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At Hero Life, we are proud of organizations like Ride a Wave’s mission of empowering children with disabilities to experience the joy of riding a wave and enjoy a fun-filled day at the beach. Ride a Wave has been providing free beach camps to children with disabilities since 1998, giving them the opportunity to participate in activities such as boogie boarding, kayaking, and tandem surfing.

RAW’s commitment to inclusivity is inspiring. The organization welcomes children who are physically, developmentally, or economically challenged, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to participate. RAW’s volunteers are specially trained to ensure that the children’s safety is always the top priority, with every participant covered in sunscreen and provided with wetsuits, life vests, and safety helmets.

The impact of Ride a Wave on children’s lives is immeasurable. For many children with disabilities, the chance to experience the thrill of riding a wave is an unforgettable moment that boosts their self-confidence. RAW’s beach camps are also an opportunity for children to make new friends, build relationships, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

At Hero Life, we believe in organizations like Ride a Wave that make a positive impact on people’s lives. RAW’s commitment to inclusivity, safety, and fun aligns with our core values, and we are proud to be associated with this amazing organization. Together, we can help empower children with disabilities to ride the waves of life and achieve their full potential.


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Meet the hero pediatric surgeon who not only performs life-saving surgeries but also eases the anxiety of his little patients by riding with them to the OR dancing. His compassionate and creative approach spreads joy and comfort to children and their families during a stressful time.

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The smallest gestures can make the biggest difference. That’s exactly what happened when a hero dry cleaner in a small town offered to clean the clothes of unemployed individuals for free in preparation for a job interview.

It all started when the owner of the dry cleaning business noticed that many of his regular customers were struggling to find work. He realized that the cost of dry cleaning their interview outfits might be a significant burden for them, especially when they were already facing financial hardship. That’s when he decided to take matters into his own hands.

The hero dry cleaner put up a sign in his shop window offering free dry cleaning services for anyone who was unemployed and needed their clothes cleaned for a job interview. He didn’t make a big deal out of it or seek any publicity, he just wanted to do what he could to help those in need.

The hero dry cleaner’s gesture didn’t just help those in need, it also had a positive impact on the community as a whole. People felt proud to live in a town where such acts of kindness were commonplace, and the dry cleaner’s business saw a surge in customers as a result of the good publicity.

This story serves as a powerful reminder that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a big difference in the lives of others. It also shows that businesses can have a positive impact on their communities by finding ways to give back and support those in need. The hero dry cleaner made the world a little bit brighter for those he helped.

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Mark Andrews, a tight end for the Baltimore Ravens, has become an inspiration to many in the diabetes community. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at a young age, Andrews has never let his condition hold him back from achieving his dreams. Instead, he has used his platform as a professional football player to motivate others and show that anything is possible.

Andrews’ success on the field speaks for itself. He has the most receiving touchdowns of any tight end since 2019, and he has been named to the Pro Bowl twice. But it’s his off-the-field impact that truly sets him apart.

Through his advocacy work, Andrews has become a role model for young people with diabetes. He regularly mentors children and teens, sharing his own experiences and offering advice on how to stay healthy and active. He has also written about his journey in publications like USA Today, using his platform to raise awareness and educate others about Type 1 diabetes.

For Andrews, it’s not just about being a successful athlete with diabetes. It’s about breaking down barriers and showing others that anything is possible, no matter what obstacles they may face.

“There’s a lot of people breaking that mold and showing people that we can do anything and we can be just like anybody else,” Andrews said in a recent interview. “We just have to do more than the average person. That’s one of the things that drives me is going out there and showing people that hey, I’m a Type 1 diabetic, but I’m going to go out and compete with the rest of them.”

Andrews’ message of perseverance and determination is one that resonates with people of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you have diabetes or not, his story serves as a reminder that we all have the power to overcome adversity and achieve our goals.

As we navigate the challenges of daily life, it can be easy to feel discouraged or overwhelmed. But with the right mindset and a willingness to work hard, we can all accomplish great things. Mark Andrews is living proof of that, and his example is one that we can all strive to follow.


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Dale Beatty, a National Guardsman who lost both of his legs after a landmine explosion in northern Iraq, was able to build a wheelchair-accessible home through the help of the Iredell County Builders Association and volunteers. With John Gallina, a friend and building contractor who also served in the National Guard and was with him in the Humvee, Beatty founded Purple Heart Homes, a nonprofit that modifies or helps provide homes for disabled veterans, which has helped 30 disabled veterans so far. The organization will assist any disabled service member who was wounded during military service, regardless of the war they served in.

How Purple Heart Homes Helped Kevin Smith:

Kevin Smith is a Vietnam veteran from Newton, North Carolina, who suffered knee and back injuries in an accident aboard an aircraft carrier. For decades, he endured dozens of operations and gradually became more reclusive – in part because he was afraid of falling down his front steps, which didn’t have a handrail.

“For 35 years, no one cared,” Smith said.

But when Purple Heart Homes built a wheelchair ramp in front of his home, it changed his life. The physical improvements made it easier for him to move about safely, and the goodwill gesture deeply touched Smith.

“(They) made me realize that I had value and worth and that I meant something,” he said.

Now Smith socializes frequently with his neighbors and other veterans. He says it’s all because of Purple Heart Homes.

“They jump-started me back into life … (and) said welcome home,” Smith said, tearfully. “It’s great to be home after 40 years.”

The why:

For Beatty and Gallina, their work is about giving all veterans the same level of respect.

“Regardless of when you served, where you served … we’re all the same,” Beatty said. “They just need to know that somebody does care about them.

“We wouldn’t leave someone behind on the battlefield. Why would we do it at home?”

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2013/02/14/us/cnnheroes-beatty-veterans-homes

Check out the Purple Heart Homes website at purplehearthomesusa.org

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Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit that connects children with serious illnesses or disabilities with college athletic teams. The organization was founded in 2011 by a group of former college classmates and student-athletes who recognized the power of teams and wanted to ensure no child was sidelined by sickness or disability. Through a two-year therapeutic program, Team IMPACT has fostered relationships that have enhanced the lives of thousands of courageous children and tens of thousands of student-athletes across the country. The team behind Team IMPACT continues to expand the long-standing tradition of athletes contributing to something far greater than themselves.

Some really cool examples of what Team IMPACT does:

  1. Ben and St. Anselm’s College Men’s Hockey Team: Ben, a nine-year-old boy battling cancer, was matched with the St. Anselm’s College men’s hockey team in 2011. The team welcomed Ben as a full-fledged member of their team, inviting him to practices, games, and team events. Through his involvement with the team, Ben gained confidence, resilience, and a sense of belonging that helped him fight his illness.
  2. Brianna and Merrimack College Women’s Soccer Team: Brianna, a 10-year-old girl with a rare genetic condition, was matched with the Merrimack College women’s soccer team in 2017. Brianna attended practices and games, and the team even made her an honorary captain. Through her involvement with the team, Brianna gained confidence and a support system that helped her deal with the challenges of her condition.
  3. Colin and Boston College Football Team: Colin, a 12-year-old boy with a rare heart condition, was matched with the Boston College football team in 2015. Colin attended practices, games, and team events, and the team even surprised him with a special locker room reveal. Through his involvement with the team, Colin gained confidence and a sense of belonging that helped him deal with his condition.
  4. Madi and Endicott College Women’s Volleyball Team: Madi, a 16-year-old girl with a rare neurological condition, was matched with the Endicott College women’s volleyball team in 2019. Madi attended practices, games, and team events, and the team even made her an honorary captain. Through her involvement with the team, Madi gained confidence, a sense of belonging, and a support system that helped her deal with the challenges of her condition.
For more information: https://www.teamimpact.org/: Team IMPACT…Heroes

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“Be fearless.” This simple yet powerful quote is a reminder that embracing courage can open doors to extraordinary possibilities in life. This post will delve into the importance of fearlessness, the benefits of overcoming our fears, and ways to cultivate courage in our daily lives.

  1. Fear can hold us back from achieving our full potential.
  2. Overcoming fear requires self-awareness and determination.
  3. Fearlessness fosters personal growth and resilience.
  4. Taking calculated risks can lead to rewarding experiences.
  5. Supporting and encouraging others can help them embrace courage.

Real-world examples can illustrate the power of being fearless and its impact on our lives.

Example 1: Public Speaking
Many people struggle with the fear of public speaking. However, when Sam decided to face his fear head-on and join a local toastmasters club, he improved his speaking skills and self-confidence. By embracing fearlessness, Sam overcame his anxiety and became an accomplished public speaker, opening new doors in his professional and personal life.

Example 2: Traveling Solo
Leaving her comfort zone, Maria decided to embark on a solo trip worldwide. Initially, the thought of traveling alone was daunting, but by being fearless, Maria experienced personal growth and gained a newfound appreciation for different cultures. This life-changing journey broadened her perspective and helped her discover her strengths and capabilities.

Example 3: Starting a Business
Michael faced numerous challenges and uncertainties when he took the plunge and started his own business. But, instead of succumbing to fear, he embraced a fearless mindset, allowing him to navigate the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. His determination and courage led to the successful growth of his business, demonstrating the power of being fearless in the face of adversity.

Being fearless can transform our lives, enabling us to reach our full potential and fostering personal growth. By facing our fears, taking calculated risks, and supporting others in their courageous endeavors, we can unlock extraordinary possibilities and experiences. So, remember, “Be fearless.” Embrace courage, and you’ll be on the path to a life filled with adventure, resilience, and self-discovery.

For your library:

“Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” by Susan Jeffers – This classic self-help book offers practical advice on how to overcome fear and anxiety and live a more confident and fulfilling life.

“Daring Greatly” by Brené Brown – Another book by Brené Brown, “Daring Greatly” explores the link between vulnerability, courage, and creativity. It offers powerful insights and practical strategies for living a more fearless and authentic life.

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Saw this video on the PGA Tour page and had to share it!

During the summer of 2021, Kendall was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma. Due to her cancer, doctors removed one of her femurs and she has had to learn to walk again with a prosthetic leg. On March 23rd, 2022, the Make-A-Wish foundation surprised Kendall with her own custom golf cart as she has shared interest in learning the game of golf. Just a week later through the Valero Texas Open and the PGA TOUR, Kendall was invited to TPC San Antonio (Oaks Course) to visit Titleist and spend some time with Jordan Spieth. Titleist surprises Kendall with a brand new set of golf clubs while Jordan Spieth gives Kendall her very first golf lesson.

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Dan Asmussen shared some powerful words of wisdom in a post on Facebook, which went viral. In the anecdote, a father is trying to educate his son what it means to be poor  The dad thinks his son shares his perspective on what life is all about. Instead, he is the one that takes away the lesson!

The anecdote reads:

One day a very wealthy father took his son on a trip to the country for the sole purpose of showing his son how it was to be poor. They spent a few days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

After their return from the trip, the father asked his son how he liked the trip. “It was great, Dad,” the son replied. “Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked. “Oh Yeah,” said the son.

“So what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father. The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

“We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.”

“We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.” The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “It showed me just how poor we really are.”

Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don’t have. What is one person’s worthless object is another’s prize possession. It is all based on one’s perspective.

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What truly matters are traits such as kindness, integrity, humility, and generosity, which reflect a person’s character and values. These are the qualities that make a person truly impressive and deserving of admiration.

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