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Heroes Among Us: A Former Student Becomes Her Teacher's Caregiver

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After 30 Years, Carolyn Denson James Becomes Her Music Teacher's Caregiver

Originally posted 11/20/2014 04:50PM

In 1969, teacher Marty Hayes wrote in the yearbook of one of her favorite students, "If I ever have a daughter, I hope she is a replica of my Carolyn Denson."

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School Lunch Buddies Make a World of Difference for 13-Year-Old with Autism

A Lesson in Kindness: Seventh-Graders Form a Lunch-Buddies Club for Classmate with Autism

Originally posted 11/15/2014 04:30PM

Kansas teen Tate Smith's diagnosis of autism at age 2 sent his mother, Lisa, scrambling for answers. But first came the dread.

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Florida Man Helps Veterans Heal Through Water-Bound Recreational Therapy

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Florida Man Helps Veterans Heal Through Water-Bound Recreational Therapy

Originally posted 11/13/2014 05:00PM

For the past five years, Branson Rector has taken veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder out onto the water not just to experience the warm Miami breeze – but to heal and rebuild their lives.

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Heroes Among Us: Lisa Freeman Offers Teddy Bears and Scholarships to Grieving Siblings

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Mom of Fallen Marine Comforts Grieving Families with Teddy Bears Sewn from Soldiers' Uniforms

Originally posted 11/06/2014 03:35PM

It was Aug. 7, 2009, the first day of school. Math and science teacher Lisa Freeman was assembling packets of pens and paper in her classroom at Richmond Hill Middle School in Georgia when she saw two Marines somberly walking down the hall.

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Heroes Among Us: Doctor Makes 'House' Calls to the Homeless – and Finds Them Homes

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Pittsburgh Doctor Heads to the Streets to Treat the Homeless – and Finds Them Homes

Originally posted 10/30/2014 05:20PM

For the past 22 years, Dr. Jim Withers has been putting an entirely new spin on the concept of house calls.

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Heroes Among Us: Man with Cystic Fibrosis Runs Marathons 'Because I Can'

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Man with Cystic Fibrosis Runs Marathons to Raise Money for the Cause

Originally posted 10/09/2014 02:30PM

Steve Bell loves marathons.

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Heroes Among Us: Washington Couple Feeds the Homeless – Under a Bridge!

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Heroes Among Us: Mike and Jessica Kovac Serve Meals to the Homeless – Under a Bridge!

Originally posted 10/02/2014 04:00PM

Eight years ago, high school sweethearts Mike and Jessica Kovac were on the verge of divorcing after 17 years of financial hardship, medical problems and dealing with personal issues from adultery to alcoholism.

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Heroes Among Us: Arkansas Woman Fights for Justice for Her Brother – And Wins!

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Valerie Wood-Harber Got Justice for Her Brother – and Other Disabled Kids

Originally posted 09/25/2014 03:45PM

Valerie Wood-Harber remembers the phone call like it was yesterday.

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Mayors Across the Country Fill Backpacks with Food for Hungry Children

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Mayors in 55 Cities Fill Backpacks with Food for Hungry Children

Originally posted 09/19/2014 06:15PM

Thousands of students across the country this weekend will bring home backpacks filled not just with textbooks, but with plenty of food to carry them through to Monday.

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