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Best Friends Forever! Girls Who Met in Chinese Orphanage Have Emotional Reunion

UpdatePosted 02/27/2015 10:50AM

Former Chinese Orphans Find Each Other Again Because of Rare Disease They Share

Originally posted 02/27/2015 08:00AM

Abandoned as toddlers, two little girls who called each other "Meng Meng" and Xi Xi, pronounced, "Sing Sing," spent their first years of life in an orphanage in southern China. They became the best of friends, each a lifeline for the other in a lonely place.

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Heroes Among Us: Texas First Grade Teacher Will Donate a Kidney to Her Student on March 19

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Teacher Lindsey Painter Will Donate a Kidney to One of Her First-Grade Students

Originally posted 02/26/2015 03:30PM

Last December, Lisa Parker emailed her triplets' first-grade teacher to let her know the boys would be missing school.

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Why a Woman in her 30s Decided to Find Out If She Will Get Alzheimer's

Why a Woman in her 30s Decided to Find Out If She Will Get Alzheimer's

Originally posted 02/25/2015 06:00AM

Growing up, Daisy Duarte noticed an awful lot of her mother's relatives seemed to have Alzheimer's disease.

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Heroes Among Us: Former Soldier and Interpreter Help Afghan Interpreters Who Come to the U.S.

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Matt Zeller and Janis Shinwari Saved Each Other's Lives – and Now Help Others

Originally posted 02/19/2015 04:00PM

Pinned in a foxhole and low on bullets, CIA intelligence analyst Matthew Zeller thought that April 28, 2008, was his day to die.

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Heroes Among Us: Texas Janitor Has Helped Hundreds of Teens at His High School

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Charles Clark Has Mentored Hundreds of Teens at His Texas High School

Originally posted 02/12/2015 08:35PM

Twenty-six years ago, Charles Clark took a custodial job at Trinity High School in Euless, Texas, thinking it would be a temporary stop until he found something better.

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How Helping a Son with Autism Transformed One Woman's Life

How Helping a Son with Autism Transformed One Woman's Life

Originally posted 02/06/2015 06:50PM

When Susan Butler found out her son, Collin Butler, was diagnosed with autism, she was heartbroken.

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Heroes Among Us: Pittsburgh Man with ALS Has Raised $1.3 Million to Help Fight the Disease

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Neil Alexander Raised $1.3 Million to Help Fight ALS – and Now Has a Research Center Named After His Foundation

Originally posted 02/05/2015 02:45PM

Neil Alexander was just 46 years old when he got the devastating news.

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Heroes Among Us: Twin Sisters Inspire Hope for Those with Epilepsy

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Twin Sisters Hailey and Olivia Scheinman Inspire Hope for Those with Epilepsy

Originally posted 01/29/2015 05:10PM

Hailey and Olivia Scheinman of Clearwater, Florida, have always shared a special bond as twins. But their lives, from their very first breaths when they were born 10 years ago, could not be more different.

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Heroes Among Us: Tennessee Man Helps Deliver Recycled Flowers to 60,000 Hospital Patients

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Larsen Jay's Nonprofit Has Delivered Recycled Flowers to 60,000 Hospital Patients

Originally posted 01/15/2015 12:50PM

No one ever sent Larsen Jay flowers before he fell off a ladder and ended up in the hospital. Some 22 days later, when he finished his hospital stay, he had more than 50 bouquets – and an idea that would launch more than 60,000 smiles.

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Heroes Among Us: Watch Guitarist Josh Rifkind Bring Joy to Kids at Children's Hospitals

Guitarist Josh Rifkind Cheers Up Thousands of Sick Kids with His Hospital Concerts

Originally posted 01/01/2015 06:50PM

Like many musicians, Josh Rifkind spent much of last year on tour.

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