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Homeless High School Senior Named Valedictorian

Homeless High School Senior Named Valedictorian

Originally posted 05/29/2014 09:50AM

High school is difficult for nearly everyone, but few have had a harder four years than Griffin Furlong.

Tragedy struck the Jacksonville student when he was just a child. When he was 6, his mother died of leukemia. Shortly thereafter, he became homeless.

Furlong lived alongside his father and brother in a shelter in Kentucky before moving to Florida, where they were kept financially afloat – barely – thanks to contributions from their extended family. Still, the specter of falling back into homelessness loomed over the trio.

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Armless Mom Follows Dream of Becoming a Professional Bodybuilder

UpdatePosted 05/28/2014 06:30PM

Meet the Armless Mom Who Followed Her Dream of Becoming a Professional Bodybuilder

Originally posted 05/27/2014 01:15PM

Barbie Thomas didn't win any major awards at the recent NPC Junior USA Bodybuilding Championship in Charleston, South Carolina, but the audience made her feel like a star.

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PHOTOS: Remembering Our Troops on Memorial Day

See How People Around the World Pay Tribute to Our Troops on Memorial Day

Originally posted 05/26/2014 01:30PM

To many Americans, Memorial Day means barbecues and the start of the summer season. But it's first and foremost a time to remember the men and women who have served our country, giving thanks to those who risk their lives everyday to protect ours.

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Paralyzed Teen's Modeling Dream Comes True – Her Inspiring Story

UpdatePosted 05/24/2014 11:35AM

Paralyzed Teen's Modeling Dream Comes True (and 4 More Inspiring Stories You Might Have Missed)

Originally posted 05/23/2014 12:00PM

Five inspiring stories you might have missed this week. (See last week’s list)

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Heroes Among Us: Massachusetts Man Coaches and Mentors At-Risk Youth

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Marquis Taylor Mentors At-Risk Kids

Originally posted 05/22/2014 03:15PM

In 2009, Marquis Taylor was well on his way up the corporate ladder.

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Celebrate Waiters and Waitresses Day with These 7 Tales of Heartwarmingly Huge Tips

Celebrate Waiters and Waitresses Day with These 7 Tales of Heartwarmingly Huge Tips

Originally posted 05/21/2014 03:00PM

It's time to throw in a little more gratitude with your gratuity (unless you're a party of six or more, then it's included) – May 21 is National Waiters and Waitresses Day, a holiday calling restaurant patrons to throw down a little extra on their checks in appreciation of all the hard work servers do (as well as the dangers they face).

Like many holidays, Waiters and Waitresses Day is as big as you want it to be. Looking to go all-out this year? Then why not draw inspiration from these seven real-life tales of astoundingly large tips – read them below, and then maybe think of ways you could make your own server's day.

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8-Year-Old Steers Car to Safety After Mother Passes Out (and 3 More Inspiring Stories)

8-Year-Old Steers Car to Safety After Mother Passes Out (and 3 More Inspiring Stories)

Originally posted 05/16/2014 12:05PM

Four inspiring stories you might have missed this week. (See last week's list)

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Heroes Among Us: Utah Man Gives Over 75,000 Children Much-Needed Glasses

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Joseph Carbone Gives Glasses to Thousands of Struggling Kids

Originally posted 05/15/2014 03:00PM

Joseph Carbone can still picture the Navajo teen in his office, trying on his first pair of eyeglasses, paid for by a benefactor.

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Woman Finds Balloon Messages from Grieving Kids, Raises Funds for Their Mom's Funeral

Woman Finds Balloon Messages from Grieving Kids, Raises Funds for Their Mom's Funeral

Originally posted 05/14/2014 04:45PM

On Mother's Day, Renee Finney's three children – grieving over her May 5 death from cancer – wrote heartfelt letters to their late mom, tied them to balloons and released them to the sky.

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6 Things You Need to Know About This Year's Medal of Honor Recipient

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UpdatePosted 05/14/2014 02:00PM

6 Things You Need to Know About This Year's Medal of Honor Recipient

Originally posted 05/14/2014 12:20PM

This article was originally published by NationSwell, a website dedicated to sharing the stories of innovative Americans who are working to effect social change and move the country forward.

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