As we move into 2014, you’re likely concentrated on making this year better than ever. But let’s hang on for a second and look back at the amazing people that made 2013 so wonderful.
Check out all of these inspiring stories that happened in 2013 that give us at Inspiyr even more faith in humanity.
1. Talia Joy Castellano (pictured above) was a bubbly young girl and an Internet celebrity who was known for her make-up tutorials and fashion videos on Youtube. She was sadly diagnosed with two types of cancer at the same time, but still created her videos even through her treatment.
She was made an honorary CoverGirl for her efforts and was even on the cover. She passed away at the age of 13 in July, but still managed to pursue and accomplish her dreams through all of the adversity she was forced to face.
2. Michael Tubbs grew up in extreme poverty in Stockton, which Forbes Magazine listed in 2011 as the “most miserable city.” However, he managed to beat all the odds stacked against him and attend Stanford, intern at Google and the White House, and win the Stockton City Council election this year at only 22 years of age.
3. Inocente became the first Kickstarter-funded film to win an Oscar ever. The film is a documentary of a 15-year-old homeless girl who pursues her dream of being an artist. Inocente raised $52,527 to give a voice to homeless children around the world.
4. Miles Scott, a 5-year-old boy who has battled leukemia for most of his life, had his dream fulfilled thanks to the help of the Make-A-Wish foundation—and the entire city of San Fransisco. The city was transformed into Gotham City, and Miles, dressed in a Batman costume, was given the opportunity to “save the city.”
5. Meghan Weingarth (pictured above), a 7-year-old girl who has a deadly peanut allergy and a rare genetic disorder, was given LilyBelle the Labradoodle service dog due to the efforts of friends, neighbors, and the “Meghan’s Miracle” fundraiser. LilyBelle is trained to sniff out Weingarth’s food, and if peanuts are detected, Lily raises a paw. They are now fast friends.
6. Thousands of low-income city residents in North Carolina live in “food deserts,” or areas without