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Season 2 Episode 7
LUANA

Luana is a highly regarded professor of dance and culture in San Francisco, CA. Luana has authored a new book “What Makes That Black."  It’s a message that opening our eyes, minds, and hearts to all cultures in America would deeply enrich our lives and society.

MIRACLE MESSAGES

Miracles messages helps homeless people record short video messages to their dearly missed loved ones and then uses social media to help reunite them.  From San Francisco to NYC homeless individuals have reconnected with family and friends thanks to Miracle Messages and its team of volunteers.

Season 2 Episode 6
CLUB DUST
PULLING FOR LISA
Season 2 Episode 5
QUEEN OF HEARTS

Travel to rural parts of southern California where ranchers are helping children, adults and veterans become enabled through interaction with horses.  Whether it’s grooming, riding, touching or just being near the corral.  Queen of Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center is changing lives and helping families.

TO RUSSIA WITH HOPE

One man travels half-a-world-away in an effort to stop the progression of his advanced multiple sclerosis.  See first-hand the treatment Dave Arnold believes will help his MS in what he calls To Russia with Hope.

Season 2 Episode 4
ONE TEAM ~ ONE DREAM
SANCTUARY

Meet the former foster youth who've found new life and purpose thanks to a group of caring volunteers in Palm Springs, CA.  Sanctuary, where different is normal. 

Season 2 Episode 3
INSIDE THE BOWL
TJ’S DREAM TEAM
CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC
Season 2 Episode 2
R.A.O.K.  
Season 2 Episode 1
WAVES OF VALOR
22-TO-ZERO
Season 1 Episode 13
TURNING HEADS
TUMAINI MEANS HOPE
TEAM AVA AND BRUIN
Season 1 Episode 11
BLIND AMBITION
SENIOR INSPIRATION
Season 1 Episode 10
KOZY TOEZ
HOT RODS FOR HOSPICE

Phil Braybrooks had a passion for cars and spent a lifetime pursuing his dream both for business and pleasure.  When Phil became terminally ill his family looked to hospice for help.  This hot-rod legend is honored each year with a memorial classic-car show and “cackle-fest”.  Get ready as Mary Parks shows you some of the region’s most unique cars in Hot Rods for Hospice.

Tumaini, pronounced too-my-EE-nee, is the Swahili word for hope.  Tumaini International is passionate about making a difference in the lives of AIDS-orphaned and vulnerable children in Kenya.  Mary Parks talks with the husband and wife team who run a California non-profit organization who are making a difference, once child at a time.

Most people deal with challenges in life, but few have amassed a record of overcoming obstacles as impressive as Vivian Stancil.  Orphaned at age 7, raised in foster care and blind before she was 21, Stancil turned to food for comfort.  After tipping the scales at 325 she vowed to strive for a better life.  Mary Parks introduces you to this Senior Olympic Medalist and motivational speaker.

In just about every community there is a group of citizens 65 years of age and older who demonstrate a zest for life through volunteerism and engagement in their town.  Mary Parks takes you to a unique afternoon awards event, Senior Inspiration, honoring some of the ageless unsung heroes in southern California.

Season 1 Episode 9
PATRIOT GUARD RIDERS

Riverside National Cemetery is the final resting place for nearly 200,000 veterans. Many were buried with no ceremony, no family, and no friends. Each Wednesday morning you will find the Patriot Guard Riders at the cemetery, a diverse and growing number of bikers who have one thing in common; an unwavering respect for those who served. Mary Parks shares their mission.

CLOSING THE GAP: DR. JAMES JESSE

Roughly 4 million babies are born in the U.S. each year.  But many of those infants have trouble breastfeeding, or in some cases, even feeding at all.  The last person you would expect to help would be a dentist—after all, infants have no teeth.  But through dental laser technology Dr. James Jesse is saving babies around the globe with a 20-second laser procedure.  Mary Parks gives you an up-close look how it's all done. 

Season 1 Episode 8
HABITAT FOR HEROES
ROBOZILLA

Travel with Mary Parks inside a vintage airport hangar for a rich and fascinating education experience.  Teens building robots whose mission is to inspire enthusiasm and passion for STEM:  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  They are Team Robozilla!

In 2015, there were nearly 60,000 homeless veterans in America. Mary Parks takes you inside the homes being built FOR veterans BY veterans and introduces you to veterans making a difference for their military brothers and sisters.

Season 1 Episode 7
JET SET DOGS

Dog lovers won’t want to miss this story!  Meet the woman saving precious pooches from doggie-death-row.  Jet Set Dogs is one woman’s passion of rescuing dogs, with a Hollywood twist.  Mary Parks takes you inside the shelters for a real rescue story.

FROM THE HEART

A story of perseverance, inspiration, and medical miracles.  Steve Irigoyen survived ten heart attacks, a stroke, numerous stents and a brief coma. Mary Parks will introduce you to the doctor credited with saving Irigoyen’s life in From the Heart.

FACING THE MUSIC

Facing the Music performance art is a mesmerizing, fast-paced medium that few have tackled.  California banker-turned-artist Gregory Adamson creates huge masterpieces in just minutes.  Greg has lent his talents to scores of non-profits raising thousands of dollars for those in need. Join Mary Parks for a night of this unique performance known as Facing the Music.

Season 1 Episode 6
MEDALS OF COURAGE

No parent expects to lose a child, but when the unthinkable happens some find a positive way to channel their grief – that’s what Candace Ransom has done with her unique and inspiring program Medals of Courage. The California mother honors her son’s memory by bringing together children struggling with illness and athletes from around the world. 

LEARNING FOR LIFE

Hope and a positive outlook for the future is an example of the American Spirit, just ask Lorna Jenkins.  After years of struggling to learn basic subjects like reading, writing, and math, she began a learning outreach in her community to make Learning for Life fun and successful for children of all ages.

Season 1 Episode 5
ROCK STARS OF TOMORROW

At one time or another, most people have dreamed of being rock stars. We found a super-cool rock school where you learn how to play an instrument and actually become a member of a rock band, performing at real rock and roll shows. Enjoy a backstage pass to Rock Stars of Tomorrow with Mary Parks.

FOREVER WILD

Gypsy. Zorro. Diablo. Taj. Four evocative names that belong to some of nature’s most beautiful—yet intimidating—creatures. Mary Parks takes you inside an exotic animal sanctuary where an extraordinary caregiver helps these captive-bred animals live Forever Wild.

Season 1 Episode 4
KING HIGH REMEMBERS

Many believe that history is better learned from those who lived it rather than reading history books.  So a high school teacher told his students to personally interview a veteran.  Mary Parks shows us how that homework assignment has brought hundreds of veterans together with young people to experience storytelling at its best.

ANGEL WINGS BAKERY

When you look at a cookie, you see something sweet and tasty. But at Angel Wings Bakery, they see success, accomplishment, and achievement – what had been missing from the lives of the women behind the aprons.  Mary Parks takes you into the special kitchen where Angel Wings is transforming lives and strengthening communities.

Season 1 Episode 3
A FOREVER HOME

Optimism and perseverance are two words that perhaps best describe Jaci Hasemeyer.  The California mother helped raise 50 children in foster care and even adopted ten of those youngsters to give them a forever home.  It’s no wonder she was honored nationally as Mom of the Year, an honor bestowed as she battled breast cancer.  Mary Parks shares her amazing story of love and courage.

FEEDING AMERICA

On any given day 35 million Americans will go without eating, hard-working adults who can’t feed their families.  Mary Parks travels to one community where art students and volunteers work to end hunger in a very unique way, by selling Empty Bowls. 

Season 1 Episode 2
EAGLES COUNT: LOOKING FOR JACK

The bald eagle has long been recognized as a symbol of strength and true American icon.  Mary Parks journeys to a mountain community where volunteers gather annually to count California’s bald eagles and shares the story of one family’s spiritual connection with an eagle they call Jack. 

JACOB FISH AND HIS BEARS

Jacob Fish was only 6 years old when he started making greeting cards, picture frames, and bookmarks to sell at craft fairs.  This little entrepreneur turned those profits into a teddy-bear-making business to comfort other children in times of need.  Nearly 900 teddy bears later, Mary Parks introduces you to Jacob Fish and his bears.

FELLOWSHIP OF THE TRAVELING BLANKIES

The project started small as a way to honor the memory of a young nurse in Arizona, but through word of mouth and friend to friend, “Leigh’s Blankies” evolved into a sewing project that gives comfort to children around the globe.  Mary Parks talks with volunteers about the Fellowship of the Traveling Blankies.

Season 1 Episode 1
COPS GRANTING WISHES

From the vineyards of Temecula to the Joshua Trees of the desert, there are law enforcement officers granting wishes for ill children. The Debbie Chisholm Memorial Foundation is the only wish-granting charity in the nation that includes children who are victims of violent crime or abuse. Mary Parks invites you on an extraordinary journey of love with Cops Granting Wishes.

The struggle is constant.  Families with no money for land or a home.  Club Dust is on a mission to provide portable homes for families living in the dusty squatter camps just across the California-Mexico border.  Join them for a day-long trip of building homes and hope for hundreds of families.

1 in 8 women (about 12%) will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.  In 2016-17, an estimated 246,000 new cases are expected to be diagnosed.  “Lisa” is one of those women, in an unusual twist a group of volunteers have rallied to help pay her medical bills.  They are arm wrestlers “pulling” for Lisa.  

Thousands of children are in foster care across America.  Many of those children are hoping to be adopted into a forever home.  One county is raising adoption awareness by pairing college athletes with foster youth for a unique free photo calendar.

1 in 68 children has been identified with (ASD) Autism Spectrum Disorder. Often it's hard to interact in social settings. Thanks to the A-Skate Foundation children on the spectrum can spend time Inside the Bowl to experience skateboarding, many for the first time. 

Losing a child to illness is perhaps one of the most tragic life events a parent could experience.  But one family is fighting cancer with comedy to honor the memory of their son.

Members of a H.S. symphony orchestra were about to travel on a two week European concert tour when an act of terrorism forced the once-in-a-lifetime performance to be cancelled. But students proved "You Can't Stop the Music" as they turned tragedy to triumph for terror victims everywhere.

Thoughtful, paying it forward, kindness, words to live by especially if you are part of R.A.O.K.  This unique Facebook group is 43,000 members strong all doing random acts of kindness for others.

Spend the day at Santa Monica Beach as dozens of volunteers hold a surfing camp for Veterans.  Team Red, White, and Blue, also known as The Eagles, join the V. A. for a great day of camaraderie.

Studies show 22 Veterans a day are dying, not in combat, but suicide.  Meet the volunteers working to take 22-to-Zero by pairing Veterans with dogs.

The Turning Heads Project features beautiful photos of “Supermodels” along with their personal stories and experiences.  Changing Minds, Changing Lives is their motto as a testament to living life authentically.  Each photo is dedicated to helping people who are going through chemotherapy and have lost their hair. Join Mary Parks in celebrating baldness, survival and perseverance.

Ava and Bruin are inseparable.  Their love and friendship go well beyond that of a girl and her dog.  Bruin has repeatedly saved Ava’s life through his amazing sense of smell by being able to detect Ava’s blood sugar levels and warn her of approaching danger. Together, they are a team with a mission to educate others about Type 1 Diabetes.

Every child deserves at least one new, comfortable pair of shoes every school year.  At least that’s the belief of one woman who has made it her mission to provide new shoes for children across southern California, who might not otherwise get new shoes.  Mary Parks takes you to a school where Kozy Toez is making a difference, one pair of shoes at a time.

Season 2 Episode 8
ELENA JONES

Mary Parks spends the day with Elena Jones, an aspiring vocalist and performer.  This talented Latina is making a difference, inspiring youth across the state. Catch her vocal talent on Exploring the American Spirit.

GIFTS LEFT BEHIND

Gifts Left Behind is a poignant look at the lessons learned from a World War II hero, a dad, brother, husband and friend.  James Beran authored a book about his father Walter titled The Biggest Short Guy: The Amazing Untold Story of Walter Beran, The CPA Who Changed LA.  

Season 2 Episode 9
BACKBONE

Imagine having your spine crushed in a terrible accident at work, then doctors saying “you will never walk again.” That’s what happened to Isadore Ramirez.  But the retired Marine Corps drill sergeant defied the odds by proving doctors wrong.  His story “Backbone” will inspire and amaze you.

FOOD RUNNERS

Every day after school a dozen students trade their books for a chef’s jacket. They are the Food Runners, a unique club whose mission is giving back.  Food Runners will prep, cook, and serve meals for churches, schools, and other non-profits.  It’s their path to success. 

Season 2 Episode 10
SKY PARK AT SANTA'S VILLAGE

Experience the nostalgia of one of southern California’s oldest theme parks, Sky Park at Santa’s Village.  Restoring the historic qualities of Santa’s Village has taken several years.  It’s an amazing story of how one family made their dream come true working with local artisans and craftsman to restore and create this fantasy village.

Season 2 Episode 11
BEAUTY SAVING THE WORLD

BSW means Beauty Saving the World. For BSW, beauty does not mean something external. It lives in our souls, reflects our feelings and dreams. An object becomes art only if it transmits a part of its creator’s soul. Sadness or joy, grotesque or beauty – it doesn’t matter. What important is that it should come from the heart.  Which is exactly what BSW is doing by using beauty to help families around the globe.

Season 2 Episode 12
GOING BEYOND SPECIAL

For 30 years Jeffrey Baldwin has been an award winning athlete with Special Olympics. With his father by his side, Jeffrey has accomplished great things, never once letting his disability get in the way.  The Baldwin’s are once again setting out to raise awareness that those with disabilities have the potential of going beyond special.

GIVE A BEAT

Give a Beat is a unique non-profit that provides music lovers a channel for activism and philanthropy by advocating for positive change.  Their motto is “empower youth for a better future”.  Give a Beat bridges the dance music community with youth and families impacted by mass incarceration in various ways like DJ workshops.

Season 3  Stay Tuned... 
TRAIL OF KINDNESS

For three decades Pecola Davis has made her annual trek to the impoverished area of Los Angeles known as Skid Row.  A familiar face on the street, she’s greeted with smiles as she hands out care packages and small bibles that she’s collected all year. This 70 year old woman has left a trail of kindness across the country.

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE

With Jen Bricker, that is an understatement. The hand of destiny brought Jen an amazing family who instilled in her one simple rule, “never say can’t” which helped her forge a life of triumph and success.  She’s an amazing athlete, role model and author.  Her story will inspire you deeply.

Season 1 Episode 12
TAKING IT TO THE STREETS

For anyone who has enjoyed the companionship of a pet, it’s not difficult to understand “Taking It to the Streets with Lori and Shira.” This mother-daughter team helps the homeless in California--whether they have two legs or four--by giving water, snacks, and treats to homeless people and their pets. Mary Parks was there as the duo tried to spread a little kindness.

 



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