True Stories

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She Was Abandoned in the Woods as a Baby. He Was Her Guardian Angel.

"It's like a fairy tale with a very bad beginning and a wonderful end." >>

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The Storm and the Tide: From Football Champs to Tornado Heroes

After a tornado devastated Tuscaloosa, a coach and his team became the lifeline for an entire town. >>

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The Gift and the Guilt of the Sole Survivor

The odds of surviving even the most serious plane crash are 76 percent. The odds of being the only… >>

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Feel-Good Story: Social Worker-Mechanic Gives a Lift

Social worker-turned-mechanic Cathy Heying provides affordable car repair to those in need. >>

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Hero Barber and Customer Risk Their Lives for a Stranger

When a woman screamed, the two men sprinted into the line of fire to help. >>

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Remembering September 11: How America Has Changed

"Nothing will ever be the same" was our constant refrain after the terrorist attacks. But how… >>

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Judging Jack: When a Teacher Finally Understands a Student

I thought my student was ordinary. I came to learn he was just too busy being brilliant. >>

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Frozen Back to Life: How Hypothermia Can Help Cheat Death

One hundred years ago, hypothermia was often lethal. Now doctors induce it to save people on the… >>

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Teen’s Invention to Help Injured Veterans

An electronics whiz uses his robotics knowledge to make life a little easier for returning veterans. >>

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Your 100-Word True Stories: Contest Winners

More than 7,000 people entered our contest and gave us the Reader's Digest version of their lives… >>

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RD Interview: Robin Williams, in His Own Words

Robin Williams was unscripted and uncensored—and you could always expect the unexpected, as in… >>

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Incredible: This Son’s App Saved His Mother’s Life

Inspired by his grandfather's ingenuity, Andrew Josephson developed a stethoscope app that worked… >>

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10 Inspiring Stories of Extreme Forgiveness

We can all learn from these remarkable people who, after suffering devastating tragedies, were able… >>

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There Was Once a Wolf Who Loved Too Much. And What Happened to Him Was a Crime.

One day in Alaska, a black wolf appeared in front of wildlife photographer Nick Jans. This is the… >>

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What It’s Like to Be a Deaf DJ

Music is not all about hearing. >>

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Can This Man Save Africa’s Lions From Doom?

Wild lion populations are being decimated, and yet life is worse for those in captivity who often… >>

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The Husband Who Vanished

For 15 years, Anne McDonnell lived in limbo—not knowing whether her Jim was dead or alive. Then… >>

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Bob Hope’s Emotional USO Memories: “I Get a Lot More Than I Give”

A look back at the inspiring hard work entertainer Bob Hope put in for our troops—written by the… >>

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The Girl Whose Strength Was Beyond Her Years

When her grandfather falls ill, a fearless little girl comes to the rescue. >>

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Shark! Swimmer Fights Terror in Sudden Attack

Suddenly, the shark drags Denis back up to the surface. He gulps air before being dragged down… >>