06:27 PM EDT 05/25/2013
Originally posted 05/10/2013 02:30PM
Continuing his active Friday in Washington, D.C., that first took him to Arlington National Cemetery, where he paid respects to the fallen, Prince Harry switched into his khakis to visit wounded soldiers and recovering servicemen at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Impressed by the technology at the facility – "We've got nothing like this back in the U.K.," he said – the prince watched as a 24-year-old army specialist, Alabama-born Corey Garmon, who lost both legs in Afghanistan, walk on a virtual simulator.
"You must have been on this thing for hours," Harry, 28, told Corey, who responded, "It's a good workout."
"How many times have you been on this?" Harry then asked, only to be surprised when the soldier revealed it was his very first day.
Originally posted 05/10/2013 10:50AM
Prince Harry paid his respects to the fallen during a visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.
Dressed in the ceremonial uniform of his cavalry regiment – and the sky blue cap of the Army Air Corps – Harry, 28, first laid a wreath at Section 60, the area set aside for those who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
His message read: "To my comrades-in-arms of the United States of America, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of freedom." He signed it captain Harry Wales.
After stopping by a memorial to President John F. Kennedy, Harry was escorted to the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.
Originally posted 05/10/2013 09:05AM
Look out, New Jersey: Here comes McConaughey!
The famed polo classic, to be held on June 1 at the Garden State's Liberty State Park, will boast Matthew McConaughey as one of its co-hosts, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.
The dad of three will share hosting duties with polo star Nacho Figueras, his wife Delfina Blaquier and Veuve Clicquot U.S. President Vanessa Kay.
Originally posted 05/09/2013 04:35PM
Back in 2006, ecologist and musician Favio Chavez found himself working on a recycling project in Cateura, Paraguay – a small village that sits atop a landfill.
He was horrified by the conditions in which children were living.
"It is not a place where people are supposed to live," he tells PEOPLE. "It's where the city throws its garbage."
So he decided to do something about it. Chavez, who had once run an orchestra in his nearby village Carapeguá, was inspired to create the Recycled Orchestra, where kids play instruments made from recycled garbage.
Originally posted 05/02/2013 05:45PM
The Boston Marathon started off like any other for Dick Hoyt, who pushes his son, Rick, in his wheelchair when they compete.
"We took a bus filled with runners from our team from the hotel to the start line," says Dick, 72, who has completed more than 1,000 races (many of them marathons) with his son. "We put together Rick's running chair, put him in it and off we went. It was a great day."
They were making good time, an hour ahead of last year, when Dick noticed an unusual number of police officers around mile 23. "I stopped and asked one of them, 'Is everything OK?' " says Dick, of Holland, Mass.
Originally posted 04/30/2013 02:10PM
A 2-year-old girl born without a windpipe now has a new one grown from her own stem cells, the youngest patient in the world to benefit from the experimental treatment.
Hannah Warren has been unable to breathe, eat, drink or swallow on her own since she was born in South Korea in 2010. Until the operation at a central Illinois hospital, she had spent her entire life in a hospital in Seoul. Doctors there told her parents there was no hope and they expected her to die.
The stem cells came from Hannah's bone marrow, extracted with a special needle inserted into her hip bone. They were seeded in a lab onto a plastic scaffold, where it took less than a week for them to multiply and create a new windpipe.
About the size of a 3-inch tube of penne pasta, it was implanted April 9 in a nine-hour procedure.
Originally posted 04/25/2013 12:50PM
Retiree Don Hanlon is showing his community – and the rest of the world – how well he can shop, and how many hungry people he can help doing it.
In 2001, Hanlon, a retired warehouse worker living off his social security and savings, walked into the office of Family Tree, a Denver, Colo., nonprofit that helps the homeless, and made a stunning offer: He wanted to take a struggling family grocery shopping – and pay the bill.
"It was so unusual," says Rita Caldwell, a Family Tree coordinator. "Other donors just want to write a check, but Don wanted to get personally involved."
Originally posted 04/24/2013 09:05AM
Ben Affleck plans to live on $1.50 a day – and he wants you to join him.
While the Oscar winner could certainly afford much more, Affleck is joining other celebrities to shine a light on poverty through the Global Poverty Project's Live Below the Line campaign. That figure represents the extreme poverty line in the U.S. as estimated by the World Bank.
Affleck Tweeted of his efforts: "1.4 billion people live on less the $1.50/day. I'm joining Live #BelowTheLine on behalf of @easterncongo. Will you?" He plans to feed himself on $1.50 for one day, following in the footsteps of other celebrities who have joined the cause to raise awareness of issues of inequality and poverty around the world.
Originally posted 04/22/2013 10:30AM
From an early age, they've been working to save the planet. Erek Hansen was 8 when he began recycling old, ripped jeans. Cassandra Lin was in the fifth grade when she started collecting cooking oil that could be converted into fuel so her neighbors could have heat. And Gabrielle Posard was only 12 when she came up with a plan to convince grocery stores to donate food rather than dump it.
Each of these environmental kid crusaders has been hailed for making a difference. As we celebrate Earth Day 2013, check out their stories to see simple ways you, too, can make a difference.
Originally posted 04/19/2013 03:30PM
When blasts rocked the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, many bystanders selflessly ran toward danger in an effort to save the injured.
Now, many of those same heroes are trying to reunite with those they helped to see if they're okay.
Matt Patterson, 30, an off-duty firefighter from Lynn, Mass., north of Boston, is among those looking to reconnect after helping to save a little boy who lost a leg in the bombings.
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