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♪ for you, ooh, ooh ♪ for you, ooh, ooh from the american museum of natural history in new york city, this is the tenth annual cnn all-star tribute. >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome your host of the evening anderson cooper and kelly ripa. >> thank you so much. welcome to cnn heros, an all-star tribute. this night is always special. to honor ordinary women and men
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who are changing the world. but tonight is extra special not just because the amazing kelly ripa is here as my cohost, but also -- [ applause ]. >> also because this is the tenth annual cnn heros show. >> i love this night and the heros. that is not just talk. ve been here three years in a row now. i'm practically your cnn heros wife. >> which must be deeply unsatisfying for you. [ laughter ]. >> you'd be surprised. you'd be surprised. >> all right. >> cnn has given this year's top ten honorees $10,000 so they can continue their amazing work. later on tonight one of the honorees will be named the 2016 cnn hero of the year. they will receive an additional $100,000. >> wow. [ applause ]. >> as we were saying, this is our tenth show, our tenth year.
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we have honored 159 heros. we've been graced by more than 145 presenters, more than 25 musical performers over the years. that's 20 hours, 72,000 seconds of us celebrating what is good in this world. take a look at some of the highlights. >> we don't build statues to these people. we might not even notice them. but they don't care. what they do is who they are. ♪ i'll rise up >> just ordinary people until they're heroes. ♪ i'll rise unafraid ♪ i'll rise up >> tonight, you're going to meet real supermen and superwomen from across the globe. ♪ it's the climb >> these are the heroes who walk among us, and we applaud their stories tonight.
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>> one person really can change this world. >> this is the only reality television that i absolutely love. >> this is like the academy awards for good people. ♪ if you ain't got love >> a simple thing can change lives. >> one woman working hard to bring hope to this world. >> a fearless young person trying to right a wrong. >> never give up, and always believe. you're never too young to change the world. ♪ change the world ♪ don't listen to what they say ♪ ♪ just a fool, just a fool to believe you can change the world ♪ >> he is my hero because one day, he rolled the window down and asked, are you hungry? >> even in the darkest of places, decency, compassion and love can persevere. >> there will be no man left behind as long as we are this nation.
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>> ladies and gentlemen. >> ladies and gentlemen. >> please join me. >> join me. >> in honoring. >> cnn heroes. >> cnn heroes. >> cnn heroes. >> cnn heroes. >> with the biggest heart ever. >> cnn hero -- ♪ are you ready now ♪ scream it out >> my message to the world is very simple. >> may we all find the hero inside us, by reaching out to others. >> god is calling many of you to make a difference in people's lives. >> do not be afraid, and never give up. >> love and support one another. >> the work i do, this was like the air i breathe. i can't stop. >> god bless this country. thank you so much. [ applause ]
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>> looks like i've picked the wrong night to introduce glue on eyelashes to the evening. i'm definitely crying already. it is going to be a mess. >> that makes me feel very insignificant. let's get started on this year's show. we want to meet our first hero. in nashville, tennessee, she created a place for women who struggled on the streets. to tell her story tonight is an ambassador for the alicia keys charity, keep a child alive, please welcome to stars of "hidden figures," taraji p. henson and octavia spencer. ♪ [ applause ] >> tonight, remember these two words, love heals. it just does. when becca stevens was 5, her
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father died. soon after that tragedy, she experienced long-term abuse at the hands of a family acquaintance. she moved mountains to overcome that horror. she persevered. she became a priest, a wife and a mother. and when becca saw a woman caught up in the cycle of prostitution, she sensed that that woman's life had started out in pain, too. >> so becca launched a movement for women's freedom from the streets. it's called thistle farms. she created five beautiful and safe homes where women come and stay for free for two years. in that time, they mend their bodies and their souls. they build self-worth and a business, by making bath and body care products. more than 200 women have been
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transformed because of becca and these two words, love heals. >> love heals. >> truthfully, i think it was my own abuse that gave me compassion for the women i was meeting in the jails and on the streets. those scars are deep, but it doesn't have to be the end of the story. all i wanted to do was say, come stay for two years. no cost. tell me what it is you need. >> i walked the streets for over 20 years. i can remember just thinking that i'm going to die out here. when i walked in, it was absolutely gorgeous. it made me feel worthy. >> what about you, how was work? >> from the day i got here, i immediately felt the love. the drugs took everything from me. now, i don't feel alone anymore. >> we are changing who? >> ourselves.
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>> changing ourselves. >> this community had to put me back together again. they sent me to therapy. because of my excessive drug use, had 11 1/2 teeth left in my mouth. they sent me to the dentist. whatever i needed, they did it for me. >> the women we were serving were still dirt poor. >> i'm a pass it. you going to snap it. >> i gotcha. >> it made perfect sense to me to make products that were about healing bodies. bodies that had been used and abused for so long. >> the lavender and the peppermint, it calms you. i'm working hard for my own money, and it feels wonderful. >> there is a bigger story to be told. it's how powerful love can be for healing. >> i see people i knew on the street, and they'll say, is that you, doris?
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i say, it's me. >> we're a community of women helping each other. when we come together and find our voice, it is powerful. >> love heals! [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, please join us in honoring cnn hero, becca stevens. [ applause ] ♪ >> congratulations. >> thank you for all you do. >> i am standing here tonight barefoot, and i do that with
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compassion and solidarity for all the women who are still walking the streets. [ applause ] and for all the other people for years and years who have done this work. thistle farms is just hitting its stride, and we welcome you into this circle of hope for survivors. you can abuse women, you can exploit them, you can jail em, you can prostitute em, but you cannot kill hope in them. women recover. women heal. and we don't have to leave anyone behind. love is the most powerful force for change in the whole world. thank you, cnn. i love you. we got a lot more work to do. thank you. [ applause ]
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welcome back to cnn heroes. tonight, we're doing something new. not only are we celebrating the top ten honorees of 2016, we're actually showcasing five previous heroes of the year. cnn is recognizing all five of them for their incredible accomplishments that continue to embody the spirit of the cnn heroes campaign. >> each have also received $10,000, and we're asking you to choose which one should be
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honored later tonight as the tenth anniversary cnn superhero and receive an additional $50,000 to carry on with their work. >> here's how it is going to work. we are going to introduce you to them throughout the evening, to all five, but you can learn about them all right now watching at home and here in the room and vote right now at cnn heroes.com. voting has been underway since friday night. you can also vote on facebook messenger and twitter. all the details are at cnn heroes.com. >> let's meet our first one tonight. liz mccartny was voted hero of the year in 2008, after the destruction of hurricane katrina along the gulf coast. she packed up her life in washington, d.c. to help families rebuild in louisiana. since we met her, the community became her home, and she and her team have brought home and healing to so many in need. >> after cnn heroes, liz
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mccartny's non-profit went national. >> the hero's program helped us help so many more people. >> her group has rebuilt homes in seven disaster-stricken communities, including baton rouge, which suffered disastrous flooding in august. liz has enabled almost 1,200 families to start again. >> it would have taken us years to move back in. >> there you go. bend it like that. >> i got a call from liz one day. and everything started falling into place. >> just like that, here we go. >> we can move in in hopefully six to eight weeks. >> i never would have imagined that we'd still be here, helping families get back home. but i feel very lucky to do it. >> ladies and gentlemen, liz mccartney is with us tonight. liz, stand up and take a bow.
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>> our next hero transformed his horse farm into a sanctuary for children. here to share his story is a champion for oceana and its effort to restore the world's oceans. academy award nominated actress diane lane. ♪ >> you've just spent the last 40 years of your life working hard. it's time to retire, kick back on that front porch, smell the carolina pines and take in another sunset. well, if you're 87-year-old harry swimmer, not so fast. he met a family friend whose granddaughter lived with a disability. harry invited her to his farm, put her on a horse and her face lit up like a candle.
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and so did harry's. he knew then that retirement wasn't for him. and he started mitey riders. for 20 years, he's provided free therapy for children with cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism and other disabilities. these kids have defied the odds because this one man heard that powerful calling. there is more work to do. >> my daughter has a condition. you'll have a fun birthday party. she doesn't communicate real well. she has these erratic muscle spasms and sometimes has to have
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her arms strapped down. it does not affect intelligence. she does know what she's missing. i think about our hopes and dreams for her. it would be great if her world could open up. >> every community has children with disabilities. a lot of these children have very little to look forward to. this is their place to be. >> all right, pal. how is my boy? ready to ride? we put them on a horse, and they ride like anybody else. what do you say now? >> walk on. >> going around and go over the pole. >> besides fun, it is therapy for them. >> i'm getting stronger and stronger. >> you are getting stronger and stronger. >> just the other day, i had a little boy get off the horse and
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walk to his mother, taking his first steps, and it just broke us all up. this is what i wanted to do. >> she's been riding every week. >> all righty there. >> you take a kid who can't sit up even by herself. >> look at that smile. >> and we can put her on the horse. >> nice, lexi. >> and she's suddenly the biggest thing in her environment. >> is that cool? yeah. >> the smiles on their face is worth everything. this has become my life. i'm wild about you. i don't ever want to do anything else. [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, please join me in honoring cnn hero harry swimmer. congratulations.
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>> most sincere thanks to cnn and all those responsible for this enormous honor. the real heroes are the beautiful and courageous youngsters who come to us from all walks of life. i love them all. you know, if everyone would lend a helping hand to those in need, we would take a giant step towards a more peaceful world. thank you. [ applause ]
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>> announcer: next on cnn heroes, olympic gold medalist laurie hernandez. later, liev schreiber, edie falco and richard gere. the tenth annual cnn heroes all star tribute is sponsored by geico. proudly highlighting people who are improving our world every day. pout. down came the rain and clogged the gutter system creating a leak in the roof. luckily the spider recently had geico help him with homeowners insurance. water completely destroyed his swedish foam mattress. he got full replacement and now owns the sleep number bed. his sleep number setting is 25. call geico and see how much you could save on homeowners insurance. ♪ ♪ lend him a helping hand.
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we're back with cnn heroes. throughout the night, as you meet our top ten honorees, go to
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cnn heroes.com and click on the donate button to support them. while watching, you can get involved on facebook, twitter and visit us on instagram to see exclusive, behind the scenes photos. >> our next hero overcame incredible odds growing up with a disability in one of the most impoverished areas of colombia. here to tell us his inspiring story is one of the members, the gold-medal winning gymnastics team from the 2016 olympic and the current champion of "dancing with the stars." please welcome laurie hernandez. >> believe me when i say this, you can achieve anything, and jeison aristizabal is here to prove it to us. he had a difficult birth and lack of oxygen to his brain, causing damage. it meant he'd grow up with cerebral palsy. a condition often shunned in his country. he had a spectacular mom. she took him everywhere, fought
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for him to go to school and made him a part of this world. that sense of self and belonging is something jaeson wants everyone to feel when they come to his center, asodisvalle. it is a place where 480 kids with mental and physical disabilities can go and triumph. for 15 years, this man has taken down terrible stereotypes and built a place where dreams can come true. >> translator: when i was a child, a doctor told my mom that i would amount to nothing. every year, i would get surgery. i was completely dependent on my family, and that was very difficult for me. but my mom taught me to face challenges. and i learned that i would be able to accomplish everything i put my mind to.
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i live in one of the poorest areas. many children with disabilities here grow up with no type of opportunity because families don't know how to take care of them. they think that it is god's punishment. it is very important to change that way of thinking. i began doing therapy out of my parents' garage. the foundation now has its own location. we have therapy services. medical treatment. school. our greatest interest is for the
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children to be happy. they sing, they play, they dance. we have transformed the lives of many children. the message i want to give people with disabilities is, yes, you can. never give up. always fight for your dreams. >> please join me in honoring cnn hero jeison aristizabal. [ applause ]
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>> translator: one day, fighting against my prognosis, i asked an existential question to god, why was i born with a disability? >> translator: today, i realize, god chose me to help children with disabilities and their families and build a chain of
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dreams. i am about to graduate as a lawyer, and i want to do more to change my country's laws. >> translator: open your hearts and join this beautiful work, too. there are many children hoping for your support. >> gracias. [ applause ] >> you can't really see the cnn hero awards from your seats there or from your couches, but let me tell you that these awards our heroes receive every year are so gorgeous and so personal. and anderson carves each and
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every one himself. >> it takes all year. it's true. each one tells the hero's stories. they use words to describe their work and spirit. they are each individualized. watch how they're made at cnn heroes.com. i do not, of course, actually make them. >> i want to remind everyone to hop on their laptop or their phone right now and vote for the tenth anniversary cnn superhero. check out all five of the previous heroes of this year we're recognizing tonight and vote for your favorite at cnn heroes.com. in 2009, efren penaflorida was our hero of the year. he pulled together his young friends and formed the dynamic teen company. thousands of young volunteers bring pushcart classrooms to children in the philippines. his work has energized his country and changed lives. >> thank you, thank you. >> being named cnn hero of the year made efren penaflorida a
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national hero back in the philippines. a tv movie was made about his life, and he even got his own television show. but for efren, the support for his mission meant the most. >> when we started this, people were laughing at us. that crazy idea has gone a long way. >> today, his push cart classrooms can be found all over the country. he's also built two education centers and a high school. the work efren started when he was just 16 has now reached around 40,000 children. >> we're never too young to give back to society. and one is never too ordinary to be a hero. [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, efren penaflorida. >> efren. [ applause ]
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>> announcer: next, edward norton honors a woman who helps young war refugees adjust to their new home in america. still to come, a special performance by idina menzel. the tenth annual "cnn heroes: all-star tribute," everyday people changing the world, is proudly sponsored by astellas.
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kelly keeps trying to get me to dance out, and i refuse to. >> kick ball change, kick ball change. it'd be amazing. >> i don't know what it means. >> i showed you. >> i still don't know what it means. welcome back to the tenth annual cnn heroes an all star tribute. if you want to support our heroes, we have extra incentive. one of our sponsors, subaru, are matching donations, dollar for dollar, up to $500,000, to each of their organizations when you donate through crowdrise, which is the leading online site for charitable fundraising. >> you'll find the links to donate at cnn heroes.com. our next presenter is the founder of crowdrise and the star of the upcoming film "collateral beauty." please welcome edward norton.
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>> thank you. at crowdrise, our motto is, if you don't give back, no one will like you. and it is true, really, because who inspires our deepest admiration, attraction, aspiration more than someone that we see devoting themselves to making the world a better place? it is sexier than any movie star, more heroic than any athletic feat, and it's also true that when we give back, we often get more than we gave. supporting, engaging with people like tonight's cnn heroes can transform our own spirits. it can widen our sense of the world, make us more optimistic about the world. you can plug into that positive feedback loop right now. go to cnn heroes.com. click on the donate button. act on that impulse to do something that these heroes inspire in us and help them change the world. let's get to the end of the night and have every one of
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these heroes gotten the full match from subaru. this is an incredible opportunity. and now, meet luma mufleh, doing extraordinary work, welcoming refugees into this country. if you want to know how profoundly her work is built into our national ideals, there is a beautiful statute of a lady with a torch. at its base are these words, give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. luma came to america from jordan and settled in georgia, a city where many refugees found their home, too. one day, she played a pickup game of soccer with a group of young kids who just moved to the country. they spoke to her about their isolation, academic hardship and fears. to help, she started a soccer team. then she opened a school.
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it's all called fugees family. more than 800 young people have passed through its doors now. to the tired, to the poor, the huddled masses, come. come here. luma waits for you with open arms to ensure you breathe free and thrive. >> when i first came to america, this girl told me to go back to my country. >> i could not interact with other people because i could not understand english. >> when people say that muslims should leave the united states, it really hurts me. >> they've been forced out of their home. they've all seen horrible atrocities. they come to the united states. they don't know the language. they don't know the culture. all right. you get four minutes at each one. ready? we're going headers. go. the one thing they understand is soccer. nice. it's a universal language. it is a part of home they can bring with them here. for kids that were robbed of
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their childhood, this is one place they get to be kids again. good morning. >> good morning. >> but their needs were so much more. i needed to look beyond the field. >> good morning. >> our school addresses their individual academic needs. does this make sense now? it creates a safe space for them. >> all people have feelings but they don't understand our pain. >> you have to be patient. >> we can't forget about what we've been through. >> this year, the new influx of refugees is from syria. [ speaking foreign language ] >> the trauma is so fresh. the war is still going on, and we're retraumatizing them by not welcoming them. it is heartbreaking. >> i come to america last six months. >> good job. >> coach luma helped me feel my home here.
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>> we all know how much is stacked against them. as hard as we try to love them, there is so much more work to be done. i'm trying to give them all the opportunities they deserve. >> there we go. >> the fugees family is the biggest mismatch of kids and ethnic groups and faiths, and isn't that what america is about? >> one, two, three! >> it's my enormous honor to present this award to cnn hero, luma mufleh. [ applause ] >> i say this as a new and proud u.s. citizen, as a muslim and as a mentor, to refugee children who inspire me every day.
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let us honor lady liberty and show america's heart. let us remember immigrants make america great. please help us give refugee boys and girls a new and a safe home by showing the kindness and compassion that's always defined us. they need your support now more than ever. thank you. [ applause ] >> announcer: next on cnn heroes, neil patrick harris. there's still time to vote for the tenth anniversary cnn superhero. introducing a new way... ...to create a gift from the heart... ...that could only come from ...the new pandora boutique at jared. a world of pandora... ...including exclusive pieces designed just for jared... ...ready to be mixed...
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we're back with the cnn heroes. if you voted for the tenth anniversary cnn superhero, good for you. but if you haven't, you have to do it now. >> you don't have to do it right now. you can do it at any time during the broadcast. >> do it right this second. >> before the show ends.
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>> we will utilize the microphones and sing and nobody wants that. >> all right. one of the superheroes is robin lim. in 2011, she was honored for her life-saving work assisting thousands of low income women in indonesia have a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery. since then, she's used her money to build her dream center, where she is a midwife, a friend and still called mother robin by the kids she helped bring into the world. take a look. >> this year, robin lim fulfilled her long-time vision when her group opened its maternity clinic for women in need. >> now that we have a big enough space, we're able to do free ambulance service, ultrasound, nurses and midwives present 24/7. doctors every day. we help the people who are falling through the cracks and those mothers know they're going to get the same beautiful, loving service here as wealthy people get. it is all the same.
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i'm just so blessed to walk down the street and see the faces of these kids. most of them i've seen them arrive into this world. and when they run up to me and hug me, just makes life worth living. >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome robin lim. >> [ applause ] >> guys, check out this puppy. this is marny. she's 15 years old. she used to be in a shelter, but she was adopted when she was 11 years old. guys, she's an instagram superstar. look at her. guys, she has 2 million
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followers. that's like a million more followers than i have. okay, that's like 100 million and a half more followers than i have. and where is the other baby? is she coming? oh, hi. >> this is sugar plum. i'm not kidding. she's seven. she is still looking for her forever home and we want to thank pup stars rescue.org for meeting her tonight. >> have we seen mar any? >> i think she's been drinking. i don't know for sure, but. >> she's just like i got two million followers, was up? >> i don't need to stick my tongue back in i got 2 million
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followers. >> nice put me on the spot. i can barely take care of myself. >> i love senior dog when they get all gray and they're soulful eyes look at you with a certain amount of wisdom, like they know things, they've seen things. >> are you talking about dogs? >> huh? >> i think you found your next, you know, cohost right there. >> marny and sugar plum. >> our next hero rescues thousands of senior dogs. the star of a series of unfortunate events neil patrick
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harris. [ applause ] >> go for it. >> look at this. can i just say off script i am so inspired to be here tonight. this is unbelievable. what you guys are doing is phenomenal. [ applause ] >> there are a million reasons as to why senior dogs arrive at a shelter but there is one reason all of us should try and bring one home, love. am i right? sherry franklin experienced that love every time she took a senior dog for a walk at her local shelter in san francisco but the place was loud and cold and she thought that those dogs deserved better. dogs deserve better, am i right? sherry started muttville to
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provide a safe place where senior dogs receive care and are prepared for adoption. since 20,074,000 dogs have found new homes, that's 4,000 slobbering kisses, hugs and drool covered tennis balls to these blessed creatures who love us flaws and all. >> i haven't had a best friend ever in my whole life. when we adopted him, everyone thought he would bite, but when i came in, he just came right up to me and i saw the spark in his eyes saying i don't bite, i just like barking. and i like talking so we were actually a perfect match together. >> hi, cherry. old dogs have so much to give. >> i'm going to spring you today. let's go. >> they know you're offering them that second chance.
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>> let's get you in, okay? >> hi, everybody. >> when an old dog that's been in a shelter gets to muttville it's like woo-hoo. our dogs get the gold treatment. >> yes, you're going to get groomed today, mama. we get them all fixed up. >> look at that. do you feel better? >> and the adoption process will start right after they get cleaned up and vetted. he's getting adopted. he's got a new mommy. >> i need somebody to hug. >> and he needs you to hug him. >> thank you. thank you. >> do you even know what just happened to you? >> eventually, they will die. before they do i want to give
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them the life that they can remember. i hope that they will always stay with me in my heart. >> these dogs have taught me so mu much, they've taught me about what is important, love is important. >> please join me in honoring cnn hero sherry franklin. [ applause ] first of all, a tongue like that, that's called the muttville salute. i am so proud to be in the
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company of these inspirational people who saw something that needed to be done and went for it. when i started muttville senior dogs were routinely uj niezed in every shelter. we're changing that. we believe that age should never be a death sentence. during this holiday season there are over a million animals in shelters all over this country just waiting for your love. please adopt. thank you cnn. [ applause ] >> hi, again. so this is what anderson and i looked like back in middle
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school. >> that's the year before i went gray. >> you have a bow in your hair just sugar pop. >> sugar plum. we're sisters clearly. were you a good student? >> i was. i was often crying which is why i looked so soulful there. >> oh. >> it's between beatings from my friends. many schools have incorporated our cnn heros in their service curriculum and as we celebrate the tenth ann verse our show is encouraging a whole new generation to become change makers. take a look. >> as a fifth grade teacher i'm constantly wondering what i'm going to do in here that these kids are going to remember and help them down the road. >> i discovered the cnn hero shows and i just kept thinking i need to show this to the kids in
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school. as you're watching think about what makes your heart feel good. here we go. >> i never had any specialized training in dealing with people with disabilities but i know the body. ready reach, reach, reach. you can't help but be moved by the goodness just radiating off of these people. >> i got it. >> you got it. here's what we're going to do next. we're going to jot down as much of these awesome qualities we noticed -- >> giving, hard working, accepting. >> so positive and encouraging. >> in terms of people with disabilities what do you notice? >> he treats them like everybody else but he also treats them like who they are. >> absolutely. >> when we get to skype with a cnn hero they're beyond excited. >> oh, my god, you would've thought they were skyping with katy perry.
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>> there are 10 year olds that are way curious. >> how long did it take you, did you ever feel -- >> the kids come up with amazing questions. >> after the first disabled person you worked out with, did you know you wanted to start your charity? >> i kind of did. >> hair hanging on every word. >> the coolest thing in the world is making a difference in somebody else's life. >> the cnn heros are just regular people and it's the best way to tell everyone in my class this could be you. >> thank you, guys. >> thank you. >> how awesome was he? >> awesome. he thinks he's just a normal person which i respect, but he is a hero. >> so part of our homework is going to be let's try to be more like him. >> cnn heros are bold o courageous, compassionate, educational, inspirational. >> it's made our classroom a better place, our school a better place and i can only hope that it's going to make
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everywhere that they go a better place. [ applause ] >> i love that. ladies and gentlemen, the teacher with one of the greatest classrooms around ryan o'connor. [ applause ] >> our next hero comes from richard, virginia, where nearly 10,000 residents live in public housing where how one man transformed the lives provide services to homeless and runaway youth. >> is one of the stars of "orange is the new black," danielle brooks. [ applause ] >> thank you. how far would you go to change a life?
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there are kids in your city who experienced terrible tragedies, grown up with incredible hardship, struggled just to get by. what would you do? how far would you go? craig doddson answers that question this way, to the limit. he was a semiprocyclist and started richard cycling core a racing club for kids that live in public housing. all of that, the hook. for 20 kids in a city, he is the one who answers the 1:00 a.m. phone call when tragedy strikes and tracks a student down if they miss school. ace mighty force of a pain in the neck goodness in order to help his kids bring change to their lives. >> life hasn't been easy for jasmine. out of the gait she didn't have a stable home life. got to get in the woods early.
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>> okay. >> stay positive. run, run, run. the number one thing with her is getting her to graduate. >> yeah, jazz. >> she's the smartest kid we've got but we don't know if she's going to make it or not. >> what's up? >> you're looking at it like i got this much to do instead of just looking at what's in front of you. you're going to want to quit and that's not an option right now. with three months to go, you got a kid that's failing with two years of course work to catch up on, plus standardized test. >> get it back jazz, finish. >> the abilities been there, it's just she's quit to quick. you're doing that thing where you're worried about them instead of you. just do this for you. this is it. >> we will not let her fail herself like that.
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>> i'm excited about my graduation. where i come from not too many people have people to push them like i got craig and them. >> welcome to our 142nd commencement ceremony. >> you're going through this reel of film of everything that happened, all the insanity that occurred for the past three years and in that moment happens. >> jasmine nicole walker. >> it was almost surreal. >> i'm ready to accomplish my dreams, to be successful and show them that i can be what i want to be. >> listen, today was big. i'm incredibly proud. i want her to be happy and safe. >> i'll see you later on.
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>> if i could have those two things for any of our kids i'm sleeping pretty well at night. [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, please join me in honoring cnn hero, craig dodson. [ applause ] >> i shouldn't have to be a hero but the system has failed these kids. if you want to fix the issues and you have to understand that these kids aren't some number in a research paper, they are brilliant. they're complicated and courageous. i am implore you to not see past them p. roll up your sleeves, get in the trenches with us. our kids, they love, they hurt, they feel, they push, they
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succeed. they are my heros and most of all, they are heros to themselves. thank you. [ applause ] >> announcer: next and still ahead a special musical performance by adida mandel. don and i met because i'm a
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volunteer for meals on wheels. we had an instant connection. what was that? i said, "delivering to you is always a special treat." oh. company, companionship, food... we all need those things. when we get in that spot in life, it's kind of nice to have 'em there. (avo) through the subaru share the love event, we've helped deliver over one point four million meals to those in need. get a new subaru, and we'll donate two hundred and fifty dollars more. ♪put a little love in your heart.♪
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>> welcome back. there are more than 70,000 young adults diagnosed with cancer each year. some become survivors and others fight this disease until the end. >> our next hero found a way for them to gain strength and to enjoy life, to share his remarkable story as a proud supporter of the 52nd street project that kektsds kids to the theaters, also the star comedian. please welcome edie falco. >> cancer has the stunning
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ability to prioritize your life. what you need, what you want, what you love becomes breathtakingly clear. i know this. and brad understood this. watching his 38-year-old aunt fight breast cancer. he saw how she felt isolated and brad knew there was something he could do. he created a community for other young cancer fighters and started first descents and he lead groups to climb mountains and surf great waves and kayak down roaring rivers. when you're with others that have felt what you're feeling that grasp that this might be your last year. and it's a beautiful thing to stair down some rapids. reminds you that life is precious. always surprising. and the most glorious ride around.
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>> i was on a field trip with my five-year-old and a surgeon called me on the phone and said you have stage four terminal cancer. >> stay in your set up. >> your whole world is turned upside down. you go from normal 30 something-year-old regular life to okay you're going to die. >> go to your finish. >> whoa, that was beautiful. >> about a year into treatment i was like if i get more time i'm not going to sit in the hospital. >> we're taking everyone out of their element. we're taking them out of cancer. >> with each passing day they take on the challenges a little bit more enthusiasm and confident. >> yeah, battle, battle, battle. doing that begins to restore a lot of the damage created from the diagnosis. >> nice work. did you feel that?
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you did everything right. >> it's a beautiful transformation to witness on and off the river. >> what i am getting out of it that i didn't expect are a lot of friendships. >> i feel like i give people their humanity back. that's what i see. >> i am just trying to live life as much as i can. i don't know if i have more time. >> that was beautiful. >> i feel empowered. >> i can't believe i made it through that. it was awesome. >> it's going to come up sooner than i want and we have this obligation to live as fully as possible.
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>> please join me in honoring the cnn hero brad. [ applause ] >> i watched young adults with cancer pursue life, adventure and refuse to be defined by their circumstances. and we should all follow their lead. thank you to all of the young adults with cancer who have inspired me and countless others throughout the years. you guys are the greatest tribe i have ever known and thanks to cnn for shining such a great passion. thank you. [ applause ] heads up everyone.
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just a few minutes left to head for the cnn super who are row. please go to cnn heros right now. these five former heros of the year are amazing and she is one of them. our 2012 cnn hero of the year. in in a pal she saw them grow up in prisons with their parents. created a safe place for those children and used her cnn hero's award money to build them a permanent home and did this under incredibly difficult circumstances and gave these children a better future. by the spring of 2015 she was close to realizing her dream of building a new butterfly home for her children. but that april, tragedy struck when a massive earthquake hit in a pal. >> my dreams were all scattered.
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>> for months, she and her children lived in a field under a tarp. but the home was rebuilt. this past february they moved in. >> this is my -- we have a separate building for boys and separate building for girls. and we had it and the hope inspired me to do more. >> ladies and gentlemen, bushpabasnet. [ applause ] >> over the years no organization has been a greater supporter than our efforts here.
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and 2008. i'd like you all to welcome the chief operating officer of america. tom. >> thank you anderson. >> nine years ago we at subaru began share the love program and at the same time we began our long-standing partnership with cnn. we have a common theme, honoring every day people who make extraordinary contributions to our society and local communities. the cnn heros are an exceptional group of people and while tonight's recognition is terrific what they really need are monetary donations so they can keep on with their good works. so tonight i'm asking you to join subaru in donating to the top ten cnn heros and if you do, subaru will match your donations dollar for dollar up to a total of $500,000.
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[ applause ] thank you. >> we know how good it is to give back and please join us and pledge your support to our celebrated heros here tonight. share the love and donate here at cnn heros.com. thank you. thank you. >> coming up richard gear and later the 2016 hero of the year.
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welcome back to our tribute at the american museum of natural history in new york. we have been arguing over whether or not this giant whale is real or not. >> how many people think it's real? you thought it could be real. i thought it was stuffed with candy. there's no way somebody stuffed a whale that size. it's made with fiberglass. >> spoiler alert. >> while you're watching, sorry kids at home -- but there are whales that size. while you're watching -- i don't want to crush people's whale dreams. support one or more of our top ten heros right now your donations will be matched dollar for dollar so please go to cnn heros.com and learn more about the whale. >> our next hero would visit the islands -- >> we were debating hah for about an hour. >> he's been there so he thinks he knows more, which he does. along the coast of kenya. it's not far from the border
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with somalia where terrorists and the government often clash. here to share her story about how she provides medical care to her people is a proud supporter, of feeding america. the star of ray donovan, leah schriver. [ applause ] >> it could happen to any of us sitting at work or at home. life is good. safe, simple and then an unsettling feeling hits us. a feeling that somehow we belong some place else. when she was working in the united states. wasn't afraid of that feeling. instead she listened to it and moved back to her homeland kenya. no idea what she would do there. as fate would have it, she would
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spend time with her child and the only means of medical care is the threat of al shabaab. she found the place where she belonged. she started safari froms and by plane, motorcycle and boat, she delivers medical care to thousands in need. she does this in spite of the dangers. when you find your place in life, that unsettling feeling settles and you can face down any fear. >> in the united states life was getting too comfortable, going to a cubicle every day. it was just a sense of responsibility to come back to where i'm born.
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>> a village of 300 households. we'll be setting up a clinic in the afternoon there and in the evening going further up north. >> we have a community that's caught between militants and the military. we're in a unique position to go into areas away from ourselves. some of these communities are so isolated that mainstream kenya doesn't know that they exist. this is the primary scol wit the attack happening across the border. the teachers all posted here and ran away. there's been no school for a couple of terms now. we're going to have it under the tree and one room for the maternal and then the doctor base with the makeshift pharmacy for the medicine. we'll be getting the children up
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to date with immunization. being of the muslim faith gives a different connection with people. it's an informed professional and human resource. just a matter of trying to feel these voids that would create a disastrous situation. >> it never crossed my mind that i would be staying there and somehow you start making a life of whatever you believe inful there's no place that i feel safer right now. [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to present the cnn
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hero, umra omar. [ applause ] >> thank you cnn and suburu for amply identifying the pursuit of humanity. to the communities that welcome us unconditionally i salute your resilience and african proverb says if you want to go fast we must go together. despite color gender or believes or social status we all bleed red. may this award be a constant reminder that marinating in comfort is not an option. fear is not an option but the leap of faith we can all be the change that our world screams for.
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thank you. [ applause ] >> okay guys. this is it. if you want to vote for the tenth anniversary cnn super hero head over and do it now. let's help all the heros this year. >> in 2013 the hero of the year is known as the garbage man and devoted his life to cleaning up more than 20 other waterways across the united states. the amount of trash removed is astounding and he is an inspiration to all of us. take a look. >> just make piles every hundred feet. >> they're still going strong after almost 20 years. they hold almost 10 million pounds of garbage out of america's waterways.
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it's making the country greener. >> it's also a really good thing to do. so we have a nursery. >> just give a little love. >> when you wake up in the morning, boom. >> giving away free saplings to communities all over the united states. this year his group celebrated a milestone. in april at a grade school near my house we planned our 1 millionth tree. it's awesome. >> everybody gets -- oh change the world. that seems so big and vast. it's not the about that. just change your world. that's how the world changes. [ applause ] ladies and gentlemen, chad
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perchagrpe. [ applause ] >> now back to this year's heros there's 600,000 children in the united states in the foster care system. between the ages of 18 and 21 most age out and are completely alone and are no longer supported by the system. >> our next hero found a way to make sure that they begin their lives in a safe and comfortable home. the star of the film norman, richard gere. [ applause ] >> hello, everybody. hey, diane. look at her. of course i like to say hello to all of you and everyone out there in tv land, especially in my tibetian brothers and sisters and my homeless brothers and sisters where ever you are all over the world.
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it's a great honor to be here and very moving to be part of this and see how this transforms. the live of people that do extraordinary things. we all have a talent. believe that. we all have something that we can use to bring light and love to this world and to each other. georgie smith has an incredible eye. she can walk into any room and know how to transform it into the most wonderful place in the world. a home. this is what kids who have aged out of foster care need very badly. need someone to take their hand. give them a bed, couch, pots and pans. art work to hang on the wall. that care and some much needed guidance means everything. after a life lived with with belongings stuffed into trash
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bags. because of her organization a sense of home, close to 150 kids have started their new lives with hope and trust which is not easy for any of us and belief that the beautiful music this world plays for them too. >> when i age out of the system i slept in the park. >> i felt like foster care left me a little bit number. >> there's no one to fall back on. i was constantly homeless. >> there's kids out there fending for themselves with no support, no community, no nothing. >> i was born into the system and then i transitioned out at 18. my goal growing up was i'm going to get my siblings but i had to fight really hard.
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transitioning from sister to mom was really difficult but as long as we had somewhere to sleep and sit that was like our main focus. >> so she is a little bit younger than all of you guys. they have been sleeping on the broken bunk. they have one couch they got from good will. >> this is the living room. >> we want it to be inspired new beginning for them. >> we have a staff that feeling of that community is family for them. >> oh my god. is this okay? so good. >> and we're done. >> are you ready? >> i'm so excited. >> oh my gosh.
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>> this is makes it so real. we don't need to survive any more. we can can start living. and honestly, thank you so much. this means the world to me. thanks everyone. >> we give them the foundation from which they can thrive. they he can just focus on good education and a good career. this is incredible transformation that happens on the inside. and i feel it's incumbent on us. to be their village. [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, it is
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my great honor to present cnn hero georgie smith. [ applause ] >> creating a home for someone, alone in the world, living in poverty. isn't just vital to their survival, it's a bridge connecting them to their kmunl. it empowers them to discover the best version of themselves. our model is ready for replication thanks to an all star amazing former foster youth star and a very diverse loving community of volunteers. let's ensure that the forgotten youth who have never felt at home in the world are forgotten no more. thank you cnn, thank you subaru.
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[ applause ] >> next, we'll reveal your choice for the 10th anniversary cnn super hero. you don't know this yet but in fifteen hundred miles, you'll see what you're really made of. after five hours of spinning and one unfortunate ride on the gravitron, your grandkids spot a 6 foot banana that you need to win. in that moment, you'll be happy you partnered with a humana care manager and got your health back on track. because that banana isn't coming home with you
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until that bell sings. great things are ahead of you when your health is ready for them. at humana, we can help you with a personalized plan for your health for years to come.
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in the city of chicago thousands of kids grow up without a father present in their lives. the next hero dedicated his life to changing that. he's a proud supporter of human rights and he's the star of don't think twice and why him keegan michael key. >> we'd like to thank cnn for asking me to do this profoundly
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humbling and honoring thing and it's an amazing thing to watch good old fashioned regular human beings and a lot of love change the world seismically. thank you so much. [ applause ] >> just amazing. it is an ache. an ache like no other to grow up and not be able to say on a regular basis, hi dad, bye dad, i love you dad. growing up sheldon smith's father wasn't always there. so shelton he knew that ache. he carried it with him in school and he felt it down to his bones when he struggled and trust me he struggled.
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and when he became a man he used his own life experiences. the good and the bad to help other young men become the fathers of their dreams. their own dreams. so sheldon started the dove tail project and for 12 weeks in the fall and the spring young men they come together and they learn how to balance their checkbooks. they learn how to put on a tie. they learn how to assist their children with homework. and these men receive a job, ged or trade along with a stipen. so he does this for free to ensure that children feel this, their dad, scooping them up in their arms and whispering into
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their ears, i love you and i am here. >> i remember when i was a young boy my father said he was going to pick me up and i sat on the porch all day waiting. he never came. not having my father around. i made a lot of bad mistakes. i wind up going to jail. it woke me up. when i became a parent i wanted to break the cycle. >> all right, gentlemen, good afternoon. this week's message is about role models. >> i grew up in a community where a lot of young men face the same issues and the missing
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component is father. >> i look to my father but he's never been in my life. >> teaches me how to be a man. >> when i needed him he wasn't real but i do. what happened my father passed away. if i had the chance right now i promise you i would talk to my father. i'm in this program trying to do better so my son won't have to go through what i went through. >> amen. >> it's very intense. it is a place for men to just deal with each other. i really don't know how to be a father. what are you going to do to better your child's life. >> fatherhood doesn't come with a map or manual. it's our goal to get these young men to think differently and give them that love that you need to move you forward. >> how many of y'all are looking to be role models for your own kids.
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? >> every father in the program, for me, is a sheldon. this work is near and dear to my heart. i want to effect the lives of children and the only way that i can do it is by supporting their fathers. that's why i do the work that i do. [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, please join me in honoring cnn hero sheldon smith. [ applause ] >> it's been a powerful experience working with so many young fathers. the number one lesson i have learned is there isn't a perfect way to parent. there isn't some magical formula but with love and motivation you will succeed.
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it won't always be easy but it's worth it. help us continue to break the cycle of fatherless children by supporting one of the most valuable people a child can have in their lives. to my beautiful daughter jada, i love you. [ applause ] >> so throughout the night we have been so honored to show case five of our past heros for the year. which we saw each and every one, chad, robin, liz and have continued their life changing work. we already awarded each of those five former cnn heros of the year and we have given them $10,000 in the last 48 hours. you have voted for who you want to be our tenth anniversary cnn hero. your choice will get an additional $50,000 to help their work go on. now it's time to announce the
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winner. it's my honor to reveal your tenth anniversary cnn super hero. bushpa basnett. [ applause ] >> thank you everyone who voted for me and especially the cnn team and thank you for making my dream into a reality. the most important thing is that
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you need to believe in yourself and have passion. thank you. [ applause ] >> i was told backstage that you started doing this and your family was not all that excited. could we kill the music, your family was not all that excited about the choice you were doing. is that true? >> that's true. especially my father was not happy because he thought that it was the wrong decision and this for my dad and girls can change the rules and change the world. [ applause ] >> congratulations. now do not go away. we have more to come.
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including a very powerful performance. >> and we'll announce our 2016 cnn hero of the year. we'll be right back. [ applause ] once i heard i was going to be a park ranger, i got really excited. gabe's obviously really sick. and there's a lot that he isn't able to do, and make-a-wish stepped in. we had to climb up the mountain to get the injured hiker. he fell from, like, a rock. he's been the one that has been rescued so many times. he said to me, "today, i got to be the hero." (avo) the subaru share the love event has helped grant the wishes of over twelve hundred kids so far. get a new subaru, and we'll donate two hundred and fifty dollars more to help those in need. ♪put a little love in your heart.♪ (vo) it's the holidays at verizon, and the best deals are on the best network. with no surprise overages,
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♪ ♪ i lie awake looking back, i know this life goes fast, each day harder than the last ♪ breaking you in the dark, i don't know how i fell this far from heaven, can't put the pieces back together ♪ ♪ so you lay there and dream ♪ here is to the lonely, the broken hearted, i want you to know i feel your pain ♪ ♪ here's to the hopeless, the
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almost forgotten, to those who got lost along the way ♪ ♪ i see you, i see you ♪ city streets and no one cease, we all just try to make-believe that it's all better than it seems ♪ ♪ black and white we color in, we see the world the way we wanna see it ♪ ♪ you either take it or you leave it, is it all just a dream ♪ ♪ here's to the lonely, to the
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broken-hearted ♪ ♪ i want you to know i feel your pain ♪ ♪ here's to the hopeless, the almost forgotten, to those who got lost along the way ♪ ♪ i see you ♪ i see you ♪ i see you ♪ when you're alone, and you can't go back home, at the end of the day i remember your face ♪ ♪ here's to the lonely, to the broken hearted, i want you to
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know i know, i feel your pain ♪ ♪ here's to the hopeless, the almost forgotten, to those who got lost along the way ♪ ♪ i see you, i see you [ applause ] >> okay. >> all right. >> i'm so nervous. >> this it is. >> now it's time for us to honor our 2016 cnn hero. since we announced the top ten heroes, we gave you the opportunity to go cnnheroes.com and vote for the hero who
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inspires you most. >> cnn has awarded each of our incredible honorees $10,000 to carry on their important work. in addition, the annenberg foundation, which is a leading supporter of nonprofits worldwide is graciously providing all of our top ten heros with free training and guidance to help them successfully grow their program. the hero with the most audience votes is going to receive an additional $100,000 to continue their life-changing work. >> ladies and gentlemen, the 2016 cnn hero of the year is -- jeison aristizabal! [ cheering and applause ] ♪
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[ applause ] >> you can't believe it. >> bueno. [ speaking spanish ] >> hello to colombia, hello to all the families that have a child with a disability.
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i want to tell you that yes, you can. you can dream and you can achieve your dreams. i want to say hello to all my cnn heroes colleagues. god bless you, and there is more work to do. [ cheering and applause ] >> we'd like to invite all of our honorees back on the stage. we want all of the former heros to join them as well. please continue to support all of their causes by donating to cnnheroes.com. if you want, you can nominate someone to be a cnn hero in 2017. you can do that right now.
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>> we hope that some of these stories have inspire you'd to get involved in your own communities and do your part because you too can be somebody's hero. thank you and good night. ♪
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donald trump calling the report about russia meddling in the u.s. election reliidiculour. the growing contention relationship with the president-elect and the intelligence community. two deadly bombings in istanbul and killing 150 people. we have a report. welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm john berman. it is monday, december 12th. this morning, donald trump is rejecting the cia's assessment that russia did not just meddle in the u.s.

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