A Total Votes:
14,183

Peter Butkus

Mendham High School
Mendham, NJ
Age 18
Class of 2014

Sports

Basketball

I admire Peter Butkus so much and feel he is very deserving of this award. You see, Peter suffers from a degenerative eye disease called Stargardt Disease. He is legally blind and struggles everyday w...

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B Total Votes:
214,260

Dominique Cooks

Decatur High School
Federal Way, WA
Age 18
Class of 2014

Sports

Basketball, Football

Dominique Cooks was an amazing athlete for our school, both in basketball and football, before a brain tumor took away his ability to play. Although his body did not allow him to play anymore, his min...

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C Total Votes:
277,117

David Coppola

Calvary Christian Academy
Philadelphia, PA
Age 18
Class of 2014

Sports

Baseball, Football

David Coppola is a one-of-a-kind kid who was diagnosed at the beginning of his junior year with Niemann Pick Disease. David's older brother, Andrew, had been diagnosed with this a few years earlier so...

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D Total Votes:
172,035

Erick Dodd

North Plainfield High School
Cranford, NJ
Age 19
Class of 2014

Sports

Basketball, Bowling , Golf, Softball, Track and Field

Erick Dodd was thrust into the world of sports from the time he came home from the hospital nursery. After a two-week stay in the NICU, he spent his first day "home" watching his older sister play sof...

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E Total Votes:
335,765

Aaron Gebhart

New Oxford High School
New Oxford, PA
Age 17
Class of 2015

Sports

Track and Field

As a child, my sister, who is two years older than me, and I were basically taking care of ourselves. My mother began drinking heavily when I was in the 3rd grade and didn't have a job to support me n...

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F Total Votes:
16,557

Caitlyn Kearns

Wantagh HS (Team Elevate)
Huntington, NY
Age 14
Class of 2018

Sports

Lacrosse

Caitlyn was hit by a car last year on the day of our kickoff party. At first we did not think it was too bad, just a broken leg and she was banged up. However, in the days that followed we found out t...

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G Total Votes:
116,086

Seth Muck

Avon Lake High School
Avon Lake, OH
Age 18
Class of 2014

Sports

Baseball, Basketball

My dyslexia does not define me. I am a person of faith. Dyslexia makes it harder for me to memorize. I choose to be actively involved with my church drama team, youth group and children's ministries. ...

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H Total Votes:
37,777

Daniel Shannon

Tunkhannock Area High School
Tunkhannock, PA
Age 15
Class of 2017

Sports

Swimming

Daniel Shannon, a freshman at Tunkhannock Area High School, in Pennsylvania is determined to qualify for an event at the district swim meet next year in spite of being born with Asperger's Syndrome, a...

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I Total Votes:
30,133

Devin Smeltzer

Bishop Eustace Prep School
Clementon, PA
Age 19
Class of 2014

Sports

Baseball

Devin was stricken with cancer at the age of 9. He recently became cancer free and is giving back by visiting St. Christopher's hospital weekly and is raising money for the institution. He recently wa...

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J Total Votes:
34,421

Jacory Washington

Westlake High School
Lake Charles, LA
Age 18
Class of 2014

Sports

Basketball, Football

Jacory is a blessing to all who come in contact with him. Jacory, an Under Armour All-American football player and LSU signee, is referred to as a gentle "Giant" for his a loving heart and spirit. Wh...

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