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Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Anderson Cooper. (
Cheers and applause)
Anderson Cooper, cnn host: Good evening, everyone.
Good evening everyone.
Welcome to CNN Hero. STAR TRIBUTE.
How are you all? (
Cheers and applause)COOPER: Good.
We live in an era and a world full of uncertainty.
But everything tonight is hope.
In Hollywood movies, the Crusaders saved the day.
Tonight you will meet real super men and super women from all over the world.
A hero dedicated to helping people in need.
They didn't wear spandex leotard or cloak at least at work, I don't know.
But they are real heroes.
Tonight we will be broadcasting live in Los Angeles and around the world, and tonight we will have a wonderful group of celebrities.
They generously took the time to share the story of our heroes with you.
Some of you even travel to see our honor in action.
Jerry Seinfeld is here.
Mary, Sofia Vergara
Louis Parker and will are here too. i.
I went to Wisconsin to meet one of our heroes.
Sanjay Gupta is now live on CNN in the background.
Bring you in all night.
Conduct in-depth interviews with our speakers and winners.
There are also ice cubes, little Laura Dunn, little Martinez, Kristie Trenton Burns who are here to pay tribute to our heroes, and she makes her own pilgrimage to Indonesia to learn more about
When you watch it tonight, if you want to share these amazing stories with your friends, follow us on Facebook, Twitter @ CNNheroes.
Use CNNheroes to help people pay more attention to these important issues.
Like I said, we're going live tonight.
I promise I will try not to giggle. (LAUGHTER)
Cooper: I laugh like a 13-year-
The first time I saw Justin Bieber's old girl, I admit it. It's very sad.
George Lopez is also with us tonight to tell us how to be a hero in his hometown.
Soccer superstar Kurt Warner will be presented with an honor, and he is very touched by him, who goes deep into the heart of Texas to meet him.
When you hear these stories tonight, if you feel helpful inspiration, you can actually donate to any of our top ten CNN Heroes.
Just go to CNN. com.
This year, we will also recognize the miracle of youth.
Children who are changing.
Introduced to us tonight by Emma Roberts, Chris Colver, and Miley Cyrus, who will also perform for us tonight.
And a very special kid here.
He will improve his voice with a song suitable for the show, the only Kid Rock.
If there's any night left-
I can't promise.
But if there is still time in the evening, I personally have choreographed hip hop dance for John Lennon's "imagination.
"I am very excited about this. (LAUGHTER)
My mom said, quote, "it's out of the woods. " Which --(LAUGHTER)
Cooper: But there's time to cut every year.
So I hope it will be different this year.
This is the fifth anniversary of CNN's heroes.
The influence of the show is very different from that of our heroes, honor heroes.
Our heroes have been working in 77 different countries since we started.
They helped thousands of people.
They get over $6 million from you at home to help them continue their selfless work.
This evening, we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the CNN Hero. (APPLAUSE)
Cooper: Tonight, we gather together to pay tribute to the best things that humanity has to offer. (
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Host Hugh Jackman: Ladies and gentlemen, there are heroes among us.
We applaud their story tonight.
Cooper: They are ordinary people and often work in obscurity, but what they do is amazing. they deserve our recognition and help.
Moderator renee zellweger: Redemption is beautiful, dangerous, neverending work.
Heroes will never be afraid.
Moderator Demi Moore: This woman faces the worst things that human beings can offer every day.
Host George Lopez: He's my hero because one day he shakes the window and asks, "Are you hungry ? "?
"Unidentified male: I watched the show in the center of the war zone last year and I couldn't believe I was on stage a year later.
Unidentified male: The CNN Hero program completely broke the roof of what we could have done before.
We did the same thing in a month as we did throughout last year.
Unidentified male: My team has grown since I was considered a CNN Hero, bringing millions of dollars worth of equipment.
You guys are amazing.
You can't do it without you.
Man: There is a hero in everyone's heart.
Host aaron eckhart: a simple thing can change life.
That's what heroes do.
Unidentified men: all of us have the power to change.
You will never be too young to change the world.
Unidentified male: Now I ask you to join us-
We will be unstoppable if you join us.
Woman: Don't be afraid.
Never give up forever, never give up.
Host Cameron Diaz: Ladies and gentlemen-
Moderator Gerald Butler: Please join me-
Host Eva Mendes: Please join me-
Moderator Salma hahayek:-
Host ll cool j: commemorate with me--
Female: CNN Hero-
Host: Harry Berry, CNN Hero-
Host Neil Patrick Harris: CNN Hero-(END VIDEO CLIP)(
Cheers and applause)
Cooper: Tonight, we will pay tribute to 10 new heroes, one of whom will be named our 2011 CNN Heroes this year later tonight.
So let's talk about our first honor.
He is the champion of the forgotten, changing people's lives by giving them the power to start their own movement.
Introducing his story is an actress who recently hosted BeLive Gala for the Colombian non-profit organization, please welcome Sophia Vigara. (APPLAUSE)
Host of Sofia VERGARA: noches Buena.
Charity is a good thing.
It is powerful, magnificent and amazing way that it can catch our lives.
For Richard St.
Dennis from Toluca, Mexico.
Richard's got a wheelchair to 17-year-
The old girl called Letty. She had polio.
She never took a step in her life.
Lettie's mother carried her into the church that morning, and Richard pushed her out.
That single act of kindness gave her a chance to live a more fulfilling life.
Letty is able to work, get married and have children.
Because of his own accident, Richard knew how valuable independence was, and it was not enough to have a wheelchair alone.
So he started the world visit project.
He provided wheelchairs, crutches and walkers to hundreds of people.
Because charity is a good thing, they can move forward in life. (
Start Video Editing)RICHARD ST.
I live in Colorado in 1997.
A pastor friend of mine invited me to a small town called Delores Egalgo.
I can't speak Spanish.
They asked me if I could come down and bring a wheelchair and maybe give it away.
In this warehouse-sized room, people began to climb in with their hands and knees.
People were pushed into the trolley.
People use branches as crutches.
I just decided that someone needs to come here in a wheelchair.
So I started coming here once a year and giving away wheelchairs.
Most of the time people who work with us are people who have received wheelchairs or have disabilities.
So I was lucky enough to give them a job.
What really helps is that they sympathize with the people they give the wheelchair.
Unidentified male: There are many disabled people who have never seen a wheelchair.
They have never seen each other in the city. And when we (INAUDIBLE)
Have personal satisfactionST.
Dennis: but about five years ago I realized who would do the following if I went once a year and never went againup?
What happens when the wheelchair is broken?
Five years ago, my wife and I decided to focus on a country.
Many people came to our warehouse.
But sometimes we go to the countryside and give them the equipment where they live.
The person we are going to see today, in this document, does not state what his disability is.
But we know he's 32. He can crawl.
Unidentified woman: his feet stuck together when he was born.
This part of the calf is on both legs. ST.
Dennis: when we go to someone else's house to buy a wheelchair, we try to get them to experience it.
It's not just giving them gifts, it's getting to know them and getting to know their families.
I think he will be very good at this chair in a week.
We want to teach people to be independent, Independent and Independent. confident.
We want to teach them to live a life that you and I usually live in America without thinking about it.
We teach them art.
We teach them music.
We teach them all kinds of things.
Kind of like a family.
I want to say that the heartbeat of this organization is the passion that all of us must change the lives of others. (END VIDEO CLIP)(APPLAUSE)
Ladies and gentlemen, CNN Hero Richard St. Denis. (APPLAUSE)ST.
Dennis: when I had a back injury 35 years ago, I thought my life was over.
But I know this wheelchair is an opportunity to change the world.
There is nothing better than serving God and helping others.
For those with disabilities, never give up.
I encourage everyone to help others.
God can use all of us. (
Speak in a foreign language)(APPLAUSE)
Next is Miley Cyrus, CNN Hero.
Later, Jerry Seinfeld.
Live performances with Kid Rock.
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"Star salute" is proudly sponsored by the Johnson & Johnson care future campaign. Nurses heal. (
Cooper: Welcome back to CNN's heroes.
In the richest country in the world, 49 million people live in poverty.
To alleviate these pains, our next hero is the guardian of those who need help.
What Sal Dimiceli has done is to show us the despair of the existence of this country.
We saw the cottage over there. it rained heavily and the family called it home.
A child sitting quietly by candlelight, her stomach has been growling for several days.
The old woman looking for change
She needs to change in order to keep the heat.
Sal carried only one letter at a time.
"I'm hungry," they wrote.
"My father lost his job.
"We live in the car.
"Because he knew it was time, he couldn't wait to put on his military boots.
It's time to help.
Every year, 500 people feel the lifting of the man's arm.
Let me tell you that Sal is in poverty in this battle. (
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Sal Dimiceli, it's time to help: we have a seven-year-old grandmother.
Her social security is only $600 a month.
One of the children is disabled.
I have heard that her utilities and food have been hard to eat all the time.
We have an emergency with an old lady.
She found that the trailer she had been living in for the past 30 years was condemned.
We worry about being homeless.
Unidentified woman: Sal provides a story every week that he visits people in need.
Unidentified men: we printed 5,000 newspapers and people read them.
A lot of people, the first thing they focus on is Sal's column.
DIMICELI: My mission is to help those who are forgotten in the desperate pain of poverty. Will. i. Am. WILL. I.
Nice to meet you.
I grew up in poverty.
My dad got sick because of gambling.
My mom, she didn't make enough money for all our bills.
This is a difficult time.
After I got my first job, I wanted to go home as soon as possible because I knew my mom was crying at home.
I want to tell her we have some relief. I got a job.
This is not enough.
I have to say, God, I will always remember those who suffer like my mother. WILL. I.
AM: There is now a war in the United States.
Dimitri: That's right. It's poverty. Absolutely. WILL. I.
AM: poverty is really kicking the ass of the United States.
DIMICELI: the name of my charity foundation is now the time to help.
You can't accept things tomorrow or later.
People will go to other people and they will say, well, you are eligible for food.
You are eligible for help.
Waiting period of one day
Where are humans? Hey, Rosie.
They want to give you an apartment so they are working on it now.
When I saw people living like this, it was because they were left alone for too long.
Their quality of life began to spiral up.
I decided to let her go to a better place. Bye-bye, dear.
We need to take her away and we need to change her life from top to bottom. A full-
If we can determine if there is a truck, we have a bed of the size. Kitchen table.
Is it washable?
I had my limbs paralyzed.
Their disabled vehicles are no longer working.
We have a network of good people.
Some very rich people.
They are giving back, too.
This will change their world.
Oh, my God.
It was a van. WILL. I.
AM: There are a lot of people who want to do it and don't know how to do it.
Not waiting for people. That's a hero.
That's what you need.
We not only help in material life, but also let these people know that they are loved and cared. WILL. I.
To be honest, pay tribute and thank you.
Thank you for inspiring others.
Di mi Selli: once they understand that their psychology and depression will change completely, I am not alone. (END VIDEO CLIP)(APPLAUSE)
We want to thank Will. i.
I am in favor of traveling all the way and meeting Sal.
I am honored to introduce you to CNN's Hero, Sal Dimiceli. (APPLAUSE)
This award is for real heroes.
The forgotten old man
Neglected veterans and disabled
I meet poor working people every day.
Where there is pain, where there is pain, I want to remove it.
There is a warrior in my heart, and I gain energy from God.
I want to help, and I ask for your help, too.
Thank you very much. God bless you. (APPLAUSE)
If you want to see it. -
If you would like to know more about Sal, please know about his work.
Sanjay Gupta is in the background now.
He will be in an extended interview with Sal, which you can now watch on CNN. com.
They were there all night to interview each of our winners.
Some people now grow up as heroes, but some start doing meaningful work very early.
This year we are celebrating children who have done what most of us can only imagine.
Tonight, some of our brightest young stars will introduce you to these role models.
To tell us about our first young miracle, welcome Miley Cyrus, founder of Get you Good On, an organization that links young people to community services. (APPLAUSE)
Miley Cyrus, thank you, founder.
Millions of young people wake up and want to change the world.
They see injustice to hungry people on TV, or read about children who can't drink clean water or people who need a family.
They have an idea to change.
So they took the idea to the breakfast table and said, I'm going to do some good things today.
But these young wonders of CNN are not just talking about changing the world, they are actually talking about changing the world.
To their surprise, they all have these special qualities that allow them to do the work.
The first is empathy beyond their years.
The ability to see the world through the eyes of others.
Rachel Beckwith had this beautiful and lasting gift when she was 9. (
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Rachel paul, mother of Rachel beckwith: My daughter RACHEL is the same as nine other childrenyear-old girl.
She is stupid and wants to play with her friends.
There's only a little bit different about her.
She has such compassion for others and wants to pay.
On her 9 th birthday, she decided not to buy a gift.
She wants her friends and family to donate money for her charity, the water movement.
Jeremy johnson: she wants to raise $300.
Old kids can raise $300.
On July 20, I had a car accident with Rachel's little daughter, Siena.
She died three days later.
When we were still in the hospital, it was mentioned that we should try to open it again if we can.
Johnson: at some point, it started to grow much longer than anyone thought.
Paul: a steady stream of donations.
People all over the country.
Eventually all over the world.
Johnson: It turns out Rachel has $220 on his page.
Within a few days, the number reached thousands.
Anonymous male: Rachel has raised more than $145,000.
Man: three quarters of millions of dollars.
Johnson: raised $1 m for charity water on that page. She's a hero.
Paul: The charity water will take me to Ethiopia on next July-
Go meet people and see the Wells created by Rachel's campaign.
I believe she is a young miracle.
I hope she can continue to inspire other young miracles. (END VIDEO CLIP)(APPLAUSE)(
Cooper: welcome back.
When we hear the stories of these amazing heroes, we are often grateful for everything they do, but it is hard for us to imagine devoting our lives to a cause.
Share with us that even with a little effort, we can have a huge impact, a person who creates positive, permanent changes for those in need.
Welcome, George Lopez. (APPLAUSE)LOPEZ: Hello.
What have these heroes done?
Most of us will never change our lives in this way.
But that doesn't mean we can only sit on the couch.
What if everyone did it?
We can change everything together.
Now you might be thinking, there's really nothing I can do about it, not far from home.
I want to know the same thing.
So I did a little research.
I was wondering how many places I could volunteer in less than five miles from where I am standing now.
Guess how many? Ten, 15, 100?
Not even close.
700 and 69 organizations in 10-
It's only a few minutes from the stage.
So I went to see what I could do to help.
I help the people in the Dream Center to be homeless in the slums.
We can't all be nominees.
But we can all make a difference. (
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Lopez: Every Thursday, they serve people hot food at the Dream Center.
Many times for these people, this is their only hot meal.
It does give you an idea of the reality of our country and how easy it is to help others.
There is a community and a family here.
It is not difficult to be a member of the family.
How do you feel?
Unidentified male: I don't want to do anything else. I love this.
Lopez: this is an example of what volunteers have done to make their community better.
In every community in the United States, there are hundreds of opportunities every day.
You can take the time to help children with special needs.
Unidentified women: what we are looking for here is to really see the children coming out of the silent world and seeing them speak out and even more with the aim of engaging them in hearing loss.
Unidentified male: The reward is instant when you walk in.
Lopez: you can try to clean up your community.
I have always been interested in helping the environment.
I know it's a good start.
What we have to do today is clear the debris and clear the trail.
To make it look beautiful, keep a natural park alive here.
It looks good to keep it.
Lopez: you can help with homework for kids who want to stay at school.
Unidentified women: you won't believe how easy it is to be a volunteer.
This is the simplest thing in the world.
Woman: this is important.
It is important to pay forward and make a difference.
This is the true value of life.
Lopez: no matter what passion or experience you have, no matter how much time you have, there are things you can do at your doorstep.
What are you waiting?
A person can make minor changes.
We can make great changes together. (END VIDEO CLIP)(APPLAUSE)
Announcer: Welcome Dan walrad, one of CNN's top 10 heroes last year.
CNN 2010 hero dan walrad: It's a great honor to come back and introduce a performer who called me a hero last year.
When he touches the reef, he usually leaves traces of damage.
But on his recent trip, he was helping to build the city.
He is working with Detroit businesses to donate to local charities across the country and bring positive returns to Detroit.
Tonight, he is here to remind us that the first step in being a hero is caring.
Ladies and gentlemen, my hero, rock boy. (MUSIC)
Then there's the CNN Hero, Laura Dane.
Kurt Warner and JR Martinez will continue. (
Cooper: Welcome back to CNN's heroes, and tonight we will pay tribute to the most selfless people in the world.
It's not surprising that they are not "Real Housewives of New Jersey.
We live in a one-off world.
What we take for granted and throw away can actually be used to save lives.
Sometimes, like our next hero, it takes a different pair of eyes to see what we see as crap and turn it into a miracle.
Tonight, we are proud to introduce a person who expresses his concerns by supporting healthy children and protecting children from a healthy world of toxic chemicals.
Welcome Laura Dunn, please. (APPLAUSE)
Host Laura den: Good evening.
Our next hero survived the terror.
Civil war in Uganda and refugee camps in Kenya.
He finally arrived in the United States.
Drake carongo landed in the City of Brotherly Love.
He spent his first night at the hotel, and he was surprised by the sight of the bathroom sink. Soap.
There are three. Face soap. Hand soap. And body soap.
He didn't know so much because of where he came from.
So Derrek did what everyone did.
He put a few bars in his bag and used one.
It was all replaced the next day.
He quickly ran to the front desk, returned the bar to me and asked for his old soap.
He thought they were going to charge him, and of course he couldn't afford it.
Then he realized what they were really doing.
They threw everything away.
At that moment, Derek had his own life. saving idea. (
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Global Soap Project derrick kayongo: this is where I grew up when I was a child.
But we shot one night.
They rounded up almost the whole village.
We were accused of crimes, these soldiers, and they asked who we did.
He picked some people at random.
You, you, you, come up
He took out the pistol and shot all four of them. On the spot.
So we started the incredible journey of becoming a refugee in Kenya.
Ask refugees anywhere in the world
They'll tell you right away that they lost their dignity.
We are now in the suburbs of Kampala.
These people, they came to this place to seek asylum. what you see here is extreme poverty.
So our problem here is often a health problem because they don't have something like soap.
So, as a Global Soap Project, what we do is--about soap. We have 4.
6 million guest rooms in United States of AmericaS.
They threw it away.
6 million Soap per day.
There are 0. 8 billion soaps in total.
We lose 2 million children each year due to diarrhea. I was livid. (LAUGHTER)
KAYONGO: I said, how can we say that there are resources around the globe to fight disease when we throw away one of them.
This is the beginning of everything.
When I first started the Soap project, I actually picked up soap from the truck at each hotel.
Then we recycle the soap into a brand.
The new bar will then eventually fall into the hands of the poorest.
So, we're going to show you how to wash your hands so you can actually kill the bacteria. Do a good job.
My men, ladies are looking at you. Do a good job.
Health is the biggest challenge for me.
Woman: Can you imagine it?
We have no soap.
However, health is the biggest problem in the community.
This is a good effort.
That's what we want to fight.
One aspect we have is about being tough and solid as a person.
Because you're going through a tough time.
You must be strong.
So we brought dignity.
We brought hope.
The most important thing is that we bring health.
This is not work.
This is a mission.
As a former refugee, I feel like I give back to the community in a special way. In a real way. (END VIDEO CLIP)(APPLAUSE)
I am honored to introduce you to CNN's Hero Derreck Kayongo. (APPLAUSE)
Oh, my God. Oh, my god.
You know, you may be part of these good stories, because not every difficult situation has to end up with a bad ending.
If you encourage people to get involved, then I wonder if there will be results. And who knows?
You know, you might help save a life.
Our soap is not just healthy. It means hope. Thank you. (APPLAUSE)DR.
Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent: Hey, how are you?
Nice to meet you. Yes. Wow. That was --
What a great speech.
Your energy is obviously obvious.
Laura Dane, we brought you in too.
This is just a simple concept.
We wasted a lot of things in this country. How do we --
In addition to what Derreck is doing, how can we change this?
This is extraordinary.
I mean, only he pointed out to us that with this simple idea, we are such a waste that we have never considered.
But from his point of view, he considered this and let us all wonder why we didn't think of it a few years ago.
So I appreciate it and I appreciate it.
Gupta: this is really something that many people think.
Your energy is obvious.
Thanks so much.
If you want to join the conversation about our heroes, go to Facebook. com/CNNheroes.
Follow us on Twitter.
Follow these guys too.
And use CNNHeroes.
Don't forget, we live on CNN.
Throughout the show, we also talked to our heroes and hosts.
We will be back soon. (APPLAUSE)
The next step is CNN Heroes, Christie trington Burns and Emma Roberts.
Miley Cyrus later returned to the stage to perform live. (
COOPER: We will be broadcasting soon.
So every 90 seconds in the world, every 90 seconds a woman dies from complications during pregnancy.
For the poorest, pregnancy can become the death penalty.
But 90% of deaths can be prevented.
Our next hero is the battle of life.
Here her mission is a woman who is impressed with the story of our hero and she has gone further.
In fact, to witness her work, she traveled another 10,000 miles to Bali, Indonesia.
Global maternal health advocates and the founders of every mother, who are committed to improving maternal health around the world, welcome Kristie trington burns. (APPLAUSE)
Host Christy trington Burns: eight years ago, I had complications after I gave birth to my first daughter, Grace.
I was lucky enough to have access to a great team of healthcare providers that manage this situation.
But then I realized that women did not do enough.
The same complications are the leading cause of maternal death worldwide.
My wish is that every mother gets the same quality of care as I do to make sure they survive childbirth.
My friend Robin Lin shared this wish.
She is doing this day and night.
This extraordinary woman found a way to do the job after a year of sorrow.
When a devastating tragedy happened to her family, she re-
Checked her life and moved to Bali.
She has opened the Bumi Sehat clinic where all mothers can give birth safely and receive treatment with dignity and respect.
She gave birth to thousands of children.
That's why they call her Ibu, mom Robin. (
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Robin lim from the bumi sehat Foundation: My philosophy is simple.
I believe we can have peace in the world at a baby, a mother, and a family time.
Welcome to Bali.
We have a pretty high
People at risk here
In this part of the world, women usually die from postpartum bleeding.
The mother's needs are average. Twenty-
A year ago, I lost my sister and niece due to pregnancy complications.
My life is just beginning.
I have to ask myself, what is your goal in life?
I found that my goal in life is really love.
If I am not living for love, every minute of every day, what is the point?
This made me a midwife.
If you have to pay for medical care, the poor will inevitably suffer.
They said they would take my baby away if we had no money.
I have no money, so I can only let him go.
LIM: We have 24/7 nurses and 24/7 midwives in Bumi Sehat.
All of our services are free and medicines are free.
Just started a mother and now we have this amazing project.
So far, we have delivered more than 4,000 babies.
For the poor, we are the only place they can visit.
Burns: in terms of emergency obstetric care, if this is involved, can you do almost everything here? LIM: Yes.
Nothing but Caesarean section.
We have ultrasound.
We have intravenous infusion.
Then we took the car to the hospital.
Unidentified women: we are lucky to have a clinic like this here.
She did a great job for the Indonesian people here. It's amazing.
We know we can't solve all the problems.
But we can take the first step every day.
Birth is the journey of such a hero.
At the end of the journey, when you hold your child, you know you did it. You did it.
There is no other place on Earth, and almost every child I see is the one I greet the world.
I know every child of them, and I know the story of their mother.
Very special. (END VIDEO CLIP)(APPLAUSE)
Burns: I'm honored to introduce CNN's Hero, Robin Lin. (APPLAUSE)
Lin: every baby's first breath on Earth can be a breath of peace and love.
Every mother should be healthy and strong.
Every birth is safe and loving.
But our world has not yet come true.
Bumi Sehat needs your help to build a permanent place where compassionate health care can be achieved. I love you. (APPLAUSE)
Announcer: please welcome Emma Roberts, a proud supporter of the Children's Cancer Research Fund. (APPLAUSE)
Host Emma Roberts: Our next young miracle embodies their common character. Drive.
In order to make lasting changes in this world, this power must be strong and powerful and must be consumed.
Justin chutcheman has
Like thousands of other children, he travels to Juarez, Mexico every year for charity.
Different than Justin.
He set himself an impossible goal, and he went back over and over until he achieved it. (
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Justin chucheman, kristós: it's your heart and their heart to give someone a home.
You really changed their lives forever.
My name is Justin chutchman.
I work with an organization called Cristo Casas.
They built a house in Juarez, Mexico.
I fell in love with it after I built my first house.
It has changed my heart and the way I see the world.
This is an addiction.
Unidentified woman: he organized a theme to lead a group of Americans across the border at the age of 13.
He built a home and gave the key to the house to the family in need.
This is the first house we built.
We met a great lady and I just fell in love with her.
Unidentified woman: This house has completely changed my life because we are no longer cold.
Unidentified woman: he had a target early on and he wanted to build 18 houses by the age of 18.
Pastor: my parents support me, support me, cristto support me, and I finished my 18 year old house on my 18 th birthday.
He is definitely a young genius.
He changed the world in one house at a time. (END VIDEO CLIP)(APPLAUSE)
Then there are soccer stars Kurt Warner and will. i. am.
The ice cubes and Mary Louis Parker will also come. (
Cooper: welcome back.
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Our next hero. Yes.
They are very nice.
Our next hero is a high school football player who has a similar chance of injury to NFL players.
But their medical and financial resources are not the same.
This is our next hero.
His story struck our next host, who reached out to CNN hoping to meet our hero on his home lawn.
He was recently selected by his NFL players as the best role model on and off the field.
Please welcome the founder of First charity Kurt Warner.
Kurt Warner, founder of the first charity: Wow.
It was a wonderful night.
People who live their lives have been asking, how can I help another person?
After spending some time with Eddie Carnales and his hero son Chris, I realized they took the principle to heart.
Chris is always a football star in my opinion.
Chris was seriously injured.
In the blink of an eye, the family struggled from the Texas football Friday Night Lights to the hospital room lights, where the machine sighed, and the display beeping in sync with their broken hearts and dreams.
When Chris came home, his father knew what he had to do.
Eddie quit his job and put everything down to take care of his son.
The first year was tough.
Despair holds the upper hand.
All hope seems to be dashed.
So they went back to the football field where everything started.
In the light, do what the hero does.
They found a way to turn their tragedy into the work of their lives. (Start Video)
Warner: Tell me something about gridiron heroes, how it started.
Eddie Canales, dirty hero: You know we started with Chris's spinal injury.
This is our last home game.
We have to win this game in order to get into the playoffs.
About four or five people missed the last tackle and I made the last touch on the safe tackle.
But on top of that, my neck was broken.
Eddie Canales: He's just reached one of his-
The anniversary of his injury
Chris is going through some tough times.
He began to close to me.
Chris Canales: I'm still in a wheelchair after a depression attack.
Eddie Canales: So I said, let's go to a football game just to get him out of the house.
There's a state championship.
In that game, we witnessed another spinal injury.
As soon as Chris saw the young man put on the cart, he turned to me and said, Dad, we have to help him.
I know what he's going through.
You know what this family is going through.
This is the inspiration for the iron hero.
Gridiron heroes, basically what we do is provide information, inspiration and hope, stay there for a long time, provide the equipment they need, the financial help they need. OK. Ready?
Two days ago, we got a call saying that a young man had a spinal cord injury while playing football.
Chris and I drove here for ten hours to visit with our family.
You don't need to feel yourself.
There are other people who are going through this.
Louis is a football player at Viga high school.
He was a run back and suffered C-5 fracture.
It was very hard for us when we went back because we had to go through Chris's injury again.
Hello, Louis? I'm Eddie.
Chris, that's my son.
It all disappeared in a flash.
A person has grown from such an independent state, at the peak of his life, to become very dependent on some basic things that we all take for granted.
They may be angry with the world.
But I'm going in to help them.
Just to let them know that they are not alone in the process.
Eddie Carnales: that's what we have to do.
We know it's our purpose.
That's what we did.
Warner: Who else do you have?
I like to collect sports history.
So, for me, I got some old guys like Terry Bradshaw.
I got the Steel Curtain.
Warner: You know I'm not a huge fan of the Steelers.
For all the time I 've been with them, they don't talk about themselves and their struggles at all.
How do they talk about helping others?
How do they support another family?
For me, this is all about heroes.
Eddie Canales: I got inspiration from Chris because I know what he needs to sit in a chair on that day --to-day.
This is a hero for me. (END VIDEOTAPE)(APPLAUSE)
Warner: Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in paying tribute to my friend, Eddie Canales, CNN Hero. (APPLAUSE)
Eddie Carnales: those who love football and support it, we hope you will support us.
I would like to take my son Chris out and share with him if you agree. (APPLAUSE)
Eddie Canales: we ask you to help us with what these families need.
We cheered the young men on the football field.
Let's make sure we don't forget them now.
Thank you very much. (APPLAUSE)
Great speech, Eddie. Thanks, Kurt.
Nice to meet you again, Chris.
Kurt, nice to meet you.
I know you were impressed with Eddie's story, so you contacted CNN in person to get in touch with Eddie and Chris.
What did you take from that experience?
Warner: Well, I was surprised to see all the people, not just Eddie and Chris, but all the people who are represented here tonight.
What they are doing to influence the lives of others.
We can all accomplish great things, but I realize that there is nothing greater to achieve than to influence someone's life.
This is what these guys do every day.
I just think it's great.
They are finding real solutions to real problems.
Eddie, Chris, thank you very much.
Sure, Kurt, I really appreciate it.
We will be back soon after.
The next CNN Hero. -
The next CNN Hero works in a country deep in my heart.
He is from Haiti.
The earthquake has hit Haiti for nearly two years.
There are still many people in need of help.
There are still many families living in dirty tents and many have no home, no work, no future.
The people of Haiti have great power and magic power.
The next hero is a good example.
To welcome him to the stage, here is "I am the founder of the family fund to help prevent families in trouble from losing their homes", please welcome will. I. Am. (APPLAUSE)WILL. I.
Host: Xiaomi fought bone cancer four years ago.
When the treatment started, he understood what was most important.
This is not material.
This is to bring a little joy to the children in the poorest areas of the port --Au-Prince.
We forgot what they went through.
In the earthquake, many people were trapped in the dark, in a whisper of love without food, water or parents telling them things would be fine.
We forgot what they were going through.
Many are orphans who live in tents, and they still hear screams and wounds at night.
Patrice gave them a belief from all the struggles.
He's their moral compass.
He guided them to become good citizens.
Patrice has a goal.
This is to give the kids two goals, one ball, and the inspiration to help them start their lives again. (Start Video)
PATRICE Xiaomi, FONDAPS: When you walk down the street and you look at the children, you see their way of life with your eyes.
We need love in Haiti.
Those children, they live in slums.
Their life is very, very difficult.
I am doing business and I am doing very well.
But I started to get pain, bone headache.
I went to see a doctor.
He asked me to wait and after a while he told me that you could not live because you had cancer.
At this time, money, everything you have, nothing.
That makes me do what I'm doing now.
I said I like football.
What do I do for the kids?
The most important thing is that this is the love you give and the love they give each other.
He has been teaching us how to play football so we can do something for ourselves.
Xiaomi: I try to teach them what life is.
I think football is disciplined.
Man: I live in a tent because of the earthquake.
There are ten people living with us in our tent.
Football is the best thing in my life.
Football makes me think about many things.
On the one hand, it makes me feel like I belong to myself.
The children are really happy.
We are going to the football field. it is a very happy thing.
I have a dream for all children, no matter what kind of person they will become in the future.
Dream is that children can achieve themselves in life.
Like I was their father.
They believe me.
They feel safe.
Whenever they come to play football, they come to heaven.
Kids are happy, you know.
I make people happy.
I have been the happiest person in the world for 4 years. (END VIDEOTAPE)(APPLAUSE)WILL. I.
I am honored to introduce the hero of CNN, Xiaomi. (APPLAUSE)
Xiaomi: Thank you.
I love my kids.
They still need so much help and that's why I have so much ---
I have such a big plan for them.
I want to buy them a piece of land.
I want to give them a school where they can draw, learn music, learn and grow and make Haiti great again.
They're my inspiration.
I hope they will inspire you as well. Thank you. God bless you. (APPLAUSE)
Unidentified female announcer: Next, ice cubes honor a fighter against gang violence.
Later on, we will announce 2011 CNN Heroes this year.
Subaru proudly sponsored "CNN Hero: allstar tribute.
"Highlight extraordinary heroes with the power to give back to the world. (
Cooper: Welcome back to the fifth anniversary of "CNN Hero.
"Join the conversation on tonight's show and follow us on facebook, twitter @ CNNheroes.
Use the hash labels that appear regularly in the corners here.
Because I was told it was here.
I can't really know, but I believe there is a hash tag there.
Keep an eye on it anyway.
Now return to our honor.
It is estimated that there are 20,000 gangs in the United States with more than 1 million members.
In some gang-infested communities, people know better than opening doors to strangers.
Well, not only did our next hero open her door, she also welcomed some troubled young people into her home and set up a safe haven away from bloodshed.
To invite us into her world, welcome actors, rappers, producers and philanthropist ice cubes. (APPLAUSE)
Ice Cube, host: there is a power in Chicago.
She walked through her beloved Rosland neighborhood looking for young people who had gone the wrong way.
When she found them, she held their hands and, with the roar of the lioness, said, "I will not give up on you.
"Diane latik is the mother of eight children, the 13-year-old grandmother, and the proud guardian of the children outside the block.
She changed her life and I know it's hard to do it.
She provides a safe place for gang members, problematic children and excellent children.
They put it in her living room and the community center next door and she bought them a place to study and listen to music safely.
There's a strong good thing in Chicago.
You can hear this in the voice of every child who sees Miss Diane, who holds their hand because they are alive today.
Today is a good day for these 1,500 children. (APPLAUSE)(Start Video)
Diane latik, kids off the block: What makes your life so good? A war zone. Bad day.
I don't understand what makes you all think there is no hope but a gun.
That worries me.
You all have four careers.
Basketball, Football, singing, rap, drug trading.
My name is Diane latik.
I am the founding chairman of the children off the block.
There is a sunrise every day, it's like making sure you hear the gunshots.
Like this neighborhood here, it's basically a gang.
And then my block, this one, is another gang.
One of our members, he was shot and killed here.
He was shot 30 times.
I thought he was gone. I said it.
I gave up.
But he still has five bullets on him.
He came in and sat down in my living room, and then he said, Miss Diane, if the door didn't open, I don't know where I would be.
I might die or go to jail.
It was then that I changed my mind.
The monument is a tribute to young people who have been violently killed for 24 years.
But those rocks over there, they don't say if you're a man, do they?
Who are you?
They don't have a clue because they don't have a chance to be a child.
I did a lot of things before I met Miss Diane.
Unidentified male: I felt like I was killed.
Unidentified male: picking up a gun is as easy as picking up a book.
Latik: they grew up with the uncle and father who sold drugs.
Now, guess what?
They are in the same thing.
Unidentified male: You get scared when you're around people who are violent, drug-trafficking.
Where can I go?
Unidentified woman: she opened her home to a child she didn't even know, the child who was labeled failure, her living room.
Latik: a woman who lives in shoes, she has a lot of children and she doesn't know what to do.
Unidentified male: One day I came to the house with 50 children in it.
Because I said a few words.
Because it took me five minutes.
We talked and she hugged me.
I think, man, Miss D.
I really want to change.
Do you know what I'm talking about?
I want to leave these streets.
I'm trying to change and I'm trying to change latik: Tito is a 26 year oldyear-Old, need help
He's in a gang and wants to change his life.
Everyone wants to be the paint king, or they want to sit on the Chevy, big wheels.
Miss Diane, I'm going to have dinner.
Of course you know.
I'm not knocking on that.
But, wow, imagine sleeping at night if you can eat.
One thing I said about you, Tito, you are a leader.
You know, there's a lot of negative stuff here, you know.
But I am sure you will lead correctly if you are right. Straight up.
You're right, Miss Diane.
I hope I can build a young army.
Then look at the power of it.
If our young people know how powerful they are, they will be unstoppable. (END VIDEOTAPE)(APPLAUSE)
Ice Cube: Please join me in the memory of CNN Hero Diane latik. (APPLAUSE)
Latik: I sleep at 3: 00 and 4: 00.
I get up at 6: 00 and 7: 00.
I'm always excited.
Always know that something good will happen today.
Because some kids say, thank you, Miss Diane.
Some parents do not have to bury their children.
Because everything we do(APPLAUSE)
Latik: I know some fathers will be proud because they can't change their minds and decide to live a positive life.
Please don't give up our young people.
Please care about them.
Please love them.
I need it, so do you. Thank you. (APPLAUSE)
The next episode of CNN Hero, Mary-Louise Parker.
Later, Miley Cyrus performed music. (
Cooper: How great is Diane latik?
She's incredible. (APPLAUSE)
Cooper: There are a lot of paper towels in the background now.
Welcome back to the show.
The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to plague many parts of the world, particularly in Africa.
There are many ways to combat HIV/AIDS;
Education, Prevention, medicine.
Our next hero joined the fight and she fought in a very unique and innovative way.
Tell us that her story is a proud supporter of hope for the North, and hope that the North is a refuge for Ugandan fleeing child soldiers, Mary-Louise Parker. (APPLAUSE)MARY-
Host Louis Parker: Good evening.
We all have a universal desire to connect.
Perhaps for survival, perhaps for a little divine inspiration.
But I'm glad it was there waiting for us to listen to the direction of it.
Sometimes it is very simple, sometimes it will send us to travel.
Our next hero, Amy Stoke, went to Africa to adopt her beloved son.
But it's just the beginning for her.
Because of HIV/AIDS, she knows that millions of children grow up alone without guidance, care and love.
So she found a way to connect them to the people who care, someone said "what a beautiful painting", "You did a good job at school," I'm proud of you ", because every child should know the answer to this universal question. Do I matter?
Heroes always say, "Yes. " (Start Video)
Amy Stoke, unlimited family: If you grew up in a community where most young people are not older than 30, then it's also easy for you to believe you won't.
Young adults in sub-Saharan Africa, educate their children to be parents of outstanding community leaders, and this part of the population is the most affected by HIV/AIDS.
Children basically grow up alone and learn from each other.
Unlimited families are built on relationships that change their lives by teaching children and young people life skills.
The children come to the computer lab once or twice a week.
They turn on the computer.
They turned on the webcam.
They saw their mentor.
Mentor lisa mcfadden: Hi!
Man: Hi, Lisa.
McFadyen: The moment I saw the surprise, it was like fuel to the soul.
May I ask you a question?
McFadyen: This little guy has to deal with this big-up issues.
He saw and met drugs.
And peer pressure.
Then he asked me these questions.
As long as half of the world believes that you have a future, we will suddenly see ourselves.
Confidence began to develop, focusing on the improvement of the curriculum.
Woman: three times nine times?
Stoke: one of the things we saw last year was that the national average for passing the metric exam was about 67%.
Among the unlimited family network partners who took the exam, the pass rate was 90%. How are you? I am well.
Everyone in the infinite family is very proud of Ayanda (ph).
He is the head of a family child.
Within six months of joining an unlimited family, Ayanda (ph)
In front of the classroom, continue to finish his I. T. certification.
Now, we are for Ayanda (ph)
Because he works at the First National Bank. AYANDA (ph)
I know nothing about computers.
But I want to be me. T. so;
It's amazing to touch the computer for the first time.
Will you make computers for us when we open the next lab? AYANDA (ph)
I 'd love.
Anyone can be a mentor.
For a child who has few adult role models in life, each of us is a treasure --
A treasure house of information.
MCFADDEN: this is something anyone can do, regardless of their level of experience with their children and their experience with technology.
Internet users of unlimited families are trying to create a different future for themselves.
This is all the inspiration I need to keep trying to help them. (END VIDEOTAPE)(APPLAUSE)
I am honored to introduce you to Amy Stoke, CNN's Hero. (APPLAUSE)
We can help these children rebuild their communities with your talent and determination.
Guidance makes a difference between a surviving child and a thriving child.
Support the work of unlimited families and help us create a world where no children grow up alone. Thank you. (APPLAUSE)
Female Announcer: Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, Chris Colver.
Host Chris Colver: When you approach death, it's hard to think of anything but your own death.
When you survive this disease, it takes extraordinary grace to put others first.
This is the purest compassion.
All young miracles have a common quality, especially Michael Carvey.
He was very ill and almost died.
But this is just the beginning of his extraordinary story. (Start Video)
Woman: Michael was normal when he was born. He was active. He ran around.
He plays football.
He is the same as other children.
He was ill one day.
Young miracle Michael Carvey: I was diagnosed with liver failure in 2008 when I was 11.
Unidentified woman: They told me directly that he would die if he did not receive a liver transplant.
It's Halloween today.
Here comes the doctor, Dr. Rosenthal, a liver expert.
Unidentified woman: He walked in and said I hate to sound like death.
It's raining outside. it's Halloween.
He said I 've been doing this for 30 years.
Someone will die.
Your son is getting a liver.
This guy is right here. His name is Johnny Hernández.
He is 18 years old.
He was killed in a motorcycle accident.
The family gave me something that I needed and it was the liver of their son.
So I can't really return them.
So in honor of their son, Johnny Hernández, I served the homeless.
Unidentified male: providing food for the homeless and his vision is Mickey's idea.
On December 25, 2008, we packed 25 meals and put them in my mom's truck and drove around.
Since then, we have launched Mikey's meal.
We feed 4,000 people in Oakland.
Every time we provide food, we raise awareness among donors.
Unidentified women: even if we do, we have at least 30 people signing up to become donors.
CARWAY: It's really important to help your community because there is no community without you.
Mikey is indeed a young miracle. (END VIDEOTAPE)(APPLAUSE)
Unidentified female announcer: Next, Jerry Seinfeld pays tribute to a soul-nourishing chef.
And it's coming, J. R.
Martinez took the stage. (
Cooper: Tonight, there are 16 million children in this country who go to bed without eating.
Our next CNN Hero saw a helpful way to come up with a recipe for a hearty meal with a glimmer of hope.
To introduce us to a comedian working with the wife organization, stroller, to help parents in need provide basic baby clothes and services, please welcome my friend Jerry Seinfeld(APPLAUSE)
Host Jerry Seinfeld: Thank you.
Thank you very much.
Thank you, Anderson.
I'm sure you didn't realize that, but your eyes look good.
I am very happy to attend this great event.
This is the only reality TV show I like. (APPLAUSE)
Song Fei: what you do here is amazing.
You know, when the world sees the American scene, they think, yes, they have a lot of food, but they don't think hunger is a serious problem for our children.
Chef Bruno Serato also knows this.
The hunger here looks different compared to the rest of the world, but the sadness you see in the eyes of the children, they are hungry and despair is common in heartbreak.
It's hard to dream great dreams when you don't have basic nutrition.
When your belly is empty, you can't let your imagination imagine becoming an engineer, a doctor, or an artist.
So Bruno made sure that some of our kids always had a big dinner.
Seven nights a week, he makes sure they don't sleep hungry.
This is the work of a hero. (APPLAUSE)(Start Video)
Bruno Cerato, chef at Caterina's CLUB: I'm from Verona, northern Italy.
I come from a very poor family.
I personally eat pasta every day because it is the cheapest food.
I came here with $20 in my pocket.
I can't speak English. I never left.
That was 30 years ago.
My mom Caterina is special.
Michael Baker, AMAHEM Boys and Girls Club: Bruno and his mother Caterina are touring boys and girls on April 18, 2005 (inaudible).
We were walking to the game room when I showed them around.
Bruno's nephew sylvano ibay: they saw the child eating a bag of potato chips.
My grandmother asked what the child was eating?
The executive director of the club said he was eating a bag of potato chips.
Baker: The Boys and Girls Club does not provide dinner for them.
There is no way we can do this.
The mother of Bruno, the Italian, told him,-
Bruno, why don't you give them pasta?
Baker: it's good. we will have a hot meal for these children one night.
He has done this every day since then.
I added a lot of vegetables when I made the marinade.
After that, I mixed them together.
You can't see the vegetables when I mix them.
Once, no one ate broccoli pasta when I prepared it.
I have to hide this from the children. Kids are kids.
Baker: What I like most about this project is that we have some of the poorest kids in Orange County, one of the richest counties in the country, eat from one of the best restaurants in the world every night.
How great is this?
When the children finished eating pasta, we took them back to the motel.
When I know where they go back and spend the night that breaks my heart.
There are two types of families staying in the hotel.
Their families are poor because of the economic situation.
You're into prostitution.
You have a drug dealer.
Most importantly, you will find a family with five or six children living in a room.
She can't even cook for them even if mom wants.
Unidentified woman: Living in a room with five people with three other children, just as you try to separate from everything with your own space, you are always together in one place.
Bruno seems to be the kind of person who just does it because he wants the children to succeed.
I don't even know if he realizes how much it helps everyone, but it does.
The problem of motel children is a national problem.
You can buy toys.
You can buy clothes.
But nothing is better than feeding a child.
Mom and Dad always tell me never forget where you came from.
I will never forget where I come from. Pasta! (END VIDEOTAPE)(APPLAUSE)
Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in honor of the CNN Hero Bruno Serato. Bruno! (APPLAUSE)
SERATO: I like to feed hungry children all over the world.
But before I do, I want to feed the kids in the US.
We should not have hungry children in our own backyard.
It's time to start talking, but to do something. To mama! (APPLAUSE)
Congratulate you, Bruno.
What a great story it is.
Thank you very much for sharing it.
Jerry, you hear a story like this, I mean, do you think that what Bruno is saying should be an appeal for action for the country?
Song Fei: of course.
Every story we hear tonight is very touching, you just--
Everyone knocked you over.
This is obvious if I can use you.
Gupta: I think he means medical terminology. It really is.
In our backyard.
This is our simple--
Jerry, what do you think is the impact of the person who heard the Bruno story?
Seinfeld: I think people will want to react immediately to Bruno because the energy on him is obvious.
We want to help him.
I mean, everyone's here tonight. -
Because of this wonderful performance, everything they are doing will be expanded.
Gupta: a great night.
Thank you both very much.
We'll be back soon after that.
Female Announcer: Next, J. R.
Martinez paid tribute to a woman who turned tragedy into victory.
Later, Miley Cyrus performed before we announced our hero of the year 2011. (
Unidentified female announcer: sponsored "CNN Hero: a full-
Star Tribute "highlights the amazing individuals who reach out to people in need.
Jerry Seinfeld is right. It's palpable. It really is.
I think this will be the new slogan of "CNN Hero.
It's obvious to CNN's heroes.
Welcome back to the show.
Since the war in Iraq and Afghanistan began, more than 6,000 soldiers have been killed.
50% of them got married and left 3,000 surviving spouses behind.
Our next hero has become a beacon and supporter of war widows across the country.
To share her story, please welcome a former US president. S.
He is an Army soldier and a source of inspiration for all of us. R. Martinez. (APPLAUSE)J. R.
Moderator Martinez: What a wonderful night.
I know that when men and women like me serve this country, we make a lot of demands to our families.
They gave up so much that we could do the work we had to do.
They were brave and strong and we put their pictures in our pockets to help us get home.
But not everyone.
There are covered coffins, taps, widows and widowers in our hometown.
Taryn Davis is a widow.
Just 17 months after they said "I will", she lost her husband Michael in Iraq.
"She found other widow communities like her, but couldn't find one.
So she created the American Widow program where 900 young women personally gathered on facebook to support each other and remember.
Taryn felt empty himself and everyone else.
That's why I paid tribute to her. (Start Video)
Unidentified Woman: The truck turned over.
Finally, he ended with him, and he was crushed to death by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
Female: suicide bomber
He committed suicide.
Unidentified woman: he took off, his nose DipEd, and then it circled on the ground.
Unidentified women: they came to my house on Thursday morning.
Unidentified woman: 5: 45 in the morning, no one else will be at your door.
They told me my husband wouldn't go home.
Unidentified woman: If you don't marry someone, you will leave when you look at them;
Oh, you will die.
Lose your best friend, your life.
Unidentified woman: the most difficult thing to do as a widow is to wake up every day knowing that my husband will not be there.
American Widow program taryn davis: When you lose someone who makes you feel like you will never be alone.
Then suddenly, the man left and it was hard to find a reason to live.
When I think of a widow, I think of my 90 s. year-
The old woman in a black sweater knitted a sweater for one of her 100 cats.
I want to embrace the title.
I know this title represents Michael's sacrifice and my own.
I went to Google and I entered widow and it replied, are you saying window?
This is the catalyst for my project to create American widows.
The choice outside is sterile.
I don't want to go to the workshop and have someone tell me how to cry or tell me what stage I am.
So I took a step back and said, well, what helped me get through it and realized that it was someone like me who saw it.
Just talk to them and believe that there will be life after death.
We have experienced the hardest waves of our lives.