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Heroes Among Us: Couple Campaigns to End Drunk Driving in Honor of Their Son

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Bill & Muriel Elliott Help Crack Down on Drunk Drivers to Honor Their Son

Originally posted 07/03/2014 04:45PM

The knock on the door that changed Bill and Muriel Elliott's life forever came at 4 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2000.

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Australian Woman's Magazine Honors Burn Victim Turia Pitt on Cover

Australian Woman's Magazine Honors Burn Victim Turia Pitt on Cover

Originally posted 06/26/2014 07:45PM

From first glance, it's clear that Australia's Turia Pitt is not your typical magazine cover star.

The 26-year-old mining engineer was running an ultra marathon in 2011 when she was caught in an out-of-control bush fire that left her with burns over 64 percent of her body. Pitt lost all the digits on her right hand and spent almost six months in the hospital.

Three other runners were also injured in the blaze.

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Heroes Among Us: Boy Sells Lemonade to Buy Wheelchairs for Hundreds

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Zack Francom Sells Lemonade to Buy Wheelchairs for Those Who Need Them

Originally posted 06/26/2014 01:00PM

When life gives you lemons, you can do much more than make lemonade, says Zack Francom.

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63-Year-Old Lung Cancer Survivor Fights Off Burglar with Her Backscratcher (VIDEO)

Originally posted 06/24/2014 02:20PM

Yes, Patty Kearney is 63 years old, she has battled lung cancer and her chronic COPD means that she needs an oxygen tank to breathe. She's also absolutely fearless. The Marion, Indiana, woman recently confronted – and fought off – a would-be burglar who attempted to break into her home, beating him out the door with her wooden backscratcher.

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Heroes Among Us: Minnesota Woman Gives Moms in Crisis Supplies for Their Newborns

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Deb O'Halloran Gives Struggling New Moms and Their Babies Much-Needed Supplies

Originally posted 06/19/2014 04:40PM

When single mom Theresa Wilson worried about getting the things she needed for her newborn girl – relief and much-needed assistance came from a stranger.

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Hospice Grants Forest Ranger's Dying Wish: See Nature One Last Time

Hospice Grants Forest Ranger's Dying Wish: See Nature One Last Time

Originally posted 06/19/2014 01:25PM

A hospice outside Seattle has made one old forest ranger's dying wish come true.

In a post Evergreen Hospice shared on its Facebook page, a man known only as Ed expressed one last hope to the hospice chaplain: He wanted to commune with nature one more time.

According to Chaplain Curt Huber, Ed had worked as a forest ranger, and he missed the outdoors in his old age.

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Heroes Among Us: Montana Man Sends Teens Who Pledge Sobriety to College

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Leo McCarthy Sends Teens Who Pledge Sobriety to College

Originally posted 06/12/2014 06:30PM

Leo McCarthy's world was shattered with one phone call late on a crisp October night in 2007.

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NYPD's Bee Cop Dishes on New Doc Burt's Buzz and Beekeeping in the Big City

UpdatePosted 06/10/2014 06:30PM

NYPD's Bee Cop Dishes on New Doc Burt's Buzz and Beekeeping in the Big City

Originally posted 06/10/2014 05:20PM

There's buzz, of both the insect and human variety, surrounding a new documentary about Burt Shavitz, the co-founder of natural skincare product line Burt's Bees.

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Heroes Among Us: Ohio Woman Gives Lifesaving Swimming Lessons to Inner-City Kids

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Wanda Butts Teaches Inner-City Kids in Ohio How to Swim

Originally posted 06/05/2014 01:35PM

It never occurred to Wanda Butts that her only son, Josh, needed swimming lessons.

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VIDEO: Parents Explain Why They Allowed 6-Year-Old to Identify as Transgender

Originally posted 05/30/2014 05:10PM

When Jeff and Hillary Whittington were told their first child would be a girl, they immediately picked out a name and began decorating the nursery accordingly. But within a year after their little Ryland was born, the couple realized that life was becoming nothing like they planned.

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