Against All Odds
Faith as a puppy
Courage comes in all shapes, sizes and species—three-year-old Faith is a one-of-a-kind miracle! Born with severely deformed front legs, the tiny pup was rescued by the Stringfellow family after the mother dog was found trying to smother her. Faith could only move by dragging herself along the floor, a habit the veterinarian said would rub a hole in her chest and chin. Although their vet recommended they put Faith down, Jude and the family chose to give her a home.

The family trained Faith by holding a spoonful of peanut butter above her. They motioned for her to come and rejoiced in every small victory. "When she took that first hop, we totally rewarded her with peanut butter and gummy bears and hugs and kisses," says Jude, Faith's adoptive mother.

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Jude's daughter, Laura, says seeing Faith walk for the first time caused the whole family's jaws to drop. "It was like seeing a baby ... take their first steps," she says. "You're like, 'My baby—she can walk!"
Laura and Faith
Laura says Faith is a gift from God and living with her special needs has helped the entire Stringfellow family become more compassionate. Training the pup was an intense process that required around the clock care. Everyone pitched in, taking two-hour shifts throughout the night.

"We had to take care of her," Laura says, "[and] make sure she's okay. That's what made us less selfish."

Faith spreads the love she's received from the Stringfellows. As a therapy dog, she interacts with students learning English as a Second Language (ESL) by providing companionship and emotional support to kids trying to improve their reading.

"Isn't this a miracle dog?" Oprah says. "If this dog can do this, it makes you think, 'What can I do?'"
The heart of a giant can live in the tiniest of bodies. For most of his young life, 8-year-old Anthony suffered in silence and watched in horror as his father beat and brutalized his mother. In the fall of 2004, it all came to a head. Neighbors say they witnessed Anthony's father, Tony Sukto, mumbling and pacing in his yard wielding a large knife. Then, at 4 a.m., dispatchers received a desperate 911 call from a terrified 8-year-old boy.

As the 911 operator tried to keep Anthony on the phone, the call took a frightening turn. Anthony's father, who had just killed his wife, and brutally stabbed his son, returned to the house.
Tony Sukto
At the same time Sukto returned to the scene of the crime, the police arrived. While taking Sukto into custody, they discovered the body of Anthony's mother, and Anthony himself with severe stab wounds.

"I threw up a prayer," says Police Sergeant Mark Eakes. "I didn't know if he was going to make it. I specifically remember looking into his eyes and just—I've seen a death look, as we call it, before. And he had that look in his eyes."

"It almost didn't seem real," says fireman Jeff Colquhoun. "Any time I'm in situations like that, that seem to be maybe more than I can handle, I'm always hoping that there's an extra sets of hands, let's say, guiding me."
Anthony's rescuers
Miraculously, Anthony survived the attack. He says that angels told him first to play dead so that his father would leave. When he made the 911 call, "they lifted me up to the phone," Anthony says. Then, when his father returned, Anthony played dead again.

Though Anthony now lives with his aunt in Florida—thousands of miles away from the Tillicum, Washington neighborhood where he was attacked—he has forever inspired those who helped save his life.

"Anthony has courage. He reminded us all of what that is again," Sergeant Eakes says. "Out of all the calls I've been to and all the tragic events I've been to, Anthony is number one, as far as remembering."

Kristin, the 911 operator, tells Anthony, "You really showed me what bravery is and what faith is. And you restored my faith in God, as well, that day. I know you didn't choose to be a part of my life, but you've become one by who you are and what you've done."

Anthony's father pled guilty to first-degree murder and assault. He received a sentence of more than 27 years in prison.
Brad as a child
In the fourth grade, Brad Cohen says he began to feel different from his classmates. "I started making weird noises," he says. "Everyone was paying attention to me...they thought I was the funny guy."

What Brad's teachers, friends and family didn't understand was that he had no control over the strange sounds he was making and no idea what was happening to his body.

Unable to control his outbursts, Brad says his teachers began punishing him for acting out in class. Finally, when Brad was 12 years old, he was diagnosed with a neurological disorder called Tourette syndrome. At the time, few understood the disorder...especially Brad's classmates. "I had no friends," he says. "The mean kids would parade around me and mock the noises that I was doing."

Then, Brad's principal came up with an idea that changed the course of his life. He suggested that Brad stand up in front of the school and share his personal struggle with Tourette's. Brad was stunned by the response he received. "Everybody started to clap for me," he says. "It was really the first time in my life that I was positively reinforced for having Tourette syndrome. It was on that day that I realized the power of education."
Brad Cohen
Brad went on to college and received his education degree. After graduation, he struggled to find a school that would hire him as a teacher. "Administrators could not look past my Tourette syndrome," he says.

Then, after 24 interviews, Brad finally met someone who believed in him. Hilarie Straka, an assistant principal and former speech pathologist, convinced a reluctant elementary school principal that Brad was the best person for the job.

"He was everything that we look for in a teacher," Hilarie says. "I said, 'We can't just talk the talk. We need to walk the walk and show these parents and students that we can hire somebody with a disability.'"

Brad was hired to teach second grade. In 1997, he won the state of Georgia's First Year Teacher Award.
Brad Cohen and Oprah
Despite many setbacks and obstacles, Brad, author of Front of the Class, says he never considered giving up his dream of becoming an educator. "I knew that I needed to be a teacher," he says. "I needed to be that teacher that I never had, because I wanted to help out all those other kids out there that might be a little different."

Every year on the first day of school, Brad says he sits his students down and has an open discussion about Tourette syndrome. "I tell them that their teacher's a little different," he says. "I break it down to kid language saying that there's something in my brain that tells me to make noises just like there's something in your brain that tells you to blink your eyes. They can't stop, and I can't stop."

By being open and honest about his disorder, Brad hopes to instill confidence in children that may feel different. "I'm able to show them that just because you have some sort of disability, just because you're different, just because you have some sort of weakness, you can still be successful," he says. "I want these children to say, 'If Mr. Cohen can do it, then so can I.'"
Brad's students
As a teacher, Brad says he gets to make a difference in the lives of 19 children every day. A few of his second graders share the lessons they've learned from Mr. Cohen.

Tajil: Mr. Cohen taught me not to make fun of other people.

David: He's really nice, and he teaches us a lot of stuff—not just math and reading—but how to be a better person.

Kate: I've learned to treat kids like you would want to be treated.

Tritt Elementary fifth grader Andrew has Tourette syndrome. "To me, it's kind of difficult," he says. "Kids were teasing me. Things got easier for me when Mr. Cohen came. I can just tell them that I have Tourette syndrome, and they know what it is."
Warren crushed under a boulder
In April 1997, experienced outdoorsman Warren Macdonald was exploring Hinchinbrook Island, an uninhabited paradise located off the coast of Australia, when he met Geert van Keulen, another solo hiker. Together they decided to climb the island's rugged, challenging mountain, Mount Bowen.

After five hours of hiking and with daylight dwindling, the two decided to set up their camp. Later that evening, Warren left the campsite in search for a place to use the bathroom. Suddenly, a granite boulder weighing 2,000 pounds broke loose and fell, pinning Warren's legs.

Hearing his hiking mate's screams, Geert rushed to help. He tried for four hours to push and pry the boulder free, but it would not budge. It then started pouring down rain, filling the dry riverbed up to Warren's hips. He knew before long the water could go over his head. "If I thought I was in trouble before, now I'm really in trouble," says Warren.
Geert and Warren
Both men realized that if Warren were to have any chance at all, Geert, an inexperienced hiker, would have to make the dangerous descent back down the mountain alone. When he reached the bottom, Geert would then have to catch the island's only ferry that comes just once a day. If he missed it, Warren, whose condition was rapidly worsening, was sure to die.

"I'm in a position where I'm totally relying on this guy that I've met the day before. Even as he's walking away, I'm calling out, 'Go slow! Walk in the bushes. You have to make it out," Warren says.

On his downward hike, Geert repeatedly fell down the steep, slippery decline. At one point, an army of venomous Australian green tree ants attacked him. His only option was jumping into a nearby pool of water while still wearing his camping pack.

Meanwhile, at their makeshift camp, Warren noticed a patch of water near his foot filling with his blood. He then watched as a fresh-water crayfish crawled up and started biting his foot. "I feel like now I'm living in some kind of horror movie," Warren says.
As Warren struggled to stay alive, Geert finally reached the base of the mountain and got a helicopter rescue crew to set off on a search. Amazingly, the crew spotted Warren's arm from the air and touched down. Though he was still alive, Warren was fading fast. He was in such bad shape that a doctor in the rescue crew assumed Warren was already dead.

The rescuers were able to free Warren approximately 45 hours after he was first crushed under the boulder. Both of Warren's legs had to be amputated.

Warren says he had no choice but to hold on for life. "I think we all have this built in survival mechanism," he says. "I used to joke, 'What do you think I might have done? Hold my breath? Strangle myself?' But we have to survive. I discovered that we've got this incredible power [to stay alive]."

Geert says the entire experience was one he'll never forget. "First finding him. Realizing that I couldn't get him out after working with him all night. Having to leave him behind in the morning, it was very hard," he says.
Warren at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
Just a year after losing both of his legs, Warren was back climbing mountains again. He later became the first—and only—double above-the-knee amputee to climb the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the world's tallest peaks. "The outdoors has always been such a huge part of who I am," Warren says. "I got to the point where I thought, 'I wonder if it's possible for a guy with no legs to go back out into the mountains again.' I started training and I thought, 'If anybody's in a position to find out, it might as well be me.'"

He recounts his amazing survival and astounding comeback in his book, A Test of Will: One Man's Extraordinary Story of Survival.

Warren says losing both of his legs has not been an entirely bad experience. In fact, he says he does not even necessarily wish that it had never happened. "I've learned ... how infinitely more powerful each of us is, and how responsible we are for creating our reality," he says. "It wasn't in my reality—the same as it's not in most people's—for a guy with no legs to climb to the top of Kilimanjaro. So I set out to create that reality."