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July 8, 2024 at 1:22 AM

America Strong: 1 runner, 7 continents

After competing in a marathon in 2018 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, 52-year-old Derek Stefureac has taken his passion for running internationally.
July 8, 2024 at 1:22 AM
VIDEO: America Strong: 1 runner, 7 continents
July 7, 2024 at 12:54 AM

Pint-sized activist takes steps to make neighborhood safer

Nine-year-old William Miller approached his city council and successfully petitioned for a stoplight to be installed at a dangerous intersection where his grandma felt unsafe crossing the street.
July 7, 2024 at 12:54 AM
VIDEO: Pint-sized activist takes steps to make neighborhood safer
July 5, 2024 at 1:30 AM

US Marine Corps Sgts. reunite with their K-9s

With the help of American Humane, the retired military dogs came home to the U.S., where their former handlers adopted them.
July 5, 2024 at 1:30 AM
VIDEO: US Marine Corps Sgts. reunite with their K-9s
June 30, 2024 at 1:36 AM

Running coach inspires a new generation of athletes

After a tragic accident left him paralyzed from the chest down and using a wheelchair, "Shake" Allen helps young runners outside of Philadelphia.
June 30, 2024 at 1:36 AM
VIDEO: Running coach inspires a new generation of athletes
1 month ago

America Strong: California firefighters saving lives and making new lives

Visalia Firefighters of the Central Valley, California fire department welcomed 15 babies into their families in a year -- seven boys and eight girls. These firefighters are now "united" as fathers!
1 month ago
VIDEO: America Strong: California firefighters saving lives and making new lives
1 month ago

America Strong: Man's terrible accident and determination to return to what he loves

California native Collin Bosse returns to surfing after suffering a terrible spinal injury that left him paralyzed.
1 month ago
VIDEO: America Strong: A man's terrible accident and determination to return to what he loves
1 month ago

Celebrating foster mom Emma Patterson

In addition to raising her four children and 10 grandchildren, Patterson was foster mom to nearly 40 children, fostering as many as nine children at a time.
1 month ago
VIDEO: Celebrating foster mom Emma Patterson
2 months ago

High School valedictorian gives emotional speech in midst of tragedy

Alem Hadzic stood before his peers and honored his father who lost his battle with cancer the day before and was buried the morning of graduation ceremony.
2 months ago
VIDEO: High School valedictorian gives emotional speech in midst of tragedy
2 months ago

America Strong: Captain Ed Dwight finally makes it to space

Retired Air Force Capt. Ed Dwight, 90, blasted into space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket, realizing his dream after waiting 63 years to be called an "official astronaut".
2 months ago
VIDEO: America Strong: Captain Ed Dwight finally makes it to space
3 months ago

Determined Boy Scout overcomes obstacles and odds

Zack Gridley is on his way to making his family and his community proud - he is one badge away from earning Eagle Scout, overcoming the obstacles of a cerebral palsy diagnosis.
3 months ago
VIDEO: Determined Boy Scout overcomes obstacles and odds
3 months ago

A man's mission to interview all living WWII veterans

20-year-old Tyler Boland of Reading, Pennsylvania, is on a mission to interview as many WWII vets as he can.
3 months ago
VIDEO: A man's mission to interview all living WWII veterans
3 months ago

Man completes marathon run in every US state

Scott Kline officially joined the "50 States Marathon Club" after completing a marathon in Connecticut last October.
3 months ago
VIDEO: Man completes marathon run in every US state
4 months ago

America Strong: Nurses and the NICU baby; lives changed forever

Taylor and Drew Deras from Methodist Women's Hospital become foster parents of premature baby Ella.
4 months ago
VIDEO: America Strong: Nurses and the NICU baby; lives changed forever
5 months ago

America Strong: Students get a few extra classmates...Puppies!

First graders at Hanby Elementary School in Wilmington, Delaware, partner with “Rags 2 Riches Animal Rescue” for their teacher's, Brooke Hughes, reading program “Foster Tales."
5 months ago
VIDEO: America Strong: Students get a few extra classmates...Puppies!
5 months ago

A surprise celebration at Middletown High School

Basketball team manager Luke Atkinson is celebrated by team at senior night.
5 months ago
VIDEO: A surprise celebration at Middletown High School
5 months ago

First D1 college baseball player with a prosthetic leg takes the field

Parker Byrd made his collegiate debut and made history, becoming the first Division 1 baseball player with a prosthetic leg.
5 months ago
VIDEO: First D1 college baseball player with a prosthetic leg takes the field
5 months ago

America Strong: A star young reporter living his dream at Super Bowl LVIII

Eleven-year-old Jeremiah Fennell's stealing the show during Super Bowl week after being selected by the NFL Network as their "youth sportscaster" for 2024's Super Bowl LVIII.
5 months ago
VIDEO: America Strong: A star young reporter living his dream at Super Bowl LVIII
6 months ago

Michigan teen raises funds for local fire department

When Zoey Harrison saw her farm community's fire department in need, she sprang into action starting a fundraiser for lifesaving rescue equipment needed to save farmers in the event of an accident.
6 months ago
VIDEO: Michigan teen raises funds for local fire department
6 months ago

America Strong: Customer turns tables on hostess with a lifesaving decision

South Philadelphia Steak 'Em Up patron George Johnson donated a kidney to hostess Carolyn DiFabrizio after finding out she had stage 5 kidney failure during one of his routine coffee breaks.
6 months ago
VIDEO: America Strong: Customer turns tables on hostess with a lifesaving decision
6 months ago

Kindness of strangers evident as fundraiser earns more than $450 thousand

Kevin Ford was grateful for contributions to the online fundraiser started by his daughter with hopes of raising $200 for a visit to see family. Months later, Kevin was able to buy his first home.
6 months ago
VIDEO: Kindness of strangers evident as fundraiser earns more than $450 thousand
7 months ago

America Strong: New Year’s babies

Check out some newborns from around the country who were born just in time for 2024.
7 months ago
VIDEO: America Strong: New Year’s babies
7 months ago

Retired military dog reunites with previous handler

After being apart for two years U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Michael Alcala reunites with his former military dog when the dog retired from service.
7 months ago
VIDEO: Retired military dog reunites with previous owner
7 months ago

America Strong: Fire department honors fallen Captain by keeping toy drive alive

Mark Lee Sr., a first responder during 9/11, died from related illnesses in 2014.
7 months ago
VIDEO: America Strong: Fire department honors fallen Captain by keeping toy drive alive
7 months ago

America Strong: Teacher makes holiday wishes come true

Cheri Guy, a teacher of 15 years, made the school’s “wishmas” program extra special for the holidays.
7 months ago
VIDEO: America Strong: Teacher makes holiday wishes come true
7 months ago

Chicago sisters spread seasonal joy for a good cause

Two sisters continue their 20-year tradition of selling hot chocolate for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots.
7 months ago
VIDEO: Chicago sisters spread seasonal joy for a good cause
7 months ago

A grade school lesson turned a student into a lifesaver

Twelve-year-old Ethan Williams saved is classmate using the Heimlich maneuver after learning it from class.
7 months ago
VIDEO: A grade school lesson turned a student into a lifesaver
8 months ago

Mother of 3 creates bucket list after aggressive breast cancer diagnosis

Michelle Eral and husband Joe have embraced the time she has left by completing a bucket list.
8 months ago
VIDEO: Mother of 3 creates bucket list after aggressive breast cancer diagnosis
8 months ago

America Strong: Penpals meet after 56 years

Kris Olsen wrote a letter to Col. Ned Felder when she was 13 in 1967 and finally met him in person at South Carolina State University during Military Appreciation Day.
8 months ago
VIDEO: America Strong: Penpals meet after 56 years
8 months ago

Woman diagnosed with breast cancer crosses off every item on her bucket list

After Michelle Eral was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, she and her husband Joe made a conscious decision to "love every moment."
8 months ago
VIDEO: Woman diagnosed with breast cancer crosses off every item on her bucket list
10 months ago

Mother's surprise on daughter’s wedding day

Bride Mackenzie VanCuren didn't just want the traditional father-daughter dance at her wedding, she also wanted to include her mother, who she surprised with a dance as well on her special day.
10 months ago
VIDEO: Mothers surprise on daughter’s wedding day
10 months ago

Woman celebrates turning 114 years young

Elizabeth Francis is counting her blessings being the oldest living Texan and the second oldest person in the United States.
10 months ago
VIDEO: Woman celebrates turning 114 years young
1 year ago

Vietnam veteran pilot awarded Medal of Honor

Capt. Larry L Taylor rescued his colleagues in the midst of a daring firefight.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Vietnam veteran pilot awarded Medal of Honor
1 year ago

Beloved postal delivery man retires

Scott Vernon, who spent 35 years delivering mail in a court jester costume, was celebrated by his patrons with a retirement party.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Beloved postal delivery man retires
1 year ago

Couple renewing their vows after 73 years

The married couple of 73 years share their secret of a timeless bond.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Couple renewing their vows after 73 years
1 year ago

A happy ending after rescue

A newborn was rescued after a 7.8 earthquake last February in Syria. It was later confirmed by DNA test that her rescuer was her uncle and he and his wife later adopted the child.
1 year ago
VIDEO: A happy ending after rescue
1 year ago

'America Strong' and selfless act of team spirit

A member of Eastern Michigan University's football team gives his scholarship to another team member in need.
1 year ago
VIDEO: 'America Strong' and selfless act of team spirit
1 year ago

Summer camp for adults and children with disabilities

“Rising Above Disabilities,” or RAD Camp, is an overnight summer camp that addresses the special needs of its participants in southern California.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Summer camp for adults and children with disabilities
1 year ago

Gilbert, Arizona woman has been a nurse since 1954

Nurse Ellie Ucci, 90 years old, says "If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life and that's exactly how I feel."
1 year ago
VIDEO: Gilbert, Arizona woman has been a nurse since 1954
1 year ago

14-year-old Zykee Scott has a bright future after a devastating tragedy

After surviving one of the deadliest fires in Philadelphia history, Zykee will start his first year at a STEM school and has expressed interest to play football at Penn State.
1 year ago
VIDEO: 14-year-old Zykee Scott has a bright future after a devastating tragedy
1 year ago

15-year-old swimmer takes a lap around Manhattan

Maya Merhige just completed a 28-and-a-half-mile swim around the island of Manhattan.
1 year ago
VIDEO: 15-year-old swimmer takes a lap around Manhattan
1 year ago

4,000 beagles find their forever families

An organization that helps with animal rescue helped celebrate finding new homes for almost 4,000 beagles that were removed from a breeding facility last year.
1 year ago
VIDEO: 4,000 beagles find their forever families
1 year ago

A life-saving rescue dog and those who unleashed her potential

Nanci, a former shelter dog rescued by the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, is now working with first responders in search and rescue missions.
1 year ago
VIDEO: A life-saving rescue dog and those who unleashed her potential
1 year ago

Family celebrates 100th reunion bash

For a century an Indiana family has hosted a Fourth of July reunion that has now grown to over 300 members from all over the country.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Family celebrates 100th reunion bash
1 year ago

13-year-old born without leg says he lives life with 'no limits'

Logan Marmino was recognized by the state of New Jersey for his advocacy for the disabled community.
1 year ago
VIDEO: 13-year-old born without leg says he lives life with 'no limits'
1 year ago

California boy scout cleans up veterans memorial

James Vierra and Troop 66 were given permission by the City of Monrovia to rehabilitate the memorial and surrounding park that was damaged by the Bobcat Fires in 2020.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Massive explosion destroys home outside Chicago
1 year ago

Baby adopted after found in ‘Safe Haven Baby Box’

A firefighter and his wife ended their 10-year struggle to have a family by finalizing the adoption of baby Zoey, who was left outside a fire station.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Baby adopted after found in ‘Safe Haven Baby Box’
1 year ago

Paralyzed man celebrates fatherhood

Anthony Purcell: "It's just a life changer. I never thought in a million years that I would be able to have kids."
1 year ago
VIDEO: Paralyzed man celebrates fatherhood
1 year ago

Brave 7-year-old saves great-grandmother

Zion Carter called 911 after her great-grandmother was having trouble breathing and saved her life.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Brave 7-year-old saves grandmother
1 year ago

Paralyzed teen excels in sports

Gianni Quintero contracted the virus transverse myelitis at 6 years old that left one of her legs paralyzed.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Paralyzed teen excels in sports
1 year ago

Memphis woman reunites with sister's lost dog

After her sister died, Dee Morelli never gave up hope that her sister's dog would be found.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Memphis woman reunites with sister's lost dog