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>> congratulations. >> thank you. thank you so much. first and foremost i want to thank the amazing nine honorees i've been with. this journey has not been easy. i stand before you today a very broken woman. my life would never be the same since my son died but it's important that you know that broken people are still very much useful. we are very much useful.
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[cheers and applause] >> i want to thank my team once again. i want to thank perry meeks design because it's sparkling baby it's sparkling. i want to thank my twin sister sheila for her support and my five amazing living children danielle, rashon, delveon, mikasia and micah. you saved my life. and to my angel baby boy i would rather have him back than anything in the world. but i am a mother without a son and there are a lot of people in the street that are without a mother and i feel like it's a fair exchange. i'm here for them. thank you. thank you. thank you. [ applause ]
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>> wow. what a night. >> you can support all our honorees right now by going to cnn to donate. each donation will be matched dollar for dollar and if you know someone as amazing as tonight's honoree you can nominate them to be a cnn hero in 2022. >> we hope that some of these stories have inspired you to get involved and to do your part because you, too, can be somebody's hero. >> thank you so much for watching tonight. >> thank you. >> good night. >> thank you. [cheers and applause ] ♪ you got to believe to find the fire that's inside you ♪
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♪ you've got to believe ♪ xxxx not tonight. see this is that time of year when we show you in a futile gesture of desperation and optimism that we really are a wonderful world. tonight it's about feeling good. yeah. puppies and kittens. rainbows and sunshine. those hope-filled tingles in your toes, those teeming tears that come from this amazing and near extinct thing called joy. time to show you the best of humanity. so buckle up. got a lot of happiness to show you for the next two hours. and after that, probably a
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documentary about the opioid crisis or global warming. which one are we doing? opioids or global warming sf opioids. yes. i won 50 bucks. but for now, this is cnn heroes. >> from the american museum of natural history in new york city this is the 15th annual cnn heroes all star tribute. 15 years of celebrating every day people determined to make a difference in this world. please welcome your hosts for the evening, anderson cooper and kelly ripa. [cheers and applause] >> hello. >> hi. >> thanks so much. welcome to the 15th annual "cnn
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heroes all-star tribute" live from the american museum of natural history in new york. welcome to our viewers watching around the world. >> happy 15th anniversary, cnn heroes. [cheers and applause] >> our show is a full blown teenager. since 2007 we have received more than 100,000 viewer nominations. we profiled more than 350 heroes who have helped more than 55 million people from all 50 states and 110 countries. cnn heroes have inspired millions of people to volunteer in their communities, which is a true testament to the beauty and tenacity of the human spirit. now that is at work in the volunteers combing through the rubble searching for missing loved ones after tornadoes brought so much devastation and destruction to six states. >> urgent aid is needed for thousands of families. so you can go to
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to find ways that you can help. thank you so much. and thank you to everyone in the audience for being vaccinated and for even wearing masks when you're not eating or drinking. even the whale here is vaccinated. i don't know if you can see that. >> got a band-aid on it. >> little band-aid. >> tonight the heroes we're going to meet are resourceful, focused, generous. cnn has given each of our top ten heroes a global platform to share their work and $10,000 to help their work. later tonight one of the honorees will be named the 2021 cnn hero of the year and they'll receive an additional $100,000. >> wow. [cheers and applause] >> we are so grateful to all of the artists and entertainers who are here giving their time to help us honor all of their work. and for those of you watching, let us know what you think by tweeting using the #cnnheroes. you might see your tweet on the screen later on.
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now, let's get started. >> according to the u.s. department of housing and urban development the number of people experiencing homelessness surged nearly 600,000 in 2020. and in a 50-block radius in los angeles called skid row more than 4,600 people live in shelters and on the street. >> here to share our first hero's unforgettable woshrk is e star of "clause" an advocate for keeping kids safe in schools . >> the world is a tough place. always has been. ernst hemingway wrote, the world breaks everyone and after many are strong at the broken places. shirley raines is strong at her broken places.
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in 1990, she left her young son demetrius in the care of her grandmother. he found a bottle of prescription drugs, swallowed them, and a few days later he died just shy of his third birthday. soon after, shirley lost her grandmother and demetrius's father to cancer. she was broken, on the brink of homelessness, and thought about ending her life. then in 2017, she was asked to lend a hand at skid row. the moment that shirley stepped on that block, she found purpose for her pain. shirley started beauty 2 the streetz to provide food, clothes, sanitation products, hair, and makeup services and every saturday she goes to where most of us fear to tread. she gives people a hug, a hair cut, and maybe even a glorious red dye job.
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that's right. you can clap for that. [ applause ] with each act she pulls those fellow broken people close so they know that no matter how tough life gets, they are loved. >> the world looked at me and thought probably the same thing they think about the homeless passing by. nobody really knew what i'd been through, what i was going through. i think after my son died i had no control over a lot of things but i can control how long my eye lashes were. i can control the color of my hair. >> my wonder woman power is right here. >> make believe you're normal, shirley. make believe you're not falling apart on the inside, shirley. you know? then one day someone was like you want to go to church? i'm like, well, i ain't been there in forever. when i went to church someone
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was like hey you want to go feed the homeless with us? i went to skid row, like ah! this is where all the broken people are. i been looking for y'all all my life. i am broken just like them. >> that's makeup. that's hair. i'm like we got to give this spirit some cpr. >> yes i got a lot of wigs. i'll save you one queen. >> they started calling me the makeup lady. >> this is pretty right here. >> i never wanted to leave. i love them because i am them. >> good to see y'all! happy saturday, king. >> i dress them as kings and queens but not all queens live in castles. i've met a lot of kings and queens on the street. what you want, hair? hair cut? hair? okay. i was just on the verge of saying, you know what? i'm done. i give up. and a quick little hello and hug let me know there's hope. and people care. >> lay back on my hand. there you go. >> it is just being seen, being touched. being cared for. you want a facemask?
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yes. plants a little self-esteem in them so they feel like, okay. maybe no one knows i'm homeless because i have a fresh cut. >> i have pride. i have motivation. i'm just unfortunate to not be able to afford rent. being maintained allowed me to have a three-hour gig. that's from shirley's help. >> have a blessed day, queen. >> i'm not an angel, you know. i want my son back. he is the reason i do what i do. so when they say, they're broken. i am, too. they're like how did you get fixed? i'm not. i take prozac 20 mg every day. what the heck? i ain't fixed, child. i ain't fixed at all. come on, you guys. i need some energy. energy, people. energy. not going to lie to you and tell you things will be better now but what i am going to do is feed you while you're out here. what i am going to do is do your hair. what i am going to do is give you a hug, encourage you, and speak life into you. that's what i can do.
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that was mickey on the mic you guys. give her a hand. give her a hand. [cheers and applause] >> i don't know about anyone else in this room but i just fell in love with you, shirley girl. it is my honor to present the cnn hero, shirley raines. [ applause ] >> thank you guys so very much. thank you so very much. homelessness is a solitary
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experience. but with the support of our incredible social media family, we've created a community through the shared human experience of trying to find beauty in hardship. this mission started with me coloring hair, but my volunteers, my amazing team, the fighters for the world, and my lawyer, dana cisneros, helped expand our work. and what we've been able to do has truly colored my life. i'd like to thank the community of skid row for allowing us to share their stories with the world. we see you. we love you. this is for you, skid row. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> i love her so much. >> now, tonight not only are we celebrating our top ten heroes
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but we're also going to be honoring two young people who show us that age is never a factor when it comes to making the world a better place. we call them young wonders. >> our first young wonder is your knight in shining armor, especially if you've ever attempted a video chat with your parents or your grandparents and you spend the entire time looking at their ear or the ceiling. yeah. everyone, all of us. here to introduce us to his work is a champion for son of a saint, a mentoring program for fatherless boys in new orleans, the academy award winning and multiple grammy nominated artist, most recently for the album "we are." here is john battiste. maus plaus. >> hello.
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yes. you know, we all have a granny or a pop-pop or a bubby or mawmaw, pawpaw. you know, we got these names. they are just the best at sending us soulful birthday cards, coming to graduations or cheering us on at our big school musicals. but if you ask that same grandparent to venmo you some birthday cash or video chat with the kids after school they are going to look at the thing and they freeze up. what you want me to do with this, son? fearful of the unknown. jordan mittler, he won't have it. no, no. he loves his grandparents and all of ours. five years ago he started mittler senior technology to teach them how to use smart phones, attend virtual meetings, and how to spot scams. a whole lot of them. they've offered more than 200 classes, all taught by him and his team of teen volunteers.
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thanks to jordan our grannies, pop-pops, bubbys and all the rest can stay close and do what they do best, smother us with love. >> oh, how are you? >> my grandparents both have flip phones and i figured it was now time to bring them into this world of smart phones. go ahead and click on the magnifier, the little circle. i have to be honest it wasn't the easiest but i got them from stage one to a decent knowledge of technology. a small text like this. >> now i won't need that cataract operation. >> i kind of realized there must be a larger audience of seniors. obviously it's more helpful. you don't always have a computer with you. i put together the ten-lesson curriculum that covered what i kind of guessed to be the most crucial topics for a senior to know in the 21st century. >> hi, jordan.
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hi, team. >> hi everyone. the pandemic took a big hit on the senior population. >> is it complicated to know about effects? >> i couldn't just say i'll see you guys when this is all over. i hosted my first zoom class. >> guys, how would you add a third person to that call? >> scroll up. >> i decided to push out topics that i felt were absolutely crucial to know during the pandemic. so face time and online shopping became more important. >> add to cart. >> the act of a teen educating seniors makes the experience so much different. today we have educated over 2,000 seniors from ten different countries. ♪ >> that was outstanding. >> that was fun. the senior technology class and jordan opened up an entirely new world to me, personally. >> good to see you >> i can contact relatives all over the globe.
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love you. >> love you. >> i have instagram. >> so nice. >> facebook. oh, i'm having so much fun with it. it has absolutely changed my life. >> i really think it is the responsibility of every single teen to help them adapt to this whole new world of technology. take five minutes. take up the phone and call one of your grandparents. for you it's like a quick thing. but for them, that changes their life. >> thank you. >> bye! >> so great. >> jordan, it is fabulous what you're doing. i have a question for you. are all parents reachable would you say? >> i think so. even if your grandparents are not experts, many of them are not, send them a message. you could find them in person. there are many ways to contact them. >> you must have the patience of a saint.
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>> i did not start like that. it took time to get used to but i think it is something you develop. >> congratulations. it is amazing. >> well deserved. >> thank you so much. to learn more about jordan's story and all of our young wonders please go to cnn and don't forget to tell us what you think about jordan's work and our heroes by using #cnnheroes. thanks, jordan, so much. >> thanks, jordan. coming up, rachel brosnahan, christopher meloni, aloe blacc and more. proudly sponsored by subaru, more than a car company. and oue in giving back. that's why, in difficult times, we provided one hundred and fifty million meals to feeding america. and now through the subaru share the love event,
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welcome back. we are here at cnn heroes through the night. you can donate to any of our honorees by going to and clicking on the donate button or you can scan the qr code on your screen right now. and if you don't know what a qr code is, please enroll in one of jordan mittler's classes fast. there you go. very helpful. [ applause ] now my parents are like what's a qr code? there are so many ways to give and we're so grateful that gofundme is working with all of our heroes. >> our next hero has found a simple and ingenious way to clean up more than 8 million tons of plastic that pollute our oceans and waterways while at
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the same time ensuring the thousands of people are fed during the pandemic. to share his story is the emmy winning star of the marvelous mrs. maisel and champion for covenant house which provides immediate care for young people experiencing homelessness. please welcome rachel brosnahan. [ applause ] >> in 2020 the pandemic started its lethal spread across the world and arrived in bali, indonesia. he closed the doors to his restaurant and rest of the city shuttered and he worried. the jobless were now going hungry. the livelihoods that brought the world to the island's natural wonders were devastated. the trash and plastics were piling up. the farmers were overwhelmed with countless pounds of unsold rice. each was the cause for despair but he found possibility. he thought what if?
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janur thought what if families can collect plastic, bring it in, and exchange it for rice? may of 2020 he launched plastic exchange which is now in 200 villages collecting nearly 300 tons of plastic. janur's work shows us even in the darkest of times there is always the possibility to work together to heal our one and only home. >> we have wisdom in bali which is three ways to achieve happiness. number one is the harmonious connection human to god. secondly human to human. and the last one is a connection human to the environment. so that's how we reach happiness. this really breaks my heart when i see this plastic everywhere.
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we don't have the habit yet on how to handle the plastic after we use it. i always like this phrase. inside of the challenge there is an opportunity. what i am aiming for is to educate people through action. so the community collect and separate the plastic from their house and then they go to the rice paddy, the beach, to the river, and then there is plastic exchange that is set up in that community. picking up plastic is cool thing to do. and people have fun with it. and people not feeling embarrassed about it. and now almost picking up plastic is sexy. in a plastic exchange people just get into it.
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the vibe is so high, so vibrant. you can feel it. old people, younger people. in many villages that we have this plastic exchange going for one year now, it's almost hard to find plastic in the environments because now they really dispose plastic properly. and look at how clean the gutter, free of plastic. the most important thing is this has become the habit. and really that always bring tears to my eyes. i want to make this island clean. i want to make the people in here prosper. i see the smile in their face. i see they can provide for their families. and we can do this in every community. my goal is to really spread this movement from island to island to asia and to the whole world.
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[ applause ] >> please join me in honoring cnn hero, made janur yasa. [ applause ] >> wow. i swam from bali to here. [ laughter ] so this award give recognition to the core value that underpin the plastic exchange. dignity, prosperity, environment. our deepest gratitude goes out to bali community, villagers,
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event organizer, volunteers, donors, and all of you over here. thank you. in bali we call it -- [ speaking in other language ] [ applause ] >> why don't we all live in bali? it looks nice. >> oh, it does. >> in 2018 the university of michigan issued a report on formerly incarcerated individuals and found that 80% earned less than $15,000 in their first year out of prison and nearly half of federal inmates re-offended after being released. >> our next hero used his own experience to help other formerly incarcerated men and women rebuild their lives. his program is so successful less than 1% have reoffended.
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here to tell his story is the star of "law and order-organized crime" christopher meloni. [ applause ] >> good evening. we are not our worst mistakes. let me say that again. we are not our worst mistakes. we all make them. because we're all human. hector guadalupe is no different. he lost both parents by the time he was 15. at 23, he was sentenced to ten years to life for distributing cocaine. when he spent 31 months in solitary confinement surrounded by darkness and cement walls, he decided to rebuild his life. he got fit in mind and body, found focus in the prison gym, and became a certified trainer. when he was released he pounded new york city's pavement for nearly a year until he got a job
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at a gym. when he met other newly released inmates, who were struggling, he supported them to become trainers and he launched a second you foundation. now since 2017, he's provided more than 200 graduates with a path to a successful career showing themselves and the world that that they are the walking, breathing, hope and promise of a transformed life on the march. >> when i got out of prison i was literally at every corporate health club trying to get a job. nobody was calling me back. and i knew why. but i didn't give up. >> come on, come on. stay strong. >> eight, nine months later i then got a job. and that was like everything to me. i felt like i was part of society, which is something that
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we all should have an opportunity to do, right? i started doing time shortly after my mother passed away when i was like 15. by the time i came home, i gave the system half my life. the people that are home taking care of their family, making a living, those are the people that i wanted to try to be like. >> you have to give yourself a chance at this. at a second u foundation we want to give you your second chance at life. you can't be scared to fail. so these men and women are taught everything you could think on bone structure and blood flowing to the heart, talking about coronary circulation. >> like learning a new language. >> i knew how to work out but i didn't know the science behind everything. >> how many ways can you -- >> the program was intense. >> there you go. you got it. >> after i graduated the program, he got me hired at an
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elite gym and i did my thing. >> they start at $35 an hour. they top out at $80 an hour. full corporate benefits. that goes a long way. >> bend that back knee some. a little lower. >> i used everything he taught me and since the pandemic i have my own fitness company. i owe a lot to hector. he pretty much helped my hand without holding my hand. >> nice to meet you. >> hector's whole approach with us is to maximize our potential. that you're not what you got convicted of. that's not you. >> when you provide people with livable wages, they are able to be productive members of society. that's what we're here for, to support each other in that journey. >> look at that belly. >> yeah. almost there. >> you can only imagine how many kids are going to be fed and taken care of now without a worry. that's why second chances are
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important. [ applause ] >> please join me in honoring cnn hero hector guadalupe. >> first i got to say, brooklyn we did it. we're here. but as i accept this award tonight i am truly still faced with the reality of being denied opportunities because of the mistakes i've made in my past. but i was lucky that i was given a second chance. most aren't. most haven't even received their first chance. so join us, join our community, and help us fight mass incarceration while uplifting returning citizens through education, career placement, and
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entrepreneurship. let's do this work together, because everyone has and deserves a second chance. thank you so much. [ applause ] up next on cnn heroes, westside story's rachel zegler. and we'll honor a hero who will help you feel in love. the 15th annual cnn heroes all-star tribute is proudly sponsored by novartis. it really hurt. then i started cosentyx. that was four years ago. how are you? see me. cosentyx works fast to give you clear skin that can last. real people with psoriasis look and feel better with cosentyx. don't use if you're allergic to cosentyx. before starting get checked for tuberculosis. an increased risk of infections - some serious-
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come true for me. >> the largest equine rescue in the world. >> currently we have 44 that live in our center. >> we are a nonprofit that provides service dogs to veterans, first responders, kids. >> we've really created a movement to really let people know how worthy senior dogs are. [ applause ] >> work it out. work it out on the dance floor. >> that's what this is for. >> welcome back to "cnn heroes." the state of maine has more than 2500 miles of coast line. it is home to one of our most beloved marine mammals the puppy dogs of the sea. seals. >> seals. >> i did not know they were called the puppy dogs of the sea. >> well you're the only one. >> apparently so. their greatest threat, however, is us, our fishing lines, boat
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propellers, and all the selfies people take with seal pups which actually cause the mothers to then abandon them sometimes. >> i get it. i get it. it's hard to stay away when they are that cute. that is adorable. >> but as cute as they are we all need to leave them alone. >> and if they're injured, call the professionals for help like our next hero. here to tell us her story is a supporter of the international rescue committee and one of the stars of the upcoming movie "downtown abbey a new era" and the new "law and order." >> if we're lucky sometimes we just know what we're supposed to do with our lives. lynda doughty is one of those lucky souls. she was always drawn to everything about the sea. the water, dolphins, whales,
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seals. she knew she wanted to spend her life protecting it. she became a marine biologist and worked in a number of organizations caring for animals in trouble. after many closed or lost funding she formed her own -- marine mammals of maine. she created a 24-hour hotline for the public to report injured animals, and she and her team have received thousands of calls, mostly for seals, who receive around-the-clock care at her state-of-the-art facility. when they're healthy, she returns them home. home where they can do what they've been put on this earth to do, keep our oceans beautiful, magical, and strong. >> what i love about seals is they really look similar to dogs. and they also really are charismatic. it's really neat to see them in
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their natural environment. they're very curious in general. good morning miss 264. we have animals that may have an injury. pup abandonment, malnourishment. the biggest threat to these animals is human impacts. so he's on fluid therapy today to try to break up some of the pneumonia that he has. she's not ready for release yet. she came in with really heavy respiratory case. i couldn't even hear air passing through her lungs at all. now a few months later she's eating really well. she's gained a lot of weight. and she's doing so much better. taking on caring for these animals, it's really 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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over two pounds of fish coming for you. oh, you were ready. you're always thinking how best to do right by these animals. and what can i do better? what are you looking at? and even when i'm not at the center i'm always thinking, is this animal fine? do we need to go back? you guys ready for today? you guys know you're going back to the ocean? so any seal that we rescue, the ultimate goal is for that animal to be released back into the ocean. the majority of our time is spent teaching these animals what they should be doing in the wild. we release them. we're hoping we prepared them exactly for that. oh, you're so adorable. five, four, three, two, one!
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in now 20 years of doing this which seems like i just started yesterday and the feeling has not changed for me. i love it now more than ever. yay! [ applause ] i feel this intense responsibility to help these animals and, really, this is what i was put on this earth to do. [ applause ] >> please join me in honoring cnn hero lynda doughty. [ applause ] >> so exciting. thank you. the seals are pretty cute, aren't they? marine mammals of maine was created to be a voice for these animals that cannot ask for help themselves.
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i want to thank cnn and bring awareness to the ones who are sick, injured, and abandoned. many people are unaware of the dangers they face not only in maine but around the world. they are a vital signal of our ocean health and with your help we'll be able to continue to speak loudly not only locally but globally through response, care, education, and research. i want to thank you for your support and your kindness. thank you. [ applause ] >> colombia is a remarkable country but for more than 50 years has been consumed with conflict and violence. the fighting has made the country with one of the largest numbers of internally displaced people in the world. it has pushed many indigenous people and small farmers into rural areas and extreme poverty for generations. >> to share our next hero's work is a champion for no kid hungry
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and one of the stars of the new adaptation of "westside story" please welcome rachel zegler. [ applause ] >> thank you. sometimes we have to go thousands of miles from home in order to find our life's calling. jenifer colpas graduated from college in colombia and landed a great job in the tech industry in india. while there, she encountered extreme poverty everywhere. it made her think of all the people back home in the rural areas who lacked the basics -- clean water, power, and sanitation. and so she returned home and later co-founded gratitude to the earth. by truck, by donkey, and by foot she and her young team travel to villages to connect solar panels, install water filtration
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systems, and build safe toilets and showers. so far jennifer has reached 43 communities helping more than 10,000 people feel connected to the world, lifting people out of extreme poverty with ingenuity, kindness, and grace. [ speaking in other language ] >> these areas are so remote that there is no road to get there. nobody goes there. but we are going there to provide them the essentials. clean energy, safe water, and sanitation. tierra grata means gratitude to
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the earth. the families use candles, gasoline lamps. they were spending lots of money. and their health was negatively impacted. we put solar panels on their homes. the micro filtration process takes out elements that can make people sick. so they can cook and they can drink safe water. the eco toilets are made by recyclable plastic. with our eco toilet you don't need to flush with water. every time you poop you are going to add saw dust. we also provide a shower that is like a complete hygiene solution.
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a very important part are our guardians, our main partners within the community. we are working with women because for us it is very important to empower them and to re-signify them inside the community so they will be not just social leaders but problem solvers. my biggest dream is that they can wake up not just to survive but they can make a step further and start fulfilling their dreams. [ applause ] >> it is my honor to present cnn hero, jenifer colpas. [ applause ]
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>> living with a light, a toilet, drink of a water, living without that, it is not living. it is surviving. the families are suffering. but their stories inspired me to take action. no matter what problems they face they never give up. they are resilient. i invite you to join the mission of tierra grata. let's continue to bring dignity and opportunities to every single family in latin america. i know and i'm sure we can do this together. gracias. [ applause ] >> for the men and women who
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protect and serve the capitol january 6th likely began as any other day. they put on their uniforms, took their kids to school, kissed their loved ones good-bye. it was supposed to be a quiet, ceremonial day certifying the 2020 election. but there were those who had other plans. those who led a rally fueled with misinformation and lies that the election had been stolen. and those in the crowd who heard those words and then marched down pennsylvania avenue emboldened with weapons, anger, and a determination to halt the business of the nation. they stormed the capitol and did the unthinkable. using tasers, chemical sprays, pipes, baseball bats, flag poles, anything they could get their hands on. they attacked the police they claimed they supported. the insurrectionists flooded inside, desecrating symbols of our democracy, while capitol officers heroically guided our elected leaders, their staffers,
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and many others to safety. for four hours officers of the west terrace doors held their position and likely prevented thousands more from entering and doing harm. because of what they did during those hours, we'll never again take for granted the peaceful transfer of power. january 6th will live on in history as a testament to the strength of our republic, thanks to the courage, resilience, and valor displayed by the extraordinary women and men who honored their oath to protect and serve. [ applause ] >> five people died in the attack on the capitol and in the days that followed. hundreds were injured. four officers have since died by suicide. for those who stood their ground for this nation and have sacrificed so much we humbly thank you. >> please join us in honoring all of the officers who defended democracy on january 6th and please welcome to the stage four of these heroes.
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welcome back to "cnn heroes." as kelly will attest and she often tells me i am not exactly great at expressing feelings. >> that is not true. you just smiled like just now. >> just like a human being. >> yeah just like a human being. have you ever tried expressing your feelings through art? >> i'm not very good at that either. >> that's not true. maybe you should try it. try a little art class once in a while. art is powerful. okay. >> so they tell me. >> just ask our next young wonder. to tell us all about her wonderful work is the multi grammy nominee and founder of
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the found your light foundation which is dedicated to ensuring every child can experience a quality arts education is none other than josh groban. [ applause ] >> our kids are in crisis, and just at the time that our kids need art to help them express their difficult feelings in a positive way, those classes are being cut left and right. chelsea is on a mission to change this. she knows how the power of art can heal one's heart. when she was younger she lost her grandfather. to deal with the grief she did what she knew how to do to express her love. she drew him a picture. she drew it and she folded it up and she put it in his pocket when she said good-bye at his service. when she learned that so many kids didn't have the tools to do the same, she started chelsea's
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charity. she wants young people to be able to create, to create something beautiful, to ease the crisis of our times, and to find a way to process their pain and reconnect to their hopes and joys. >> when i start painting or drawing, i feel really tranquil, calm, everything is right with the world. >> chelsea had experienced loss of loved ones and some pretty rough bullying moments. those were definitely times where she learned that art could really help her overcome some of the sadness she was experiencing. >> i was like oh, well this helped me. maybe it could help other people. >> it's supposed to be like 200 in there. >> oh, okay. >> chelsea's charity gives art kits to children in homeless shelters, foster care agencies, hospitals, schools, gifts to veterans. just some people who might need a little extra art in their lives. >> i'll have a pencil please. >> every kid is different just
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like every kit is different. we usually have the basics like crayons, markers, and paint. >> wow. >> my name is chelsea. as you guys know i have some very awesome art kits for you guys. yay! >> my favorite thing that i get to do is live distributions because i really get to interact with the kids. very cool. chelsea's charity has distributed over 20,000 art kits. before we start i just want to state one thing. art is your own. it depends on what you want to see and how you want to see it. this is really fun watching the kids learn how to create their own drawings, learn how to make their art unique. >> she wants to spread so much love and to see it received so well it warms my heart honestly >> i love art because it's colorful >> i love art because i can
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share with people. >> i love art because it makes me happy >> i give them the freedom of expression so they can express themselves in whatever way they want to positively. i think all kids should know it doesn't matter what age you are. everyone can make a difference. [ applause ] >> so i'm here with chelsea. you really are so -- you are magic. period. now, here's my question. i understand that you experienced some bullying at school and you immediately wanted to buy your bully some art supplies. can you tell me why that is? >> well, it went against my better judgment but i had grown up in a christian environment and going to the church i was learning, i was taught to love my neighbors and even if somebody wronged you everyone does deserve a second chance, which has been mentioned several times today. so i realized that my bully was
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going through a lot of stuff, afterwards, so i was like, oh, geez. i decided to give them an art kit and, yeah. i guess that was pretty much it. i actually became friends with my bully afterwards because we were like, okay. i'm sorry i did that. and now we're friends in school and it's a lot of fun now. >> well, you are an exceptional young woman. that is why you're a young wonder. definitely. [ applause ] look at that. to learn more about chelsea's story and all of our young wonders, please go to cnn heroes do com. thank you, chelsea. >> thank you. >> over the years no organization has been a greater supporter of our efforts than subaru, which has generously sponsored -- it's true --
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change overnight. you have to have the will power and determination to want it to change. >> this is a nonprofit organization that supports women and children who live in extreme poverty here at southeast michigan but also around the world. >> you want this one rolled up, too? >> covid taught us that people are extremely vulnerable. the cnn hero and subaru grant gave us a sense of financial security from which we could build. and subaru, they really care about the family. because when you have a single mom if that mom falls, two, three, four other people are falling right behind her. >> i was having a very hard time finding work during the pandemic. i'm a mother of two. they've been through a lot with me. >> rising hope bakery is where we're taking our clients who are getting trained in the vocational training and culinary arts. >> hello. >> i am a complete graduate
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student from the culinary program and i do plan to open my own restaurant eventually. i'm really appreciative because that one phone call changed everything. >> i kept thinking about what happens if we can train and then employ? what would happen to that family if we could hire them at a living wage? not only do you break the cycle of poverty but you actually break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. >> it feels wonderful to be the first employee. i feel like i'm part of something big. and that's so rewarding. >> welcome back to "cnn heroes." you know that subaru is matching all of your donations to all of our top ten cnn heroes, so go to, click on the donate button, or scan the qr
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code on the screen. do it now. and, please, support our incredible honorees. >> since covid hit, the virus has disproportionately affected communities of color. tackling a long history of medical abuse, neglect, institutional racism by building trust, our next hero has helped the city of philadelphia achieve one of the highest vaccination rates in the country for people of color. >> joining us to tell her extraordinary story is the director of the national institute of allergy and infectious diseases and the chief medical adviser to the president, dr. anthony fauci. >> 40 years ago in a poor part of philly a young girl had a mighty dream. ala stanford would stand in front of a mirror and pretend the extension cord around her neck was a stethescope and the bed sheet draped on her shoulders was a medical coat. she'd say, hi.
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my name is dr. ala stanford. how are you today? in spite of many odds, her teenage parents taught her that the word can't didn't exist. and she became a top pediatric surgeon. when covid-19 started killing people in the black community, she refused to let those poor parts of philly down. she started the black doctors covid-19 consortium to test and eventually vaccinate people. they have tested and vaccinated more than 75,000 people. the trust she built is why it all worked. even when she herself got covid she never stopped listening and leading because she always carries the community with her. she knows what her work and presence mean to the younger girls and boys standing in front of their mirrors. you can be a doctor caring for patients saving lives and bringing dignity and decency to all in the middle of a horrific pandemic.
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>> these are extraordinary times. a national emergency. >> 96% of people are now under stay at home orders. >> if anyone out there believes it is not going to get worse, you are simply mistaken. >> after the pandemic started, african americans were dying at a rate greater than any other group in philadelphia. they were keeping the city and the country running. but wherever black people were, the one thing that was tough to come by was testing. those who are most vulnerable, they need to have the support. so i jumped in. i got all the ppe from my office. i got testing kits. my mom rented a van. that was it. we were intentional from the very beginning about the mission. the first day we did a dozen tests. the second time we did about 150. and the third time, there were 500 people lined up before we started. the positivity rate was 1 in 4, but we had to earn the trust of
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the people. >> i'll put my hand on your shoulder. okay? ready? >> i honestly thought that by july we would be out of business. but there was no end in sight. >> we are at esperanza, which means hope. we went to community centers, to churches, to mosques, street corners, then january we started vaccinating. i don't want to send any vaccine back to the refrigerator. i want people to receive it. there was all this narrative, black people don't want the vaccine. but they were lined up. this is philly. there's no snow that is going to keep us away. we vaccinated over 4,000 people in a 24-hour period. >> mom? i have the doctor here. >> we started home vaccination. all i have to do is do a shot in your arm. >> okay. >> okay? >> honestly the atmosphere when we vaccinate is joy.
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we have vaccinated more than 50,000 people. >> yes. and she's smiling. 82% people of color. >> dr. stanford is doing a great job looking out for the black community. she's looking out for our community. >> when i see people getting vaccinated, i can say, job well done. you earned the trust. i love philadelphia. and so i could not allow one additional life to be lost when i knew that i could do something about it. >> it is my honor to present cnn hero, dr. ala stanford. [ applause ]
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>> 22 months ago, our organization did not exist. this was not my job. we need a national model with our health care, resources for mass vaccination, testing centers, and basic preventative care must be consistent not just during a public health crisis but always. we have to bring care to people where they work and live and play. it shows them that we understand and live by the oath of first do no harm. i am committed to equity, to save lives, and livelihoods, and welcome your support in this
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mission. covid has taught us much. but when one person is healthy, we are all better for it. thank you and god bless you. [ applause ] >> next on "cnn heroes" the legendary lynda carter. the 15th annual cnn heroes all-star tribute is brought to you by rocket mortgage. need to know what it takes for a home loan to fit your budget and family? rocket can. >> if you're having any problems, please contact me and let me know. >> you just have to ask for a little help because a little goes a long way.
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residing here? >> the food. >> i'm really proud of our community and how we all were able to keep moving forward. >> yes. >> with our veterans. >> when you get that phone call from the vet and they tell you, hey. i appreciate what you guys have done for me, you know. that's what keeps me going. >> every case worker has said it here today. you see somebody get housed, that's how we know we can end this thing even if it's one person at a time. >> we can do it. >> we just have a little something here to share with everybody to thank you. >> this time last year i was sleeping on the floor. now me and my daughter are in our home. i just want to say thank you to all of you that decided to see me >> i got an apartment. i got a job. i ain't got no worries no more. thank you very much for everything. >> the work of any veteran homelessness will be here until every veteran is housed.
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that's when we rest. until then, it's work. and with partners like rocket mortgage, it's making it a whole lot easier. welcome back to "cnn heroes." in the united states there are nearly 14 million people who have lost their husband, their wife, or their partner. they struggle with the grief, the loss of identity, and just getting through every day tasks. >> to tell us about our next hero's organization that works to end their isolation is a wonder woman who experienced the loss of her beloved husband of 37 years, robert altman. she is a proud supporter and on the advisory board of the future smithsonian american women's history museum and we'll see her
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again in "wonder woman 3." please welcome lynda carter. [ applause ] >> thank you. thank you very much. in 2005, phil hernandez and his 100 watt smile went out for a bike ride on a beautiful california afternoon. it was a sport that he and his wife michele neff hernandez loved to do. that day michele happened to be staying home. she kissed him good-bye and he rode off. soon after, she received the call. he's been hit by a car. come quick. she traveled in the ambulance with him and was there when they
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pronounced him dead. she was grief-stricken, stunned. she didn't know what to do about his things, what to do about his car, what do you do? what's normal? she felt alone in the struggle to understand her new life, so michele began reaching out to other widows and in 2008 she started soaring spirits. she offers a connection to the disconnected through widow packets filled with valuable information and runs three day weekends called camp widow, organizes support groups, one-on-one pen pals, and covid-19 -- with covid-19 ongoing virtual programs. she's brought together a
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community of more than 4 million. we now know that during these times how devastating the loss of a loved one is, and she found a community that understands just how difficult it really is to live without the love of your life. >> he was like the glue in our family. if he was around, everything was going to be okay. this is our youngest boy at his wedding. march 24th, 2020, my husband walked like a soldier into the hospital. the doctor called me and told me that my husband did have the covid. sometimes i'd just go sit in the parking lot just to be close to him. because they would not let me
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in. and on april 13th they told me he was gone. i miss him so badly. grand kids miss their papa. i can't describe the devastation, the loneliness. i needed someone to understand what it was like to be widowed. >> initially you imagine the worst day is the day they die. and the truth is that living without them is the hard part. but you have to make your way through. my husband, phil, died on august 31st of 2005. every single thing about my life changed. thank you for being here and showing up for each other. once i found a community of widowed people and realized the power of it, i felt this calling to be able to offer it to other people. you asked me how i am and i'll tell you. i'm lousy. you don't say i'm good because
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you're not. >> what we do is offer the opportunity for people to heal in community. to rebuild your own space with people around you who make you feel like living through widowhood is possible. >> without you guys, i wouldn't be where i am today. i was able to go back to work. >> when covid hit, they needed someone who would understand on a micro level the things that were difficult and unique about the covid-19 death. i don't even want to think about what it would have been like without it. it saved my life so i'm thankful for it. >> i don't even know what phil would think about all of what i've created except to say that he always believed in me. it's been an incredible experience to build an organization that is in large part because he loved me so well. [ applause ]
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>> please join me in honoring cnn hero, michele neff hernandez. [ applause ] >> thank you. grief support doesn't feel important until it's personal. we meet survivors where they are and help them make space for their grief in a society uncomfortable with mourning. when widowed people grieve at their own pace, integrate their person's love into their daily lives, and gain the support of a community, they not only survive tragic circumstances but thrive. the work of soaring spirits shapes real life heroes every
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single day. we're so proud of all of them. our whole world is grieving. we have to see it and embrace it in order to heal it. thank you. [ applause ] >> in 2018 dr. larry nassar was sentenced up to 175 years in prison after more than 150 women and girls said he sexually abused them over the past two decades. >> the impact statements before his sentencing lasted seven days as heroic and courageous women stepped forward. but that moment wasn't the last in the pursuit of justice. >> the first complaints about
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dr. nassar were filed at the fbi's field office in indianapolis in july, 2015. those complaints were buried. they sat with the fbi for more than a year, allowing at least 70 other women and girls to be abused. se on september 15th of this year, four champions raised their right hands to speak truth to power. simone biles, mikalay moroni, ali raisman, and maggie nichols. >> they shared their stories and lived it again, detailing the abuse. >> how much is a little girl worth? >> they demanded the fbi be held accountable for their neglect, which caused so much pain. they spoke with courage, conviction, and were true role models for us all. stating once again that enough is enough.
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welcome back to "cnn heroes." in the united states one in five children has attention disorder or other learning disorders like dyslexia like i do. but many go undiagnosed and become frustrated. 50% of students with a learning difference wind up in the juvenile justice system. >> some call it a learning difference or disability. for my son joaquin and our
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family we called his dyslexia and blessing because through the remediation in his school he's not only become an incredible student but it's made all of his other skills that much stronger. there is no one size fits all to learning. so many of us need extra guidance or different tools to learn. david fink was one of those students. he acted out. he got kicked out of five schools. when he and his desk were banished to an empty hallway a john tore took notice. he played chess with david and that simple human connection made all the difference. >> after david received the proper diagnosis he thrived and went to an ivy league university where he co-founded eye to eye a mentoring program that connects high school and college student who also have learning differences with middle school students. there are 150 chapters in schools in 23 states lifting thousands of kids up and through
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the magic of art they bond over pipe cleaners and construction paper and an ability to embrace our differences and see one another eye to eye. >> i remember fondly really loving school and that feeling ended probably first or second grade. i didn't know that i have dyslexia, that i had adhd. i could either be the dumb kid or i could be the bad kid. instead of sitting there and feeling dumb i just started acting out. they would say, dave. we think it would be best for you and all of us if you went to the hallway to finish that assignment. at one point literally my desk was moved to the hallway. i had this message sent to me that i didn't belong in the classroom. but despite challenges, i made it. i felt like people had invested
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in me and now i had a responsibility to go give back. every time i walk into a classroom it fills me with joy. tell me about drawing. you just know that about yourself. that's great. eye to eye provides a safe space that is constructed around what's right with kids so they can talk about their experiences. >> people think about me like i'm dumb. no, i'm just unique. everybody is unique in their own ways. if you think about it. >> today's project. so we'll be thinking of things that help us in the classroom and out of the classroom. >> i definitely click more with the girls that are a little bit reserved and shy. you could do it like this and have the thing like this. >> i like that idea.
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for me, i was kind of ashamed and that led to me being super self-conscious and shy. do you get scared during tests or nervous or no? >> i have anxiety >> i shake a lot. >> yeah that happens to me sometimes. i want them to know that just because the accommodations they need, it shouldn't prevent them from pursuing something they're passionate about. >> i'm not alone. they taught me to always ask if you need help. don't be scared. they're not going to bite you. >> i put water. should say hydrogen. >> amazing. >> i'm outgoing. i'm funny. i always fight through a lot of stuff every day but i get through it. >> people's hearts sing when they're seen. our mentors are so good at just seeing their kids. and sharing their stories selflessly. my moment i am wishing for is
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when the problem of stigmatizing kids because they learn differently goes away. i want them to know their brains are beautiful and that they can do it. >> it is my honor to present cnn hero david flink. [ applause ] >> wow. to receive this honor at this time is momentous for students with learning disabilities. as you've heard, i am someone who is proudly dyslexic and adhd. whether you are part of the 20% that has an invisible disability like me or the 80% who are allies, we need 100% of us to rethink our approach to supporting young people with
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learning disabilities. tonight we further the fight to combat ablism. cnn, thank you for giving us a platform to share the story of what is right with people with learning disabilities. [ applause ] all brains are beautiful. >> for more than a decade now nigeria has been faced with conflicts, primarily because of one of the world's deadliest terrorist organizations called boko haram. since the violence erupted between them and the nigerian government millions of people have been displaced. tens of thousands of people murdered. and 1400 schools destroyed. to share our next hero's incredible work is a champion for the black and missing foundation which focuses on finding missing persons of color and one of the stars of "saturday night live" and "love life."
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[ applause ] >> education promotes peace especially the kind rooted in truth, where knowledge is shared as a path to better understanding and respect. this is the life's work of zannah mustapha. he grew up benefited by the bright light of a good education and became a lawyer. he worked hard and wanted to ensure the orphans in his town had the same opportunities to grow and thrive. in 2007, he opened the future prowess islamic foundation school. that first year, there were 36 orphans learning to add and subtract and marvel at the wonders of science. as the fighting between boko haram and the nigerian military escalated, zannah opened his arms wider, welcoming all orphans no matter their family's side in the conflict.
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today he educates more than 860 orphans. he provides boys and girls uniforms, books, health care, and manages acres of farmland to teach skills and feed them. in a region overcome with atrocities, he and his schools are the lamp post of hope, lighting the way for a new generation empowered with knowledge and respect and the tools to promote peace. >> we have children who don't even know their second name. their tribe, children who are not even part of the war. you have to give them courage. you give them hope. we don't mind where you are from, what is your ethnicity. gender does not matter.
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you find two of the population in this school are girls. how do we heal. how do we come together? that is where we are accepted. i am a peace builder. they see themselves as being friends, brothers. there is much counseling. there is much play >> i feel i have lost something being an orphan. the first thing they did was give me the confidence to feel i can have a say. >> if you can be the leaders of tomorrow, you have to start showing leadership examples now. >> the kids from military background and civilians, some from the boko haram background. all of us have a different idea from what our parents have. >> what is it? >> a, b, c. >> it is unique.
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to bring harmonious working relationships between all parts of society. by the time i come to school, i see the faces of these children and how these children start dreaming, it gives me the hope that still there is a light at the end of the tunnel. >> there is a view that a girl child is not supposed to be at school. i always disagree and say there is a missing link in that. i want to be the first aeronautic engineer in my own town and state and country. to feel i have the right to speak with the president of nigeria and tell him i have a problem and he has to solve it. >> we are in a community where every segment of the society has
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been ravaged. what keeps me going is the resilience of these children. it keeps my dream alive. >> please join me in honoring cnn hero zannah mustapha. [ applause ] >> it is with deep pride and abiding sense of humility that i wish to accept this award. to my nine wonderful co-honorees i adore your courage. these acts of love and kindness
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heal the whole of humanity. finally i thank god. i thank the students. may god bless and crown your effort. thank you. [ applause ] >> next, a salute to a hero saving women's lives. later, we'll reveal your choice for cnn hero of the year. the 15th annual cnn heroes all-star tribute is brought to you by fidelity wealth management. planning effect. this is how it feels to know you have a wealth plan that covers everything that's important to you. this is what it's like to have a dedicated fidelity advisor looking at your full financial picture. making sure you have the right balance of risk and reward.
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we are back with cnn heroes.
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one of the things so many people look forward to every year on this show is our young wonders like the two you met here tonight. >> so back in 2007, we honored a young wonder whose name was ryan hurljack and his name is still ryan hurljack. take a look. >> hi. i want to provide clean water for everyone in the world. >> when he was in first grade ryan learned that far too many people around the world lack access to safe drinking water and that many were getting sick and dying. he decided to raise money to build a well in uganda. >> ryan's well. funded by ryan h. >> he started ryan's well foundation. in ten years he helped build 260 wells in 12 countries, reaching more than 435,000 people.
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today the work goes on in ryan's name with more than 1500 clean water and sanitation projects completed providing clean water access to more than 1.1 million people. ryan remind us that one person can truly make a difference and that age is no barrier to change ing the world. so ryan is here. he is now 30 years old, and executive director of the thriving ryan's well foundation. ryan? thanks so much. [ applause ] >> ryan, you really are an inspiration. oh, my goodness. >> i feel old. yeah. >> so you are such an inspiration to so many of us
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here and so is our next hero. more than 350,000 women around the world die every year from cervical cancer, which is nearly 100% preventible with screening and early treatment. >> so joining us to share how our next hero works to prevent women from unnecessarily dying from this disease is the champion for aspca and make-a-wish foundation and one of the stars of the new "star wars" series. [ applause ] >> about ten years ago a team of doctors and nurses took a bus to a village outside of dakar, senegal. dr. patricia gordon had spent 27 years as a radiation oncologist in beverly hills, california. she was on this humanitarian trip to install a new machine. she had researched that there was an epidemic of cervical cancer in the region and brought along a simple kit to screen women just in case there were
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delays with the machine. there were. and as fate would have it, eight women needed immediate care. but the equipment she needed to freeze away the precancerous cells was nowhere to be found. undeterred, dr. gordon macgyvered the hell out of that moment. she searched for hours to find a cro tank, cryo gun and a local hardware store for a critical part and then she saved those eight women. soon after she started curecervicalcancer. dr. gordon trains local health care workers to screen and treat in their communities and provides the necessary equipment all contained in a suitcase. her clinics are now in ethiopia, kenya, tanzania, vietnam, and haiti. they have saved thousands of lives all because she felt the impulse to do more and acted on it with nothing short of her full heart and soul.
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>> my family is riddled with cancer. my mother, my mother's mother. my mother's sister. my cousin. can you locate the lesions on the cervix? i was really drawn to oncology. now you're ready to do it. i really wanted to be that person that could help others. >> free cervical cancer screening. treat for free of charges >> i was shocked when i learned women are dying an undignified, painful, bloody death all over the world. they call it the bleeding death. >> i lost an auntie who died of cervical cancer. i was found to have precancer cells. i was like i don't want to die now. i don't want to leave my child. dr. gordon. she has
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>> within a day, we can literally save 20, 30 lives depending on the number of women we screen. this is everything you need to screen and treat a patient. we bring in these big suitcases. we teach local health care professionals the see and treat technique. sure enough, there's the cervix. at the end of the week of training, we pack up that suitcase and give it to the nurses that are going back to their clinics. most of the women that we treat live about an hour and a half to two hour walk from the clinic. >> my friend died. for my kids, i decided to come. and maybe have a taste. >> i'm starting to see some dense, white, opaque, chalky lesions. >> i made the right decision.
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because i was found positive. >> there are 8,000 women who are alive and well and able to provide for their families is honestly the most rewarding thing that i could have ever imagined in my life. she's been screened. she's negative. she has a clean bill of health. when i'm on program, i am right where my feet are. i feel so grounded. it's an out of body experience. i'm just doing the job that i'm supposed to do. i think i'm the luckiest doctor that ever lived. [ applause ] >> please join me in honoring cnn hero dr. patricia gordon. [ applause ] ♪ ♪
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>> thank you cnn for this honor and thank you to those who have heard our story and want to help save the lives of women around the world. no woman should die from a painful, undignified death that's nearly 100% preventable. yet cervical cancer claims the lives of hundreds of thousands of women every year. that's a lot of mothers and sisters. most live in overlooked regions of the world. this award is for them, the forgotten women. we have so much work to do. so join us.
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let the women who have suffered and the women we will save know that we are there for them. thank you. [ applause ] >> now, please don't go away, because we have more to come. >> coming up next, a powerful performance by music sensation ela black, celebrating our heroes. >> and the moment you've all been waiting for. we will announce our 2021 cnn hero of the year. so stick around. you don't want to miss it. (vo) for fourteen years, subaru and our retailers have been sharing the love with those who need it most. now subaru is the largest automotive donor
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to make-a-wish and meals on wheels. and the largest corporate donor to the aspca and national park foundation. get a new subaru during the share the love event and subaru will donate two hundred and fifty dollars to charity. [vocalizing] [sound of dental machine] open here you go buddy. thank you. ah, thank you. have a good one. you too. [singing] happy birthday you may kiss the bride. [cheering and clapping] [cheering] ♪ good job. we love you, mom. we love you, dad. [sound of ocean] oh my god. that's our baby girl. [sound of heartbeat on ultrasound] ♪ ♪ why not? y, l'eau de parfum.
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>> sit going to be a wild ride. >> it's fun, it's exhilarating. the best is yet to fun. you think tonight is special? just wait till you see what rols out in front of you. >> hey, welcome back to the 15th annual cnn heroes all-star tribute. >> so we are moments away from announcing your choice for 2021's cnn hero of the year. but our final guest is here with his newly released song that honors the spirit and work of our heroes. >> please join us in welcoming a champion to end qualified immunity, that works to reform our criminal justice system, performing "believe" is ela black.
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♪ they said it can't be done ♪ ♪ that this one is a challenge you won't overcome ♪ ♪ i know your dreams are whole ♪ keep going you'll find that you're not on your own ♪ ♪ so don't give up and don't give in ♪ ♪ you've got to believe, believe, believe that anything is possible ♪ ♪ you've got to believe, believe, believe that anything is possible ♪ ♪ you've got to keep on and see it through, no matter how hard
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that it is to do ♪ ♪ you've got to believe to find the fire that's inside you ♪ ♪ you've got to believe ♪ ♪ so here we are with millions of prayers out there floating like stars ♪ ♪ i know it seems hard just hold on to hope because you've made it this far ♪ ♪ soon, you'll be out of the dark ♪ ♪ so don't give up and don't give in ♪ ♪ you've got to believe, believe, believe that everything is possible ♪
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♪ you've got to believe, believe, believe that everything is possible ♪ ♪ you've got to keep on to see it through ♪ ♪ no matter how hard it is to do ♪ ♪ you've got to believe to find the fire that's inside you ♪ ♪ you've got to believe sometimes there's no way around, no way out ♪ ♪ but you don't have to move up or give in to doubt ♪ ♪ let your spirit guide you, hope is going to find you ♪ ♪ the dreams you see can set you free ♪ ♪ so close your eyes and imagine what you are ♪ ♪ you've got to believe


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