Cedric and April Muhammad
"In 2003, I had an 11-centimeter- aneurysm on my heart," Cedric Muhammad said. "[The doctors] said at 7 centimeters, most people are dead; they didn't know how I was walking around. I had emergency open-heart surgery. All my systems went down. They gave me 24 hours to live. The 23rd hour, everything reversed, and I came out of it. A couple of years later, that heart failed, and I had a heart transplant. While waiting on that transplant, my wife, who was pregnant with our daughter, went into labor in my room. So they took her to the next hospital, and she had my daughter. My heart came the following day."
"What's something that made a big impact on your life?" asked a Sun photographer. "Drugs," Gene Roberts replied. "I was 8 or 9 when I started opium. [Drugs] ruined my life. No friends, penitentiary, jail. But I got my brain after all this time. I can do anything I ever did."
"I just finished hiking the Appalachian Trail, which is a continuously marked footpath from Georgia to Maine that stretches 2,200 miles," Jackson Spencer said. "It was the hardest thing I've ever done. I didn't know what to expect, but it taught me a lot about myself, what I can do. And not just what I can do, but what I can do with the help, love and support from other people. It really made me realize how much I love my friends and family here in Jonesboro, how much they mean to me. They really encouraged me to push myself harder and to finish the trail in 100 days or less. I was very lucky and fortunate to do it in 99 days. It taught me a lot about strength and perseverance and how to keep taking one more step, just one more step."