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Lloyd Chen, 17, the valedictorian at Laguna Creek High School and recipient of a full ride to Harvard has overcome enormous obstacles to get to where he is today.

His family immigrated from South Korea to California when he was young.  Lloyd's father was never in the picture, and his mother wasn't able to work so he and his two sisters had to make it on very little.

That didn't stop him though.  Lloyd always took school seriously and studied hard.  His dedication earned him the valedictorian designation at their high school.  While applying to colleges, he did not want to tell his life story because he didn't want anyone to pity him.  His guidance counselor, Alycia Sato, encouraged him to describe his full story because “They need to know everything you’ve overcome.”, she said.

Lloyd applied to Harvard, Yale, MIT, Princeton, Sanford, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and UC Davis…. and he was offered free rides to all of the schools!  That is nearly $3 million in scholarships.

He chose Harvard because “It’s where I felt like I could grow the most as an individual, and because, in Boston, there’s so much vitality.”

And that's what's good,

Jon

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David France, a world class violinist, can be found many mornings playing in the Boston subway.  Many people stop and listen to him before they go to work and many donate money to his tip jar.

He enjoys playing violin and making people smile, but his main goal in the subway is to raise money for "Revolution of Hope", an after school program that he created.  Through his program, he teaches inner-city children in the Dearborn Middle School in Roxbury how to play violin.

"Most kids in America in the suburban communities get to play music. They get to learn an instrument," Jose Duarte, the middle school's principal said. "But why is it that kids in urban settings don't? It's not because they're incapable of playing or they don't... don't have that talent. It's that they've never been exposed to it, they've never had the opportunity."

David teaches a rigorous program and the kids are excelling.  The lessons are 5 days a week, 3 hours a day!

"Their appreciation comes from someone showing up and giving an investment in their life.  That's what they care about", David says.

Watch their amazing story.  This is incredible -




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Jon

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Father's day was extra special this year for Terrell Starr.  Terrell grew up under his grandmother's wing not knowing his father.  Chris Truesdale, Terrell's father, spent 29 years not knowing that he had a son!

This all changed in 2009 when Terrell started searching Facebook for "Chris Truesdale" in order to find his father.  “I thought that I was going to live the remaining years of my life without knowing who my father was.”, Terrell stated.

Facebook conversation with Terrell and his father Chris - Image Credit: Terrell Starr


Luckily for both of them, Chris purchased a computer just two weeks earlier!  When he saw the message from Terrell, he immediately knew.  “When I saw the picture…oh yeah,’’ Truesdale said. “We don’t have to go to Maury (Povich).”

Terrell's mother found out that she was pregnant after Chris left his military base and unfortunately she was never able to find him.

“I'm not a guy that has children and don't take care of them,’’ Truesdale said. “Shoot, I mean, had I known he was my child, he'd have been right there.”

The two have been reunited and have gotten real close.  So close that Terrell moved in with his father at 31 years old when he couldn't find a job!

“It's cool,’’ Terrell said. “I love him... he came at the perfect time in my life.”

And that's what's good,

Jon

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