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Utah Girl Bullied About Large Ears Gets Free Surgery From Big-Hearted Surgeon Who Was Also Teased as a Kid

Utah Girl Bullied About Large Ears Gets Free Surgery From Big-Hearted Surgeon Who Was Also Teased as a Kid

Originally posted 07/02/2015 12:10PM

At a time when every teenager at her junior high school just wanted to fit in, Isabelle Stark always felt that she stuck out. She tried wearing beanies, growing her hair long and strategically adding extra curls, but there was no hiding her protruding ears.

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Blind Army Veteran Finishes Ironman Triathlon: 'It Was a Feeling of Completeness'

Blind Army Veteran Finishes Ironman Triathlon: 'It Was a Feeling of Completeness'

Originally posted 07/01/2015 04:35PM

Record-breaking heat caused 188 competitors to quit an Ironman triathlon this past Sunday in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, but blind veteran Scotty Smiley was not one of them.

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Los Angeles Man Who Built Tiny House for Homeless Neighbor: 'It Really Opened Things Up for Her Again'

Los Angeles Man Who Built Tiny House for Homeless Neighbor: 'It Really Opened Things Up for Her Again'

Originally posted 06/29/2015 03:10PM

Ever since Elvis Summers's good deed – building a tiny house for his homeless neighbor Smokie – went viral, his life has been "nothing but chaos."

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Hawaiian Teen Brittany Amano Tackles Hunger in America

Originally posted 06/25/2015 10:45AM

Seventeen-year-old Brittany Amano knows what it's like to go hungry.

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Law Student Donates Part of Liver to 5-Year-Old Girl She's Never Met: 'It Was the Strongest Conviction I've Ever Felt'

Law Student Donates Part of Liver to 5-Year-Old Girl She's Never Met: 'It Was the Strongest Conviction I've Ever Felt'

Originally posted 06/23/2015 02:25PM

When 5-year-old Sage Baker needed a liver transplant, it was a stranger who came to the rescue.

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Sherry Albright Brightens Students' Days at Trine University

Originally posted 06/18/2015 10:35AM

For almost 13 years, Sherry Albright has cheerfully scrubbed the bathrooms, vacuumed the floors and emptied the trash bins at Trine University in Angola, Indiana, all while reminding homesick students that they are not alone.

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One-Armed Baseball Fan Gets an Assist from a Big-Hearted, One-Armed Coach

One-Armed Baseball Fan Gets an Assist from a Big-Hearted, One-Armed Coach

Originally posted 06/17/2015 05:50PM

After losing his arm at age 6 to cancer in 2013, Grant Goodsell tried his best to be good-natured as his parents helped him relearn how to get dressed, make his bed, wash his right hand and help set the table for dinner.

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Fallen Soldiers Buried with Dignity Because of Florida Air Force Veteran's Selfless Act

Fallen Soldiers Buried with Dignity Because of Florida Air Force Veteran's Selfless Act

Originally posted 06/17/2015 09:35AM

Mike DelPizzo, a quality assurance professional at AT&T in Jacksonville, Florida, was reading the newspaper one Sunday morning in November 2013 when he saw that the cremated remains of a veteran were going to be buried in a cardboard box at the Jacksonville National Cemetery.

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8-Year-Old Boy Builds Playground After Friend with Cerebral Palsy Dies: 'Our Hearts Are Too Strong to Be Broken'

8-Year-Old Boy Builds Playground After Friend with Cerebral Palsy Dies: 'Our Hearts Are Too Strong to Be Broken'

Originally posted 06/12/2015 04:55PM

Eight-year-old Connor Herrero of Pelham, Alabama, is honoring the memory of his best friend, Connor Jacobs, who had cerebral palsy and died unexpectedly in May.

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Homeless Man Reunited with $10,000 He Left on Bus Bench: 'There Are People Out There That Do Care'

Homeless Man Reunited with $10,000 He Left on Bus Bench: 'There Are People Out There That Do Care'

Originally posted 06/12/2015 04:40PM

A homeless man has been reunited with the $10,000 in cash he left on a bus bench in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florda, thanks to a good Samaritan.

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