No one wakes up in the morning and says to themselves "I'm going to do something extraordinary today". Yet we all have witnessed or experienced random acts of kindness occasionally, maybe even engaged in random acts of kindness ourselves. Then there are people who have a different vision of the world around them. They venture outside of their everyday lives and take action. They step back and say "I'm going to change this". These are the CNN Heroes; A veteran who suffered a horrific injury while serving in Iraq who founded an organization that helps build, modify and finance housing for disabled vets; A retired teacher and guidance counselor who realized there was an alarming number of students in her community that did not have access to computers at home due to economic hardship in danger of being left behind in this digital age. With her retirement savings she bought a bus, outfitted it with internet access computer stations and now travels to schools and community centers bringing educational opportunity to children who would otherwise be at a huge disadvantage; An Illinois man so disgusted by garbage and debris in the stretch of the Mississippi River he called home that he started a one man crusade that grew into a non-profit organization that has since seen over 70,000 volunteers cleaning the nation's waterways of tons of trash. These are just a sample of some of the stories of the 2013 CNN Heroes (for a complete rundown of this years Heroes, go to http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/)
#InTheLab was there on the red carpet for CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute held November 19 at New York's American Museum of Natural History. Host Arthur Kade spoke with CNN personalities Piers Morgan, Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, Michaela Pereira and Don Lemon. He also gets insights from celebrity presenters Ne-Yo, Jeffrey Wright, Betsy Brandt, Terry Crews, Josh Lucas, Jason Biggs, performer Sara Bareilles and previous honorees Antoinette Tuff and Dan Wallrath. A great event hosted by celebrities to honor everyday people who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in their communities and in peoples lives. We think Chris Cuomo pretty much sums it up when he says "Kindness is the guiding principle".