14 Stories of Overcoming the Odds
They survived hijackings, plane crashes and deadly diseases. Look back at their unforgettable stories.
NBA Player Caron Butler
NBA player Caron Butler
's road to success was not an easy one. Growing up on the streets of Racine, Wisconsin, Caron was arrested 15 times before the age of 15. "My role models back then were pimps [and] drug dealers," Caron told Oprah in 2005. It wasn't until he found himself in a maximum-security detention center that he discovered his love for basketball—and the hope that it provided. His true turning point occurred while he was locked in solitary confinement for two weeks. "I remember writing my mother letters, so many letters, telling her how much I loved her and if I was to get out, I would never, ever hurt her again. It was from this moment I knew that I could do anything in life."
After his time in prison, Caron took big steps to change his life. He returned to high school and joined the basketball team. His success there landed him a basketball scholarship with the University of Connecticut, and he quickly became one of the team's star players. Today, Caron has a successful career in the NBA and is living the life he always dreamed of!