True Stories

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Meet the Parents Fighting to End Pediatric Cancer

When these parents heard the unimaginable words “your child has cancer,” they grieved—then… >>

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The Amazing Ways 8 Extraordinary People Said “I Love You”

Sometimes, the people we love deserve more than chocolate and flowers. >>

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Everyday Heroes: “Marathon Queen” Raises $200,000

A dedicated daughter does the extraordinary. >>

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Everyday Heroes: When His Family Fell Overboard

With his family adrift in rough waters, John Riggs swam for help. >>

Liz Vaccariello
Editor’s Note: This Herring Says I Love You

A Christmas tradition illustrates the true meaning of love. >>

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What’s Navy SEAL Training Really Like?

Facing a new job and the stress of midlife, Stephen Madden wanted to get mentally tougher. Could… >>

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An Adoption Story That Started at Saks

A chance conversation at a lunch counter led me around the world—and to the child who was meant… >>

Dartanyon Crockett and Leroy Sutton
“Things This Good Don’t Happen to Kids Like Us”

I went to meet these two young athletes for a TV story I was doing. I stayed because I could not… >>

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6 Christmas Stories of Wonder and Love

It's a perfect time to read about how other families experience the joy of the season. Also: 6… >>

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Plane Crash Survivors in the Alaskan Wilderness

Dense clouds obscuring his way, a pilot flies into a mountain. How could this family survive? >>

The Stranger Who Changed My Life: The Horse Whisperer
The Stranger Who Changed My Life: The Horse Whisperer

The road was wet, our dad had been drinking—and we crashed, flipping our horse trailer. Then a… >>

Sonia Sotomayor
The RD Interview: Sonia Sotomayor

Americans know her as a justice on our nation’s highest court, but this salsa-dancing… >>

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4 of the Best Viral Holiday Stories

What happens when the Internet explodes with the joy of human kindness and Christmas spirit? >>

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Christmas in Captivity: A Story of Survival

Imprisoned by Islamic extremists, she still found a way to celebrate the spirit of season—and… >>

Michael Menchaca
Profile in Courage: The Citizen

Off-duty Army Specialist Michael Menchaca put his life in danger to save a man in a wheelchair who… >>

Rhonda Crosswhite
Profile in Courage: The Teacher

Rhonda Crosswhite risked her life to protect her students from the tornado that devastated Moore… >>

Kyle Carpenter
Profile in Courage: The Marine

Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter almost lost his life in an attempt to protect a fellow Marine from a… >>

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Profile in Courage: The Firefighters

In June 2013, 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots lost their lives fighting one of the worst wildfires in… >>

Eileen Taylor
Everyday Heroes: Three Acts of Generosity

Three acts of generosity inspire others around them. >>