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Pairing ‘angels’ with cancer patients

Story contains video via CNN | Sun August 26, 2012
Jonny Imerman is a cancer survivor who wants to make sure no young adult battles the disease alone. In 2002, he started Imerman Angels, a nonprofit that pairs cancer patients with cancer survivors for one-on-one support. The group has made more than 8,000 matches worldwide.

Ex-addicts staying sober through sport

Story contains video via CNN | Tue July 10, 2012
After beating his addiction to drugs and alcohol, Scott Strode found support through sports. Since 2007, his nonprofit, Phoenix Multisport, has provided free athletic activities and a sober support community to more than 4,700 participants in Colorado.

Cashing in the American dream to help AIDS orphans, those who raise them

Story contains video via CNN | Sat June 30, 2012
Jackson Kaguri is helping grandmothers who are raising grandchildren left orphaned by AIDS. His Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project provides free education and health care to nearly 600 children in Uganda, and it offers support to nearly 7,000 grandmothers.

Help for a ‘hidden population’ of caregiving kids

Story contains video via CNN | Mon June 18, 2012
Connie Siskowski is helping young people who have to take care of an ill, disabled or aging family member. Since 2006, her nonprofit has provided assistance to more than 500 young caregivers in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Former cowboy flying free health care to those in need

Story contains video via CNN | Sun May 20, 2012
Stan Brock started Remote Area Medical, a nonprofit that provides free health care to people in the United States and all over the world. Since 1985, the all-volunteer group has held more than 660 medical clinics and treated half a million people.

Seeking justice for Haiti’s rape victims

Story contains video via CNN | Mon May 07, 2012
Malya Villard-Appolon is a rape survivor dedicated to supporting victims of sexual violence in Haiti. In 2004, she co-founded KOFAVIV, an organization that has helped more than 4,000 rape survivors find safety, psychological support and/or legal aid.

Community Comes Together To Fulfill Fallen Soldier’s Final Wish

Story contains video via Daily Mail | Sun May 06, 2012
It took more than a village to help bring the last wish of a fallen soldier to come true, but ten months and the help of strangers led to its completion.

From concrete jungle to urban oasis

Story contains video Mon April 30, 2012
An Oakland, Calif., program called Urban Releaf is planting trees in neighborhoods that lack foliage, restoring community pride.

Giving a childhood to young cancer patients

Story contains video via CNN | Mon April 30, 2012
Nancy Zuch started the Morgan Center, a free preschool program for children battling cancer. Named after Zuch's daughter, a cancer survivor, the Morgan Center has helped more than 150 children make friends, learn and play in a safe environment.

Non-Profit Chauffeurs Cancer Patients To Treatments In Exotic Cars

Story contains video via CBS | Thu April 19, 2012
Battling cancer is a monumental struggle that takes shape in the smallest actions. Everyday activities take on new meaning in the face of cancer's debilitating symptoms. Even making it to a cancer treatment center can be a challenge. That's where the non-profit group Your Ride Is Here comes in.

In the worst calamities, these veterans rush to the rescue

Story contains video via CNN | Sun April 15, 2012
Iraq war veteran Jake Wood started Team Rubicon, a nonprofit that brings military veterans together to help communities hit by natural disasters. Since 2010, the group has grown to 1,400 volunteers and carried out 14 missions around the world.

Indian Man, Jadav Payeng, Single-Handedly Plants A 1,360 Acre Forest In Assam

Story contains video via Times of India | Wed April 04, 2012
An Indian man has single-handedly grown a sprawling forest on a 1,360 acre (550-hectare) sandbar in the middle of the Brahmaputra. It now has many endangered animals, including at least five tigers, one of which bore two cubs recently.

Pulling children out of Nepal’s prisons

Story contains video via CNN | Mon April 02, 2012
Pushpa Basnet was shocked to learn that children in Nepal were living in prisons with their parents. In 2005, she started a children's center that has provided support, such as housing, education and medical care, to more than 100 children of incarcerated parents.

Bringing health care to the world’s most remote areas

Story contains video via CNN | Sat March 31, 2012
Dr. Benjamin LaBrot started Floating Doctors, a nonprofit that travels by sea to provide free health care for people in remote coastal areas. In the last two years, LaBrot and his volunteer team have treated nearly 13,000 patients in Haiti, Honduras and Panama.

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