These 10 people are making the world a better place in their own unique way


The smallest acts of kindness can have the biggest impact on the world, and these 10 men and women are a shining example.

They are this year’s Top 10 CNN Heroes and each honoree will receive a $10,000 prize. Their journey began with nominations submitted by CNN’s audience, and you can vote to help decide who will be named the 2022 CNN Hero of the Year and receive an additional $100,000 for their cause.

All awardees will receive a grant along with organizational and capacity-building support from the Elevate Prize Foundation. They will also participate in the foundation’s annual Make Good Famous Summit in Miami.

CNN’s Hero of the Year will be revealed live during “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” hosted by Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa on Sunday, December 11, beginning at 8:00 PM ET.

Read more about each of this year’s top 10 CNN heroes below:

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CNN Heroes: Carrie Broecker

When Carie Broecker discovered that many aging dog owners struggle to care for their pets, she created Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, offering volunteer services that allow them to stay together or find these beloved family members new forever homes.

Read more about Carrie Broecker and her work

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CNN Heroes: Richard Casper

Haunted by his experiences in Iraq, Navy veteran Richard Casper discovered the therapeutic power of creating art and music. Now, he and his nonprofit, CreatiVets, help heal fellow combat veterans by sharing their stories in immersive visual art and songwriting programs.

Read more about Richard Casper and his work

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After growing up in poverty in Kenya, Nelly Cheboi found her passion for computers. Today, she and her organization, TechLit Africa, are recycling computers to teach technology skills and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty for a new generation.

Read more about Nelly Cheboi and her work

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CNN Heroes: Nora El-Khouri Spencer

Nora El-Khouri Spencer and her nonprofit, Hope Renovations, train women in North Carolina for high-paying careers in construction while providing free retrofits that allow seniors to age safely in their homes.

Read more about Nora El-Khouri Spencer and her work

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CNN Heroes: Tyrique Glasgow

After spending five years in prison on drug charges, Tyrique Glasgow returned to his South Philadelphia neighborhood, long challenged by poverty and gun violence, and became a force for good. Now, it provides security and opportunity for its entire community.

Read more about Tyrique Glasgow and his work

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An Alaska paramedic and nurse, Teresa Gray and her non-profit organization, Mobile Medics International, lead teams of volunteers in natural and humanitarian disasters, providing free medical care and life support to those in need.

Read more about Teresa Gray and her work

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CNN Heroes: Meymuna Hussein-Cattan

Meymuna Hussein-Cattan and her Tiyya Foundation provide critical resources and support that help refugees and immigrants successfully transition to life in the United States, while her restaurant shares her culture with the Los Angeles community.

Read more about Meymuna Hussein-Cattan and her work

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Aidan Reilly co-founded The Farmlink Project and brought together a national network of youth volunteers to tackle food waste and insecurity, rescuing tons of excess produce from farms and distributing it to people in need across America .

Read more about Aidan Reilly and his work

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Debra Vines struggled to find support and resources when her son Jason was diagnosed with autism. Now, she and her nonprofit, The Answer Inc., provide black and brown families in underserved communities in the Chicago area with the services, support and education they need to thrive.

Read more about Debra Vines and her work

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Bobby Wilson and his Metro Atlanta Urban Farm are feeding and healing their community by teaching thousands of people how to plant, grow and prepare their own healthy food.

Read more about Bobby Wilson and his work

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