CNN honors 10 men and women for making the world a better place

In February, the network honoured its first class of ‘Heroes Among Us’ with $100,000 and one year of exclusive coverage

CNN honors 10 men and women for making the world a better place

CNN honoured 10 men and women on Wednesday for their significant and inspirational service to the world. The winners represent the network’s first class of CNN Heroes Among Us, a competition designed to recognize, reward and inspire everyday people with impact on the issues and communities that matter most to CNN.

CNN honored 10 Heroes In Action at a special event in New York City with a wide range of their impressive work. The ten honorees join an illustrious group of past CNN Heroes Among Us honorees. CNN Heroes “Expert Panel” members President Bill Clinton, actor Michael J Fox, creator of The Apprentice, Mark Burnett, film director Judd Apatow, and actor and host Chris Rock teamed up with five other special guests to select the winners.

“It’s an honor to recognize these extraordinary individuals who are having a dramatic impact on the communities where they live and work,” said Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide. “Their commitment to positive change in their own communities is palpable, but their commitment to changing the world extends far beyond their own communities. There’s so much to be learned from the stories that the winners have shared, and it’s humbling to be a part of this moment in CNN’s history.”

CNN Heroes champions people making the world a better place in all forms of media and on all platforms, from TV, radio, online, mobile, to documentaries, social media and live events. Six people from each of five categories, from musicians to animal activists, runners to cancer survivors, received support and $100,000 awards to create something unique and inspiring that can help make the world a better place. CNN Heroes winners have been featured on CNN, HLN, CNN en Español, CNN International,, and CNN Channel 24 hours a day around the world.

CNN Heroes Of All Abilities

Doyle LaMone was inspired to start the New Hope Pony Club in Middlebury, Vermont after seeing the devastation of the historic floods that hit the region in 2003. Determined to restore and restore horses to their roots, he takes a horseback tour of towns, cleaning up, cleaning out, rebuilding and working with the community as part of the refurbishment process.

Joshua Lieb’s Two Thousand Zero Shelter broke a 67-year record for being the first house to be built entirely with cardboard, through his Solid Waste Solutions Inc. The Box Project™ is the ultimate solution for a world plagued by waste, with low-cost, recyclable, durable housing designed for the everyday home.

John Meade’s Turkeyfield Rescue and Wellness & Dogulthood started by his wife Allison was called to a turkey farm in Alden, New York after a child had suffered a severe head injury. The farm owner brought them to turkeyfield with several thousand birds, one of which became their mother. The couple built an operating structure using energy from animal waste as a source of power. Their animal shelter houses some of the state’s most adoptable dogs in a safe, controlled environment.

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Rachel Van Dyken was 25 when she was paralyzed from the neck down after hitting an open-crested BMX bike while training for an event. Since her accident, she has dedicated herself to helping others who may be injured or disabled, starting the YouAreNext movement that aims to inspire people to live better lives and explore their potential. Through her network she has helped Paralympic athletes, friends, and family members overcome injuries and rebuild their lives.


Girl Power to #BEASTHALL

Alicia Massachussetts is not only a Student Body President at North Central Connecticut State University, but she’s also doing something very important: inspiring girls to lead by example, and speaking out against sexist and harmful messages. It has been shown that role models shape attitudes and beliefs about themselves, their gender, and the world in which they live. Of particular significance to Alicia, is helping all young girls know they are capable, and educated enough to be able to lead in any role, by being as strong and courageous as they want to be.

Katarzyna Kaczorowski


Katarzyna Kaczorowski was forced to end her work experience as a news director as soon as her health took a turn for the worse. While watching one of the three hours her health was deteriorating, she knew she had to do something,

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