VALUE STORIES
What value defines you?

We all try to live by many different values, but usually one of them stands out a little more than the others... Is your value love? grit? giving back? What value defines you?

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REACHING OUT
SPECIAL NEW FRIEND About a year or two ago I was on a city bus sitting near the rear exit door. This lady with Down syndrome was preparing to get off when she suddenly looked up at me, her face lit up with a big smile and said, "Well hi there"! I mean she just blew me away with her positive outlook I greeted her with the same...
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HOPE
ART ACTIVITIES FOR THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED My mother was a self-taught artist. She was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1996. As the rebel daughter, I had a tense relationship with my Mom but when she became ill, art brought us closer together. The process of creating art was very powerful for us. It was relaxing and gave my mother something to look forward...
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LIVE YOUR DREAMS
KEEP HOPE ALIVE BALTIMORE! My question to you today is...is it possible to now write 7 success stories of people affected by the downturn economy? It seems that all we read, see and hear these days from the media is negative jargon. We all know how negative media affects readers and viewers. I know it's a stretch, but wouldn't it be...
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
MOMENT OF CLARITY You need to stop measuring your worth through the eyes of another. Be the fabulous unique individual you are. Do not judge; love. Be in love with you and the rest will fall into place. Don't let the insecurities take over. Believe in what you want. Think about and obsess over what you want. Not what you are...
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APPRECIATION
THANK YOU TEAM HOYT Dear Team Hoyt'You are my heroes and inspiration. I first read about you both in Runner's World and was very touched. I will never forget your extraordinary story. I have a picture of you both running and Rick raising his arm and below the picture I wrote "qualify for Boston in Philadelphia!" Well, I did not...
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OPPORTUNITY
RECEIVED STEM CELLS In the summer of 2000 I was diagnosed with a form of Leukemia that could only be cured with a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. My family was not a match. Through the summer I had to hope that a complete stranger would be found on a bone marrow data base who would be a match. I was fortunate that someone...
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MOTIVATION
MY JOB My name is John Ralph. I don't have any stories to tell but what I can say is that your organization has inspired me more to strive harder in my studies. I'm currently a 4th year college student at a University here in the Philippines and soon will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and...
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PERSEVERANCE
HOW STRONG IS STRONG? So, do you want to hear about one tough cookie? Her name is Sylvia, and we are close friends. Despite the age difference (she is about 70 and I am 12) we are two friends that will not ever be broken up. That's why I was so scared when she got cancer. Sylvia underwent 1 1/2 years of chemo that made her deathly...
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GENEROSITY
JUST GIVE A few years ago, I was the single mom of two kids, aged 12 and 14. Times, as always for us, were very hard. I spent 85% of my pay for rent. I went to the corner store about 9pm with a friend, and saw a man sitting against a wall, not unusual in our area, but this man had both hands covered to the wrists in...
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COMPASSION
THE STRANGER When I was 19 years old, I was at dance club and met someone who walked me to my car. We were in downtown Seattle and it was a very cold night. As we were walking to my car, a man walked up to us. Behind him was a woman pushing a stroller with a child inside who was about 1 1/2 years old. The child had a jacket...
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UNITY
SERVING THE UNDERSERVED My story is about an individual who truly represents servant leadership and community betterment. As a college student, I was fortunate to be hired as an intern for an international community development organization. I was a part of small group that traveled to the Dominican Republic and worked with local...
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DEDICATION
RUNNING THE EMOTIONAL DISTANCE The year 1999 will forever be the turning point in my life and the lives of so many others. Shortly after being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39'what I thought was shocking news was quickly put into perspective'my brother Stephen O'Grady, 30, was killed by a drunken driver just a month later. He was...
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APPRECIATION
SEBASTOPOL FFA The FFA (Future Farmers of America) of Sebastopol, California has changed my life so much since freshman year. During Middle School and even before that, I felt like I didn't fit in anywhere. But through FFA I have met a lot of new friends. I tried to become a chapter officer as a freshman, and now in my...
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HOPE
AN UNKNOWN FRIEND Twelve years ago my family, pets and I were homeless, working day labor to get a meal and a motel room. Day labor pays a state's minimum wage so if one of us was not working we ate lightly or slept under a tree in one of the parks. I had been washing dishes for several weeks when the woman I worked with asked...
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LEADERSHIP
MY MENTOR AND MY FRIEND Before I starting working for the Department of Building and Safety I worked for a homebuilder and would go to the Department to get building permits. That is how I met Dale. Dale is the Senior Plans Examiner for the Department and when he had a job opening in his section he encouraged me to apply for it. I was...
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