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. if you could give a day to a charity that you care about, which would be it? where would you go? how would you help? ll, i along with several of my colleagues were gen that opportunity and asked to share th stories of the people and the causes that are close to our hearts. tonight, you're going to meet them. this is champions for change. ♪ if i told you i was down, i was down, would you help me ♪ ♪ told you ways down, i was down, would you list me up ♪ ♪ i need the strength, i'll be yours someday ♪ ♪ if i told you i was down, ways down, would you help me up ♪ ♪ >> good evening i'm dr. sanjay gupta. over the next hour we'd like to introduce to you some remarkable people. they saw a need and stepped up and are truly make a difference.
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11 anchors and if out across the united states to meet them and spend some time with those whose lives they've changed. i'm also going to take to a place that has special meaning to me, to meet someone i consider a true champion for change. let's start with my colleague and friend anderson cooper. you've probably never heard of spike's k-9 fund it's a small organization with a very big goal to protect the lives of police dogs nationwide buying them bullet proof vests. anderson's going to join me in just a moment but first he'd like you to meet a man named jimmy hatch. >> she's fast. >> she's an athlete, man. >> i first met jimmy two years ago when i interviewed him for a story. he served in the navy for two years. most of it as part of a special mission's unit most of it in afghanistan, iraq, and elsewhere. jimmy doesn't like to make a big deal of it, but he's seen a lot
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of combat in his life and he's doneome remarkable things to help protect us. on his last mission in afghanistan in 2009, jimmy was critically wounded, shot in the leg by a taliban fighter while searching for army private bo bird dog. his life was saved partly bafz military dog in his unit named recommend kwhoe was the first to spot the taliban fighter and the first to come under fire. >> i watched remco, i watched his body language and as it change i did knew we were getting close to something. and then before i realized what was there, he took a couple rounds to the head with an ak-47 at about 6 inches. >> remco was killed and jimmy nearly lost his leg. he was so badly wounded he had to retire from the navy. but that didn't mean that jimmy hatch retired from serving. he found a new mission by founding spike's k-9 fund, a
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charity named for the first dog he handled in the military, spike wlor was killed on a mission in iraq in 2006. >> for me, as a person who handled the dog, it was my duty to make sure he he was protected. and when the dog gets hurt or, you know, killed, you failed. >> jimmy is now dedicating his life to helping train and protect police and military dogs. jimmy helps police department k-9 units around the country often posing as a bad guy, a decoy to help train the dogs and get them used to wearing these vests. in some situations police dogs are sent in when it's too risky for a police officer. the dogs find the suspect and grab on to him which gives police officers valuable time to apprehend them. volunteering as a decoy is not glamourous work. jimmy spends a lot of his time getting bitten by dogs over and
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over again. this dog is wearing a custom made bullet proof vest that spike's k-9 fund got for him. it's lightweight so it doesn't slow him down but will protect him. these vests aren't cheap. they cost about $2,500 a piece. all this training helps the dogs and their police handlers get ber. though the dogs look scary, they can actually save a suspect's life stopping him before he gets shot or tasered. the better trained the dogs are, the safer everyone is. >> training is how just like when i was in the military it's the same thing, you train, train, train, train, train and your odds of success go up. >> spike's k-9 sfund a small charity. jimmy runs it along with his director of operations emily. >> currently we've helped dogs in 26 states wind like the whole map to be lit up with dogs that
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we've helped. >> their office is jimmy's kitchen table and to keep overhead low. jimmy says more than 80% of the money donated goes to dog's vests and medical expenses which sometimes aren't covered by local police departments. he's gotten vests for at least 288 police dogs so far. by the end of the year,'d like -- he'd like to be able to say he's outfitted at least 500 police dogs. last month iet up with jimmy when he wasking with the nor foel foal being police k-9 unit. >> anderson, come in here. listen to this dog, man. see how he keeps biting to get deeper. >> one of their police dogs krueger was shot to death in 2016. and through spike's k-9 fund i was able to help get bullet proof vest for police dogs in the area. >> this guy right here was named in honor of anderson cooper, that's a.c.
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>> thanks to spike's k-9 fund, officer mcany of's new k-9 officer has the vest that krueger did not. >> what's cool is he's wearing the vest that you provided for the dogs, so that's bullet proof vest and he wears it to work every day. >> jimmy somehow convinced know suit up so i could experience the power and discipline of these dogs. >> i got him. >> let's get up. feel so intimate that is. he's talking to you. >> and anderson joins me now, intimate that's how they described it. >> yeah. it's just so surreal, you know, this dog was just nice one moment and the dog was looking right at you. it's really intense. >> the dog named after you. >> yes, a.c. >> a.c. in all the years i've known you you take reporter involvement in these stories to a whole different level, including in this particular piece which we'll get to the see. jimmy was very persuasive in terms of getting you to do something you've never done before. >> jimmy sky dives pretty much
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every weekend. for a while he's been talking about getting me out, i'm afraid of heights, so but, you know, he has a way of convincing people. so i ended up doing a tandem jump with somebody else and jimmy was actually video taping the whole thing. and i mean it's terrifying. for somebody who doesn't like heights, i was fine until the door of the back of the plane opened and you're 13,000 feet up and you have no control over it. you're like in a giant baby bee yorn and somebody's wad eling you to the edge and they decide when they're going to jump. they don't tell and you they do a summersault so you're completely discom bobulated. >> you've traveled all over the world, you've seen a lot of charities at work. this is the one that you chose. >> yeah. >> you obviously had a connection with jimmy, but why this one in particular? >> i think there's a lot of different charities that i've done stuff with over the years, but it's large ones and sma small ones and there was
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something about jimmy that he's a, you know, he's an american hero. he had some difficult times when he got back trying to figure out his life. and that's how the auspices under which i initially met him and interviewed him. i just think the police dogs are -- look, i have a lot of respect for police officers. police dogs are sort of unsung here rose of police deptsds. in the budgets they often -- some dogs don't have bullet proof vefrts and i started -- i was doing a speech down in nor foal being, virginia, and jimmy called me about a week before and said that a police dog had been shot to death there named krueger and that's how i started getting involved. >> and that unequivocal loyalty. >> it's incredible. for the police officers who work with k-9s, it's their partner and when a k-9 is killed in the line of duty, it's like lose a partner. >> amazing pieces,around, thank you so much. you can watch the full segment about spike's k-9 fund at cnn.com/champions for change along wault other stories, including. >> how are we feeling?
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>> good. >> feeling strong? >> yes. who runs the world. >> us. >> whitfield sure is passionate about girl's sports. she heads to washington, d.c. to see how one girl uses athletics to empower them for the future. up next, we explore childhood hunger with a group that ensures they get and receive the nourishment they need.
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welcome back. here in the united states 13 million households with children often go without adequate food. it's a number that boggles my mind and consider this. one in five school childrendepe reduced-price lunch every sool day. but after classes wrap up on friday, many of them will go without a decent meal until monday. morning express host robin meade wants to introduce to you a charity that's doing what it can to fill in that food gap on the weekends. >> i think it's important to
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realize that not everybody who is hungry is necessarily homeless. sometimes families just really need help to get by. >> when anthony was real little my husband and i were having a hard time. we didn't have a job, we couldn't even afford to buy meal for anthony. those were really hard time for us. >> so what is everybody thinking oh my gosh when i am bigger i want to be -- i heard you're going to be a reporter or an acc tres. >> i like movies and i like being on tv. >> to live in big houses and look so amazing. i like wearing the latest, like, clothes but i can't wear the latest clothes. >> i would too. >> i still don't know what i want to be. >> yeah, well that's okay. >> okay. how about you. >> be a manager of building homes and make them perfect.
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>> oh, that's beautiful. >> so people can live. >> why that? >> so they won't have to struggle and live in a really tiny apartment. >> so haven't you always wondered what might become of a person's life if only they had a little bit of help? what mighthey become? as a young person here, if only they're not distracted by hunger, for example. and blessings in a backpack, i think, could be that if only. >> that's 40, we must have one extra. >> how did it first get started. >> the first person was a school teacher. she was really concerned. she could not believe the children were coming back to school this tired and this hungry and they realized that the last meal they were having was friday at lunch until they came back to school on monday for breakfast. $100 feeds a child for the entire school year. it gets the kids through the weekend and gets them back to school monday ready to learn. >> to some people, it might not be that much, but for people
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that have needs, for me, it's a lot because without w that i can make a big special meal for the kids and the kids are very happy. >> this cause meant a lot to me because i know that my dad grew up in dire poverty. the 14th kid of 14 in the hills of eastern kentucky, now he says because they farmed they always had food to eat. when he talks about how he would pack lunch for school, it was this. he would take stale corn bred, put is it in a mason chair, put milk in it tie it up and put it in a stream and that's how he kept temperature cold during school. so knowing what my dad went through, even though he says he always had something to eat, it makes me feel empathy of what these kids might be going through and how blessings in a backpack could help them. >> i visited jackson skill until roswell, georgia. spes despite a brand new school building and a neighborhood that
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most people would consider effluent, 75% of the kids here qualify for freed on reduced-school meals. >> we noticed in class they were falling asleep, their attendance was poor. so that was the main red flag. since we started a program with most of the kids were their attendance improved. >> i did all the math by hand. >> kids, they're focused. they look forward to getting in the classrooms and working hard. they feel that this could happen to any of us, and that there's nothing to be ashamed of. >> we get together every wednesday and we pack all the bags and then take them on to the schools. >> there we go. >> the hardest part is knowing that there are other children in the school and we don't have the funding to include them. >> i think it's just absurd that in the united states of america people are experiencing poverty to the level that a child will
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look forward to going to school because that's where they're going to get something to eat. is there misconception about who's hungry? >> i think so. i was surprised that it was so close to home. i didn't think it was in kind of the suburbs. >> somewhere else. >> uh-huh. >> translator: i just want to thank the families because they are a big help. there are times when parents are left without the job, and that's had they help us so our kids won't be left without food. >> what a wonderful son you have. you must be proud. >> thank you. >> my mom's a hero because she supports me. one thing that my dad always taught me is to never give up. >> it's amazing to think that just a little bit of food can fuel such a bright future. >> helping hungry kids, one
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backpack at a time. still ahead, john berman introduces to you his champion for change, a group that john was able to help by knowing the right question to an answer. >> this is the celebrity jeopardy check for $50,000 that you won for friends of karen. but "yes" is here. you're saying the new app will go live monday? yeah. with help from hpe, we can finally work the way we want to. with the right mix of hybrid it, everything computes. but when we brought our daughter home, that was it. now i have nicoderm cq. the nicoderm cq patch with unique extended release technology helps prevent your urge to smoke all day. it's the best thing that ever happened to me. every great why needs a great how. [vo] what made secretariat the grwho ever lived?e
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welcome back to champions for change. every child deserves an equal shot at success. that's what makes poppy harlow to passionate about her boys and girls club, just a short walk from her home in brooklyn. >> this is the carrot he brings in. >> this is the carrot. >> this is the carrot right here. >> to thousands of children, it's a second home, a place where a kid with a kid and also get on track with college with help from great staff and mentors including poppy. her coanc ger john berman also has a personal connection to his cause. it's a group that gives one-on-one support to families when the unthinkable happens. >> no one's prepared to have a critically ill child. i mean, i think people avoid
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thinking about it. >> that's t num one thing families always y, we never thought this was going happen to us. and nobody does, you're not prepared financially for it or emotionally for it and that's where friends of karen can come in. >> it's always hard as she's getting treatment, right? >> sara cokely helps families face the unfaceable. she is one of a dozen social workers at friends of karen, an organization which supports the families of critically ill children. >> how many families are you working with right now? >> i have a caseload of about 40. yeah. >> 4-0? >> 4-0. >> had is the process. she started losing her hair. this is her twin sister zoey. >> take the case of 14-year-old -- and her family. their world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with sar coma in her leg. >> what's it like to hear that your child has cancer? >> it's -- i'm sorry.
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getting emotional. it's the worst thing possible to hear. it's really heartbreaking. it really is. >> hello, how are you? >> good. >> it's always a fine balance talking about the finances and the emotional piece. but you want a parent to know that we are going pay their bills so they can sit by their child's bed. >> they helped me along the way so that i was able to maintain my sanity and not have to worry about one aspect of my life while i'm worrying about the health of my child. >> so come on, i'll show you something my office, this is what i spend some of my day doing. part of what friends of karen does is we pay family bills. since it's for cell phone, hospital expenses,medines, these are the things that keep a family afloat when their child is sick. >> do you ever get to the bottom of the pile? >> there's always a new pile. >> this really is a house, isn't it?
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>> it is a house. >> she is executive director of friends of karen. >> we can't prevent the pain, but we can certainly lessen that pay for a family there's not a person at friends of karen that doesn't feel the mission in their heart. and work their hardest because they really care about the kids and their families. >> what are the darkest moments? >> well, we all get an e-mail when a child dies. while most, maybe 80% of children are cured, it's always one is too many. >> friends of karen is named after the first child helped nearly 40 years ago. it's based out of 150-year-old house, a genuine home for the organization. >> i need 15 of these, please. >> home to the volunteers, a home to the 15,000 children they have helped, a home for so many memories. >> i remember this family. we love you eric james barron, we miss you, buddy. >> look at this. this is the celebrity jeopardy
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check for $50,000 that you won for friends of karen. and i -- >> so, yes, i once played jeopardy on behalf of friends of karen and i was nervous. so before hand i wrote judy a note thinking she would say don't worry, just do the best you can it will be okay. but she said quit whining. >> think about all the remarkable kids that will benefit from the jeopardy. think about the horrible treatment they go through every day and the strength they have to endure it. being on jeopardy will be a piece of cake compared to that. >> i can't tell you how grateful we are for being so smart and for playing. >> i was thrilled. i was thrilled that it worked out. >> he's the winner of 43,900. >> how'd i do? >> like a backpack. >> friends of karen isn't just money and medicine, there's sibling services as simple as an art project can make brothers, cyst rerz twins feel included, safe, remembered. >> i really hate when she got
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sick. >> most of us even hate to think about these situations, at friends of karen they joke that they ruin all kinds of dinr partiesyringing up what they do. and i have to confess that my mind often drifts toward the pain and the tragedy. but they don't. not the social workers, not the families. >> kissing her, always kissing her forehead. >> this is tough, these pictures here. >> i often saw her laying down in a hospital bed or in a wheelchair. and a couple weeks ago i went to visit them and it was the first time i saw her standing and walking. and the smile on her face was huge. >> the smiles must make all the difference. >> it does. that's what gets you through, knowing what it can look like at the end and what you're hopeful for for each family. >> and we're happy to report that she continues on her road to recovery. for cnn tonight anchor don lemon inspiration comes from help a florida charity raise money to
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help kids with cancer. while erin burnett visit the 94-year-old woman named connie to see how a delivery of a hot meal includes an extra conversation of compassion. you can see photo galleries and ways you can get involved on our website. kate baldwin trekz to the farm to see how one family makes a difference on the farm. >> you think farming is easy, i dare to you try this. hey ron! they're finally taking down that schwab billboard. oh, not so fast, carl. ♪ oh no. schwab, again? index investing for that low? that's three times less than fidelity... ...and four times less than vanguard. what's next, no minimums? ...no minimums. schwab has lowered the cost of investing again. introducing the lowest cost index funds in the industry with no minimums. i bet they're calling out the schw news. schwab. a modern approach to wealth management.
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you're watching brook baldwin's champion for change had the through the heroes project he challenges wounded vetsz to climb their way through confidence scaling some of the highest peeks in the world. and, yes, brook took the challenge as well. >> i'm a little nervous. >> watch all of it as cnn.com/champions for change. when you hear the words farm
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aid a concert is probably the first thing that comes to your mind. willie nelson, john young, dave matthews, all of them raising millions of dollars to help familiarably farmers save their land and their heritage. no stranger to farm country herself, kate baldwin is about to show you how they do it and what it means to one family whose farm goes back generations. >> this is rural, small town virginia. i feel like i'm my best self when i'm back in a place like this. i grew up in rural, small town indiana. the house that i grew up in and the house that my parents still live in backs up to an apple orchard. it's a family-owned and operated farm. it was perfect, it was simple. we all will have a personal connection to farming. farmers are part of the backbone
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of america. i've also watched the rise and decline of the american farming tradition. very soon there's likely to be less than 2 million farms in the united states. when i saw that, it raised a really big question if my mind, is the american farming tradition a thing of the past? i hope not. but that's what farm aid is here for. >> and welcome to farm aid, the concert for america. >> farm aid was borne out of a concert in reaction to the farm crisis in the '80s where tens of thousands of farmers were pushed into debt and willie nelson wanted to do something about it so he called up his friends and they threw together a concert. >> he made his inner revolution for farmers. >> they could sustain on the farm -- >> meet robin robins. >> i was the runt of six grandchildren. >> raised on a tobacco farm,
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today she is the matriarch of of a multigenerational farm family. and she's putting me to work. >> we started in the greenhouse. >> these you can water hire like rain water. >> farming has always been, to me, something that is in my heritage. i love it, my passion for my granny, my grandpa and it's honoring the land, hopping your heritage. >> that's no easy feat here at april lasha, a region gutted by the demise of the tobacco and coal industries fot save their land they transformed their tobacco farm into an organic produce farm. >> we refinanced our house to build the green housings. that was a little scary. but, you know, we have to take that leap of faith. >> and farm aid helps farmers like robin make thateap supporting food hubs which certify farmers and distribute their pro drus duce to bigger supermarkets.
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she has grown her farm to 24 acres now. >> she runs it with her husband, no offense to dave, but i think robin runs the show. >> you're doing it. >> i got on a tractor for the first time. learned from dave how do it because we were plowing the field. what's it like knowing that this is injury family's land, your granddad made his living off this? >> it's that connection that really keeps you here. i've been a lot of different places, but i always come back. >> and your mom, every plant i've ever touched i've killed. >> it brought robin's daughter logan back too. she just left her office job. >> farming grew back. >> yeah, i miss it plus i just like the whole purpose of it. i mean, you're feeding people. >> that's something to be proud. >> from logan i learned how to get the plants ready to ship off to market. >> next, probably my most challenging job on the farm, taking zu keenny transplants and planting them in the field. >> i'm so nervous.
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removing and the tractor is punching holes along the way. >> you think farming is easy, i dare to you try this. the perfect image in my head is the scene from i love louisianaky swhi she's at the chocolate factory. we were probably going two to three miles an hour and it felt like we were going 50 miles an hour. and get it right or else you're not going to have plants in 45 days. how much of it is science and how much of it is luck and prayer? >> you're agriculture is just controlled by mother nature. she's the trump card. >> i think one of the things that surprised me most since meeting the robins family is all the intricacies that go into getting anything from farm to table. they're constantly juggling. >> because you're going to have a lot of humidity. >> my biggest question coming
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here is the american farming tradition a thing the past. >> are farmers facing crisis again? >> they are, yeah. you have a small number of large companies or farmers produng the majority. but we really are focused on new farmers, young farmers to make sure that they continue to diversify agriculture. >> like robin robins who no matter what is on a mission to keep her farm in the family. >> did it. >> >> together with the big guns of farm aid, i have no doubt the tradition will live on. >> this generation is kind of shaming my generation. i could turn all three of my girls loose on our farm right now and actually take a vacation. >> this continues with them. >> this continues with them and they pay it forward. >> and after all that work, kate says she'll never look at a salad the same way again. still ahead, alison camma radda introduces us to her champions for change. inspiring students in the
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welcome back. the people who inspire cnn's new day anchor alisyn camerota provide a pathway for kids who need it the most. as you'll see sometimes it take a stroke of a brush or a click of a camera to help a child discover herself. >> this is dream yard, a nonprofit that brings music, dance, theater, poetry and fine arts into public schools in the bronx, new york. the poorest congressional district in the country. more than two decades ago, two 20 something guys had a dream. they believed that arts programs could keep kids engaged in
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school, keep them from dropping out, help them get better grades and maybe even go to college. >> we wrote a play called dream yard which is about a place that kids could go to and their parents had forgotten how to get there. that's all it was in the beginning was just us creating art with young people. what was powerful about it was it changed their connections to learning and education. >> i'm a spontaneous photographer. i don't like to stop and have someone say cheese. i like it i'll take a picture. >> i love to paint, just because paint is a type of thing where sometimes making a mistake actually ends up being part of what makes the painting beautiful. >> thanks to dream yard, sony keith and leann torres blossomed as artists but they worried about what would come next. >> i feel like i've always known that college was my next step. when i started getting accepted into colleges i couldn't pay for them bause even thoug was
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getting help tre was still many out of pocket that i couldn't afford and my mother couldn't dream of affording. >> i relied of the generosity of a lot of people. i was able to go to a school where there was a lot of arts and theater and music through a scar smip and i'm so grateful i got to have that experience. >> i always thought when i was 11 someday if i can i'm going to pay that back. >> ♪ and i'll rise up, i'll rise like today ♪ ♪ i'll rise up. >> it's so inspiring, going to this dream yard event because you see all the kids, they are so talented. they knock your socks off. gives you goose bumps when you're in the audience. ♪ >> about a year ago, my husband said, maybe we should do more than just go to the annual fundraiser, maybe we could do just a little bit more than that for the kids.
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♪ >> my husband and i have chosen to support dream yard by create a four-year scholarship. we are honored and excited to present the first to charles pfrmt lord, dream yard scholarships. we'd like to invite up sony keith and leann torres. >> my mother told me when she was younger shz wasn't allowed to do so many things. she said the reason why she allows me do dream yard and other things is so i can express myself, so i can become the person i want to be. >> my mom was in her early 20s when she first came to the united states. we made the best out of her sacrifice. we're going to become professionals one day. we're going to -- we're going to do great things and i think that
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that's something that she's proud of. >> and alisny joins me now. you made that happen, those two girls, how does that feel? >> let me give you a little more context p. these girls are so talented and had so much promise that they had already gotten some financial aid and some other scholarships. but because college is so prohibitively expensive even with that there was still a gap and they weren't going to be able to fulfill their dreams. so my husband and i closed that gap. so i feel really great that we were able to do that, but it takes a village because of the expense of college now. >> so much of the funding for arts types programs have been cut. people say, look, we have to make these decisions and those are often the first things to go. why is it so important to you? >> well, my mom was a high school drama teacher, so from
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the time truly i was born she was always sort of i was tagging along to her directing school plays. my first performance ever i was 3 years old and she put me in one of the high school plays and i was a munch kin in the wizard of oz. and it was so thrilling to me, i was in the chorus, i had no talent to speak of but it was thrilling. i just don't think that everybody bounds out of bed for an algebra test. i think that that's what keeps kids in school, and iefz always felt that and believe that. so programs like dream yard just try to make that happen. >> did you a good thing. >> thanks. >> you can see more of her story online. while you're there, michaela pereira wants to introduce to you the cause that she's been champion. for more than a decade it supports at-risk teens and it gets results. >> i'm getting my bachelor's degree next may. >> you are not. >> when we come back, you're going to also meet my champion
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over the years i've travelled so many places to the world's greatest humanitarian crisis and been fortunate enough to be able to pitch in as a first responder. following the earthquake in 2010. i went back to see how the country's doing and to check in with one organization doing incredible work and the man who is my champion for change. there is a saying, beyond mountains there are mountains. as soon as you overcome one obstacle, there is another and then anather. haiti, our neighbor is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. it was already one of the toughest places in the world to live. and then january 12th, 2010, a
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7.0 magnitude earthquake hits. within an instant, hundreds of thousands dead. hundreds of thousands more injured. sudden and utter human destruction. almost unimaginable. my chest still tightens just thinking about haiti. it was day five, kimberley 12 years old, a piece of shrapnel in her brain. she recovered well but she had still lost her family, lost her life as she knew it. even survival seemed a living hell. i kept thinking this is a place that will never recover. a place forgotten. >> does it come back to how much we really care? >> the absence of money is the reflection of differ engsiation of human life. >> can someone, anyone really make a difference in a place like this? my bet is on this guy, champion
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for change, paul fmer andhe organization he founded, partne in health. they've been in haiti for 30 years and they were there january 2010. the images of port prince's tent city's -- how is this area doing seven years later? >> there's been patchy improvement. some places rebels all clear, houses rebuilt. there's been all these other problems. food insecurity, more floods, hurricane matthew. so it's a mixed bag. >> when you were pretty young you decided to come here and to do work. what was motivating you at that time to come here? >> mote vagivations are difficu desiefer but i think it was a desire to help people and especially people in poverty.
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>> and with that i realized paul farmer, an infectious it zeez farmer from harvard that one, one organization can make difference, even in a place like this. >> when we were here in 2010 and former president clinton came down at that time, one of the things i remember him saying to me is sometimes something good can come from something bad. university hospital came out of something bad, it came o of the earthquake. it's 300 beds, the largest solar powered hospital in the developing world, six operating rooms, 2,000 patients a day. >> in greek mythology, a phoenix is a bird continually reborn from its ashes just like this. university hospital, the crown jewel in partner's haity portfolio, a world class hospital effectively in the middle of nowhere. did you imagine a place like this could exist?
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chief nursing officer here at the hospital. how does this hospital stack up to what you've seen over there? >> it's equivalent to what i've seen. >> that's an amazing statement. there are people who say that shouldn't have ever been possible. >> i love it. there's one thing i tell my stat is there's radical near ridiculous. when we propose it, it's ridiculous but when it happens, it's radical. >> just to give you an idea of how busy things can get in the middle of haiti, a 3-year-old boy in a motorcycle accident, he has a fracture in his skull. that's going to need surgery and a 61-year-old man who has a large hemorrhage in his brain, he's also going to need surgery. they also need happen within the next hour or so. alexander would have surely died in the haitian country side.
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he's 61. instead today i'm getting ready to operaraerate on him. brain surgery. in the poorest area of the poorest country of this hemisphere of the world. >> i thought no way is this person going to make it and they do. that's something good that came out of something bad. >> it's the house that paul farmer helped build. at one time even his supporters thought what you are witnessing simply pausant possible. asking how can this possibly be done? >> that's a philosophical question, right? i didn't spend a lot of time on it because i knew the answer was of course. the real question to ask is how do we do it? if they had been saying can we do this at nasa? there would have never been someone on the moon.
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so the leswe askow and the more we ask how can we do it, the ser we are as a species. >> and able to travel mountains upon mountains. >> and as proof that it was the right thing to do, please observe a rainbow just appeared over your left shoulder. clearly a sign from god. >> from harvard to haiti to heaven. >> i'm probably not headed to the third destination. >> to see all these amazing stories and more, our series lives on. on your laptop, your tablet, your smart phone. at cnn.com/champions for change. you'll also find links to all the organizations we feature tonight where you can volunteer, maybe be inspired to be a change maker in your own community as well. i'm dr. sanjay gupta. good night.
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