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Toan Lam

12-Year-Old Teaches Lobbying for Animal Rights Activist

Toan Lam | Posted 05.06.2014 | Green
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Thomas joined animal rights organizations and spent countless hours on the picket line -- all in the name of educating about animal protection and inspiring people to do what they can to alleviate animal cruelty.

L.A. Man Loans Homeless Family House for a Year

Toan Lam | Posted 04.10.2014 | Impact
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Our goal of spotlighting 50 heroes in 50 states has resulted in numerous blessings, miracles and new friendships. We're so excited to unveil our second hero to you.

How Positive Peer Pressure Could End Bullying in Your School: The Be O.N.E. Project

Toan Lam | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
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Grab a tissue and watch how every single kid has 'crossed a line.' Be inspired to take action -- you will discover that you have the power to BE ONE person that is the change-maker in your community.

Why YOUth Matter

Toan Lam | Posted 07.06.2013 | Impact
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Before I was invited to develop curriculum at the Academy of Art's (AAU) Multimedia Department and the University of San Francisco, I too believed that many young folks were apathetic, entitled and not in touch with reality. Boy, was I wrong.

GIG Spark: Why It's Important to Enjoy the Art Around Us

Toan Lam | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
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GIG Spark was developed to create compassion through the exercise of brainstorming, problem solving and experiencing the joy of using your power to help others.

Rethink Yoga: The Power to Create a New You

Toan Lam | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
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Instead of living a life full self-pity, Kim grounded herself on the mat and embraced the challenges, which in turn stretched her possibilities beyond the limits of what seems humanly possible.

Six-Year-Old Halloween Hero Quadruples Goal, Brings Holiday Spirit to Sick Kids Pt. 2

Toan Lam | Posted 01.20.2013 | Good News
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After Nico was diagnosed with brain cancer last fall, he was worried that he wouldn't be able to celebrate Halloween, his favorite holiday. Thanks to a break in treatment, this caped crusader was given the all clear.

Boy With Brain Cancer Brings Halloween to Sick Kids (VIDEO)

Toan Lam | Posted 12.25.2012 | Good News
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Six-year-old Nico Castro from San Bruno, Calif., isn't letting his battle with brain cancer affect his spirit of giving this Halloween.

GIG Spark: Use Your Voice to Uplift Others, Guaranteed Smile

Toan Lam | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
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Don't have the gift of song? Not to fret.

The BEST Way to Show Gratitude (VIDEO)

Toan Lam | Posted 09.15.2012 | Impact
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Nothing says "thank you" better than a kind gesture from the heart. It also doesn't have to be fancy, expensive or time intensive. My favorite thing t...

A Lesson On Compassion Every Young Person Should Experience: Small Acts, BIG Impact (VIDEO)

Toan Lam | Posted 08.28.2012 | Impact
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When was the last time someone did something nice for you? Did you receive a hand written  letter/postcard in the mail? Did they open the door for you? Was it a smile?

The True Meaning of Life: In One Word

Toan Lam | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact
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No matter what job title you hold, how many zeroes you have in your paycheck or where you came from, I know the true meaning of life can be summed up in one word: service.

Starting 2012 in a Funk? Dilute Your Inner Debbie Downer

Toan Lam | Posted 03.19.2012 | Impact
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Need to get out of a funk? Here are some things that have helped me stay present and circumvent mental misery in 2011.

Join The Secret Santa Movement

Toan Lam | Posted 02.25.2012 | Impact
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If you're feeling down this holiday season, here's a surefire pick-me-up to lift your spirits. Just Google "Secret Santa Kmart" and see the brimming n...

London Riots Won Over by a Nation of Tea Lovers

Toan Lam | Posted 10.31.2011 | Impact
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What happens after your life has been threatened and in danger and you've successfully run to safety? According to Jonathan Walker and his wife, Philippa Morgan Walker, "Put the kettle on!"

Slow Your Roll: Think Twice Before You Yell, Honk or Lose It!

Toan Lam | Posted 08.06.2011 | Impact
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What would the world be like if we viewed all the slow drivers as though they are our aunties, friends, family members or neighbors, who are going through their own battles in life?

Threads of Compassion Weave Warmth, Gratitude and Life-Changing Lessons

Toan Lam | Posted 06.11.2011 | Impact
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Tom Shadyac's nonfiction documentary "I Am" is a powerful and eyeopening look into our world. It raises two simple questions: "What's wrong with our world?" and "How can we all can make it better?"

Why One Man Is Walking From Canada To Mexico

Toan Lam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
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Jordan is a business graduate-turned-vagabond who hopes his wanderlust inspires you to change by putting down your gizmos, gear and gadgets to engage with one another.

Karma Kitchen Serves up Generosity (VIDEO)

Toan Lam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
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Karma Kitchen is cooking up kindness and generosity across the San Francisco Bay Area. It's a volunteer-run experiment in generosity that is growing.

Bullied to death -- and How the Power of Pink (and YOU) Could Thwart Suicide

Toan Lam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
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Think about what you, your friends and -- your children could do to help save someone's dignity -- to save someone's life.

Sunflower Power -- How One Cancer Survivor's Garden Inspires Community of Hope

Toan Lam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
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Nancy Siegler started planting sunflowers last year after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She believes it helped her get through some very scary times.

'Homeboy And Homegirls' Need Money to Keep Their Jobs

Toan Lam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
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Homeboy Industries needs $5 million dollars to get through the next six months. Father Boyle says due to the bad economy, grants and donations dwindled, so they need the money to bridge the gap.

Doctor Gives "Gift" (Free) Health Care

Toan Lam | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
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Amidst the ongoing health care debate in America, one doctor, out of Oakland, Calif. has a simple solution: just give it away. She decided to volunteer her services full-time, so patients don't have to pay for her services.

MC Yogi "Gives Love"

Toan Lam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
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What do Yoga and Hip Hop have in common? A heck of a lot! Just ask MC Yogi! This yoga inspired artist puts a new and unique spin on rapping, freestyling and yoga.

How a Lovely Lady with a Yellow Umbrella Will Make You Smile

Toan Lam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
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Amy Rosenthal's "17 Things I Made" video is so simple, so eloquent, that it has the undeniable power to inspire. She created a movement that brought folks together through her creativity and made me smile.