."every place a thing...
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DETERMINATION
HOW ROCK BOTTOM BECAME THE FOUNDATION FOR BUILDING MY CAREER NULL So, here we are at the end of the year. My daughter’s birth month so a time I always get incredibly nostalgic. I’ve read a lot of people’s autobiographies over the year and taken so much inspiration and motivation from them. So, I’ve decided to pluck up the courage and share a little of my own. To remind those...
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
CRAB CLAW NULL In the summer of 2017 I had a firework go off in my right hand and ended up loosing my index finger, middle finger, end of my ring finger and the end off my thumb. All in all it was still a good day because I was still Alive and knowing it could have been a lot worse. When I got to the hospital my parents were...
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CHUCK, WES, ANDREW, HUNTER SEMP COMMITMENT
CHUCK, WES, ANDREW, HUNTER SEMP These guys have lived to serve others in their lives. They have chosen paths that require commitment and a centered life. They live to make the world a better place. As teenagers they sang gospel music anywhere that could, anytime. As adults, they have chosen careers of service. Self sacrifice has always been...
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
HIKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL WITH CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE NULL 2017 was an excellent year to hike the Appalachian Trail. With so many people breaking records, challenging their physical limits and embarking on the journey of a lifetime, an influx of amazing people walked along this Trail, inspiring everyone they met. It almost seemed like a divine, cosmic event, that such...
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HOPE
HOPE IS AN ATTITUDE NULL It is widely accepted that Hope is the one thing that makes people succeed in whatever they set out to achieve. When the chips are down and when one is feeling defeated, Hope is supposed to keep you going, Hope is what turns the tide. So, what is Hope? How would one describe Hope? Is it a feeling, is it an...
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ALEXANDRIA LEWIS HELPING OTHERS
ALEXANDRIA LEWIS During the hurricane my mother who is close to 80 didn’t have power in her house for 2 weeks . My daughter Alexandria stayed with her and helped her. Her roof was leaking and she tried to go on the roof to try to fix it but it was too dangerous. I who am her mother was not there because I am working in South...
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PERSEVERANCE
LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS NULL I don’t know that this essay fits the bill as it’s very dark at times, but that’s a big part of mental illness. I remember my first reaction to any diagnosis was relief, ah hah I knew I wasn’t right. Now let’s get me some pills and some therapy and knock this thing out! Well I rather quickly discovered for...
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MY  PARENTS BELIEVE
MY PARENTS I had a stroke at birth, doctors to this day still don’t know why I had the stroke. I was in hospital for a month and stopped breathing several times at which point I nearly died. When I was released from hospital I was a year behind my milestones but caught up. After a few years I recovered fully from the stroke...
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ACHIEVEMENT
STORY OF MOTIVATION AND PERSEVERANCE NULL My Story: I had a stroke at birth, and doctors to this day still don’t know why I had the stroke. I was in hospital for a month, I stopped breathing several times, which at one point I nearly died. When I was discharged from hospital, I was a year behind my milestones. As the the years went on I recovered...
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RACHEL STCBRIDGE CARING
RACHEL STCBRIDGE My BBC Rachel has special needs. But she is so sweet. How I met her is one day I was sad and she came to me and said that everything is going to be OK. How I know that she is caring is she helps everyone that is sad, scared, or even mean to her. She will just not let stuff get in her head.
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EDUCATION
I GAVE MY CHILDREN WHAT MY PARENTS COULD NOT NULL I was born in a poor family, 8 siblings, and life was "hand-to-mouth". If I recall my family experience, I would say each day was a challenge to keep our stomachs filled. At 18, I gave up a chance to study at a local university. I started working as a salesman because I knew it paid high returns for if I could...
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GOOD MANNERS
GOOD CHARACTER NULL Day in day out, I try as much as possible to exhibit a good behaviour. I always copy positive attitude from people I meet and good manners is one of them. Maturity defines itself in you when you exhibit good behaviors and behave in a civilized manner in society. There is a say that goes "if you think safety is...
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OVERCOMING
BEYOND ABILITY NULL At the age of seven my family and I were involved in a serious car accident during which my left hand was nearly amputated. Ever since the accident, I've often wondered "why me?" I've wondered why it was me in the very back seat of my family’s SUV, the SUV that flipped on its side and allowed my hand to seemingly...
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COMPASSION
A TEST OF VALUES LEARNED NULL My girlfriend and I were at the grocery store recently, and her wallet was stolen from our cart. Of course, we were both very upset at the time, for she works in a pizza shop and I had dropped most of my savings into buying our very own house. A few hours after we got back home, the grocery store manager called...
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FREDDY  BRAMMEIER HONESTY
FREDDY BRAMMEIER I often traveled with my father during the summer to pick up feed/seed… he was a farmer…I basically went everywhere with him when he wasn't working at his factory job… One day, we went to a female, about 20 miles south of our house… When we got almost all the way home… We were stopped at a railroad crossing… and...
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COURAGE
BE COURAGEOUS WHEN LIFE THROWS YOU BACK NULL Age 32,loving husband,blessed with a son, earing was like butter on bread, what else a layman wants from its life. Life seems completely settled and I forgot that life is not a bed of roses. One terrified day my life was shattered into pieces. When my husband got paralysis and brain stroke and I lost my job also....
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ASHLEY  EUBANKS DO YOUR PART
ASHLEY EUBANKS As women, we go through a number of physical, mental and social struggles unknown by our male counterparts. When “that time of the month” comes we either reach into our stash of pads or tampons, or rush to the nearest drugstore for the $5 box we so haphazardly spend on to prepare ourselves for our dreading...
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DO YOUR PART
JUST DO YOUR PART NULL So many times we will see an issue on the news or hear a story about a problem but we’ll just shrug it off. In my life I’ve always been a person that kind of stayed in my own lane. If asked for help, I will be 100% ready. But if not I strived everyday to be the best person I could be. Until one day, my life...
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PERSEVERANCE
ONE WAY I LEARNED THE VALUE OF PERSEVERANCE NULL When my dad was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkins lymphoma, he was sent for chemotherapy to a hospital downtown. He drove himself to the hospital for every treatment, then drove himself from the hospital back... ...to WORK, and finished the business day at the office. The determination and courage it took to...
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ALEXANDER KOVAROVIC CARING
ALEXANDER KOVAROVIC I wanted to share the story of someone in my community who is seriously changing lives and is extremely inspirational to so people across the country. He truly shows what being a truly amazing person is all about. His name is Alex Kovarovic and he lives in Schenectady, NY. He used to live in Gloversville, NY and...
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
WHEN A BRAIN SURGERY FOLLOWED BY FACIAL PALSY DID NOT STOPPED ME, WHAT IS THAT WHICH IS STOPPING YOU! NULL Doing an Executive MBA is not something which is extraordinary! I mean people can do and they do. But, in my case it was extraordinary or you can say I say it “extraordinary” because i feel it! It was an extraordinary achievement not because it came along with balancing a 9–5 job with a 6.30 to 9.30pm & beyond...
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TERRY  WELLS HONOR
TERRY WELLS My story is that my dad was in the ARMY for 10 years and i wasn't even born yet and i always say thank you for your service to everyday. I love him so much i am thankful that he is still here for me today. And my godfather Josh was in the ARMY with my dad and he is like my dad, so i sometimes call him dad. 2...
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AMBITION
THE POWER OF BOOKS NULL I am a high school drop out. However, I have a masters degree in self education. Let me explain. I didn’t have much ambition growing up. I wasted the bulk of my time on video games, weed, and television shows. Until one day, for no reason at all I picked up a book titled the 7 habits of highly effective teens. I...
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MICHAEL  MICHAEL TEACHING BY EXAMPLE
MICHAEL MICHAEL Born the youngest of four children to an abusive alcoholic father and an ill mother, Michael learned early on to make lemonade of lemons. When he was four years old, he and his siblings & mother were able to escape their father. They had nothing other than the clothes on their backs. The family survived by living...
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
THE SKY IS THE LIMIT NULL After passing Matric in 1999, I did not have money to further my studies & I did not get proper guidance growing up. My Uncle was a Security Guard & my mother was a Domestic worker. My mom liked asking me to go and pay her debts at the end of every month, One day I went to the Mall to pay my mom's debts as usual....
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DEDICATION
ADVERSITY & DEDICATION NULL I was just passed my 12th class & entered into my college life in pharmacy. But it's the biggest failure of my life as rather than getting admission in medical or engineering college I entered in a diploma in pharmacy course. I was devasted. I am having only two option one to give up & go home or to accept your...
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TRENT  NUNLEY FAMILY
TRENT NUNLEY my dad is my hero because he used to be in the military but retired to spend more time with his family. we all get to spend alot of time together, and we all enjoy it. every day he comes home and the first thing he does is say hello to his family. he drives me and my sister to tae kwon do, because he knows what...
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ERICKA  BROWN BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
ERICKA BROWN Ericka is a single mother of 4 young men. She also recently enrolled back into college at 43 years of age after dropping out over 20 plus years ago. Ericka have overcome molestation, sexual abuse and domestic violence. Ericka is always positive despite of all she's been through. She continues to wear a smile...
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
CONFIDENCE NULL Many of us are suffering from inferiority complex, lacking the boldness to talk because we are busy thinking of what people will say. Confidence is the ability to speak boldly, with morale and firmness. You are don't need to feel inferior over anything, we are especially created, we gat to love ourselves,...
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KINDNESS
WHAT A PASSING GIFT CAN DO NULL Two years ago, I was passing through a city slum when I saw a 7-year-old boy nicking some fruit from the wet-market stand. He was a skinny, pale boy, with big grey eyes and shaggy black hair that looked like it hadn't been cut in months. His clothes were strangely clean and he wore a backpack on one...
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