Inspirational Stories
Inspirational Stories
Inspirational Stories
Whether these stories make you smile or cry, they will move you.


Diane Tran
Diane Tran
This is high schooler Diane Trane. She's just got sentenced to jail for 24 hours for excessive truancy. In Texas, if a student misses ten or more days of school in a six month period, it's a crime and the student can be sent to jail.

But, she's not your average juvenile delinquent. She's an honor student who takes AP level courses. The reason why she missed so many classes was due to exhaustion. Not only was Tran an honor student, she was also working full time at a dry cleaning store and a part time job working for a wedding planner. There were many nights she wouldn't be able to go to sleep until 7 AM. Tran did this because her parents had recently divorced and she needed to support her brother and sister.

Judge Lanny Moriarty sentenced Tran to 24 hours in jail and fined her $100 because he admitted he wanted to make her an example. After Tran's plight became known, there was an international outcry calling for the judge to revoke her sentence.

The judge eventually relented, and though Tran had already served her day in jail, the judge rescinded the fine and expunged the truancy sentence from her record. A fund was started to help the girl and raised over $100,000. When given the money, Ms. Tran refused the cash and said that there were more needy people then her.


Sapphyre Johnson and Lt. Dan the dog
Sapphyre Johnson and Lt. Dan the dog
Since she has been three year old, Sapphyre Johnson has been a patient at the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Greenville, North Carolina. Shortly after her birth, her feet had to be amputated so she could be fitted with artificial legs.

Lt. Dan was born without a right front paw. Her owner, breeder Karen Riddle, named him Lt. Dan for the character in 'Forret Gump'. She was advised to put him down, instead she called Shriner's hospital to see if there was a special person she could give him to.

They knew just the right person, Sapphyre. The first time Sapphyre saw Lt. Dan she said, "That's my puppy. He's just like me". According to her mother, the two are now inseparable, always right besides her, the best of friends.


Maickel Melamed
Maickel Melamed
This is Maickel Melamed running in the Boston Marathon, his time was 20 hours, making him last. Mayor Marty Walsh awarded him a medal, not for being last, but just for finishing.

The Venezuelan suffers from muscular dystrophy, a degenerative muscle disease. This was Melamed's fifth marathon as he previously completed marathons in New York, Berlin, and Chicago.


Hannah Schmid and Garrett Chaney
Hannah Schmid and Garrett Chaney
Hannah Schmid and Garrett Chaney were just crowned prom king and queen. Hannah has cerebral palsy and Garrett has a rare neurological disorder called Cohen's syndrome.

The two met in preschool and Garrett instantly gravitated to Hannah eating their lunches together. Hannah's mother, Brenda, said that her daughter's smile, "couldn't be any bigger when she was around Garrett". Garrett and Hannah spent every weekend together, and would go on dates to the zoo. A romance soon started blossoming between the two and they would exchange gifts on Valentine's Day.

When they were crowned king and queen, their classmates went crazy with cheers as Garrett wheeled Hannah around. Garrett has already proposed to Hannah, and they plan to one day get married in Vegas.


Daria Rose
Daria Rose
When Daria Rose was a sophmomore, she lost her home and her possessions to Hurricane Sandy and then a subsequent fire. She thought she had lost everything. Her family was forced to live in motels and her grandmother's house. It made going to school extremely difficult, as she never knew when she would have to move next. But she persevered.

This year as a senior, she applied to 7 Ivy League schools for college. She was accepted by all of them. She hasn't decided yet, but she's considering between Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.


Mackenzie Moretter
Mackenzie Moretter
Minnesotan ten year old Mackenzie Moretter suffers from Sotos Syndrome, which means she has delayed speech and learning. She also had one of the worse tenth birthday party ever. She had invited 10 classmates to her birthday party, two canceled and the rest didn't show up at all. This had happened to her on previous birthdays where she spent it alone with just family.

So her mother tried a 2nd birthday 3 weeks later. Not wanting no one to show up, she posted on Facebook for any families with daughters Mackenzie's age to just stop by and wish her happy birthday.

She was hoping maybe 15 girls would come. But more than 400 people showed up, including Minnesota Viking's player Charles Johnson and his family, "Elsa" and "Snoopy" from a local amusement park, and local firemen. Local business donated food and supplies, arts and crafts tables, and bubble machines.

A stranger set up a gofundme page to help pay for the party, but since so much was already donated, the Moretters said they plan on giving the money to charity. A few of the girls who missed the original party came and apologized for missing her first party.


Davion Navar Henry Only and Connie Going
Davion Navar Henry Only and Connie Going
Davion Navar Henry Only had only one wish, to have a family. In April, he got his wish, he was adopted by his caseworker Connie Going. In 2013 he had gotten in front of a St. Petersburg church pleading for someone to give him a chance and to adopt him.

He had already been crushed once before when he searched for his birth mother but when he finally found her, she had already died.

He had spent all his life in foster care and as an older child his hopes for getting adopted were growing slimmer.

Connie had been Davion's caseworker, since he was seven. She knew that Davion was a special and she already had 3 kids of her own. Then in 2014, she was able to get a larger home. so she was finally able to adopt Davion. "I guess I always thought of you as my mom," Davion told her . "Only now I get to call you that for real, right?"


Hazel Hammersley
Hazel Hammersley
Hazel Hammersley was being treated for neuroblastoma, a form of cancer, at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She had only one request, Pizza.

So her mom posted this sign on Hazel's hospital window, where it was picked up by the website, reddit. It soon became an internet sensation. Soon so many pizzas started arriving, that the hospital had to start turning them away. ?Hazel woke up from her nap to the smell of pizza and was so excited to chow down,? her mother stated at the time.


Jia Haixia and Jia Wenqi
Jia Haixia and Jia Wenqi
Jia Haixia was born with congenital cataracts and became blind in 2000. Jia Wenqi lost his arms in an accident when he was three. Separately, they have had difficulty finding jobs.

Together, they decided to lease over eight acres of land so they could plant trees. Each morning the two go out and start planting. Wenqi will carry the sightless Haixia on his back. With Wenqi guiding, Haixia will dig the holes for the new trees. The pair estimate they have planted over 10,000 trees.


Tommy Connolly
Tommy Connolly
Australian Tommy Connolly is a proud father. What's special is that the baby isn't his, but his cousin's, Kiarna. What's more amazing, he had just recently reconnected after many years of no contact with his 17 year old cousin.

He found out that his cousin was homeless and pregnant. The biological father was in jail and Kiarna's parents were not around. So the full time college student and track athlete did what he felt was right and took his cousin in. He started working at a fruit and vegetable stand to help pay for bills. He was even there to cut the umbilical cord at little Kaydan's birth.

When word got out of what he had done he said, "All I wanted was the chance to give this little man a better life than I had," Kiarna wrote on Facebook. "A second chance is all I wanted."