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>> announcer: "cnn heros: an all-star tribute" live tonight at 8:00 p.m. on cnn. >> thanks for being here. i'm ana cabrera. "cnn heros: an all-star tribute" starts right now. >> announcer: from the american museum of natural history in new york city, this is the 11th annual "cnn heros: an all-star tribute." [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, please welcome your hosts for the evening, anderson cooper and kelly ripa. [ cheers and applause ] >> how you doing? thank you very much. welcome to "cnn heros: an
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all-star tribute." we're coming to you live from the natural history museum of new york and welcoming our viewers around the world. we're here once again celebrating really the best of humanity. >> the people you will meet here tonight are extraordinary in every way. they solve problems, they overcome obstacles to do their work. they welcome orphans into their homes, support children battling cancer, help heal veterans and so much more. >> if you need some encouragement to find your own way to change the world, we think you'll find it here tonight. >> i am so excited we made it to this year's show. we need this tonight? don't we need this more than ever? we've earned this. [ applause ] thank goodness we have the next two hours of kindness and decency and hope. you know, this group of nominees is special this year. more than half of their organizations are run by just the hero. that means no staff, very few volunteers, they're doing it all, and they are changing
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lives. >> now, cnn has given each of our top ten heros $10,000 so they can continue their work and later tonight, one of these honorees is going to be named the 2017 cnn hero of the year and they'll receive an additional $100,000. [ cheers and applause ] >> it's wonderful that so many celebrities are here. they've given their time and they're here to honor the heros' work, the amazing actor, christopher maloney is here, there he is. and sterling k. brown from "this is us" is here. that's the only other show besides this show that makes me ugly cry. yeah. and also, the bold and brilliant amber tamlin is joining us for the first time. >> we've also got the legendary actress, alfre woodard is here with us tonight. also andrew day and common will perform their emmy-nominated song, "stand up for something" to salute our heros. >> i love duets.
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i love duets so much, and i volunteered our services to do a duet and cnn -- >> and i declined. >> i know, but no, people want to hear us. >> my agent said no. >> no, i'm telling you, i've got the perfect song for us. i'm going to start it -- >> no, no. here's how it goes. >> ♪ did i ever tell you >> no. >> get it. >> no. >> look into my eyes. >> no. ♪ you're everything i wish i could be right here, right now ♪ >> uh-huh. ♪ this is an apple, this is a distraction ♪ >> yes. [ applause ] >> i told you i would get that in. >> yes, you are the wind beneath my wings. shall we get started? >> yes. everyone get your tissues ready. >> according to the american academy of pediatrics, it's estimated that between 2 and 3%
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of kids in the united states live with intellectual or developmental disabilities, like down syndrome or autism or cerebral palsy. our first -- >> our first hero -- >> i'm so sorry. that was your line. >> i'm sorry. i'm new to television. >> our first hero is helping to make sure they have better opportunities in this world when they become capable adults. to tell her story is academy award-nominated actress, diane lane. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> what makes us so afraid of people who are different? why do we become uncomfortable when we encounter someone who speaks a little slower, walks with a limp, or has unique eyes? amy wright wants to change this fear of the different. she has four children, two a son named beau and a daughter, bitty, who live with down syndrome. when amy learned that 70% --
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70% -- of adults like them didn't work, they said, with a mother's fierce love, i'm going to change this. she opened a small business, where people like her son and daughter could work and shine, where people like me and you can see why it's called the happiest place in wilmington, north carolina. every day when its doors open, the fear of the different falls. it shows the best of who we are. hard-working, welcoming, and kind. and it reminds us that our desires are the same. we need to feel like we are valued in this world. >> what'd you do in p.e.? >> running. >> running? >> yeah. >> did your sneakers help you run fast? >> yes. >> when you become a parent of a child with special needs, you
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are instantly thrust into being an advocate. >> mommy, look. >> we are trying to make people see the beauty in their lives that we see. ben and i have two older daughters and then we have beau and bitty, and they both have down syndrome. people with disabilities, sometimes the world just passes them by. most of them are unemployed. and we really felt like we wanted to do something about it. and it was like, coffee shop. >> hey, guys! good morning! welcome to bitty and beau's! other than our two managers, everybody that works at bitty & beau's coffee as an intellectual or developmental disability. >> your first latte of the day. >> matthew has autism. >> there we go. >> when he was in middle school, he came home one day and just broke down in tears and he said that a boy had called him the r-word. and it was very difficult. >> oh, yeah, it's our light
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roast. i used to be very shy and introverted. bitty and beau's has helped me a lot with my confidence. you have a phenomenal day, ma'am. >> thank you. >> someone told me, he could sell a rock out of a parking lot. >> we figured out what their skill set was and we plugged them in. >> you made them feel welcome. that's awesome. when you just give them a chance, they can do anything you ask them to do. >> good to see you! >> it's nice to see you, too! >> having a workplace -- >> how's it going? >> -- that gives you a sense of community is something we all want. >> thanks, buddy. >> miss amy, she's changing the world. >> bonjour, monsieur. >> i'm thinking that i'm probably doing my part, too, to change the world, too. >> one, two, three! >> bitty and beau's! >> this is the perfect way to bring people together and to let them realize how much more alike we are than different. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please join me in honoring cnn hero, amy wright. [ cheers and applause ] >> my children are not broken. my employees are not broken. 200 million people across the world living with an intellectual or developmental disability are not broken. what is broken is the lens through which we view people with disabilities.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> bitty and beau's coffee is a new lens. one that changes the way people see other people. it's about human value. it's about acceptance. it's about inclusion. it's about much more than a cup of coffee. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> tonight, not only are we celebrating our top ten heros, but we'll also be honoring five kids and teenagers who are making a huge difference. we call them young wonders. no matter how young or old, the ability to stand up for what you believe in, to fight for it, to work for it, it takes profound courage. you have to ignore the cynics and you have to follow your heart to make a difference in the world. here to introduce a remarkable young man from missouri who's
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creating a love for reading with his peers, is a proud supporter of ccd smiles which raises funds to help cover the cost of oral and facial surgeries caused by craniodysplasia, one of the stars of "stranger things," gaden mazarado. [ cheers and applause ] >> i know i'm on tv, but books are just better, right? they are! being able to sit down on the bed, the couch, even on the subway and disappear into a story, it's really -- it's life changing. sidney keist iii agrees with me. he read everything he could get his hands on. the problem was, he rarely found stories that reflected his life. and one day, he went to a bookstore in st. louis, story after story was about characters that who looked like him and had experiences like him. he wanted to bring that
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mind-blowing discovery to other kids and he started an amazing book club called books and bros. ♪ >> how you doing, man? >> ever since i was little, i just loved to read. i just love listening to different kinds of stories. these books look very interesting, too. i realized that there was a need for african-american literacy and boys to see themselves in books in a positive way. books and bros is a book club where we read about african-american literacy. hi, my name is sidney and my role is head bro in charge, also known as founder and ceo. >> some people, they're surprised when i tell them, lke, i work for my son. >> if you make the sign-in in sheet for the name and then the bro. not many 11-year-olds run a
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meeting. usually they're just there. the schedule is going to be -- first we're going to do an icebreaker. it's an interesting experience, because it's really fun being able to control a whole bunch of 20 and 30-year-olds. >> my napme is renell parker an i'm a big bro. >> big bros are basically mentors for the bros. we wanted them to see positive african-american men and also because they help out a lot with the book club, with keeping the boys under control. >> gentlemen, gentlemen! >> some of the kids who join, their parent scienign them up. so they weren't excited about it, but when they actually got into the book club, they ended up having a great time and they would actually read the book. >> but that is just another tall tale. >> we would discuss them. >> harry tubman was a tremendous fighter. >> and they would be able to even talk about them with the fellow bros. >> all the big bros, you can find the questions on page 109
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in the book. >> i'm super proud of him. words can't even describe how proud i am. >> i do really feel like i'm making a positive impact in my community, because all the boys are having such a good time in my book club. i see all smiles on their faces. i really feel like i'm making reading fun again. >> cool bros read! >> sidney, congratulations. >> thank you. >> you must female so good. >> yeah, i feel really good right now. >> i understand, your mom works for you. how is that working out? >> well, basically, she works for me and so, like, if she makes me mad, i'm like, paycheck. >> what about at home? who works for whom at home? >> i work for my mom at home. >> thought so. just checking, just checking. what if a boy doesn't live in your town? how can he join your club? >> basically, we havecalled, li
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it's not a program, but you can still join the book club if you're outside of the state. like, we have members all over the country who can still tune into the book club. and so wherever we host it, we have it as live, and they can still tune in and ask questions. and that's basically how they would still attend. >> i'm so proud of you. reading is so important and you're doing amazing work, really. you can learn more about sidney's story and all of our young wonders. please go to sidney, congratulations. >> announcer: coming up next, sterling k. brown honors a hero from detroit who's helping kids win the fight for a better life. >> announcer: the 11th annual "cnn heros: an all-star tribute" is sponsored by subaru, proudly matching every dollar donated to the 2017 top ten cnn heros. on a fluke. and he totally has a super-power. didn't know i was allergic to ibuprofen.
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hey, we're back with cnn heros. throughout the tonight, as we meet our top ten honorees, go to c and click on the donate button to help support them. your donations will be matched dollar for dollar. >> and while you're watching, you can join the conversation on facebook and we're on twitt twitter @cnnheros. and don't forget to stop by our instagram page. >> and don't forget to like all of the pictures featuring anderson, because that means the world to them. >> sadly, she's not kidding. let's meet our next hero. >> okay. in the city of detroit, michigan, more than half of its young people live in poverty. they're struggling to find a sense of community and envision a brighter future. our next hero found a way to provide guidance and academic opportunities for hundreds of kids. to share his story is a champion of youth mentoring connection and one of the stars of "this is us," emmy award winner, sterling
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k. brown. [ cheers and applause ] >> many of us have someone to guide us and keep us on the right path. but for hundreds of kids in detroit who don't, they have khali sweeney. khali grew up in hard times. he dropped out of school. he hit the streets. dodged bullets and fought despair. but when he saw a picture of his old classmates and realized that most were either dead, in jail, or missing, he decided to change. after he transformed his life, he wanted to help other kids do the same. ten years ago, he launched the downtown boxing gym youth program. before the kids lace up their gloves, they do their homework and spend time with a tutor. their motto, books before boxing. almost 300 kids have benefited and everyone has graduated from
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high school. [ cheers and applause ] you see, we can rise from any place as long as someone is there to push, inspire, and love us enough not only to make us dream big dreams, but knock down any barrier that stands in our wa way. >> my house is that one right there, that's still standing. that's the house i came to when i was 6 weeks old. that's where my parents dropped me off at. i always wonder, where is my real family at? so i found that family that i was looking for in the streets. i've been shot at multiple times. i had a guy, he shot 26 rounds at the car. there was a reason that he didn't hit me. it was for me to be here, for these kids. if you spend enough time with kids, you'll find out that they're going through the same thing that i was going through.
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no mentors, no positive role models. you put them in a prime position to be ready for prison or the county morgue. keep your hands above his! let's go! boxing teaches you to block out all the outside noises. he don't know what to do. in life, i tell guys, if you listen to all the outside noises, you'll never reach your goal. that was it! there you go! >> jordan was disrespectful, nonsociable, he was a hellion. can i say that? >> i was two grades behind. wasn't doing work. >> he just didn't care. i think it all had to do with the loss of his dad. >> when i first met jordan, i didn't see the kid that
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everybody else saw. i don't see bad kids. i see a kid who hasn't opinibee heard yesterdat. >> the discipline i learned from boxing, it taught me how to control my anger. >> just keep going towards me. >> now i listen. >> you're opening it up too wide. your timing is immaculate. you go it. just keep going. >> he's a savior. >> don't hesitate. just do it! >> he taught me how to be a man, basically. >> there you go! that's all you got to do is just do it, jordan! just do it! >> what i like about boxing is, it don't matter how you start, it matters how you finish. >> throughout my life, looking for that family -- >> what's good, man? >> they have become my family. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, they have 876 kids on the waiting list, so join me in honoring cnn hero, coach khali sweeney. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. thank you. thank you. somebody asked me the other day if i could change one thing in my life, what would that be? i said, absolutely nothing, because i wouldn't be standing here today if i changed anything. i wouldn't be able to say that i seen kids like jordan come from bad grades, straight "f" student to an honor student and getting ready to go to college. i wouldn't be able to say that i seen a city that's divided with its suburb come together for a common cause, which is education, and well-being of the kids in our community.
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and i wouldn't be able to say i walked across the stapge with some great heros tonight. so thank you, all, and i'm honored to be here with you guys. [ cheers and applause ] >> i just want to repeat what sterling said. there are 876 kids still on his waiting list. so all the support that you can give his organization and get more kids off that waiting list. [ applause ] in cambodia, the mortality rate for kids under 5 is more than 50%. many of those deaths are caused by respiratory, skin, and intestinal illnesses that could have been prevented. >> here to share how our next hero found a simple way to save lives is a champion for the ojai foundation, which provides counselors for schools, teachers, and children the importance of listening and speaking from the heart. she's a "new york times" contributing writer and the
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writer/director of the feature film "paint it black" out on netflix in february. please welcome amber tambolin. [ cheers and applause ] >> i've always wanted the opportunity to say this, so i need to do it now. this is cnn. [ applause ] how many times have you seen something out in the world that tears at the fabric of your soul, that makes you feel completely helpless? and how many times did you keep on moving? well, samir la cankhani could n keep on moving. this time, he could not look away. when he was a student visiting cambodia, volunteering in the sh shadows of the glorious temples,
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he encountered a moment between a mother and her child that he could not shake. he had to do something for her and for the millions like her who are so poor, they can't afford basic necessities like soap. so he went dto the hotels near the temples and asked to collect their soap. he opened a recycling center that employs women, which gives them steady incomes and he brings the soap to the children and the teachers and he teaches them proper hygiene. in only three years, eco-soap bank has helped more than 650,000 people [ applause ] . all this good, clean soap because samir didn't look away from what he saw. he turned right towards it. he faced it.
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>> what i like most about cambodia is the warmth of its people and especially the optimism of its youth. i first started tleering in c cambodia when i was 20 years old. i noticed a widespread lack of hygiene and sanitation supplies. i remember seeing a village woman bathing her newborn son, scrubbing his skin with laundry powder. it was something that i viscerally reacted to and i just had to do something about that. [ speaking foreign language ] we provide soap to thousands of schools in cambodia to reduce disease. we don't give out any soap alone. it's always paired with hygiene education. we want them to leave the
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training with the full understanding of where disease comes from. and how to prevent it. it will be a lifelong habit. >> good, very good. >> that they form to keep themselves healthy and back in schools and out of hospitals. hour are you, chandi? good. wow, that's quite a bit. our soap recyclers are all local women who were striving to find some source of reliable incomes. women given an opportunity to get involved in the community and to do good. they thrive off of that. never before has someone been like, hey, you can help over half a million other cambodians
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by doing what you do. i know i'm not only helping them, but i'm helping their entire family. and in that sense, i know that our impact is expansive. i believe that no child in cambodia should suffer, because there just wasn't any soap available. i become very emotional when i know all the work that we've put in, because i know we're keeping that child how to keep him or herself healthy for life. [ cheers and applause ] >> please join me in honoring cnn hero, samir lakhani! [ cheers and applause ]
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>> i've been watching this show since i was 15. and i'm so humbled to be standing here tonight. what i remember being struck by was just how one person can have a lasting effect on the lives of so many others. i wanted to do that. i wanted to make a real difference. ten years later, i know we at ecoso soap bank are doing just that. and i couldn't -- [ applause ] thank you. and i couldn't be more grateful to share this stage with some of my idols. but our work is not done yet.
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and i pledge that for the rest of my life, i will work to get soap into the hands of those who need it the most. because we should never accept that children still suffer from disease which could be prevented by the simplest of acts, hand washing. help us save soap so that together, we can save lives. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> announcer: next on "cnn heros," chris maloney honors a hero who's bringing more than just comfort food to the victims of natural disasters. and later, "young sheldon's" ian armitage and academy award winner christian bale. "cnn heros: an all-star tribute" is sponsored by geico, proudly supporting the military and their families for over 75
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♪ [ applause ] welcome back to "cnn heroes." this year, so many natural disasters have devastated people's lives and they need help. right now, they still need help. what makes our next hero so special, like so many of our heros, is he's taken something he's really good at and found a way to use it to me a difference in other people's lives. >> we saw a historic number of powerful hurricanes and floods and fires and other disasters from california to texas, florida, the u.s. virgin islands, and of course, puerto rico. a lot of communities are still picking up the pieces. in puerto rico, hundreds of thousands of people are still, tonight, right now, without power or access to clean drinking water. here to tell us how our heros stepped up in those difficult
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days is a champion of only make believe, which sends actors into hospitals to perform for sick kids and the star of "happy," christopher maloney. [ applause ] >> good evening. so, disasters. disasters are merciless. when they end and the cleanup begins, you need comfort. you need care. and you need stan hays. stan, he's been a barbecue pit master for years. and he lives 2 1/2 hours from joplin, missouri. after a tornado destroyed that town in 2011, he packed up his gear to help the best way he knew how. to provide food. so for 11 days, he and other volunteers served more than
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120,000 meals. you ain't heard nothing yet. [ applause ] so that's when he had his aha moment. and stan helped launch operation barbecue relief. so since that day, they've gone into 43 disaster zones and dished out more than 1.7 million meals. so stan has seen it all. neighborhoods in ruins, curbs piled high with belongings, tears flowing for loved ones lost. but he knows his work is a steady reminder that nothing in nature is a match for the almighty force of human kindness and love. >> after a disaster, it is extremely emotional.
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the sheer devastation. everybody's lives are on the front porch, on that you are front yard. it makes you want to help. all right, i'll talk to you. >> see ya! bye! >> it wasn't, are we going to respond to harvey, it was, when are we going to go? we have water on the interstate. holy cow, what this community is going through. hurricane harvey is our 42nd disaster that we've responded to. welcome. thank you guys for coming out. it's going to be a huge day for us, again. we're over 100 volunteers a day rate now. >> come on, guys! >> it's been a huge undertaking, but we've got a great group of pit masters that have come in to help us. these smokers are going 24/7. we cooked 80 butts on each one of these pits last night. we've got 48more of these pork
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loins going on. they're rubbing them down. >> i've got the secret blend over here. >> barbecues, when it comes to rub, somebody's always got a secret out there. it's darned good. >> the right thing to do. great organization. just add service to country. >> everybody shows up, ready to work, very eager. by the end of the day, people are still sticking around, asking, what needs to be done. it's awesome. >> that's the whole spirit of everybody here. what do we need to do? let's just get those meals into the belly of people who need it? there we go. >> barbecue, besides being a nourishing meal, is comfort food. you guys need any meals? >> appreciate y'all. >> you have no idea what a hot meal means to somebody who's lost everything they own. >> if i can give them a little bit of comfort while nourishing them, that's the reason we're here. >> it's a very humbling experience to, you know, be down here with so many people and so
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much love. it's amazing. yesterday you guys put out 43,350 meals. thank you to everybody who was here. it is people helping people, the best way we know how. need some hot meals? [ cheers and applause ] >> so please join me in honoring cnn hero, grand champion pit master, stan hays. >>. [ cheers and applause ] >> 6 1/2 years ago, a hot
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barbecue meal changed my perspective on what was important in life. i didn't know something as simple as a hot barbecue meal would have such a positive impact on so many people. it's more than nourishment. it's comfort, memories of good times, all wrapped up in a bun. the smiles, gratitude, and tearful hugs are the only thank yous our volunteers need. each one of them has had their own story about that moment. so join us and find yours. i just want to end by telling my wife and kids, thank you and i love you. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> our next young wonder is christina li from outside of detroit, michigan. she loves her computer sciences, the robotics, coding, math, and she's amazing at all of it. but too many girls in elementary and middle school think that they don't belong in those classes. well, we do. we belong everywhere. and christina wants to close the gender gap so that girls are part of the next generation of computer science geniuses who find solutions to the problems we thought were impossible to solve. >> i really like computer science, just because there's so many possibilities with it. you can program a space ship or a car or robots. i think computer science can be for anybody. when i was in third grade, my brothers and i made this
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character called fish guy. so we made him a website and that's what really got me into computer science. in high school, i joined my robotics team. i was the only female programmer. and i felt really weird about it. it was very evident that the gender gap existed. i decided to make a computer science camp for middle school girls. i named the camp hello world, because i wanted to have girls say hello to the world of computer science. how many of you guys have played pong before? it's an introduction so they can learn how to program apps and robots and games. i have a bluebird currently. and the bird flies through the tubes using spacebar. i realize that it's actually not that hard. when you click that on button, you go crazy, because it's working. i just wanted to get them interested and show them how cool the world of computer science is. >> when you press the down
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arrow, it will go back. >> your game is literally out of this world. >> pretty much. >> interacting with other girls makes them realize they're not alone at this. i really hope to show the girls that girls can do anything they want to. >> hello, world! >> and welcome. congratulations. >> thank you. thank you. >> so what do you -- you're at stanford in your second year? >> stanford -- >> what are you studying? >> i'm studying computer science and mechanical engineering. >> i don't even know what that means. that's how dumb i am. what kind of projects are you working on? >> currently, i'm the mechanical lead for the mars rover project. we build a mars rover to compete in competition, similar to what i did in high school. so i'm really excited about that. >> that's so cool. well, congratulations or being a young wonder. we wish you the best. >> thank you very much. >> there's a lot more to christina's story. you can check it out at we'll be right back. >> announcer: next, we honor a hero who connects sick children to the classroom and the world.
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and later, jim gaffigan, alfre woodard, and common. >> announcer: "cnn heroes: an all-star tribute" is proudly spor sponsored by humana. (matthew) my wish was a clubhouse, but we call it "the wish house". (mom) and it just immediately brought something positive in our life. "oh, i gotta get up get matthew on his treatment." (matthew) it's not that bad, though. (mom) yeah. (matthew) the good thing about the surgeries is i get to have a popsicle at the end.
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(mom) he makes the best of everything and he teaches us to be strong and brave, too. (vo) through the subaru share the love event, we've helped grant the wishes of fifteen hundred kids so far. get zero percent financing for 63 months on select models, plus we'll donate two hundred and fifty dollars to charity.
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hey, welcome back to "cnn heroes: an all-star tribute" live from the natural history museum here in new york. while you're watching, check out cnn heroes on instagram. you'll find a lot of shots of this room and the enormous whale we're standing beneath. >> you can't beat a good whale. now it's time to meet our next hero. more than 10,000 children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with cancer every year. she found a simple, practical and ingenious way to help them
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and other children with life-threatening illnesses. here to tell her powerful story is a proud supporter of god's love we deliver, which brings nutritious meals to people who are too sick to shop and cook and star of the upcoming broadway play, "the boys in the band," andrew rennells. >> 17 years ago, a kind and generous voice went on a local radio show in the state of maine. leslie morissette asked her community to help a child with cancer. the child needed a computer and a modem to feel connected to the world. leslie's call was answered and the following year, she asked for four more. today, grahamtastic connections has provided more than 1500 children with ipads, laptops, helping pay for internet costs, and even robots in their school so they don't miss a beat of history, math and reading. it's a priceless gift that
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leslie has given these children. it's the chance to feel connected. the chance to create stories on instagram and watch slime videos and laugh in the lunchroom with their best friends. this is powerful medicine. the kind of medicine that makes children feel like they are just like any other child, even when they are in the fight of their live lives. >> august 22nd, and he is ready to break out of his transplant room! go! my son, graham, was 6 1/2 years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia. he had a very special light inside of him. you could almost see it glowing from his heart. >> my name is graham morissette. i'm 8 years old, and i live in springva springvale, maine. >> we spent two years, pretty much, in and out of the hospital. graham passed away two years after he was diagnosed. it was really important for me
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to stay involved with the families and the children that i had met in the hospital. i just wanted to provide the tools to keep them connected. hello, phillip. >> hello, phillip! >> can you come on over to your desk for math? >> okay. >> the robots transport the child right into the classroom. we're connecting kids when their world is out of reach. >> phillip, did you like that article? >> phillip's got to have a bone marrow transplant. we're going to be here in the hospital like six weeks. >> 8, 9, 10, 11. >> phillip is raising his hand. >> phillip is raising his hand. that makes it 12. >> i'm just thrilled that he can go to school and feel like the other kids. >> last week, i went to boston. >> he can walk up and down the halls. >> hi, phillip. >> he can go to lunch with your
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friends. >> hi, phillip. >> thanks to that robot, he's not going to miss out on anything. >> what's your favorite part about the phillip-bot. >> my favorite part is i get to see everybody in school. >> when you lose your child, the love doesn't go away. you have to find a place. i'm lucky i found a place to put that love. >> bye, everyone. >> bye, phillip! >> the joy that they have fills my heart back up. >> over here! >> every day when i do this work, i want to make graham feel proud of his mom. [ cheers and applause ] >> please join us in honoring cnn hero leslie morissette. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> next week is the 20th anniversary of my son, graham's, passing. he's my inspiration and my true hero. since he's not here and cannot come down from heaven to accept this award, i proudly accept it for him, and for the other children i've met, like phillip, his grandmother, jean, who are here tonight -- [ applause ] and all the other super heros who have taught me so much about braver and kindness. no child battling cancer should ever have to say "i can't get on the internet." it's not a luxury, it's a necessity, especially for sick
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children. thank you for your support in helping us connect kids when their world is out of reach. this one's for you, my son, graham. love you. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> hey, phillip, if you would, just stand up and i want everybody to say hey to you. there you go. [ cheers and applause ] >> we're so glad you're here. thanks for being here, phillip. appreciate it. over the years, no organization, not any organization, has been a greater supporter of our efforts than subaru, which has generously
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sponsored cnn heroes since 2008. please welcome -- [ applause ] that's right. please welcome tom dahl, the president and chief operating officer of subaru of america. [ cheers and applause ] >> mark twain once said, the two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you found out why. ten years ago, subaru found our why and began our share the love program and also began our long-standing relationship with cnn heros. [ cheers and applause ] these heros are an exceptional group of people who have found their why in life. and while tonight is about recognition, it's also an opportunity to help these heros keep on with their good works. so now, i'm asking you to join subaru in donating to our top ten cnn heroheros.
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and if you do, subaru will match your donations dollar for dollar, up to a total of $500,000. [ cheers and applause ] . >> we at subaru know how good it feels to give back, so, please, put a little love in your hearts by contributing to our celebrated hero tonight. share the love and donate now at thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> announcer: next on "cnn heroes," the adorable brooklyn prince from the florida project introduces us to an 8-year-old young wonder. and still ahead, a special musical performance by andra day and common.
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we're back with "cnn heroes." so now you know that subaru is
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matching your donations to all of our top ten heros dollar for dollar. so grab your phone, tablet, laptop, go to and click the donate button below their picture. >> these are all small organizations and they could use their help. and we want to help crowdrise for helping all of our heros tonight and all year long. >> now, before you meet our next young wonder, who's just 8 years old and helping to better the environment, some of our anchors did their part when they were young as well. we found this old picture actually of wolf blitzer when he was 8 years trying to save the whales. at least, that's what he told his mom he was doing with the whale. i don't know. >> our next young wonder is real. >> that was not real. >> he's from san juan, capistrano, california. he started his quest to start
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saving the environment when he was 3 years old. 3 years old. i have a 14-year-old. i cannot get him to walk the dog. 3-year-old. here to share his story as a proud supporter of hope 192, a nonprofit in central florida devoted to helping homeless children and their families. she is wowing everyone with her performance in the florida project, please welcome, bro brooklynn prince! [ cheers and applause ] >> grown-ups, we may be young, but we have good ideas when it comes to taking care of the environment. so listen to us. [ cheers and applause ] we want you to do what ryan hickman does, recycle. see, we only have one earth, just one. it has beautiful oceans, amazing animals, and wonderful flowers and trees. so let's make the world a better place for kids like me.
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and we can do that by listening to a wise old soul like ryan. >> that's definitely not water. recycling helps the earth, people, plants, animals, and other living things. i was 3 1/2 and my dad and me took a bag of cans to the recycling center and we got about five bucks. and so i've been doing it ever since. oh, i love these! >> it was his idea to enlist all of our neighbors and to get more people recycling for him. and the longer it went, the bigger it got. >> so i'll teach you some facts. >> it's a pleasure to meet you, si sir. >> and, there! >> perfect. do you want to take the trash can back to dad? >> my mom and dad and grandma on tuesday help me sort.
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>> you're going too fast. >> and once we have a full bag, we load it up in the truck, drive it to the recycling center, and usually close to the line. >> we estimate that ryan has recycled about 270,000 cans and bottles and i think that's about 60,000 pounds. >> and probably one of our bottles is processing right on that conveyor belt. >> good job, ryan. >> thank you. >> he's helping the environment, for every 2,000 pounds that he recycles, he saves at least 40 barrels of oil. so he's doing his part. >> thank you. >> i would probably not be doing this if it wasn't for ryan. he's opened my eyes to making a difference, for sure. >> anything else you want to add? >> nope. >> okay. >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome ryan. thanks so much for being here. congratulations. >> thank you. thank you. >> so it's a little heavy for you. are you all right with that? >> yeah. >> do you have a license to drive that truck. i hate to ask, but -- >> no, i do not have a license.
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>> do you have a fact you can share with us tonight? >> okay. it takes almost 600 years for a plastic water bottle to break down, so that's why we recycle. >> okay. it's a good fact. i did not know that. i also understand, you're saving for something special. >> yeah, i'm saving for a garbage truck. >> yeah? you want to get a garbage truck? >> yep. >> a big one? >> uh-huh. >> all right, cool. well, good luck with that. thanks so much. you're amazing. thank you. ryan, everybody. let's go to kelly. >> wow. wow. our nextue is a good friend of cnn heros. he's a very funny guy, he's a proud supporter of bob woodward foundation that helps wounded soldiers and their families. jim gaffigan!
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>> thank you. thank you. wow. what a night, right? i mean, can we take a breath? i mean, this is emotionally taxing. i mean, it's -- this is my second event here at heros and every five minutes, you're just so impressed by these incredible people that really inspire, but mostly point out how selfish and horrible the rest of us are. [ laughter ] there is a kid, a child, who just did a recycling program and i'm too afraid to criticize trump on twitter. [ cheers and applause ] these are heros. they're -- you know, we can -- we can be better, right?
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i mean, we obviously can be better. but i also would like to selfishly point out that this year, i realized that my personal hero is my wife. she was -- in april, it was discovered she had a brain tumor. i'm not making this up. the brain truumor is removed, everything's great, she's good. but she is amazing. the tumor is gone along with my ability to ever win another argument with her. she's -- [ applause ] >> and luckily, she's not the type to bring it up. but -- well, once she did. she was like, you know, i did have brain surgery. and i was like, that was a couple months ago. you know, it's time to move on. [ laughter ] i joke around, but it was scary. we have five children and there were moments when i was like, oh, my gosh, if anything happens to my wife, those five kids are
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going to be put up for adoption. [ laughter ] some of these jokes are just for the fathers. but back to the show. i -- i'm really honored to introduce our next hero, andy manzi. he did two tours in iraq. he patrolled the borders looking for improvised explosive devices on foot. he dodged suicide bombers, saw a lot of firefights, and watched his friends die. when he came home, he struggled with a traumatic brain injury and ptsd. but he just wasn't the type of guy who could heal or get healed in an office with white painted walls and soul-sucking fluorescent lights. he needed to find his own path and he did so under the sunny
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skies with a sandy beach and the healing power of waves. >> two weeks before i got home, we were engaged with the enemy. and then just to go home and have to turn that off. it's crazy how uncomfortable i was laying in my bed. it felt so alien to me. i remember staring at this red dot on my tv that i had in my room. i could not keep my eyes off that light. i felt like i had no control over myself and i was afraid of myself. i really didn't have any urge to be around any veteran. i pushed myself so far away from it, and then i started surfing. we're going to talk about some technical stuff.
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and teaching how to surf -- we're going to arch our back, extend or arms out. you want to try to be center on your board. and i started meeting veterans in the water. let's do it! there's just something about the ocean, you just feel cleansed. in my mind, i wanted to come back to what i was. and that never could happen. you come to warrior surf, and it gets all the bad stuff, the nightmares, and just pushes them away. all that you're focused on is just being lifted up on that wave. >> you've talked about ways that you started to feel more valuable again. >> yep. absolutely. >> one of the shocking things to me was finding out that warrior surf had a counselor. how many times do you know they're going to set with you on the beach and let them empty our
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souls. part of the thing that was so devastating to me was the lack of the brotherhood. i needed my tribe and i found it again. >> you take that energy of everyone else around you. it's not going to end when you get out of the water. you're going to keep on going. >> two, three, stand up. >> it's such a phenomenal feeling that we're going to be okay. >> yeah! >> we're going to be okay because andy ain't going to give up on us. so -- [ cheers and applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, please join me and stand for cnn hero andy manzi. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. hi. the reason i do what i do is
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because i feel an energy. it's looking over my shoulder making sure i'm doing good in the world when i can. i do because i love my country and those that have sacrificed so much. i do because i love people and people just need help sometimes. nine can thr anyone can throw around solutions, but those words are empty without action. let's spend more time doing. thank you to anyone in my life who gave me a chance to mentor me. i hope i honor you and your time by doing what i do and thank you very much. [ cheers and applause ] >> announcer: next on "cnn heroes," rapper and humanitarian common honors a woman who is providing a safe haven for kids in the city of chicago. "cnn heroes: an all-star tribute" is proudly sponsored by
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welcome back to "cnn heroes." in chicago, illinois, gun violence has taken far too many lives. 3,000 people have been shot this year with nearly 600 killed. >> here to tell us about one woman who refuses to give up hope is the founder of the comm common ground foundation which works to provide opportunities for young people in chicago, grammy and academy-award winning artist, common! [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. there's a place called parkway garden homes. it's in a neighborhood on the south side where jennifer maddox
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grew up. when she was young, the music from the streets used to be filled with these loving notes, kids playing, balls bouncing. the poetry of a fierce round of double dutch and the chorus of parents and neighbors saying, "you be good, i got my eyes on you." now it's the pop of guns and screams of sirens. as a police officer and a part-time security guard, she found an empty room and turned it into future ties, an after-school and summer program for 100 kids who now have a safe place to go. and inside those walls, the music of opportunity, love, and hope take hold in a city that can be consumed with grief. >> the biggest challenge facing
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our children is just survival. they hear the gunshots every night. they are fearful to even come outside. we are in a state of emergency here in the city of chicago. 5, 6, 7-year-olds, they're using people that they love. >> my godfather. >> my cousin. >> my uncle. >> my brother. >> they're trying to be strong, but you robbed them of their childhood. i'm a law enforcement officer, but i'm also a mother and a member of this community. we can't arrest our way out of this. i don't think that any child should grow up feeling like this
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could be it. patrolling the streets, i just saw lack of opportunity. once i saw that there was another side to policing, i thought that i could do more. our center offers an escape for the young people. they know once they walk through those doors that they're safe. >> how you doing today? >> good. >> i believe that some of the violence stems from social issues. if we could solve some of those problems, it would make policing a little easier. what do we have to do? that's right! we want to make sure that they make better choices when it comes to violence.
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so who got homework? let me see. 11. so what you do with the 1? i am very proud to be one of the bridges to connect police and community. >> thank you so much. continue on blessing the community. >> when we talk about solutions, we should talk more about working together. i want the children to make the best out of their lives. i look at their faces every day and that's hope. [ cheers and applause ] >> i wish more police officers cared for our children the way she does. please join me in honoring from -- i'm proud to be a chicagoan with this beautiful woman. please join me in honoring cnn's hero, jennifer maddox.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> let me tell you about community policing. it works. [ applause ] in and out of uniform, i'm always being me and reaching back to my upbringing of it
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takes a village. i experience trauma and take it with me every day. but still remain hopeful to those brighter days. our youth, our intelligent, smart, bright. never disposal or unworthy. they want the same normal as any other youth, to play, to live, to grow up, to have fun, to eventually finish school and have plans for their future so i say, less marching and more getting involved with hugging them, helping them, and asking
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ourselv ourselves, how are the children? thank you. [ cheers and applause ] our next young wonder lives on the island of tasmania in australia. here to tell us how he is spreading love and kindness all over the world is a proud supporter of only make believe, which sends actors into hospitals to perform for sick kids, one of the stars of "big little lies" and the star of "young sheldon," iain armitage. >> i want to tell you about a kind boy named campbell remess. one christmas eve, he was worried about the kids in the hospital. he wanted to make sure they had presents. since it cost him too much money to buy them all gifts, he taught
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himself how to make teddy bears. throughout the year, he makes at least one bear every day. he does this for kids he'll never even meet. he does this because he wants them to have something good and to feel better. that's the power of kindness and as a matter of fact, campbell's work is magical. >> the mission of my project is to make, to make people happy. >> hello. >> hi. >> it does get very lonely in hospital. i give them a bear and try to cheer them up a bit. >> thank you, campbell. >> that's okay. i hope you enjoy playing with him and cuddling him. >> when campbell takes the bears to the hospital, he sees these very sick children perk straight up. you feel the energy in the room. >> i got this bear for you. >> thank you.
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>> getting a teddy from campbell just feels great and it's a relief that i've got a friend there. >> do you want this bear? >> i think the manugic in the bears is the hope, it's the hope that the bears give the people. i've been making bears over four years now. >> campbell is just empathetic to a maximum level. this >> this is just my thing, my hobby. this is what i love doing. the top shelf is full for hospital beds. come to the christmas at christmastime. this is marvin and this is melby. this is alex. when i start doing their faces and putting their eyes on, it's really cool to see their personality come together. i reckon i've made over 12 to 1,400 bears. it's a lot.
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>> so it started with a little idea. i just want kids of presents at christmastime. now it's bears going in every direction, all over the world, for every reason possible. >> i've sent them to lots of different people that have been hurt in lots of different ways. >> i think he's -- in a way, he's just trying to hug the whole world better, to make it okay. it's just love. >> if everybody was kind and not mean, it would change the world. it would change the world a lot. [ cheers and applause ] >> campbell, don -- don lemon stole the tissue box, again. campbell, where did you learn to make those incredible bears? >> from a patent i had sitting in my bedroom. >> a patent you just had sitting in your bedroom? >> yeah, that's right. >> as every kid does.
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so where -- when you auction these off, where does the money go? >> it goes to my charity that i call kindness cruisers. >> what's a kindness cruise? >> that's for people that are going through kashs, that have gone through cancer treatment or have had a hard time with cancer, i raise enough money, book them on a cruise and they get to go on a cruise ship anywhere around the world to relax with their family and have fun and make new memories. >> you're an extraordinary person. learn more about campbell's amazing work and other young wonders at thank you, campbell. thanks, don. >> announcer: coming up, emmy award-winning actress, alfre woodard. and from "the handmaiden's tale," samira wiley. "cnn heros: an all-star tribute" is proudly sponsored by novartis.
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hey, welcome back to "cnn heroes." now, have you donated yet? come on. let's help all of tonight's heros raise $50,000 with every dollar matched by subaru. if you do it now at, give generously, because they all deserve your support. >> like our next hero. her work is extraordinary, according to the amputee coalition, more than 2 million americans live with an amputation and more than 185,000 surgeries are performed each year in the united states. >> many people struggle financially and emotionally before and after surgery. and our next hero is working to help them. to share her amazing story is a proud supporter of the human rights campaign and the kfull potential development center
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that empowers at-risk residents in washington, d.c. one of the stars of "the handmadehan handmaiden's tale," please welcome, samira wiley. >> on a spring day in 1990, a 17-year-old college student was walking to class when a drunk driver hit her. mona patel went 12 feet into the air and then was pinned between the car and the guardrail. now, for seven years, she tried to save her right leg, but in the end, she and her doctors made the decision to amputate below the knee. before the surgery, mona searched for answers to some hard questions. can i be a mom? can i care for my babies? soon after the surgery, mona started a support group so that other amputees could find answers to their most personal questions, too. it's now grown into the san antonio tamp tee foundation,
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which offers peer support to as many as 60 people a month, helps pay for prosthetics, home and car modifications and even offers athletic and recreational experiences that transform their lives. now, mona shows young and old how to conquer both big and personal mountains. and that anyone, anyone can walk among the clouds. >> day one is going to be about four miles. we had nine amputees on the team. >> all right? >> i bit off a big project. >> my shoulders are burning so bad, y'all are going to have to roll me back down the hill. >> it will test you to your core. >> set your crutch, and step. >> we summited morning of day six. >> it's so beautiful. >> we show others that we physically climbed this mountain
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and, you, too, can climb any mountain in your life. >> my name is bennelina. i live in san antonio, texas. cheering, i started at 3. it makes me feel really good. i love it. when i was 7, i noticed that my leg started hurting a lot. so we got some tests done. we got a lot of tests done. i didn't know it was cancer until they told me that i had to get my foot amputated. and then i started crying, a lot. >> when you stand and put pressure on it, is that easy for you? >> i met miss mona the day before my surgery. >> benn was very reluctant, because she was scared. there you go! what's next? >> she was telling me what i was going to be able to do when i was done and how she climbs
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mountains and stuff like that. >> she looked at my leg, and she said, is my leg going to have to look like that or will it look real? and i said, that's completely up to you. and she asked me, did you decide to uncover your leg so you can tell people that it's okay to have a prosthesis? and i looked at her and i said, you are absolutely right. >> when i met her, i was like, i want to be twins like her. she said, miss mona, i decided i want to look sparkly and beautiful, just like yours. >> we can never ever lose hope with where we're going to life. again, we're twins. >> she has such a good attitude and she climbs mountains with one leg. she is like a super hero. in the future, i want to go back to cheer. >> you're awesome. >> thank you. >> benn, come up here. she has something new she wants
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to share with us. she is walking! nobody can escape the inevitable challenges in life, but we can either lay down and let our circumstance overtake us, or we can stand up and take charge. >> it is my honor to present cnn hero mona patel. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> we are all about love, hope, inspiration, and empowerment. but if i can ask you for a moment to look past the stories of inspiration and to perceive the depths of the struggles and the eventual triumphs of simply being able to walk across a room on a prosthetic leg or to embrace your child without arms or climb a mountain, triumph is possible, because somebody took the time to believe in you. to my limb loss family across the globe, this is for you. you all are the true heros. to my beautiful babies, ania and ariana, as you each go through the journeys of your own beautiful lives, may you always remember the wise words of cinderella's mommy. have courage and always be kind.
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thank you. [ cheers and applause ] our next hero comes from khayelitsha, up with of the poorest townships in capetown where the aids generatidisease created a generation of orphans. >> our next hero is a proud supporter of the children's defense fund, one of the starts of louke cage, presenting her i alfre woodard. >> thank you. thank you, good evening, good morning, lots of love wherever everybody is in the world. nelson mandela said, when we let
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our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. because rosie mashale is here, this world, this room is brighter than the sun. she had been a schoolteacher for years and was getting ready to retire, but the universe had other plans for her. one day, an hiv aids baby was left on her doorstep. she picked him up. she loved him as her own. and the thousands of orphans who have come into her care ever since at her center, baphumelele. rosie didn't stop with care for orphans, she did more, because her neighborhood needed more. she started a day care center, created a home for abandoned young people. she built health care clinics, offers hospice care, and even opened a bakery.
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her organization started in her home and is now so large it takes up an entire block. one woman, one woman, shining her light and bringing much-needed hope and change to her people. >> when i moved here, nearby was a dumping place. every morning i would hear the children trying to find something to eat. i called them in and we sang lines and i gave them bread. and that was the first of the day care center. in the year 2000, i found a boy on my doorstep. and i took him in.
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that was the first of the orphanage. wakey wakey! the police are bringing the children, social workers were bringing children. i've never turned any child away. good girl. we've got the children's home for 126 children. i feel like a mama for everyone here. bye-bye! we feed them, we clothe them, we send them to school. then we do counseling for them. most of them are abandoned children. they are orphans. the basic things that we're giving them is love. and when they see me, they always feel happy. we are children, they came here a day old, and now they are
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young adults. we provide them with job opportunities and letting them finish their education. my hope for the children is that they can be leaders of tomorrow. everybody has got a dream and my wish is for that dream to be fulfille fulfilled. >> ladies and gentlemen, what a beautiful smile. please join me in honoring cnn hero, mama rosie mashale. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> my job is not 9:00 to 5:00. i did not have a choice. this is a calling. i'm trying to help as many kids as i can. and the need is so great. so, yes, my wish for them is to be educated, so that they can be advocates of change to help other orphans. this is why we always say, it takes a village to raise a child. pleasant join us to raise more orphans.
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thank you to cnn for their inclusion. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> announcer: next, we'll meet our final young wonder of the night, an academy award winner christian bale honors a hero from southern california who keeps kids on the straight and narrow by teaching them to build custom cars. "cnn heroes: an all-star tribute" is proudly sponsored by ser ser servepro, helping make fire and water damage like it never even happened. when you have moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, the unpredictability of a flare may weigh on your mind. thinking about what to avoid,
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welcome back. it's now time to honor our final young wonder of the night, hali
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e thomas. >> she and her family's journey to better health inspired her to start the happy organization, which brings cooking lessons and educational lessons to kids in underserved communities. >> take a look. >> i love that you get to be super creative with cooking. it's really cool to see a bunch of ingredients that may not have matched so classically come together and really create something unique and super flavorful. i love that aspect of just being able to kind of play around with it like a science experiment and see what happens. wow, this is so pretty! we were completely able to reverse my dad's type ii is diabetes within about a year of just really pushing the healthy eating and changing our lifestyle habits. >> this is really good.
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>> that's when i was super inspired to share that with my peers. we really just want to make sure that kids everywhere know how to make a healthy choice and how they can incorporate that into their every day. it's super important to know what's in our food. dextrose is another form of sugar, and we already heard sugar before, right? we go over ingredients. you know what that is? pig skin! you guys are going to make your own cereal. it's super important for us to share a healthy alternative that's fun to make, easy, and of course, delicious. we have our coconut sugar and we have our maple syrup. there's no refined sugar in here. guys, it smells amazing! these workshops definitely inspire and empower kids to make healthier choices. i'm proud of you deviguys. it was so easy to make, right? >> can i get a little bit more? >> yeah!
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>> it's that one moment when a kid realize as that they can go better for themselves and their families, that is so important to me. that's exactly what helped my dad get better. we are teaching kids how to fuel their bodies the best and they will ultimately have the energy and vitality to be their best. >> just so you all know, halie is turning 17 next week, so congratulations. now, is there a vegetable that you don't like? >> oh, gosh, i mean, i'm a major foodie. i eat pretty much everything, so i love vegetables, like, i honestly can't pick out one, but i hate boiled dumplings, which is a jamaican thing, so i don't want to offend any jamaicans, but i can't stand that. but i love all my veggies. >> we are proud of you and all the work you're doing. let's hear it for hali, everybody, and happy birthday to
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you. anderson, over to you. our final hero of the night lives in lancaster, california. it's a city just an hour north of los angeles where too many kids live in poverty and spend their lives in foster care. to share how he's doing his part to teach kids new skills is a proud supporter of sos villages which builds loving families for orphaned and abandoned kids in 135 countries, please welcome christian bale. good evening. >> no one is perfect. we make mistakes. we mess up. we do hurtful things. and sometimes, we need someone who give us a second chance. aaron valencia got his in a california courtroom. he had had a hard life. he had made some bad choices. and they sent him down the wrong path. but one night, he curled up on a park bench with a blanket and promised himself to stay sober this time around.
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when he did, he took responsibility for his past actions. he stepped in front of a judge who sentenced him to a long-term treatment facility instead of sending him back to jail. aaron took his second chance and he ran with it. he built a new life and discovered a love for now he's paying it forward, he's making sure that other kids have the chance to strive, to trust one another and know that during the good times, and the tough times, someone always has their backs. >> when i look back in my life, a lot of it is about stability. not having stability took me down. i was a smart kid, i had a good heart. not having any outlets. i started smoking meth at about 14. by 15, the first time i ever shot heroin. robbing and stealing. bouncing in and out of jail. i had nowhere left to turn. i walked into rehab 1999 and never looked back. my life completely changed.
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custom cars sent me and my life in a whole different direction. before long, i opened up a small shop. you came here to work? that's what i like to hear. kids were gravitating toward the shop to see what's going on. come here, learn a trade, learn a lesson, learn something to better their life. we got to take the bumper brackets off, paint the brackets, clean the bumper. we have a lot to do. there's not a positive place for them to go that's something cool, fun, and different, they're going to bet into trouble as i did. >> we have to pull this thing out, nice and slow, okay? >> this year we're working on a 1978 chevy apache pickup truck. the kids have started from ground zero, been here doing the bodywork. the wiring, the fuel system, carburetor. >> i'm digging on the qulocolor. it looks great. >> whole time they're working,
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we're dropping bits of knowledge on how to make decisions in life. talking about peer pressure, drug. life experience of stuff that they're going through. every labor day, we have our car show giveaway. >> chance to win a free car. >> good luck, good luck, good luck, good luck. >> one of the highlights is actually being at the show. >> you guys ready to roll? let's go. >> they're getting the accolades that they deserve for the time and effort that they've put in. >> that's it. >> i, like a lot of my kids, had to grow up fast. >> good to see you again. i'm glad you're back. >> just trying to be someone positive who sees where they're at right now and what they're going through and offer a bit of stability. [ applause ] >> please join me in honoring
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cnn hero aaron valencia. [ applause ] >> stability, opportunity, and time. three major factors to a child's success. stability and knowing that you can always count on someone to be there. opportunity to learn, to grow, and to create a life of your own. and the most valuable of all is time. time to talk and time to listen. when you give a child your time, you're letting them know they matter. this may seem like a no brainer for a standard household, but
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for a kid growing up in foster or a low-income environment, it's really tough to find even one. i want to thank you to cnn and everyone involved for shining a light on these incredible kids who are showing up and putting in the time to better their own futures. and to the kids of los angeles back home, this is for you. you're not alone. we got you. thank you. >> do not go away. we have more to come. >> that's right. coming up next, a powerful performance by andra day and common, celebrating our heroes, grammy acritics choice nominated song "stand up for something." >> we'll announce our 2017 cnn hero of the year.
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welcome back to "cnn heroes: an all-star tribute." now here to perform a song, salute all our heroes and the work they do every day, is a proud supporter of unlikely heroes which works to stop human trafficking and the founder of the common ground foundation which works to provide opportunities for young people in chicago. >> performing the grammy and critics' choice nominated song from the film, "marshall" written by diane warren and common, "stand up for something," andra day and common. ♪ you can have all the money in
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your hands all the possessions anyone can ever have ♪ ♪ but it's all worthless treasure true worth is only measured ♪ ♪ not by what you got but what you got in your heart ♪ ♪ you can have, you can have everything ♪ ♪ what does it, what does it mean ♪ ♪ it all means nothing if you don't stand up for something ♪ ♪ because you can't just talk the talk you got to walk that walk, yes you do ♪ ♪ it all means nothing if you don't stand up for something ♪ ♪ and i stand up for you ♪ and i stand up for you, yes i will, yes i will ♪
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♪ you do the best that, do the best that you can do ♪ ♪ then you can look in the mirror proud of who's looking back at you ♪ ♪ define the life you're living not by what you take or what you're given ♪ ♪ and if you bet on love there's no way you'll ever lose ♪ ♪ take a stand, make a stand for what's right ♪ ♪ it's always worth, always worth the fight ♪ ♪ it all means nothing if you don't stand up for something ♪ ♪ because you can't just talk the talk you got to walk that walk, yes you do ♪ ♪ it all means nothing if you don't stand up for something ♪ ♪ and


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