How This Mom Turns Tragedy Into A Lifesaving Mission
November 9th, 2002 changed Heidi Johnson's life forever. After a tragic accident that killed her mother and left her father hospitalized for weeks, Heidi realized she had a greater calling. "You don't just wake up one day and start a non-profit. Something happens... there's a moment. I became intrigued by that moment and who these people were."
She started a blog called Charity Matters to tell the stories of small non-profits that are doing big things. "There are 1.9 million non-profits in the U.S. and the small ones don't have a voice."
With a goal of being the spokesperson and storyteller for the everyday heroes that start non-profits, Heidi's passion led to the creation of her blog, Charity Matters. "I knew I had to give back what I've been given."
With over a decade of non-profit experience and Heidi's current position as the Executive Director for a non-profit called The Association of Catholic Student Council (TACSC), which is an organization that teaches leadership skills to middle school students; Heidi is helping tell the stories of those who can't do it alone.
"When you make the time to make giving a priority there's nothing better!"
On the outside Dr. Bill Dorfman, the Los Angeles native, father of 3, and "celebrity dentist" may seem like an ordinary guy, but he's actually EXTRAORDINARY!
It was love at first JoyRide! JoyRide Cycling Instructor Adam Keller, planned a top-secret flashmob cycling class proposal, where he asked his boyfriend and fellow JoyRide Instructor, Jared Marinelli, to marry him... but little did he know that would SPIN their lives upside down! The video went viral with millions of views and launched this couple into stardom with their digital series Joy STORY!
8 years ago, Bill Kochevar's life changed drastically. While on a 150-mile bike ride, Bill collided with a mail truck; the accident resulted in him becoming a quadriplegic. Bill thought he'd never be able to move or do anything on his own again.... but he was wrong. Bill's story is proof that medical technology is doing amazing things to help people every day!
Cat cafés are popping up all over the United States, but this one is VERY unique. Based in Orlando, Florida, this Cat Café is both a cat adoption center and a coffee shop that donates all of its profits to charitable causes.
This Durham, NC Entrepreneur Carrie McQuaid has made it her mission to spread kindness. She's the owner of Carrie Grace Shop and The Kindness Box, runs workshops for woman-run businesses, and regularly holds Kindness Days - special days meant to spread kindness within her community.
After 36 years in the military, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Luciano Yulfo ended his career in Afghanistan when a bomb shattered his left leg, leaving him disabled and soon to be without a leg. His 27-year-old daughter Sonia is his only caretaker, so it's really tough trying to keep their house in order. But help is on the way! Professional organizing expert, Barbara Reich and ClosetMaid are giving them each a much-needed closet makeover!
An avid and expert backcountry skier and explorer, Josh Barilar's passion brought him to Colorado in 2007. His life revolved around backcountry skiing, but one day his life changed drastically.
Today, we celebrate a Triple-Amputee Veteran that lives life to the fullest!
He's a third generation military man whose passion for his country led him to serve in the Marines. While serving in Afghanistan in 2010, Marine Corporal Juan Dominquez lost both of his legs and his right arm in an explosion.
They're in the home stretch to the wedding of the year! They've picked their wedding party, the DJ, the venue and ordered the invites, but there's still a few things left to do! With the wedding coming up in a few months, today Adam & Jared's task at hand is to figure out what kind of food they will be serving at their wedding reception!