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Colorado Man Rescues Unconscious 4-Year-Old Girl After Near-Drowning in Lake: 'She Was Already Blue'

Colorado Man Rescues Unconscious 4-Year-Old Girl After Near-Drowning in Lake: 'She Was Already Blue'

Originally posted 07/31/2015 03:30PM

Angelo Mondragon of Fort Collins, Colorado, was swimming with his family in Windsor Lake on Sunday when he felt something brush against him. He looked down and discovered an unconscious 4-year-old girl floating just below the surface.

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Credit: Michelle West
16-Year-Old Cancer Patient Who Always Gives Back to Others Is Asking for Cards for His Birthday: 'It Makes Me Feel Special'

16-Year-Old Cancer Patient Who Always Gives Back to Others Is Asking for Cards for His Birthday: 'It Makes Me Feel Special'

Originally posted 07/31/2015 03:00PM

Sixteen-year-old Chris West has performed hundreds of selfless acts over the years, and now for the first time, he’s asking for something for himself.

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Credit: Courtesy Brooke Cox
Utah Widow Starts a Summer Camp to Help Children Cope with the Loss of a Parent

Utah Widow Starts a Summer Camp to Help Children Cope with the Loss of a Parent: 'They've All Felt the Pain of Losing Somebody They Love'

Originally posted 07/31/2015 09:20AM

Within hours of trying to reach her husband on his cell phone at home in Yakima, Washington, Brooke Cox knew that something was wrong. It wasn't like Mark Cox, an attorney, not to pick up or call back.

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Credit: Jillian Bacon/John McCormack/Steve Gadomski
14-Year-Old Illinois Girl to Swim Across Lake Michigan for Cancer Research: 'I Want to Help Find a Cure'

14-Year-Old Illinois Girl to Swim Across Lake Michigan for Cancer Research: 'I Want to Help Find a Cure'

Originally posted 07/30/2015 11:10AM

After losing several family members to cancer, 14-year-old Jillian Bacon knew she had to find a way to end the disease that has taken so much from her.

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Illinois Girls' Lemonade Stand Raises Over $37,000 to Help Kids in Need

Originally posted 07/30/2015 10:25AM

Aubrey Hennig, Sammi Parrish and Kailyn Fanning have made over $37,000 selling $1 cups of lemonade – and every penny has gone to kids in need.

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Credit: Hillview Police Department
Kentucky Cop Consoles Grieving Driver Who Had Just Learned of Sister's Death

Kentucky Cop Consoles Grieving Driver Who Had Just Learned of Sister's Death

Originally posted 07/29/2015 04:40PM

Kentucky police officer John Nissen went beyond the call of duty during a recent 911 response.

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Credit: Justin Bastien
11-Year-Old California Boy Is Climbing the World's Tallest Mountains for Children with Muscular Dystrophy

11-Year-Old California Boy Is Climbing the World's Tallest Mountains for Children with Muscular Dystrophy

Originally posted 07/29/2015 03:40PM

Eleven-year-old Tyler Armstrong of Yorba Linda, California, is climbing the highest peaks on all seven continents to raise money to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood.

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Inspiring 8-Year-Old Boy with Cerebral Palsy Finishes Triathlon

Originally posted 07/28/2015 05:50PM

Bailey Matthews is an 8-year-old boy from Nottinghamshire, England, who participated in a grueling triathlon last weekend – an impressive feat for anyone – but particularly for Matthews because he has cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects muscle tone and motor skills.

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Heroes Among Us

Sophonya Simpson Adams Helps Her Mom Become a Girl Scout 55 Years After A Teacher Denied Her the Right to Join

Originally posted 07/23/2015 10:40AM

In 1960, Daphyne Watson was thrilled when she heard an announcement at her elementary school in Long Island, New York, calling for any girls interested in joining a Girl Scout Brownie troop to line up in the hall after class. Watson, then 7, had long admired other girls' Brownie uniforms and was looking forward to wearing one of her own.

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5-Year-Old Dressed as Batman Comes to Rescue of Toddler Trapped in Hot Car: 'I Always Feel Like a Superhero'

5-Year-Old Dressed as Batman Comes to Rescue of Toddler Trapped in Hot Car: 'I Always Feel Like a Superhero'

Originally posted 07/20/2015 05:25PM

When a toddler trapped in a hot car in Sussex, England, couldn't be helped by police last week, an unlikely hero came to her rescue: Five-year-old Zavi Ahmed, who had dressed up as his favorite superhero, Batman, for a trip with his mom to the grocery store.

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