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A Lightbulb Moment: All Her Practice Added Up To Triumph

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On Sept. 11, He Checked Hijackers Onto Flight 77. It's Haunted Him Ever Since

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After Loss In Afghanistan, Vivid Memories Of A Loving, 'Goofball' Father And Husband

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In Visit With Seniors, This Boy Learned Lessons That Go Beyond The Classroom

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When His Son Came Out As Gay, This Pastor Delivered A Sermon Of Support

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When The Family Business Is Keeping Cool, It Pays To Be Warm With People

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Deaf And Blind, Her Father Still Knows How To Speak His Love

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Computer Love: Their 1960s-Era Dating Strategy? Modern Technology!

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Savannah Phelan, 8, and her mom, Kellie, in front of a 77-foot mural they helped paint, which reflects the experiences of children and teenagers affected by incarceration. Emily Martinez for StoryCorps hide caption

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Born In Custody, A Girl Finds Answers With Someone Who Knows Best: Mom

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For Dad And Daughter Fighting Breast Cancer, Grit Runs In The Family

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To Save A Failing Student, This Dean Offered Not Just Help — But 'Family'

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From Father To Father, A Few Words Of Wisdom On Raising Kids With Autism

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A Fitting Tribute For A Stargazing Love: A Trip To The Moon

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'A Little Piece Of Mommy On Earth': The Gifts Their Late Mom Left Behind

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A view inside the UpStairs Lounge after the fire that killed 32 people on June 25, 1973. Many of the victims were there for a meeting of the Metropolitan Community Church, an LGBT-affirmative church founded by the Rev. Troy Perry. Jack Thornell/AP hide caption

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Out Of Ashes, An Unwavering Resolve: 'That's The Legacy. We Never Ran Away'

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After Deployment, Marine Returns To Find His 'Most Important Thing': Fatherhood

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This '80s Rock Frontman Knows: What Could Be More Metal Than Sharks?

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Navigating Life, And Relationships, After A Jail Sentence

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Donna Engeman, Survivor Outreach Services manager at the Installation Management Command, rode her Harley Davidson from San Antonio to Washington, D.C., to ride in Rolling Thunder Memorial Day, 2012. She rides again this year to help raise awarenes about the significance and meaning behind the Gold Star Pins. Rob Mcilvaine(AR News)/U.S. Army /Rob Mcilvaine(AR News)/U.S. Army hide caption

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Army Love: A Fallen Soldier's Widow Tells Their Daughter How It All Began

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Jim Stockdale greets his father, Navy pilot and then-Capt. James B. Stockdale, at Miramar Naval Air Station on Feb. 15, 1973. Courtesy of Jim Stockdale hide caption

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A POW Dad And His Family's Fierce, Loving Allegiance

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Marie Sayenga recognized a need for improvement in her local government, and decided to run for office. Courtesy of Louise Randolph hide caption

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When Her Town Needed Fixing, This Single Mom Stepped Up

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Francisco and Frankie at one of the fountains on the Stanford campus that Francisco cared for over the years. Courtesy of the Preciado family hide caption

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A Stanford Family: Groundskeeper Dad Cultivates His Son's Classroom Dream

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Nearing Life's End, A Mother Reflects On 'The Most Important Thing I Did'

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Reborn At 40, She Uncovered New Life In A 'Dream' — Looking At Skulls

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