Category Archives: Unsung hero

Makwei Mabioor Deng

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/02/art.makwei.jpg caption=”Scholarship winner Makwei Mabioor Deng, 23, plans to return to his Sudanese homeland to practice law.”] Two years ago, Makwei Mabioor Deng had never seen a computer or a library full of books. For 16 years he … Continue reading

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Derrius Quarles

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/26/story.derrius.quarles.jpg caption=”Derrius Quarles received more than $1 million in college scholarships”] We have heard horrific news about young people in Chicago as of late. Derrion Albert, an honors student who was gunned down, has become the “face” of … Continue reading

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Lexi Lehrman

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/27/art.lehrman.jpg caption=”Lexi Lehrman, 11, has raised $25,000 for breast cancer research.”] I recently wrote about young women tackling breast cancer early on. Never did I imagine there could be a female younger than her 20s thinking and talking … Continue reading

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Damien Declerck

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/26/art.smile.jpg caption=”Damien Declerk, 25, is a mission coordinator with Operation Smile.”] “Everything OK, Damien?” I ask him every other time he zips in front of me with a different box of papers, equipment or toys. “Yeah, yeah,” he … Continue reading

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Amanda Plachek and Steven Weber

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/19/art.norwich.ypwr.jpg caption=”Amanda Plachek and Steven Weber produced the documentary ‘War at Home.’”] We’ve heard a fair share about the problems troops face when they return to civilian life: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, sometimes suicide. But, it’s rare for … Continue reading

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Dwyane Wade

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/01/art.wade.jpg caption=”NBA star Dwyane Wade is the national spokesman for National Recess Week.”] You already know him as an NBA champion and Olympic gold medalist. You already know that Dwyane Wade still gets up after falling down seven … Continue reading

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J.R. Martinez

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/15/knowjr.art.jpg caption=”J.R. Martinez, 25, is a national spokesperson for the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes.”] J.R. Martinez wanted to give back to the country that gave him and his family so much. The 25-year-old enlisted in the U.S. … Continue reading

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