True Stories of Good People
Summary: True Stories of Good People is a podcast about people who are making a difference in other people's lives, or have had their lives changed by someone kind.
When Glenn O'Neill's beautiful daughter, Eliza, was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome at the young age of 4, he and his wife were devastated. They discovered that there was a gene therapy trial that had been underway for over a decade that might help Eliza, but no funding available for a clinical trial. So, he launched a campaign to raise the money himself, with a goal that seemed nearly impossible: 2.5 million dollars
Taylor Richardson might only be 14 years old, but she has accomplished so much. Aside from training to be an astronaut, she is also a fierce advocate for representation for girls, and particularly girls of color in the STEM field. With the help of her mom, Toni, she launched an effort to help girls realize their dreams in a very impactful way.
One afternoon, Aeric McCoy found a designer purse in an alleyway. He was homeless at the time and addicted to heroin - but a voice told him that he should do the right thing and find the purse's owner. He set off across town on an impossible mission, but had no idea that that day would change his life forever, in more ways than one.
Zavion Johnson was wrongly convicted of a crime he did not commit at the age of 19, and spent the next 16 years in prison. But thanks to the incredible work of the Northern California Innocence Project, he was exonerated in December 2017, and now has a second chance at life.
14-year-old Donovan Smith and his mother, Casey, lived in homelessness for a time, and ran into a lot of hardships. After landing in Albuquerque and getting back on their feet, Donovan starting learning how to make soaps. Little did he know that his budding business would grow into something much larger than he or Casey ever expected.
When Cody Harris saw images of hate and violence start to surface from the alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017, he was horrified. He wanted to take action in a way that would send a powerful message - so he turned to humor.
Jeff Lew is just a regular dad, but his actions are extraordinary. He noticed an injustice happening in his his son's school, and decided to do something about it, even though it wasn't affecting his son directly. His one small action led to a nationwide trend of others getting involved, and ended up making a huge impact for families in need.
When Sophia Chang stopped at the corner of Sutter and Market in downtown San Francisco for a shoe shine, she had no idea that the kind man running the stand would end up playing a significant role in her life - and vice versa.
Most people know actor Sean Astin from his many lovable roles in film and TV - from Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings, to Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, to Bob in Stranger Things. But when he's not creating memorable characters for viewers to enjoy, he's focusing on another one of his life's passions: running. And, a few years ago, he developed an after-school program that can have a profound effect on children.
Khloe Thompson is not only the founder of her own nonprofit organization, a seasoned public speaker, and a visionary forward-thinker... she's also only 10 years old.
When twenty-something Chris Salvatore moved in across the hall from an elderly woman named Norma, he had no idea that she would quickly become one of his closest friends. The story that followed is one of commitment, bravery, and unbreakable friendship.
One night, Ricky Mena was visited by his late grandmother in a dream, and she showed him his future: visiting sick children in the hospital while dressed as a superhero. When he woke up, he began Googling Spider-Man costumes... and the rest is history.
Hear stories from people who are making a difference in other people's lives, or have had their lives changed by someone kind.