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Paula Sartain: Helping Hands and a Hummingbird Heart

Hummingbirds have often symbolized courage, playfulness, adaptability, healing and joy. That is why it is no surprise to see the sunlight glinting through a stained glass hummingbird prominently displayed in Paula Sartain’s office window. As Paula often says, “God doesn’t need my help.” But I think maybe she is His answer for many. She is the epitome of a winner in that she helps us each recognize the winner within ourselves

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How 13 Year Old Sophia Succeeds in Fighting Racism

Twelve year-old Sophia Carroll is no ordinary twelve year old–she has always been one that stands up to bullying, especially when it comes to her peers.?? Impacted by both adolescent bullying and Mike Brown’s death in Ferguson, Sophia designed her own T-shirt, showcasing the logo ‘COLORBLIND™’, promoting unity amongst not just races, but all people.?? The theme gained popularity and Sophia’s COLORBLIND™
T-shirts have been shipped nationwide.?? What’s more is that Sophia donates 50% of the T-shirt monies to the Megan Meier Foundation, in memory of Megan Meier, a young teenager who committed suicide after enduring cyber bullying

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How Joel McCarville Survived and Grew from His Trial by Fire

After being seriously burned and staying in the Tulsa, Oklahoma Burn Center for six weeks, Joel determined he would not give up on life. Although the doctors said he might never have adequate use of his hands again, today these are the instruments he plays: violin, trombone, bass fiddle, piano, guitar, and bass guitar. Joel has overcome so many obstacles and now plays in church services every Sunday. He also visits nursing homes, voluntarily, to play and sing for the residents who are always happy to see him come.

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Orlando-Antonio Carrillo-Jimenez – What Drives Him?

“What really impacted my wanting to work with those who have no voice was that I had no voice.” Orlando-Antonio Carrillo-Jimenez used this harsh life lesson to propel him into an advocacy role in his tiny home community of La Mesa, New Mexico.

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Leon Doniphan — Without Hesitation

Petty Officer 2nd Class Leon Doniphan, a food service specialist aboard Cutter Alert in Astoria, Ore., poses for a photo in front of a Large Navigation Buoy on the Columbia River in Astoria. Doniphan swam to the aid of a young girl who was nearly swept underneath the buoy in September 2011. His actions most likely saved her life.

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Dave Ribbe

Ten years ago Dave Ribbe was seeing a counselor for chronic depression. Traditional therapies, such as medication and counseling, had no discernible effect on his extreme depressed state.

“I went around all the time thinking about suicide…ways I could off myself,” Ribbe says.

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Tom Heneghan : Businessman, Fireman, & Tango Dancer

With a secluded log house in the country, a fiancé of thirty years, and a beard down to his belly button, it is easy to say on first glance that Tom Henehgan is not your average man. Well, he isn’t. Heneghan, 59 years-old and a resident of Eugene for 23 years, hasn’t helped the community in conventional ways, but his winning drive and service to make his community a better place can’t be questioned. “Being a winner is not about someone else being a loser,” said Heneghan. “I seek out situations where I win by helping others achieve their goals.”

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Mario Pastega : Owner of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. Believes, “If Life has been good to you, you have to give something back”

You’ve got to have faith in what you’re doing, you’ve got to be honest, and work hard. Nothing comes easy,” — sound words of advice from Mario Pastega, a winner within our community as well as a winner in life. Pastega is not only a successful business owner, but also an extremely giving and charitable individual, who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to help fund the construction of what is now the Mario Pastega House at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

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