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Shining a Light on Healthcare Heroes

Dr. Laura Stachel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Laura Stachel

When the sun sets tonight around the world, more than 400 maternity clinics that long labored in darkness will have light. Reliable, robust and easy to use "Solar Suitcases" will provide light and power for midwives and doctors to deliver babies, conduct c/sections, treat pregnancy complications, and care for newborn babies in 25 countries.

Saving Girls: Kakenya Ntaiya Is a CNN Hero

Serra Sippel | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Serra Sippel

The founder of the school, Kakenya Ntaiya, grew up in a hut made of straw, mud, and dung with no running water or electricity. She was born in 1978, but does not know the exact day -- her mother cannot remember. She was engaged at age five to the six-year-old boy next door.

CNN Hero Of The Year 2012 Rescues Nepali Children From Prison

Posted 12.03.2012 | Impact

When Pushpa Basnet, 29, visited a Nepali prison as a social work student she knew she had to act fast. "I saw a small 8-month-old child. I could n...

Colombian Woman Named One of CNN's Top Ten Heroes Of 2012

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 09.26.2012 | Latino Voices

You don't need superpowers to be a hero. Which might explain the popularity of the annual ‘CNN Heroes’ list of “everyday people” making a d...

Meet The 10 Nominees For CNN's 'Hero Of The Year' Award

Posted 11.20.2012 | Impact

Despite terrorist threats, one woman still brings education to Afghan girls. An Ohio mom wants to save minority children from the tragic drowning fate...

CNN Hero Overcomes Loss, Transforms The Lives Of Teen Moms In Colombia

Posted 11.20.2012 | Impact

For most people, a personal tragedy -- like the death of a son -- doesn't result in an initiative that goes on to save the lives of thousands. But...

Global Motherhood: What Is a Hero?

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri | Posted 08.26.2012 | Impact
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

A hero can be a brave and noble person willing to sacrifice his or her life. But in my mind, a true hero is one who gives unselfishly to help others.

WATCH: CNN Heroes Making Change, From Anderson Cooper

Posted 08.22.2013 | MarloThomas

Award-winning journalist Anderson Cooper spoke with me about the changes that CNN Heroes are making all over the world, and why he admires their initi...

After Son Drowns, Mom Teaches Swimming To Minority Kids Statistically More At-Risk

Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact

After 16-year-old Josh Butts drowned and died, his grieving mother committed to addressing an alarming statistic. Nearly 70 percent of African Ame...

CNN Hero Uses Soccer, Mentoring To Help Young Refugees Transition To U.S.

Posted 05.09.2012 | Impact

Mark Kabban was just 9-years-old when he and his family moved from Beirut to the United States. Now, he's making sure other refugees have a smooth tra...

My Global Motherhood Birthday Wish

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 03.03.2012 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

Since the day I delivered Grace eight years ago, I know just how critical proper maternity care is. And, I have a deeper sense of gratitude toward my own mother each year when my own birthday rolls around.

CNN's 2011 Hero Still Needs More Funding For Birthing Center

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 02.13.2012 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

People thought I was crazy to even consider getting on a plane to Indonesia the day after running the ING NYC Marathon for Every Mother Counts, and in...

Midwife Who Delivers For Poor In Indonesia Named CNN Hero Of The Year

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 12.12.2011 | Impact

After 11 weeks of voting, readers named Robin Lim -- who has delivered more than 4,000 babies for free in Indonesia -- as the 2011 CNN Hero of the Yea...

George Lopez Lends A Helping Hand

Posted 01.07.2012 | Latino Voices

CNN Heroes takes a look at comedian George Lopez as an example of a celebrity giving back to the community. Lopez talks to CNN about his charity, T...

Last Call For 2011 CNN Hero Nomination

Posted 10.31.2011 | Impact

Know a certain someone who's worked tirelessly to help impoverished kids, protect the environment or otherwise impact others in an innovative, positiv...

WATCH: Mom Who Lost Her Family To Tsunami Starts Thai Orphanage

Posted 09.07.2011 | Impact

Susanne Janson's two daughters and ex-husband died in the 2004 earthquake and tsunami in Thailand. Throughout her time of grief, Janson said she felt...

Listen to Your Heart

Vivian Glyck | Posted 08.09.2011 | Impact
Vivian Glyck

There is a world of compassionate heroes out there who listen to their hearts every day. And I know that an open heart breeds gratitude -- the greatest cure for our own and our world's woes.

WATCH: Tunes 4 The Troops Ships One Millionth Disc Overseas

Posted 06.17.2011 | Impact

As a sophomore in high school, Kaylee Radzyminski wanted to find a way to say thank you to U.S. troops. So she started sending them donated CDs and DV...

WATCH: Grandma Mentors South Side Chicago Gang Members

Posted 06.08.2011 | Impact

Amid rampant gang violence in a Chicago South Side neighborhood, a grandmother has an open door policy. Roseland resident Diane Latiker, 54, started ...

Birth Rights: Helping Expectant Mothers Survive In Indonesia

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Robin Lim wanted to reinvent herself. After suffering the loss of both her sister and her best friend in the same year, she and her husband moved to...

Preaching Empowerment: Teaching Kenyans That AIDS Is Not A Curse

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Patricia Sawo believed that if she fasted and prayed hard enough, her HIV would go away. Four years later, she realized that her health did not reflec...

Gridiron Heroes: Father And Son Team Help Disabled Football Players

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

After Chris Canales suffered a devastating spinal cord injury during a high school football game, his father Eddie Canales was heartbroken to watch hi...

Navigating The Health Care System For Homeless Women

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

When Dr. Roseanna Means walked the streets of Boston, she talked to women living on the streets who were in need of medical care. She decided to hel...

CNN Hero Amy Stokes Unites South African Orphans With Video Mentors

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In Sub-Saharan Africa, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has left millions of children without parents. To help South African children and teens orphaned by the ...

CNN Hero's Homebuilding Service For Veterans Showered With More Than $100,000 After Award

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Dan Wallrath, a homebuilder from Texas with 30 years of experience, found his mission in life after he helped renovate the home of a young wounded Mar...