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July 23rd, 2009
04:17 PM ET

"I was this close to never making it"

Before the premiere of  Black in America 2, Soledad O’Brien interviewed D.L. Hughley and his 5th grade teacher, Mr. Lang Boston, in New York’s Times Square.

During the segment, D.L. got very emotional when Mr. Boston described him as a child and how proud he was of his accomplishments.  When Soledad asked why he was crying, this was his response:

Because I was this close to never making it, to never being nothing. So when I see people, when I see people who don’t believe they can do it, that just one person can say one thing. Nobody believed in me, ever. To have a dude say you can be what you want, I remember we had a fair and I wanted to win my mother an apple. I won the apple and I got it to my mother and she bit the apple and she said this apple’s rotten just like you are. And I laughed and I told him that story.  He said, you’re not rotten, you gunna be something.  And I’ll never forget that and I hope he’s as proud of me as I am of him.

Has anyone had an impact like this on you? Was there a teacher or a moment that truly impacted you?  We’d love to hear your stories! Post a comment or get in front of you webcam to share.

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Filed under: Black in America 2
July 23rd, 2009
03:35 PM ET

Doc Walks in Uninsured Patients' Shoes

Yeah, it won't cure the system's ills. But a young doctor's insurance experiment might make some folks feel better anyway. Dr. Will Nicholson joined Kyra live, in the Newsroom.


July 23rd, 2009
11:06 AM ET

Double amputee helps others

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Jordan Thomas lost his legs on an annual family fishing trip. He spent the next two weeks undergoing several surgeries in the hospital, where he met several other amputees. The future looked particularly grim for some of the disadvantaged children amputees, who would need numerous prosthetics, as they outgrow several of them before reaching adulthood.

Jordan had just lost his legs, yet felt lucky. He was in a financially stable family with health insurance. As he thought about a few of the amputee children, some without health care, some without parents, he decided to launch a foundation to help. The Jordan Thomas Foundation has since raised $350,000, providing prosthetics for three recipients, and committing to provide replacement prosthetics until they reach age 18.

Jordan Thomas lost his legs, but through the experience, he discovered the size of his heart, and what would become his life's work.

If you would like to learn more about Jordan Thomas, his foundation and their efforts to help provide prosthetics to underprivileged children, visit our Impact Your World Page.

Filed under: Impact Your World • Tony Harris
July 23rd, 2009
09:25 AM ET

Want to Be a Guinea Pig?

From Writer/Producer Doug Furnad

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius says we could have an H1N1 flu vaccine my mid-October.
H1N1 is the so-called swine flu.
The CDC says swine flu has 263 people in the United States.
But before that vaccine can be made available to the public, it has to be tested.
On humans.
So they are now looking for volunteers to get the shots.
That means people are going to have to step up, and be injected with the dead virus.
It's a critical step to get the country prepared before flu season hits.
So here's the question:
Would you volunteer to be a human guinea pig, and test the swine flu vaccine?
Let us know.

Filed under: Heidi Collins
July 23rd, 2009
08:23 AM ET

How'd He Do?

Did Pres. Obama last night add to/subtract from/otherwise change your concerns about health care reform?

Post your comments below.

Filed under: Heidi Collins
July 23rd, 2009
07:38 AM ET

Mail To The Chief: Health Care Reform

We asked for your questions on health care reform for a segment we call Mail to the Chief.

You delivered with some great questions.

We put them directly to Republican Congressman Phil Gingrey and White House Communications Director for Health Care Reform Linda Douglass.

Watch to see if you got your answers.

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