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Pittsburgh Steelers' Artie Burns Opens up About Adopting His Two Younger Brothers After His Mom's Death

Originally posted 07/01/2016 02:35PM

Artie Burns had just turned 21 when his healthy, 44-year-old mom collapsed without warning. Burns rushed to be by her side at the hospital, just in time to say goodbye.

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Meet the Man Who Has Helped 2,100 Families (and Counting!) Afford Adoption: 'Every Child Deserves a Family'

Originally posted 06/30/2016 12:40PM

Know a hero? Send suggestions to heroesamongus@peoplemag.com. For more inspiring stories, read the latest issue of PEOPLE magazine

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How Confronting Addiction and Depression and Finding His Birth Mom Saved Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels from Committing Suicide

How Confronting Addiction and Depression and Finding His Birth Mom Saved Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels from Committing Suicide

Originally posted 06/29/2016 11:45AM

Most know Darryl "DMC" McDaniels for his sick rhymes, hip-hop legacy in groundbreaking group Run-DMC and placement in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – but his rock star life was riddled with demons.

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Meet the Formerly Blind Boy Competing in the Special Olympics – 5 Years After His Adoption from a Chinese Orphanage

Meet the Formerly Blind Boy Competing in the Special Olympics – 5 Years After His Adoption from a Chinese Orphanage

Originally posted 06/10/2016 11:20AM

In 2011, Faye Corman was rushing through a New Jersey train station after a visit to the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia with her 3-year-old blind son, Jon Paul, when the boy suddenly stopped to stare at the platform's concrete floor.

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Mom Who Kept Baby with Birth Defect After Adoptive Parents Abandoned Her: 'She's Perfect and I'm Sorry They Couldn't See That'

Mom Who Kept Baby with Birth Defect After Adoptive Parents Abandoned Her: 'She's Perfect and I'm Sorry They Couldn't See That'

Originally posted 06/07/2016 05:00PM

A Florida mother is speaking out about the heart-wrenching moment the adoptive mother of her baby girl refused to go through with the adoption after realizing she was born with a rare birth defect.

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Adopted 11-Year-Old Born in China Wants to Run for President in 2040 – So She's Working to Change the Law

Adopted 11-Year-Old Born in China Wants to Run for President in 2040 – So She's Working to Change the Law

Originally posted 06/07/2016 01:55PM

Alena Mulhern, 11, dreams of running for president in 2040, the first year she could legally vie for the role of Commander in Chief. But she can't.

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Biological Mom Decides to Keep Baby Born with Birth Defects After Adoptive Mom Rejects Her: 'She Is My Heart'

Biological Mom Decides to Keep Baby Born with Birth Defects After Adoptive Mom Rejects Her: 'She Is My Heart'

Originally posted 06/06/2016 04:45PM

A Florida woman is keeping the baby girl she put up for adoption after the adoptive mother fled seconds after seeing the child had been born with a rare birth defect.

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Virginia Mom of 3 Adopts Dying Friend's 6 Children: 'We  Love Them Like Our Own'

Virginia Mom of 3 Adopts Dying Friend's 6 Children: 'We Love Them Like Our Own'

Originally posted 06/03/2016 02:55PM

During Beth Laitkep's final days in a Virginia hospital, she made her good friend Stephanie Culley promise her one thing: to make sure her daughters always have bows in their hair.

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Pennsylvania Woman Finds Birth Father After Decades of Searching (Thanks in Part to Elton John and the Spinners!)

Pennsylvania Woman Finds Birth Father After Decades of Searching (Thanks in Part to Elton John and the Spinners!)

Originally posted 06/01/2016 03:05PM

For most of her adult life, the Elton John song, "Amoreena," has held special meaning to Amoreena "Amy" Olaya, a Philadelphia history and English teacher who was put up for adoption after she was born in 1974.

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California Woman Graduates From Same University Where She Was Abandoned as an Infant

California Woman Graduates From Same University Where She Was Abandoned as an Infant

Originally posted 05/31/2016 05:15PM

In November 1984, a newborn baby girl was left by her mother in a box in a laundry room at San Francisco State University.

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