COURAGE

is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficult situations.

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971); American theologian

“There is a courage of happiness as well as a courage of sorrow.”

Alfred Adler (1870-1937); psychiatrist

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965); British statesman, prime minister, author, Nobel Prize winner

“The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882); Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.”

Anaïs Nin (1903-1977); author, diarist

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967); poet, historian, novelist

“Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things; knows not the livid loneliness of fear.”

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937); aviator, author

“There's much to be said for challenging fate instead of ducking behind it.”

Diana Trilling (1905-1996); literary critic, author

“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.”

Henry Ford (1863-1947); founder of Ford Motor Company

“Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.”

Baltasar Gracian (1601-1656); author

“Do not be conquered by fear of loss or defeat, for without them, success and victory would be meaningless.”

Mathew Morgan (born 1988);

“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.”

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894); essayist, poet, novelist

“No one has yet computed how many imaginary triumphs are silently celebrated by people each year to keep up their courage.”

Athenæus Greek grammarian, rhetorician

“What may look like a small act of courage is courage nevertheless. The important thing is to be willing to take a step forward.”

Dr. Daisaku Ikeda educator, Buddhist philosopher

“Every heart that has beat strong and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.”

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894); essayist, poet, novelist

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

James Neil Hollingworth (pseudonym Ambrose Redmoon) (1933-1996); writer, former manager of the folk rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service

“One man with courage makes a majority.”

Andrew Jackson (1767-1845); 7th U.S. President

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

André Gide (1869-1951); author

“Tolerance is only complacence when it makes no distinction between right and wrong.”

Sarah Patton Boyle American civil rights activist

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Carl Hermann Voss congregational minister

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

“Develop your own compass, and trust it. Take risks, dare to fail, remember the first person through the wall always gets hurt.”

Aaron Sorkin (born 1961); Academy award winning screenwriter, producer, and playwright

“This is the art of courage: to see things as they are and still believe that the victory lies not with those who avoid the bad, but those who taste, in living awareness, every drop of the good.”

Victoria Lincoln (1904-1981); novelist

“Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.”

Christopher Reeve (1952-2004); actor, producer, director, and writer; best known for his role as Superman

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965); British statesman, prime minister, author, Nobel Prize winner

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate, is strength undefeatable.”

Helen Keller (1880-1968); author, lecturer, activist

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

Anonymous

“Courage is about doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared. ”

Eddie Rickenbacker (1890-1973); Medal of Honor Recipient

“Comedy is defiance. It's a snort of contempt in the face of fear and anxiety. And it's the laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale.”

Will Durst (born 1952); Political satirist

“Love is the most difficult and dangerous form of courage. Courage is the most desperate, admirable and noble kind of love.”

Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966); poet

“When in doubt, do the courageous thing.”

Jan Smuts (1870-1950); South African Prime Minister, general

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.”

Les Brown Motivational speaker

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

Marie Curie (1867-1934); chemist, physicist, Nobel Prize winner

“This is the art of courage: to see things as they are and still believe that the victory lies not with those who avoid the bad, but those who taste, in living awareness, every drop of the good.”

Victoria Lincoln (1904-1981); novelist

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962); U.S. First Lady, diplomat, human rights activist

“Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.”

David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973); Prime Minister of Israel

“A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.”

Grace Hopper (1906-1992); computer scientist, naval officer

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890); Post-Impressionist painter

“Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience.”

James Freeman Clarke (1810-1888); preacher and author

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at its testing point.”

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963); writer, theologian, scholar

“The stories of past courage...can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul. ”

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963); 35th US President

“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.”

Aristotle (384-322); philosopher

“I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.”

Clara Barton (1821-1912); teacher, nurse, humanitarian

“Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.”

John R. Wooden (1910-2010); basketball coach, author

“Have the courage of your desire.”

George R. Gissing (1857-1903); English novelist

“The great virtue in life is real courage that knows how to face facts and live beyond them.”

D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930); novelist, literary critic

“Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.”

Brandan Francis Behan (1923-1964); writer, playwright

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963); writer, theologian, scholar

“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

“We must have the courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness.”

Maxwell Maltz (1899-1975); author

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965); British statesman, prime minister, author, Nobel Prize winner

“It takes courage for people to listen to their own goodness and act on it. ”

Pablo Casals (1876-1973); cellist, conductor

“The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly.”

Corra Harris (1869-1935); author, writer

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember: An amateur built the Ark--professionals built the Titanic.”

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“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961); novelist, Nobel Prize winner

“To be courageous requires no exceptional qualifications, no magic formula. It's an opportunity that sooner or later is presented to us all and each person must look for that courage in his own soul. ”

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963); 35th US President

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”

Robert Frost (1874-1963); poet

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.”

Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915); philosopher, author, publisher

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.”

James Neil Hollingworth (1933-1996); Pseudonym Ambrose Redmoon, writer, former manager of the folk rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service

“Leap and the net will appear.”

Zen Proverb

“He is courageous who endures and fears the right thing, for the right motive, in the right way and at the right times.”

Aristotle (384-322); philosopher

“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.”

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924); author, publisher

“It may take courage to embrace the possibilities of your own potential, but once you've flown past the summit of your fears, nothing will seem impossible.”

Michael McKee artist, author

“As for courage and will we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead.”

Andre Norton (1912-2005); novelist

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. ”

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (1883-1971); French fashion designer

“It's never too late to be what you might have been.”

George Eliot [Mary Ann Evans] (1819-1880); novelist, editor

“The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.”

Daniel Boorstin (1914-2004); historian, U.S. Librarian of Congress

“I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.”

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888); novelist

“The only rule is, do what you really, impulsively, wish to do. But always act on your own responsibility, sincerely. And have the courage of your own strong emotion.”

D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930); novelist, literary critic

“If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.”

Nora Roberts (born 1950); fiction author

“Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world — and never will.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910); [Samuel Clemens] humorist, essayist, novelist

“Courage is not the towering oak that see storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.”

Alice Mackenzie Swaim poet

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Everyday Hero: Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr. is a hero because he was so brave. He stood out in front of lots of people and spoke to them. "I have a dream." He also said, "Don't fight back with fists, fight back with love." His house was bombed and people burned crosses in yards. M.L.K. was so good but one day someone shot…

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Everyday Hero: Lori

My mom is one of my heroes. I don't know what I would do without her. She cares for me and helps me out when I need it the most. She cooks, cleans and works hard just for me. She tries to make my life the best it can be by taking me places and allowing me to do things.…

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Everyday Hero: Terry

As a retired firefighter from Los Angeles County Fire Department, my family had moved to Idaho just one year prior to my accident. I went fishing on August 6, 1996 when my car rolled down an embankment into a lake as I was attempting to back up a little more off of the street above. With little or no air…

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Everyday Hero: Janice

My mother had a really bad accident when I was about six years old. She couldn't stop her bike and ran into a car. For that summer she had a body cast. She would take care of me the best she could. She broke her right ankle so bad that the doctors thought that she would never walk again. But…

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Everyday Hero: Suzanne

The statement 'My mother, the hero' seems to be overdone and generic, though, if you knew my mother you to would recognize her accomplishments. She raised two children alone, cleaning houses and 'scrubbing toilets" to make ends meet. When she got the chance, she jumped back into school full-force. My mother is now studying to teach science in elementary school,…

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Everyday Hero: Dustin

Dustin is a six year old boy who recently went through a kidney transplant. He spent over a month at the Milwaukee Children's Hospital where he received one of his father's kidneys. Dustin had been waiting for his transplant for many years, waiting for his body to be ready to accept the kidney. After the transplant, it was discovered that…

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Everyday Hero: Chris

A couple of weeks ago, my 4 year old daughter and I were returning home from dance class around 9 that night. The car veered slightly to the right of the road. I over compensated and jerked the car to the other side. To make a long story short, we wound up in the ditch upside down in a Corvette.…

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Everyday Hero: Jacob

My son Jacob is currently battling cancer and going through chemotherapy. He is 15 years old and has already had an extreme bone cancer surgery that removed seven inches of his thigh bone. Because he was inspired by the needs of leukemia patients at his children's hospital, Jacob organized a bone marrow drive in his hometown to hopefully help others…

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Everyday Hero: Bailey

My hero is my mom. She had a hard life. When my brother and I were born, my mom was married to a man who was not a nice man. He hit her and called her a lot of bad names. She thought that it was anger issues. When I was about seven years old my mom had enough of…

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Everyday Hero: Unknown

I will never know the name of my hero. He was a holocaust survivor who I met in a random garden in a resort in Israel. I met him at a time when I was terribly unsure of my next move and was asking for a sign from God. I am sure he was it. I was with my best…

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Everyday Hero: PANTALEON

THIS STORY IS ABOUT MY STEPFATHER PANTALEON RIOS. WHERE DO I BEGIN? HE IS AN AWESOME MAN! MY DAD MET MY MOM IN SUMMER 1978. THEY DATED AND THEN DECIDED TO MAKE A START AND LIVE TOGETHER. THEY WERE MARRIED IN 1984 AND THEN BECAME CHRISTIANS. AS YRS. PASSED, MY TWO BROTHERS WERE BORN AND WE HAD AN EXTENDED FAMILY…

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Everyday Hero: Military

The military is one of my biggest heroes and inspirations because they do what most people would never do, stand up for people in our country. They put their lives at risk so we can wake up every morning without fear. They go through emotional pain from being away from their loved ones and physical pain if they get injured.…

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Everyday Hero: Tupac

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My hero is Tupac Shakur. I look up too him because he came from nothing to something. You cant go wrong with dreaming about what you can be. People today think that if their poor and not really much money coming in their house whole they cant be what they want to be, which is not true. You have to…

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Everyday Hero: David

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The hero is my older brother. He was 14 years at the time of the heroic action. My youngest sister was 5 years old. The place was in the outskirts of the village of Santa Lucia, outside the capital city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. On the day of the heroic action, my mother and a friend of hers chose to take…

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Everyday Hero: Adam

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Adam is one of the strongest people I know. He battles anxiety everyday, and he does not let it get the best of him. He stands strong in God, loves me with all he has, and is willing to give up anything to make my life easier. He prays with me, does Bible studies with me, and takes care of…

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Everyday Hero: Alexandra Nicole

My husband died when my daughter was 16. I collapsed emotionally and all I could do was work 12 hours a day 7 days a week. She picked up our lives and made sure her 13 year old brother went to school and graduated. Three years later I had a stroke on my 50th birthday. My Alex worked and supported…

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Everyday Hero: Jessica Watson

My story is short, Jessica Watson is a 16 year old girl from Australia who just sailed around the world by herself. Her journey took 7 months during which, she faced severe storms and conditions. She made it home safe and sound and is definitely a huge inspiration!

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Everyday Hero: Alfredo

My hero is my son Alfredo. At age 3 he was diagnosed with a mild form of autism. He barely spoke, did not look straight to your eyes, etc., etc., etc.. Now he will graduate from high school, has a prom date and is looking forward to his next years in college. Through hard work and therapies he has overcome…

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Everyday Hero: Heather

Heather is my real life hero, she works full time as an electronics tech, she is also in the Army National Guard and has served 3 tours in Iraq, she is now back in college to get her degree as a physical trainer and on top of all of that she finds the time and patience to take care of…

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Everyday Hero: Tim

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Tim Milo is a hero to me because of the person he is. He is a Strong willed, kindhearted, intelligent, resourceful, hard working person who values families and friends. some of the things he has done that have inspired me are his service in the military and the 4 deployments he has been on, but not just the deployments he…

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Everyday Hero: Emery

Emery was born with heart disease. He is a motivational speaker for two companies(AHA, PCH). He has been to Washington D.C. and lobbied for the state of AZ for child health care. He has raised over $120,000 dollars for heart disease. He has been the top fundraiser in AZ for the past 9 years in a row. Emery inspires people…

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Everyday Hero: Alan

Al was an educator who believed the best in kids and families. He was a highly regarded (and award winning) elementary school principal when I first met him and not too much later, I found out he had MS. He retired after 25 years and fought MS for his, too few, remaining years. He died a few years ago, far…

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Everyday Hero: Gabriel

One of my heroes is my 9 year-old son, Gabriel. Gabriel was born 11 weeks early along with his twin brother. Both were unable to breathe very long on their own and needed respiratory support in the neonatal intensive care unit. Gabriel's brother recovered quickly and soon was home with his family. But Gabriel's airway was damaged by the ventilator…

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Everyday Hero: Muhammad

Ali is my hero for two reasons: one, he worked extremely hard to become the best at his chosen profession and two, he had the utmost integrity, always doing what he thought was right, regardless of the consequences. He has so many famous quotes but my favorite is this: "I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and…

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Everyday Hero: Brenda

One of my heroes is my badminton coach, Mrs.Knight. She is always there to help and always motivates you to try your best and excel in what ever you do.

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Everyday Hero: Michalangelo

My hero is my dad. This is his story. He was born in Italy. Then when he was four he moved to Japan where for the first few months he lived there he only ate cookies and milk. His first school in Japan was Saint Mreies. Then he got in to Stanford he moved to the US. Then he worked…

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Everyday Hero: Kids With Cancer

I work at a children's hospital. Every day I deliver medications to the oncology ward. Here are these brave kids. Throughout numerous rounds of chemotherapy, sometimes unbelievable amounts of pills to take every day, and even some who cannot feel the touch of another person's skin because their immune systems are so compromised, they manage to smile, to laugh, to…

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Everyday Hero: Andrew

My hero is Andrew Johnson, he is a leader. He has a good work ethic. He works long hours from the day into the night. He is wise. He helps me anytime I need it. He nurtured me back to health. He paved the way for me to do things. He never gave up. Andrew is a good role model.…

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Everyday Hero: Theresa

My hero is my mom, Theresa. She is the first person I knew who was so strong at heart and had the courage to fight back in any situation. Without her, our family would never have been financially settled and peaceful. She is always there and understands our needs even before we realize them. With her kind smile and courage,…

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Everyday Hero: James

My hero is my boyfriend James Roger Leonard. He is my hero because he has always been there for me. He has always brought me up when I was down. He has helped me focus on what’s most important in my life rather than all the negative things in my life. I couldn’t ask for a better partner. I have…

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Everyday Hero: Darleen

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do," is what Eleanor Roosevelt once said. I am not sure of the context in which she spoke these words, but had she known my mother, they would have been…

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Everyday Hero: Zachery

On April 4, 2011 he ended his life. He was my best friend and my baby cousin. He would do anything for anyone. He was loving and caring. He always had my back and I miss him so much. Life will never be the same without him. He was only 18 years old.

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Everyday Hero: Robert

My Dad. He was a B24 pilot, got shot down in WWII, was a POW, lived modestly, and had an outstanding work ethic. Working was his joy. He worked until he was 83 and then quit to take care of my Mom, his only true love, (married 60 years) until she succumbed to cancer. He was 85 then and at…

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Everyday Hero: Curtis

Curtis was a great father, a great husband, a great teacher, and a great person for a kid to look up to. He was my friend's dad back in middle school, and he was like a second father to me. Everything we did had a lesson. I learned so much about life from him. He was a police officer and…

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Everyday Hero: James

My eight-year old son Jay saved his three-year old cousin Alexandria on Easter Sunday from drowning. We were at Jay's grandmother's house having an Easter brunch and celebration. If it weren't for his fast actions and bravery, we might not have Alexandria with us today. Jay understands that he did something good, but I don't think he understands how important…

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Everyday Hero: Wallace

My father is my hero because he is always there for me and never judgmental. It seems as though my father knows how to do or how to fix everything. He is amazing. My father is just getting over prostate cancer and he has been so brave and determined to overcome this illness. I really admire him. Through everything, he…

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Everyday Hero: Dad

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He had battled dragons, giant snakes and man eating dinosaurs. He had the battle experience of a general in the army, a master of every weapon available to man and a skilled pilot. He was invincible and always lived to fight another day. He had faced death countless times, yet knew no fear, until today. Jed was your average child,…

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Everyday Hero: lawrence

The hero in my eyes is my brother. He has been in the navy Reserve for eight years and has served two tours over seas. My brother has always been there for me my whole life and he holds a very special place in my heart. My brother at this time is over seas for a couple of weeks and…

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Everyday Hero: Glenda

My hero is my mother who always knows what to do and makes everyone happy. She is very friendly and nice to people. Everyone that knows her loves her sense of humor. She makes everyone laugh and feel good. And that is why she is my hero.

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Everyday Hero: Zachary

My hero is my brother Zachary. He is 18 years old. He is my hero because he always stands up for me. He does not like to let me out of arm's reach. It can be annoying, but I know he just tries to protect me. I know he will always be there when I need him. I am his…

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Everyday Hero: Sue

My hero is my mom because she helps me with everything. My dad helps me too. And I get everything done when they help me. They help me a lot. For example, when I have difficult homework, they do their best to help.

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Everyday Hero: Zoe

Zoe was my late daughter who died of cystic fibrosis at age 11. She never complained and apologized for the trouble she thought she had caused. Her life inspired me to promise on her death bed that I would walk around the world now 25,000 km later I am still going.God Bless You Zoe.

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Everyday Hero: serena

My mom serena is my hero because, she is the most amazing person I know. She has fought cancer twice, takes care of my disabled stepfather, and still makes time for the kids, foster kids, grandkids and great grand kids. My mom is struggling with bills and needs outside help she can't afford, but her family is what she values…

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Everyday Hero: Denise

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Denise is my mother and she has stuck by me through thick and thin. She has end stage breast cancer yet she continues to be the strongest person in my life. Because of her, I am where I am today. She has inspired confidence, love, and the desire to live well in me.

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Everyday Hero: Cherry

Cherry is my hero. She lives each day not knowing if it will be her last. She fought breast cancer twice and had a breast removed. Now she is fighting liver cancer. She has done most all of the treatments out there. Her body is so weak, some days she can't raise her head. Her husband works so that they…

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Everyday Hero: Jessica

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My name is Brianna and I want to tell you about my best friend, Jes. Jes Metzger was a member of the US Air Force and was tragically taken from us on 03/15/14, along with three others, due to a car accident in Wichita, Kansas. They hired a driver to avoid drinking and driving and he suffered from a medical…

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Everyday Hero: Daniel

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Daniel is my hero cause he has done so much for me. He is a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He talked me into joining the fire Dept and taught me almost everything I know. He is always showing me stuff and helping me with anything I need. He works extremely hard making sure everything is taken care of . he…

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Everyday Hero: Amaranthia "AmaSepiaChan"

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Young artist "AmaSepiaChan" is my 13 year-old daughter and my hero. She has shown great courage, faith, empathy, generosity. Amaranthia is African-American. She attended PAL Preeschool and Nishimachi International School in Tokyo, Japan. She returned stateside at 7 and was in culture shock until last year. During that time she was bullied. When she turned 9 she was diagnosed with…

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Everyday Hero: John

My hero just died of brain cancer 1 week ago. He is my big brother. He was never scared or weak. He was the one comforting me when I should have been comforting him. He told me it was ok, he wasn't afraid to die. He said, just think of who I get to see in Heaven. And he said…

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Everyday Hero: Caleb

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Caleb is an awesome baseball player.

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Everyday Hero: Aluara & Makaela

These two girls are my nieces. Age 2 and 1. These girls are the strongest girls that I'm ever going to meet. I never thought I would really care about my niece Aluara until we had to take care of her because my sister-in-law has mental health issues. She and my eldest brother fought verbally and Alaura was eventually taken…

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Everyday Hero: Cambi

She is my hero because she survived heart surgery. She overcame it by slowing down. Now she works two jobs, one is Subway at pickle man’s, the other is Coin Laundry. Right now, she has 6 people living in her house. My mom is a true hero.

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Everyday Hero: Jackie

Jackie is my hero. She got breast cancer a year ago,she battled this awful killer. With courage and a smile, I never heard her complain through any bit of chemo or radiation. At 24 years of age, Jackie endured the painful day and nights of cancer but my mom told me that she always was positive. She now is cancer…

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Everyday Hero: Molly

My hero is my grandma, Molly Salmonson, for many reasons. She was an incredibly hard-working and strong person. She grew up in Norway and was the oldest in her family, so she helped her parents out with the other kids. She was there when the Nazis occupied Norway and even helped someone hide who the Nazis were looking for. My…

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Everyday Hero: Virginia

Virginia Jacko was a senior financial executive reporting directly to the President and Provost of Purdue University in the mid 1990s when she slowly but surely went blind from a condition called retinitis pigmentosa. She continued working for some time at Purdue, where her husband Bob is a full professor, but by fall 2000 she realized she could not continue…

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Everyday Hero: VIcki

I have known Vicki for most of my life, approximately 10 years. She has become like a second mother to me over this time and is a mother of two and has been happily married for 20 years. She goes to my church and is the children/youth groups' director. Vicki is the director of marketing at an assisted living facility…

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Everyday Hero: Katlyn

Katlyn and her twin sister were born three months early. Two years later, doctors discovered a large brain tumor in Katlyn's head. She had surgery to remove it, and recovered beautifully but was left with a plate in the back of her head where her skull once was. Though that would be more than enough trauma, fear and worry for…

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Everyday Hero: Andrew

Andrew is my father. He was in the army on active duty. When I was in 1st grade he was deployed to Iraq. He was there for a year. I was younger and never really understood why he left us, but now I am older. He went to fight for our country. He was a very brave soldier too. He…

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Everyday Hero: Barbara Jean

She is my late sister, she was a people person, who worked at the first AIDS Hospice is S.F., she cared for every person regardless of their lifestyle, she never judged but accepted, helped and loved each man and later woman stricken with AIDS back in the 80's (and well into 2006); when gays were being rejected because of the…

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Everyday Hero: Christopher

My son works in a building where ammonia is used under pressure as a coolant. The machine failed and released 100 pounds of pressurized ammonia into the air. Someone rushed up to him with a gas mask and told him what happened. He told the guy he needed another gas mask, took the mask he had, ran into the gas…

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Everyday Hero: Ann

My mother, Ann, is an inspiration to me. She just survived her 8th brain surgery to remove her 17th malignant tumor. She's in a very small percentile of people to even have this kind of aggressive meningioma and an even smaller number of those who survive. Before these problems, she raised three kids in a tiny town in Colorado. She…

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Everyday Hero: Bruce

Bruce Lee was born in China. He started to learn Kung Fu at early age, later in life he perfected his own style of it. I look up to him because he was a good person and accomplished things that helped people. Seeing Bruce Lee's Kung Fu skill, American directors hired him for acting so he is well known. Many…

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Everyday Hero: Mother

My Mother is for sure my ultimate hero. She has taught me how to live and love the life I live. No one else could ever compare to her, from her showing strength in overcoming cancer to raising three kids to be responsible respectful adults. There’s no one else in this world like my Mom. I love her. She is…

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Everyday Hero: Nicholas

Nicholas was born on November 18, 1905, in New York City to Italian immigrants, Dominic and Mariane. He was the youngest of fourteen children and the only member of his family born in the United States. However, he showed his patriotism when he enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of sixteen, using his older brother Anthony's ID.…

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Everyday Hero: Travis

My hero is a 16-year-old boy named Travis. Travis has always been a kid with an amazing spirit. He always had a positive attitude and a smile on his face. His greatest love in life is sports - specifically football and he was good at it. As a freshman he played varsity special teams for the state championship team. At…

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Everyday Hero: Dad

I picked my dad to be my hero because he is the person who has taught me a lot in life. Dad has helped me become who I am. He taught me to work toward goals and don’t stop until you are there, he did this without saying a word. He showed me that work is hard, but make it…

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Everyday Hero: Julianna

Julianna Bolton was my sixth grade reading teacher and taught me everything I needed to know. However, towards the middle of the year she said she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. I cried when I heard the news and was upset that the best teacher I've ever had might be leaving me. Then I thought about how her family…

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Everyday Hero: R. John

My father R. Jon died suddenly on March 25, 2005 of a brain aneurysm. He graduated from the University of Texas — Austin. He participated in the ROTC program while in school and then joined the Navy in 1966. He became a pilot flying the F-4 Phantom jet during the Vietnam War from 1970-1971. He conducted 55 night landings, nearly…

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Everyday Hero: Harold

He's my brother and he has Lou Gehrig's Disease. He's had it for 28 years and is still going. He never gives up and awakens everyday with a smile on his face. He cannot do anything for himself and has caregivers. He once told me the 3 things in his life that inspire him are his family, his faith and…

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Everyday Hero: Larry

In 1985, Larry rescued a girl from a life that is too hard to put into words. He was just a kid himself. Since then he has made a difference in so many lives. Larry has been a mentor and helped so many others over the years. Yes he is a decorated war veteran, but is a Hero in many…

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Everyday Hero: John

He changed the world through music and love.

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Everyday Hero: My Boys

My boys are my heroes because they have been picked on at school many times, and they still go to school and hold their heads high. They believe and stand up for what is right even though others might not. Giving acts of random kindness to those who hurt them. One day I believe that they will be able to…

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Everyday Hero: Therese

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My Aunt Therese is a cancer survivor and an incredible support to me. I have mental health issues, and although it is sometimes difficult to be nice to me lol she has always stood by my side and loves me anyways; taking me to lunch spending time with me, buying me gifts of inspiration and books around cats that are…

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Everyday Hero: Erin

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I am my own hero. I know what I have overcome and use that to inspire other people. In 2008 I lost my soul mate n husband of 9 yrs n father of my two daughters to suicide. I was also diagnosed as Bipolar 1 in 2003 and spent 3 1/2 yrs seriously depressed and borderline suicidal as well. In…

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Everyday Hero: Jacob

Jacob is a very special, very wonderful man who always goes above and beyond what is expected of him. You see Jacob is a lead crew member for a local construction company. And one day at work the roof came crashing down on two of his co-workers. Trapping them beneath weight that no man can stand for too long. Jacob,…

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Everyday Hero: Tim

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My hero is my friend since the first grade. What truly makes Tim an inspiration is the optimistic fight he has within him. It has enabled him to beat cancer two times before and recently was diagnosed for the third time and underwent an operation this Summer in which they removed his entire stomach . He was first diagnosed with…

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Everyday Hero: Martin Luther

He did a lot so that everyone could be treated equally no matter what color their skin is.

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Everyday Hero: Terrance

My hero is my dad. He is in the military. He is deployed for the second time. I miss him and love him.

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Everyday Hero: Al

My hero is my unrelated uncle, Al. He suffered cancer two times and died in 2006. Before he died, he gave me a bear and I will always remember him.

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Everyday Hero: Nicholas

My hero is my little brother Nicholas. Nick was born 3 months premature on January 5th 2005 at 2.6 lbs. Needless to say it would be a long road to recovery spent in the NICU for the whole family. One night after school both my parents came to me and my mom started to burst out in tears, immediately I…

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Everyday Hero: John

John was walking past an icy pond in Scarsdale, New York. He noticed two children skating together as their mother looked on from the shore. Quite suddenly, the ice broke, and both the little boy and the little girl fell into the pond. John shouted children's mother, "call 911 quickly," and crawled onto the icy pond. He reached the hole…

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Everyday Hero: Erika

My hero is Erika. Erika first had cancer after giving birth to her son. It was a rare cancer caused by a hole in her placenta which leaked the fluid into her body. Six years later they found a tumor wrapped around the base of Erika's spinal cord. She has gone through radiation and is currently going through chemo. Even…

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Everyday Hero: Albert

He is the best baseball player in the world and he gave me an autographed bat.

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Everyday Hero: connor

he is awsome and nice

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Everyday Hero: Mikko Koivu

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Mikko Koivu is very good at hokey and alwys has a good attitude. I look up to him because he has inspired me to keep trying my hardest on every thing I do.

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Everyday Hero: Mark

'My father, the hero.' My father, Mark, has held his dying best friend in his arms; been scarred by war; lost his mother; endured three failed marriages; fought a 40-year battle with alcoholism; suffered an impoverished and abused childhood; and fell victim to bankruptcy. Through it all, the pain of his losses is only a faint shadow beneath his courage,…

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Everyday Hero: kenneth

Kenneth Hendrix is a soldier in the army. He's saved many lives and risked his own. Not only does he help our country, but he also gives me advice and comforts me when I cry. When he goes off to Iraq he calls me every time he gets a chance and always brings me back souvenirs . I'm happy that…

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Everyday Hero: Mam & Dad

My heroes are my parents because they have helped me in my life. Like when I have homework. They have also helped me through hard times too. For example, when my grandpa passed away they gave me a lot of support. Another reason why they are my heroes is that they have taught me a lot of things in life…

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Everyday Hero: Kiley

My hero is my granddaughter Kiley. She was diagnosed with leukemia last summer. In these past 9 months she has shown such a positive attitude and unfailing courage. I have never seen her feel sorry for herself nor has she ever expected pity from others. She's now well on her way to a full recovery. It's hard for me to…

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Everyday Hero: Joseph

Joe was a 19 year old hero, who put everyone in front of his own needs. I know this because I'm his Mom!! Joe fought leukemia twice and got a GBM brain tumor that took his life November 5th. You can read more about my hero at www.caringbridge.org/visit/joealvarado. In his loving memory, Stephanie L. Leyrer

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Everyday Hero: David

One day in high school, I saw a crowd of students in the hall watching a 6'4" senior pick up a 5' freshman and hook his pants belt to a hook high upon the wall where he hung there in humiliation as the students below him laughed. A dark haired 5'7" student pushed his way through the crowd, reached up…

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Everyday Hero: Heydn

My hero is my son. He is 8 years old and has a lot of special needs, but this summer he transcended all of those, if only for a while, to help save the life of a man who had almost bled to death after an ATV accident. The man almost completely severed his left arm at the shoulder/armpit, tore…

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Everyday Hero: Tony

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My hero is my husband, Tony. In October 2011, he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in his right tibia. As a result, he had to have his right leg amputated above the knee the following month. Beginning January 9, 2012, he underwent 6 months of the most brutal, grueling chemotherapy known to medicine. While undergoing chemo,…

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Everyday Hero: Lionel

Lionel Messi is the world's best soccer player that has ever lived. He is my inspiration. He is my idol. He is what I want to be when I grow up.

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Everyday Hero: Edie

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Edie Windsor is my hero because she challenged DOMA and won. For 44 years, she loved one woman with only her love for her mate being the bond between them. She had no license, just their love for each other. She loved as I have for 35 years. She has made it legal for me to marry the woman that…

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Everyday Hero: Charlie

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Courage comes in many forms and Charlie Becker exemplifies all of them. In 1979, Charlie not only had the courage to pursue his own dreams, but also united a community to pursue a collective goal. Today Charlie and his team inspire children and adults with special needs to be courageous at a camp aptly named, "Camp Courageous."   Charlie Becker's vision for…

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Everyday Hero: David

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The hero is my older brother. He was 14 years at the time of the heroic action. My youngest sister was 5 years old. The place was in the outskirts of the village of Santa Lucia, outside the capital city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. On the day of the heroic action, my mother and a friend of hers chose to take…

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Everyday Hero: Abram

Abram is my husband and my hero. He's a New Orleans Police Officer who has been through so much. Yet still, he stays strong, courageous and dedicated. His job has always been tough. He works in the most crime-stricken parts of New Orleans and he has to deal with a lot of traumatic situations - shootings, abuse, neglect, gruesome deaths,…

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Everyday Hero: Jene

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This is my grandmother she has just passed away of bone cancer.

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Everyday Hero: John

This young man faced tragedy, overcame it and became a helper of others. His religious values, athletic abilities, and drive gives renewed hope to the returning disabled veterans from the war on terror. He scored highly in the 1983 Illinois State high school track meet; was a two-time All-American at the University of Arkansas; and won many medals on the…

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Everyday Hero: Bobby

My hero is my husband who has been a soldier for eight years. He was in the Marines for four years and has been in the Army for the past four years. He has served two tours in Iraq. He was one of the first people to cross the border and is very proud of what he does. He is…

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Everyday Hero: Gertrude, Anita

I have three heroes in my life, they mean everything to me. I miss them more than you will ever know. My granny ma was the best, taught me lesson on how to be a good person, honest and forthright. My aunt was my savior, friend,family, and a mom. She taught me how to be a strong woman and be…

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Everyday Hero: Drey

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What an inspiration for all drey is. I don't need to say much more! Suffers from muscular dystrophy(a rare type) that his life expectancy is mid 20's. he's a senior in high school now and has been an inspiration for thousands.

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Everyday Hero: Nancy

My mom is and forever will be my hero. She had a heart attack while vacationing in Mexico and due to lack of medical advances she suffered a brain injury. I watched her fight for 2 long years before she lost the battle. In those two years she couldn't talk, walk, eat, or function in any other way but she…

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Everyday Hero: Daniel

Our Military men, women and their families are my true heroes. My son Daniel is serving in the Armed Forces and he is currently stationed in Kuwait. My nephew Adam also completed a tour in Iraq. The sacrifice our service men and women make everyday is commendable. It's not only our service men and women, but the families left behind.…

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Everyday Hero: Marti and Maureen

These two amazing people are my parents, they are always there for me when I need them, no matter what is going on. As well as taking care of their family they deal with their own problems and through it all they stay themselves. They are my parents and my heroes.

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Everyday Hero: Rosa

Here's an idea for a billboard by Zach Matthews, 10 years of age. Got arrested by sitting in the front of the bus, now a hero. Follow what you believe in, pass it on.

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Everyday Hero: Valerie

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My hero is my daughter. When she was 4 she was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. She is now 11 and she is completely independent. She has to test her Blood Glucose Level 5 to 6 times a day and the same with the shots. She has never let her disease get in her way. She has participated in Girl Scouts,…

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Everyday Hero: Katie

Our 6 year old daughter as young as she is, is our hero. She was born with a congenital hand deformity, and only has 3 fingers on her right hand. She has undergone several surgeries starting as early as 6 months old. She is proud of who she is and tries any activity without limiting herself. She is determined to…

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Everyday Hero: Dixie

Mom was dignosed with esophageal cancer in June 2011. The doctor said she had one year to live. She amazingly got all her affairs in order, and still kept smiling as the chemo and radiation took their toll on her unhealthy system. She always encouraged me, even while she was dying. She passed away Dec. 31st, 2011. I miss her...

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Everyday Hero: Loretta

To my mom who has been the angel in guiding me through my eating disorder. She has always been there for me and is so strong. I wouldn't be here without her.

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Everyday Hero: Tony

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My hero is my husband, Tony. In October 2011, he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in his right tibia. As a result, he had to have his right leg amputated above the knee the following month. Beginning January 9,2012,he underwent 6 months of the most brutal, grueling chemotherapy known to medicine. While undergoing chemo, he learned…

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Everyday Hero: Rosa

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She is a very brave and strong women. She stands up for what she believes in and I really admire her for that because women back then didn't have a say in anything. So not only did she stand up for black people, she also stood up for women's rights and herself even though she knew the consequences she would…

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Everyday Hero: Kaleigh

Kaleigh is the most inspirational person I have ever met. Her unwavering dedication to tumblr, glee, and crisscolfer is truly something to be revered. She is my OTP and I will always love her.

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Everyday Hero: Michael

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Michael Carroll is 16 Years Old and lives in Wheeling West Virginia. In 2003 he was diagnosed with Leukemia. After 3 years of treatments life returned to normal. On June 17th 2013 he was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Grade IV Brain Tumor due to the radiation treatment he received for Leukemia. He wanted to help other kids dealing with cancer.…

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Everyday Hero: Arnold

Arnold is my grandfather who I always called Papa. He served in Vietnam, was abused as a child, and lost a son, but he still really cared about people. When my mother was pregnant and needed a place to stay he not only took her in with open arms, he protected me from my fathers abuse in later years. He…

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Everyday Hero: ERIC

My hero is my younger son Eric. Although he was born into a family which was subjected to domestic violence, he has grown up to be a very compassionate and loving husband. My now ex-husband terrorized him his entire childhood but he did not let those actions affect his choice to grow up a man of faith and morality. He…

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Everyday Hero: Gianna

My daughter is my hero. She was born early and deathly ill, she was not supposed to make it, but she did. She fought for her life in the NICU for 2 months. She has Cerebral Palsy and is a severe quad. She amazes me daily. Never gives up. She is assisted in every thing she does. She never complains,…

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Everyday Hero: RAY

On May 20, 2007, off-duty volunteer fire captain Ray K. acted selflessly and heroically to save the life of a resident in a burning home. Ray learned of a residential explosion only a few blocks from his own home. He went to the address and learned that an individual was injured inside the home. With the assistance of a police…

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Everyday Hero: Bryan

My family and I, along with most of our neighbors, lost our homes due to fire in August of 2009. The fire had spread so quickly my grandpa, sister, niece & mom barely got out in time. Flames were on both sides of the street as they drove out of the canyon. My dad stayed behind waiting for my uncle…

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Everyday Hero: American Soldier

My hero is not one, but many. I cherish the brave men and women who serve this country by defending not only our freedoms, but the freedoms of many nations throughout the world. Some may speak of political agenda's or fighting for the wrong cause as for me, I don't claim to understand it all, I just know that every…

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Everyday Hero: Jeff

My dad is one of my heroes. He takes me hunting and fishing and many other father- son things. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't be able to do things in life that I enjoy. I really thank him for that.

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Everyday Hero: Regan

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At age six, her house burned down in the Angora Fire, South Lake Tahoe, California, Now she is a great friend of mine and sweet as pie!

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Everyday Hero: Lewis

The Lt Gen that was the Commanding General of I Corps in South Vietnam Nam overheard my request for an evacuation of my patrol, while engaged with enemy forces. The Lt Gen ordered his helicopter to make the evacuation. We were a Recon patrol so there weren't many troops. In spite of that real danger; the possibility of capture, and…

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Everyday Hero: Will Cobe

My hero is my dad. He travels all over the USA. He served in the Navy for 2 years and earned three medals. I miss him when he leaves for work. He is gone for 3-4 days. He had his appendix removed because he got food poisoning. I was not able to hug him for 2 weeks, he was very…

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Everyday Hero: Pablo

My everyday hero was my father. He was diagnosed with Islet Cell Cancer in the pancreas in 2009 and his fight lasted only nine short months. In those nine months he prepared me for life after he was gone, he helped me figure out who should walk me down the isle, he reminded me he'd be watching over me the…

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Everyday Hero: Pete

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My husband, Pete, is my hero! As a former Marine, Pete served our country during Vietnam and was combat wounded on both tours of duty. In itself, that makes him a hero. He has carried that courageous Marine with him his entire life; now having been diagnosed with a chronic lung disease, COPD, he inspires me through challenges that come…

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Everyday Hero: SANDRA

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My mom is a great nurse. She helps alot of people. She never backs down on her people.she is a wonderful nurse. I cant wait to see her for thanks giving

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Everyday Hero: Jackie

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Jackie Robinson is my hero because he was very couragous. He was the first African American to play professional baseball even though he went through struggles. People would threaten to kill him but he never gave in and now he opened the gate for African Americans in sports. What he did wasnt just important for baseball it was important for…

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Everyday Hero: Ann

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Ann is a remarkable woman, who has served her country as a U.S. Marine and now serves as a police officer in Stafford, Texas. Recently, during a traffic stop, she was shot twice by the driver's side passenger. One bullet in the face, the other bullet hit her bullet proof vest. Any officer would have been fine to stop in…

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Everyday Hero: Tjaart

My dear friend Tjaart is my hero. We were away the one weekend. We were outside when we heard a noise from the back of us in the bushes, and when we looked again we were surrounded by these men with sticks in their hands. I believe we would have been dead had it not been for Tjaart, who smooth-talked…

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Everyday Hero: Sue

Sue is my real hero. She does daycare and takes them on field trips. One day while coming back from a field trip we saw a disabled man stuck on the train tracks. The bars were going down. Out of all the people in their cars and on the sidewalks she was the only one who went to help this…

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Everyday Hero: Sarah

I picked Sarah Elizabeth Chute because she has always been there for me ever since we were like 2 and 3 years old. We grew up together. I have always admired Sarah through the years of growing up. We have somewhat of a different personality, but we are still there for each other. We have never gotten into a fight.…

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Everyday Hero: Ramon

Hidden Heroes My friend Ramon R. never refers to himself as a hero. After working closely with this Vietnam-era combat veteran for years, I have come to realize how under-appreciated such people are. As we go about our daily lives, agonizing over being late to work or paying taxes to Uncle Sam every April, we often forget that these combat…

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Everyday Hero: Kami

On December 15, 2004 this healthy young woman was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Six months later she was in remission. A year and a half after that - she graduated nursing school (RN). Her strength and courage is evident by all who meet her. On March 6m 2007 her husband was diagnosed with Anaplastic Astrocytoma (brain tumor). She is showing…

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Everyday Hero: Brenda

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In 2004, Brenda Lovelady Spahn was allowed by Alabama Department of Corrections to take several hardened female convicts into her own home to teach how to live a normal life, and never return to crime and drugs – or prison. When the number grew to 40 women living in her home, the neighbors were up in arms, and Brenda was…

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Everyday Hero: Jacory

Jacory Harris is the Quaterback of the University of Miami Hurricanes. Although we have never met personally, I view Jacory as a leader both on and off the field. UM is a leader in football and also in Haiti's relief effort. I most appreciate him because he plays through adversity with a gentle smile and determination many young men need…

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Everyday Hero: Michelle

My mother has been a single mom for about 8 years now. She went through a very tough divorce with my father, but stayed strong during the process. She's served three terms in Iraq. She landed from Iraq this morning. My mom had to leave me and my younger sister for Iraq. I pray for her safety every single day…

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Everyday Hero: Sofia

My mother, Sofia was the most enduring person I have ever known- after surviving WWII in Ukraine, my parents emigrated to Brazil. I was burned by a neighbor and she refused to accept the doctor's sentence that after a cardiac arrest, I would not survive. 4 weeks of being in a coma I woke up with perfect sight and mental…

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Courage is doing the right thing when everyone else is afraid to do so.
J about 1 month ago from Seattle

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
Cheri 2 months ago from Kansas City

courage is being able to stand up for what you believe in. to not let others bring you down because you are different, because you are a great person who can do great things no matter what others think. Believe in yourself
Lila 8 months ago from Curtis MI usa

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the strength to overcome it
Ruby 8 months ago from california

Courage is not all about how we face our problems but it is also how we tackle our problem
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