Three youngsters were honored in December along with the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2011
Rachel Beckwith raised more than $1.25 million for clean water in developing countries
Mikey Carraway is feeding the homeless, raising awareness about organ donation
Justin Churchman builds homes for Mexican people who need shelter
Millions of young people want to change the world. These three actually did it, and at “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” they were honored for their efforts.
For her 9th birthday, Rachel Beckwith asked that people donate to charity: water instead of buying her gifts. She wanted to raise $300 to help provide clean water for people in need.
A little more than a month after her birthday, Rachel died after she was critically injured in a car accident. But after her death, her story of selflessness inspired thousands of people to give money to her cause. In all, Rachel’s campaign raised more than $1.25 million.
Mikey Carraway was diagnosed with liver failure when he was 11. His life was saved, however, when he received a liver transplant from 18-year-old Johnny Hernandez. Hernandez was killed in a motorcycle accident.
To honor Hernandez’s memory – and to raise awareness about organ donation – Mikey feeds the homeless through his organization, Mikey’s Meals.
Justin Churchman is helping change lives in Juarez, Mexico, one house at a time.
Through Casas por Cristo, he was able to accomplish a remarkable goal: building 18 homes for people by his 18th birthday.
Jessica Rees was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 11, and she and her parents would drive to the hospital every day to receive outpatient treatment.