A mother who attended every class with her quadriplegic son so he could pursue his Master of Business Administration (MBA) was surprised with her own honorary degree at her son’s graduation. “I was just blown away,” Judy O’Connor said of the honor. Judy O’Connor, a retired elementary school teacher
Tia Benbow is a hardworking employee at Firestone Complete Auto Care in Columbia, South Carolina, but she was going to have to quit because she could no longer afford her long car commute, her co-workers said. Eric Amos, one of Benbow’s co-workers, caught the emotional moment on camera when their boss
A beloved mom, who works as an operations manager at a charter school and has become a mother figure to the entire school, got an early Mother's Day surprise today from "GMA" and chef Emeril Lagasse. Lagasse named Siegel the winner of his annual "Breakfast in Bed" search before
Newlyweds Ariel and Justin Duke never thought they’d find Ariel’s weddings rings again after a tornado destroyed their Canton, Texas, home on April 29.Ariel had removed both her engagement ring and wedding band at her in-laws’ house just before the tornado ravaged the area, which scattered debris for
A high school dropout, U.S. Army veteran and mother of two shared her inspirational story of how she went back to school and graduated from Pennsylvania State University on "Good Morning America" today, as "GMA" honors some of this year's graduates who have overcome obstacles
Bill Grun of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, got to fulfill his lifelong firefighting dreams on Monday by riding in a Doylestown Fire Company fire engine and, of course, sounding the siren. Grun was particularly excited because this fire truck is the largest one in Doylestown.
A Texas elementary school is showing their support for a beloved crossing guard after she was diagnosed with cancer. Staff and students at the Rusk School in Houston have already raised $5,850 of their $10,000 goal on behalf of Sanjuana Torres, 59, who has worked at the school for 20 years. "I
A group of Florida firefighters surprised a mom-to-be Wednesday with keys to a new home and a baby shower after she lost everything in a devastating fire. Members of the Lauderhill Fire Department hosted the party after Nicola Taylor's apartment and baby gifts were destroyed in the blaze. On April
One woman’s diamond ring has finally made its way home after it was lost in a pond 13 years ago. Trisha O’Quinn remembers the day she and her grandmother came across the frantic couple, Jenni and Eric Easter, who were fishing on her family’s pond. “We were going to ask them to leave when we noticed
Firefighters and police officers in Roy, Utah, donated cash and gifts cards from their own pockets to a boy who watched his family’s home go up in flames on his birthday. When Tyten felt heat outside the garage door, he quickly ran upstairs to alert his mom, Jacque Sparks. “The fact that he felt the
Dylan Probe, 10, received a memorable surprise after having her lower right leg amputated because of cancer. The fourth-grader from Houston, Texas, was given an American Girl doll who has a prosthetic lower right leg. "Hope" joins another doll, named "Faith," who Dylan received
Today got off to a great start for some students in North Charleston, South Carolina, who each received new wheels just in time for summer. A little before 9 a.m. today, about 650 students at Pepperhill Elementary School received brand-new bikes -- all thanks to first-grade teacher Katie Blomquist.
“Good Morning America” is celebrating ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things for their communities in the "We are GMA" campaign. More than four months after Hurricane Matthew ripped through the town of Lumberton, N.C., many local residents are still reeling from the devastation
“Good Morning America” is celebrating ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things for their communities in the "We are GMA" campaign. When doctors told a Georgia woman that her husband would likely die if he did not receive a kidney transplant, she turned to social media and made it
Ryan Hickman, of Orange County, California, became passionate about recycling four years ago after accompanying his dad on an everyday errand to a local recycling center. “It was a Saturday and my wife was getting something done at the house so I took him with me,” Damion Hickman told ABC News. While
An 86-year-old Georgia man has donated approximately $400,000 to a local charity over the course of about 30 years, using money he received from recycling. Johnny Jennings, of Ringgold, Georgia, began recycling decades ago as a way to bond with his only child, a son named Brent Jennings. "We used
To show their appreciation, graduates of an Ohio high school rallied to get their former teacher, a lifelong Cleveland Indians fan, to the World Series. Tonight, Richard Gage, who teaches English at Struthers High School, in Struthers, Ohio, will be attending game 2 of the championship, thanks to the
After a devastating fire destroyed Nicolette Salvato's home and belongings, the teen thought she'd be robbed of attending her homecoming dance as well. "We are so truly blessed and grateful," mom Courtney Salvato of Haines City, Florida, told ABC News.
One Missouri college student wanted to do something special for her grandmother, who adopted her and her four siblings when they were in foster care. "I was speechless," said "Nana" Roxanne Edwards, 59, of Independence, Missouri. Stiers and her siblings Miah, 18, Skyler, 17, Arian
A group of Florida firefighters are being praised after photos of them mowing the lawn of a man whose home they had been called to went viral. The first responders - Capt. Daniel Papa, Driver Engineer Eugene Mobley, Firefighter Scot Kortright, Firefighter Timothy Sinnott, Firefighter Joseph DePiero
When 5-year-old Haylen Astalos' mom asked him if he wanted to take the summer off from his selfless hobby of selling treats from his ice cream stand to raise money for sick children, the boy had a blunt response. "Duh, I'm going to keep going," his mom, Tabita Astalos, recalled. &
A Connecticut police officer is the star of a now-viral photo and he is the most surprised of anyone. Police officer Michael Castillo, of Ansonia, Conn., was captured on camera Monday in his uniform, down on bended knee helping a group of boys fix the chain on one of their bicycles. Castillo, 27, and
Before he left his job at the Brooklyn Center Police Department in Minnesota, Commander Brian Peters had one thing he wanted to do on his last day -- say thank you to the city he loves. So after 14 years serving the city as a police officer, Peters spent his last day doing just that. Using his own
Aidan Duncan is happiest when he’s playing sports on a field or court. It could have been because of his umbilical cord wrapping around his arm, they’re not quite sure,” his mother, Mona Mulvany, told “Good Morning America.” “They never did have an exact answer as to why this happened. A specialist
Stephanie Elliot said she was completely taken by surprise when her son, Xavier Elliot, told her that he wanted to make clothes for homeless children, after learning what it was like to be homeless himself. "I think it affected him a lot," Elliot of Pheonix, Arizona told ABC News.