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April 29th, 2011
07:49 PM ET

CNN Heroes: Free wheelchairs give new life to rural Mexicans

Toluca, Mexico (CNN) - For decades, Richard St. Denis has advocated for the rights of Americans who, like him, are living with a disability.
But the attorney from Colorado saw his life shift in 1997, when he was invited to speak in Mexico.

"I was asked to bring one wheelchair to give to somebody," he remembers. "As I was waiting for the program to begin, I was shocked to see people using branches for crutches, being pushed in wheelbarrows and crawling."

The lone wheelchair went to Leti Elizale Marcial, a 17-year-old suffering from polio. She had never walked a day in her life, and she was carried around daily by her mother.

"I saw how happy she was, but I looked around and saw the other people that had nothing," St. Denis said. "Their life was going to be exactly the same, and one wheelchair was not enough. I just felt someone had to come and help."

So once a year from 1997 until 2004, St. Denis would load a van with 10 to 15 donated wheelchairs and drive 30 hours - from Colorado to Mexico - to distribute them to people with disabilities.

Now, he has a permanent residence in the country and a nonprofit,World Access Project, that provides custom-fit wheelchairs, walkers and canes to people in rural Mexican communities.

Read more on St. Denis here.

Filed under: CNN Heroes
April 29th, 2011
08:46 AM ET

Royal wedding watched by thousands in Hyde Park

Over 200,000 people gathered in London's Hyde Park to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. American Morning’s Kiran Chetry talks to four excited young fans.

Filed under: Pop Culture • Royal Wedding
April 28th, 2011
11:44 AM ET

Princess Diana's legacy to live on through William and Kate

American Morning's Kiran Chetry talks to Lana Marks, close friend of the late Princess Diana, about the Princess's legacy and what role her memory will play in Prince William's wedding Friday.

Filed under: Royal Wedding
April 28th, 2011
11:42 AM ET

Meet our royal wedding ireporters

Jason Sauter entered CNN's royal wedding ireporter contest for his girlfriend, Nancy Vidarte who is a huge fan of the royals. He won and now they are in London getting to witness the royal festivities firsthand. They speak to CNN's Kiran Chetry about their excitement.

Filed under: Royal Wedding
April 28th, 2011
09:31 AM ET

Obama releases his birth certificate but Trump still has questions

Real estate mogul Donald Trump said last week he was launching an investigation into President Obama's birthplace but even after Obama released his birth certificate, Trump still has questions about the President.

Ali Velshi and Christine Romans talk to investigative reporter Chris Byron about Trump, President Obama, and the birther claims.

Filed under: Politics • U.S.
April 28th, 2011
08:00 AM ET

Royal enthusiasts camp out to catch a glimpse of the Royal couple

Hundreds of people have been camping out on the streets of London, near Westminster Abbey, in hopes of catching a glimpse of the Royals on their way to the wedding ceremony.

American Morning's Kiran Chetry takes to the streets of London to meet some of the Royal enthusiasts.

Filed under: Royal Wedding
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