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The Most Inspiring Stories of 2017 You Need to Know About

  • 15. Thanks to Anonymous Donor, Girls Across St. Louis Could See 'Hidden Figures' for Free On Martin Luther King's Day, an unidentified woman in St. Louis bought every ticket for a local matinee screening of "Hidden Figures," a film based on the true stories of the African-American women mathematicians who played a vital role in NASA's early years. The tickets were then given out for free on a first-come, first-serve basis. According to CBSNews, the theatre's manager says, "From what I understand, [the woman] saw the movie with her children and felt that the message was of great importance and should be seen by as many people as possible."  
  • 16. Artist Born Without Hands Draws Stunning Photo-Realistic Portraits Polish-based Mariusz Kędzierski was shockingly born without hands, and yet not even that could stop him from pursuing a career as an artist. "For me, a disability doesn’t mean that I can’t live my own, great life," he tells The Huffington Post. Kędzierski has created over 700 hyper-realistic drawings by balancing a pencil against the ends of his arms. He says of his work, "Each drawing takes me more than 20 hours. But if you want to be the best, you have to practice, and you can not look for any excuses." Follow all of his uploaded masterpieces on Facebook. Mariusz-Kedzierski-Art-8  
  • 17. A Tearful Reunion of a Refugee Father with his Family After 4 Years This film by Robert Fuqua shows the heartwarming reunion between a Sudanese mother and children, who had moved to America in 2012, and the father, Dyan, who had stayed behind in a refugee camp until the immigration process had been finalized. Dyan's wife was pregnant when she first arrived in the U.S. and was quickly taken under the care of a Christian ministry called The Village Church. She was unsure if her two sons would ever see their father again. And then, just a few months ago, Dyan's immigration status was approved. This video shows the moment when Dyan steps off the plane and sees his wife, his eldest son, and for the first time, the newest addition to his family. He is home again, and you can feel the love. [embed]https://vimeo.com/192009410[/embed]