Making A Difference

Makiing A Difference

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Making A Difference Stories

The World's Poorest Philanthropist

11:59 PM, Oct 20, 2013

An Army veteran builds a giving garden to give back to help the co-workers who helped he and his wife through their darkest time

Local man in a Hall of Fame fight against Lou Gehrig's disease

11:08 PM, Aug 18, 2013

Sunset Hills man diagnosed with ALS is finding great strength from his loving family.

A Camp with Heart

11:33 PM, Aug 4, 2013

A camp for kids with heart ailments staffed by the doctors and nurses at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Local amputee builds Lego leg to inspire

12:30 AM, Jul 29, 2013

Occupational Therapist and amputee Christina Stephens built a prosthetic leg out of legos to help destigmatize amputation.

Mission Possible: Operation Puppy Surprise

11:33 PM, Jul 21, 2013

A wounded warrior receives a puppy that will one day be his service dog thanks to the kindness of strangers.

Six String Heroes heals veterans with music

12:05 AM, Jul 15, 2013

If you've ever wondered, this is what healing sounds like.

Mike Bush Baseball Camp for Kids who are deaf or hard of hearing

11:03 PM, Jul 7, 2013

A field of dreams for kids who are deaf and want to play ball

Woman facing terminal cancer with joy and grace

11:35 PM, Jun 23, 2013

Woman with terminal cancer somehow sees the light in her darkest days.

An unlikely Father's Day story

11:50 PM, Jun 16, 2013

Artist from the projects returns to help kids growing up from the old neighborhood thanks to his unlikely adopted father.

The Healing Chair: helping women recover from cancer

12:05 AM, Jun 10, 2013

Seven women recover from breast cancer surgery in a recliner that they now call the "Healing Chair."

Local Company sows the "Seeds of Happiness"

12:01 AM, Jun 3, 2013

Local scupltor created a business that's growing by sending out smiles.

Military veterans watch over the fallen at Jefferson Barracks

11:40 PM, May 26, 2013

For the Caretakers at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, everyday is Memorial Day.

Stranger turns into an angel for a mom of 7

12:11 AM, May 20, 2013

After all these years, Jonathan Deery still looks forward to the days he spends with Allen Savat.

Doctor saves Airman's life and the Airman changes his

12:05 AM, May 13, 2013

Incredible story of how an Airman was saved and a doctor was changed and now they'll compete together in the ultimate test of strength and endurance.

After 20 surgeries son finally comes home for Mother's Day

12:02 AM, May 13, 2013

A 13 year old has had more surgeries than birthdays but he finally gets to go home on Mother's Day.

Young author won't let dyslexia stop her

12:01 AM, May 6, 2013

Nine-year-old Granite City girl who has Dyslexia overcomes her fears and writes a book with an important message.

Friends rally around teenager with mysterious illness

11:05 PM, Apr 30, 2013

After hundreds of tests doctors still don't have a diagnosis for a teenager who lost the ability to walk.

Devoted dad runs marathon for his ill daughter

9:45 PM, Apr 4, 2013

Former Firefighter runs for a cause. His ill daughter who recently underwent a lung transplant.

New music program helps kids rock cancer

12:06 AM, Feb 27, 2013

It's not a cure but a new therapy program has young cancer patients singing a different tune.

Paralyzed painter learns to paint by mouth

1:00 AM, Feb 18, 2013

With precise, confident brush strokes, the colors come together as pieces in a puzzle. The artist expressing not what he sees but what he feels.

The Angel of East St. Louis

1:01 AM, Feb 11, 2013

A kitchen worker spends whatever money is left over from her modest salary to help feed the hungry in East St. Louis.


Long-time hospital worker heals with kindness

12:49 AM, Jan 28, 2013

Velma Hunt never went to medical school but for many patients at Children's Hospital she is just what the doctor ordered.

Teen with leukemia inspires other patients

8:43 AM, Jan 14, 2013

A local teenager's positive prescription is making a difference for other patients with Leukemia.

Basement Christmas play is making a difference

11:54 PM, Dec 19, 2012

When it comes to this troupe of actors, there's one thing you can always count on: they'll be home for Christmas.

Clowns on Call: Healing with humor

11:50 PM, Dec 13, 2012

If they've learned one thing over the years at Mercy Hospital, it's that nothing is more infectious than a smile. They've been few and far between lately for 12-year-old Garrison Gosling.

Runner wins by finishing last

11:34 PM, Nov 18, 2012

Meghan Vogel comes to St. Louis to accept a National Sportsmanship award for showing compassion in the middle of competition.

Dog rescue takes off with Pilots-N-Paws

11:47 PM, Nov 13, 2012

At Spirit Airport in Chesterfield, there are no boarding passes for the 1 p.m. flight to Kansas City. Especially since the passengers today are dogs.

High school dancer gets special needs kids off the sidelines

11:03 PM, Oct 30, 2012

Sometimes the best teacher can be a student.

MDA: Tribute to Jake

11:27 PM, Aug 30, 2012

A tribute to a young Cardinals fan who fought Muscular Dystrophy with courage and grace.

MDA: Young boy fights muscle disease

11:20 PM, Aug 29, 2012

In the Vehige house, family isn't just an important thing. It's everything.

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