Most Inspirational Stories of 2013

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  • Father Graduates With Son from Morehouse
  • The Game Gives Back $1 Million to Everyday People
  • Homeless Student Crowdfunds His Way to Howard
  • Georgia Family Donates Canceled Wedding's Reception to Homeless
  • Homeless Man Who Returned Diamond Ring Gets a New Home
  • Boy Writes Book After Father Dies of Gun Violence
  • Rapper Nas Raises More Than $60,000 for Homeless Family
  • Jaylen Bledsoe Is a Teen Millionaire
  • Boy Wants a Family, Gets Outstanding Response
  • Mother and Son Get Ph.D.s Together

Homeless Student Crowdfunds His Way to Howard

James Ward’s dreams came true when generous strangers donated more than $12,000 to the freshman at Howard University. After being accepted and covering 75 percent of the costs through grants and loans, his mentor launched a successful online fundraising effort that covered the rest of his expenses for his first semester. Ward has been homeless since he was 14 in California. (Photo: Courtesy of

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