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For the 10th year, AARP The Magazine salutes outstanding individuals who are using their energy, creativity and passion to make the world a better place.
She's the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and Roots & Shoots, the institute’s global environmental program for youth.
Over three decades, he developed wildly inventive products and merged art with technology.
The most senior member of the U.S. Senate, Inouye's secret to success is his commitment to common courtesy.
AARP Foundation Hunger Hero
Czerkas' The River Food Pantry in Madison, Wis., distributes 25,000 pounds of food each week to up to 600 families.
The head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team, Summitt announced her diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Crusader for the Elderly
Zola founded Lifeforce in Later Years, a nonprofit whose goal is to improve the quality of life for every community’s oldest members.
Supporter of U.S. Troops
In addition to his USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tours, he sponsors a program that distributes care packages to remote U.S. bases abroad.
Kelly's organization trains Gulf Coast citizens to measure toxic-air levels and, when necessary, sues polluters.
Ret. Army Col. Bill Badger, Patricia Maisch, Roger Salzgeber
Their heroic acts brought down gunman Jared Lee Loughner in Tucson, Az.
He cochaired a congressional commission that created a “plan of action” for a museum celebrating Latinos in America.
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Lisa Niemi Swayze
Pedro José Greer Jr., M.D.
Joy Behar & Eve Behar Scotti
Helen Gayle, M.D.
Sandy Chen Stokes
Brenda Krause Eheart
Aida Giachello, Ph.D.
Captain Richard Phillips
Richard M. Cohen
David E. Hayes-Bautista
Susan Love, M.D.
Pete C. Garcia
Robert De Niro
Shirley An Jackson
Jack McConnell, M.D.
David Hyde Pierce
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