Inspirational People

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Inspirational People

Inspirational People

These stories are about inspirational people like…

Jack Andraka, who at 15-years-old, developed a Cancer diagnostic test 26,000 times better than existing tests put out by billion dollar pharmaceutical companies.


Mark and Tori Baird who were retired when they created a job service for veterans that has helped thousands.

Among the other inspirational people here are . . .

High schoolers Josh and D’Mani who fed thousands of homeless. Nicholas Winton, who saved over 660 lives on the weekends (during the week he was a stockbroker). And David Boone, who went from homeless to Harvard.

The inspirational people in this section demonstrate that you’re not too old, too young, too broke or too different to make a difference. You just need to get started.

Be Inspired—How 5 Everyday People’s Acts of Kindness Changed 100s of Lives

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“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve,” Martin Luther King, Jr. said. “You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”  

As King said, “everybody can be great.”We should never doubt that one person, following her heart and willing to make a difference can make a difference. And, often it’s the simple things and the small things that we do in our everyday lives that


Amazing kids feed thousands of homeless – their inspiring story and how they got started

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A group of Washington D.C. high school students participated in a service project to collect and distribute coats to people who needed them. What I love is that these amazing kids did more than distribute coats.

The high schoolers wrote encouraging notes and put them inside the pockets as a surprise for recipients. Those notes made people smile and feel special – that was as important as handing out the coats.

Josh Kennedy-Noce and D’Mani Harrison-Porter were two of the teenagers running this project. How they got started goes back to the summer Josh and ...

Grandparent on a mission changes lives of over 950 families

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Most people’s dads wouldn’t scare me. Carl was different. He was the dad with muscles. He was the guy who skated around town on roller blades before they were popular. He got into fights during town soccer games.

Carl Blum scared the crap out of me.

When I was 19-years-old I dated his daughter, Hester. I remember going to pick Hester up at her house for the first time. Carl answered the door and smiled.

Carl put his arm around me. He didn’t put his arm around me the way a loving grandparent does, but ...

These Philadelphia High School Students Shatter Expectations — Inspiring Graduation

Written by Brad Aronson 2,589 Shares

What was it exactly that moved me so emotionally at this ceremony?

Earlier this month I attended a high school graduation. It wasn’t my son’s graduation. Thankfully, we have 13 more years to prepare for that event. This was a commencement at Girard College. A celebration of 39 high school students who beat the odds.

If you’re unfamiliar with Girard College, it’s a tuition-free boarding school established in 1848 to serve orphans and at-risk children from 1st grade on through high school. Most of the students are from areas of Philadelphia where it’s assumed that ...

It All Started with an Extra Portion of Dinner

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“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa

Vince Schiavone recalls that, “Mom [Rita] used to make an extra portion of food every night. She’d put it in a tin container, and, the next day, give it to an elderly person who needed it. It was just part of our dinner routine.”

Rita Schiavone didn’t set out to fix the hunger problem. She set out to make a difference for a person at a time.

Rita’s work inspired her kids. All of her kids give back to the community....

10 Incredible entrepreneurs serving veterans, how they got started & how you can help

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“Serving those who serve us is both an expression of thanks from a grateful nation and a fitting tribute to our military heroes who inspire us to a cause greater than ourselves,” said Carolyn Blashek.

I think Blashek, the founder of Operation Gratitude, accurately summed up the feeling of the founders and volunteers with each of the amazing nonprofits below.


K9s for Warriors

After 68-year old Shari Duval’s son returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Shari noticed that despite the trauma, he could


Make Your Own Fun and Other Lesson from Ronald McDonald Camp for Kids with Cancer

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The room was filled with flashing lights that created a disco ball effect, music and happy kids. This had the vibe of a roller skating party from my youth. It was in fact the Wednesday night “dance for your meds” party at the Ronald McDonald Camp Wellness Center.

Taking medicine typically isn’t fun – especially if you’re a kid and your medicine doesn’t taste very good — but the Wednesday night “dance for your meds” party was fun.


Because the medical staff asked, “Why not?”

Ronald McDonald Camp is for kids with cancer and ...

Inspirational Kids Changing the World One Service Project at a Time

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Ian Brennan wasn’t satisfied.

Even after delivering over 2,500 pounds of food to his local food bank, and helping them setup their computer database, he wanted to do more. That’s why he and some friends created an annual food drive for the center.

Ian’s efforts have helped feed thousands of families.

By the way, Ian did this when he was only 16.

Service is so important to Ian that he and his friend Ibrahim Souadda (16 at the time) came up with the idea of setting up community service clubs in their high schools. Even ...

Everything Counts–Third Grade Teacher’s Small Act Still Inspires Baseball Legend Jim Abbott

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Jim Abbott won an Olympic gold medal, played professional baseball, pitched a no-hitter, wrote a bestselling memoir and has positively impacted the lives of thousands of people through his inspirational talks.

With all of that success, Jim still enthusiastically recounts how one of his greatest inspirations was one of his earliest — Donn Clarkson, his third grade teacher.

Jim Abbott was born with only one hand. Like most young kids, when Jim was in elementary school he desperately wanted to fit in, but it wasn’t easy. Jim recalls being singled out as different. Kids would ...

Conor Grennan–Quest for a Good Pick-Up Line Leads Him to Save over 350 Abducted Children

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Anish’s parents probably hadn’t seen a white person before. Now, not only was there a white man in their village, but Conor Grennan had pictures of their missing son, Anish, whom they had mourned every day for the past 4 years.

Both parent sobbed. This was the miracle they had prayed for daily. Their son was alive and they would see him again.

It’s a safe bet that Anish’s family and the 350 plus other families Conor Grennan has helped reunite would be surprised at how Conor got into the business of saving kids . ...

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