While most pre-teens worry about fitting in at school, scoring good grades, or making the Little League team, for 12-year-old Jordyn Shapiro, each day was filled with fear that she might not make it to her 13th birthday. Debilitated by an inflammatory bowel condition known as Crohn’s Disease, Jordyn nearly died three times that year, her frail body unable to digest food.
Whenever I return to my native Mississippi Gulf Coast I am reminded of the spirit and grace that are so abundant there. This past week when I traveled home to begin shooting our upcoming documentary on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, those qualities were on full display everywhere my team and I went. The folks up and down the Coast could not have been more welcoming to our crews. My thanks go out to them.
Mott Hall Bridges Academy principal Nadia Lopez is a true inspiration. The principal of an economically challenged community in New York City, she has big dreams for her students or as she call them scholars. She wanted her scholars to have the opportunity to visit Harvard and see a different world for themselves. With the help of a fundraising campaign led by Humans of New York blogger Brandon Stanton, her dream is coming true thanks to donations from around the world. No dream is too big.
Stuart Scott was the Michael Jordan of sports broadcasting. He forever changed the game with a passion and talent never before seen on television. As you probably know Stuart Scott passed away this week, after battling appendiceal cancer for nearly 8 years.
When Robin first profiled Maryland sanitation worker Arnold Harvey several months ago for GMA, we knew there was something special about this crusader for the homeless. But after spending more time with Arnold for our Thank You, America special, it was clear he is a messenger of hope.