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Tripp

Tripp

Still searching for a diagnosis, Tripp finds the answer he was looking for all along

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Megan

Megan

With new independence, Megan looks forward to her future

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Gershon

Gershon

Young warrior receives word that help is on the way

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Taytem

Taytem

When it comes to courage, size doesn't matter

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth

The random act of kindness that gave one family the miracle they needed

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Dalton

Dalton

Dalton sees the world through the eyes of his best friend

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Cattaleya

Cattaleya

A community gives an angel her wings

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Liam

Liam

Liam's days are better with his best friend by his side

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Abigail

Abigail

For Abi, the Green Gala was a life-changing night

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Rachelle

Rachelle

A veteran gets some help from her new best friend

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Lucy

Lucy

Identical twins, one with a rare condition, one inseparable bond

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Shelby

Shelby

In a moment, Shelby's life changes forever

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Lizzy & Mason

Lizzy & Mason

How fate changed a family's life

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Jayden

Jayden

Young hero never gives up on a better life

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Kalen & Kyan

Kalen & Kyan

Nothing is stronger than the bond between brothers

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Poppy

Poppy

Without saying a word, Poppy speaks to the heart of a nation

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Kelly

Kelly

After helping others her whole life, Kelly gets the support she needs

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La’Niya

La’Niya

Young fighter discovers the world with a little help

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Brittany

Brittany

A community embraces one Chiver's journey towards independence

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Alex O.

Alex O.

When a fatal diagnosis takes away his dreams, Alex's faith keeps him going

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Gianna

Gianna

Gianna relies on other senses to see the world around her

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Ashlyn

Ashlyn

Time and again, Ashlyn proves she can weather the storm

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Makayla

Makayla

Random Acts of Kindess are changing the world - and one girl's life

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Alex H.

Alex H.

Doctors continue to search for mystery diagnosis

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Active Heroes

Active Heroes

Dying veteran has one final mission

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Jonathan

Jonathan

With an uncertain future ahead of him, Jonathan takes it one day at a time

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The Seedling Foundation

The Seedling Foundation

For children of incarcerated parents, mentors give them the support they need

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Hanna

Hanna

After a life of breaking barriers, this young fighter finally got reinforcements

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Reid

Reid

This special little boy is literally, one in a million

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Alaysha

Alaysha

A terminal diagnosis will take Alaysha's mobility and speech, but never her spirit

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The Pathway Home

The Pathway Home

This holistic therapy and rehabilitation center gives veterans with PTSD a second chance

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Audrina

Audrina

Audrina has Maffucci syndrome, so rare that fewer than 200 cases have been reported

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Eloy

Eloy

With some help, Eloy now has the world at his fingertips

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Camp Casey

Camp Casey

This nonprofit offers horseback riding for children battling rare diseases and their families

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Rylan

Rylan

Rylan's diagnosis left her unable to speak, so she finds other ways to communicate

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Luke

Luke

A grant allows Luke to live out his adventurous spirit

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Madilyn

Madilyn

Madilyn's stubborn will and determination shatters doctors' prognosis

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Colton

Colton

Colton has AMC, a disorder that causes congenital joint contraction and physical deformities

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A Twist of Fate-ATS

A Twist of Fate-ATS

A mother creates a community for those affected by this rare genetic disease

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Dawnavyn

Dawnavyn

Dawnavyn suffers migraines and hypertension that take away from time with her family

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Creativets

Creativets

Creativets uses artistic outlets to help disabled veterans with PTSD return home

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Pearl

Pearl

Pearl's fight for independence just got easier with a community behind her

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Alexa

Alexa

Alexa suffers from a rare recessive genetic disease called PIGN, of which there are only three cases worldwide

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Nicole

Nicole

After a rare diagnosis, Nicole weathers the storm with her family by her side

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Green Hill Therapy

Green Hill Therapy

Green Hill Therapy uses hippotherapy to improve sensory-motor skills in special needs children

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Gavin

Gavin

Gavin has a brain abnormality called Lissencephaly or "smooth brain"

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Oakley

Oakley

Oakley suffers from Prune belly syndrome which led to kidney disease

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Dakotah

Dakotah

Dakotah's dream gets wheels with a little help

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The Greatest Generations Foundation

The Greatest Generations Foundation

14 survivors of Pearl Harbor take a trip back on the 73rd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

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Peyton

Peyton

Peyton's Dravet Syndrome causes him to have all different types seizures

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JD

JD

Despite suffering from SMA (Type 1) and hydrocephalus, JD inspires those around him

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Christopher

Christopher

Christopher's confidence got a huge boost from one special community

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Tyley

Tyley

Tyley has a genetic deletion that affects the growth of her brain

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Zack

Zack

Zack has a terminal neuromuscular disorder that is quickly taking his mobility

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Mick

Mick

Mick responds with strength to his sudden and rare diagnosis

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Bradan

Bradan

Bradan's rare diagnosis lowers his tolerance to everyday illnesses

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Denver

Denver

Every milestone reached gives Denver reason to rejoice

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Lacey

Lacey

Lacey is one of only 3 people in the U.S. to be diagnosed with King-Denborough Syndrome

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KCCO Ability Field

KCCO Ability Field

Kids with special needs across central TX now have a safe place to play sports

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Kelly

Kelly

Kelly has a mitochondrial disease called Leigh Syndrome, which renders her immobile

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Bubba

Bubba

Bubba and his family face the future together

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Columbia Fire Protection District

Columbia Fire Protection District

Columbia Fire services a 70-mile radius with limited resources

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Lunden

Lunden

Lunden keeps smiling in the face of her challenges

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PACT

PACT

PACT provides daycare services for medically fragile children and other essential programs

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Caroline

Caroline

Caroline's rare syndrome causes delayed development but she continues to fight

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Leave No Veteran Behind

Leave No Veteran Behind

Leave No Veteran Behind provides veterans with Retroactive Scholarships in exchange for community service

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Aniston

Aniston

Aniston refuses to limit herself to labels

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Chloe

Chloe

Chloe suffers from Rett Syndrome, a progressive neurodevelopmental disorder

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The Painted Turtle

The Painted Turtle

The Painted Turtle offers an innovative camp program for children with special medical needs, free of cost

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Cash

Cash

Cash suffers from SMA, which renders him completely immobile but doesn't affect his brain

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Ian

Ian

Ian continues to break ground and raise awareness for his rare diagnosis

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Judith

Judith

Judith has a rare X-linked genetic disorder but keeps her focus on the future

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Matthew

Matthew

Matthew suffers from a rare, undiagnosed Pediatric Neurotransmitter Disorder

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Freedom Service Dogs

Freedom Service Dogs

Freedom Service Dogs trains rescue dog to become service dogs for veterans and people with disabilities

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Kellan

Kellan

Kellan suffers from Pallister-Killian Syndrome which will require lifelong therapy

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Michael Sexton

Michael Sexton

Michael's strength won him the heart of a Nation

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Trey

Trey

John Cena gave Trey a special gift, after finding out he suffers from an undiagnosed mitochondrial disorder

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Wings Flights of Hope

Wings Flights of Hope

Wings Flights of Hope provides free flights for medical and humanitarian purposes

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Marcus

Marcus

Marcus underwent Gamma Knife Radiation surgery to remove AVM from his brain, which resulted in a stroke

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CTX Ability Sports

CTX Ability Sports

CTX Ability Sports is an all-inclusive organization where children with special needs can safely play sports

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Bryce

Bryce

Bryce suffers from a rare genetic disorder but stays optimistic

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Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps provide essential emergency medical needs to residents of Mineola and surrounding areas

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Jacob

Jacob

Jacob suffers from a rare condition that will cause him to be incontinent for the rest of his life due to a late diagnosis

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Billy Wynne

Billy Wynne

Billy Wynne was the lone survivor of a helicopter crash, sustaining 3rd and 4th degree burns and amputations

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Xavier

Xavier

Xavier has an extremely rare genetic disorder that causes constant seizures, developmental delay, and renders him completely dependent

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Youth Emergency Services and Shelter (YESS)

Youth Emergency Services and Shelter (YESS)

Youth Emergency Services and Shelter is the largest emergency youth shelter in Iowa, helping 1200+ kids annually

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Friends of Firefighters

Friends of Firefighters

Friends of Firefighters provides counseling and wellness services to active and retired NYC firefighters and their family members

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Faith

Faith

Faith keeps her head up despite all the obstacles

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Francisco

Francisco

At the age which most children begin to communicate, Francisco Santoyo's parents discovered he was deaf and going blind

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Operation Blue Santa

Operation Blue Santa

Operation Blue Santa is a non-profit providing thousands of families in need with a full holiday meal and wrapped gifts for the kids

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Devon Colbert

Devon Colbert

Devon was a career firefighter before a car accident left him paralyzed from the chest down

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AARB Foundation

AARB Foundation

AARBF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting to those who have been affected by a burn injury

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Giovanni

Giovanni

Gio was born with Cloves, an extremely rare disorder characterized by a combination of skin, spinal, and bone abnormalities

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Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith beat cancer twice only to be diagnosed with a rare disorder called Transverse Myelitis

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Sean Pesce

Sean Pesce

American Hero, Sean Pesce, was shot 13 times in a firefight during active service in Afghanistan

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Jaiden

Jaiden

Jaiden suffers from a rare connective tissue disorder, which is turning his skin to stone

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Gina Mercieri

Gina Mercieri

Due to a car accident 2 years ago, Gina suffers from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

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Zoe

Zoe

Zoe was born with the very rare Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as Brittle Bone

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Moonachie Fire Department

Moonachie Fire Department

After Hurricane Sandy, the Moonachie Fire Department relocated over 1,500 residents

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