05:53 PM EDT 05/17/2013
Originally posted 05/16/2013 02:05PM
Darian Craig was just 3 years old when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancerous tumor that affects mostly infants.
She was given less than a 15 percent chance of surviving.
Darian eventually beat the disease, but spent the next 14 years of her life in and out of emergency rooms battling Behcet's syndrome, a rare disorder that causes blood vessels to become inflamed, and receiving radiation treatments, chemotherapy and undergoing a bone marrow transplant.
Originally posted 05/14/2013 07:30PM
For proof that Angelina Jolie's revelation about her double mastectomy is already giving other women strength, look no further than CNN's Zoraida Sambolin.
The morning-news anchor on Tuesday revealed her own struggle with breast cancer, and her plans for a double mastectomy later this month, after seeing Jolie's brave piece in The New York Times.
"This inspired me to talk," Sambolin, 47, told PEOPLE shortly after making her revelation on the air during CNN's coverage of Jolie's announcement. "When we went into the story, it felt right to share it."
Originally posted 05/11/2013 10:35AM
Missy Franklin is officially the envy of 18-year-olds everywhere!
Prince Harry helped make the Olympic swimming champ's birthday wishes come true by joining in a sing-along at a party in Colorado on Friday.
Standing next to Harry, 28, Franklin flashed her famous smile as party guests serenaded her with "Happy Birthday."
"And the perfect way to end my 18th birthday!? Meeting Prince Harry!" Franklin wrote in a post on her Instagram page. "It was an honor meeting him and I had a blast as always."
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 04/24/2013 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.
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