Top 10 Short Inspirational Lives

Top 10 Short Inspirational Lives


Top 10 Short Inspirational Lives 10. Edmund Thomas Clint Born in 1976 in Kochi, India, Edmund Thomas
Clint was a talented and prolific self-taught painter. He often painted Hindu festivals
and was known for his strong use of color. He painted over 25,000 pictures in many different
mediums including watercolors, oils, chalk and even crayons, all in a lifetime of just
six years and 11 months. At the age of three, Edmund had been diagnosed with a kidney disease
that eventually took his life. He won a number of awards during his lifetime,
and since his death he’s had a number of books written about him and one documentary
filmed. The latter was seen by Clint Eastwood, whom Edmund was named after. 9. Stephen Sutton When Stephen Sutton was 15 he was told that
he had terminal cancer. After learning of his diagnosis, Stephen started helping out
with events run by the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity that supports young people with
cancer. In January 2013, with the goal of trying to
raise £10,000 ($15,500), Stephen launched a website with a blog where he wrote about
his “bucket list.” Items on his list included skydiving, getting a tattoo and playing drums
in front of a big group of people. And one-by-one, Stephen went down the list. He went skydiving,
he got a tattoo of a scarred Troll doll and he played drums in front of 90,000 people
at the Union of European Football Associations League Finals in 2013. Stephen was also raising a lot of money for
the Cancer Trust. He changed his goal to £100,000 and once he reached that he aimed for £1
million, all within one year. By the time Stephen died on May 14, 2014 he had raised
£3.4 million, just 15 months after he started his blog. In the wake of his death, that number
surpassed £5 million ($7.8 million). 8. Sadako Sasaki Sadako Sasaki put a face on the horrors of
the atomic bomb and its long-term effects. She was two years old and living in Hiroshima
just under two miles away from where the bomb went off. Nine years after the bombing, Sadako developed
lumps on her legs and neck. Children who survived the bombing were found to be more susceptible
to contracting leukemia, and Sadako was diagnosed. While in the hospital, Sadako learned about
an old Japanese legend that said if a person were to fold 1000 paper cranes they would
be granted one wish. In the three months that she was in the hospital, she managed to fold
well over 1000 before she passed away on October 25, 1955 at the age of 12. Her story was adapted into a children’s
novel, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, by Eleanor Coerr. In 1958 a statue was unveiled
of Sadako holding a golden crane outside of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Her cranes
can be found at the Tribute WTC Visitor Center located beside Ground Zero in New York City,
the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Pearl Harbor. 7. Sam Berns Progeria is a very rare disease that causes
young children to age rapidly. Those will the illness only live to around their mid-teens,
when they die from cardiac arrest or a stroke. Currently there’s no cure, although there
have only been about 200 known cases in the world. One of these cases was Sam Berns, who lived
in Foxborough, Massachusetts and was featured in an HBO documentary called Life According
to Sam, which started following him around when he was 13 and documented his life for
the next three years. In the opening he explains he was doing the documentary because he wanted
people to get to know him, and definitely didn’t want anyone’s pity. Sam also didn’t
have time to feel sorry for himself, saying, “I surround myself with people that I want
to be with. And I keep moving forward.” Sam had a number of different passions in
his short life, including the drums and Boston sports teams. Sam wanted to play in his school’s
marching band, but he only weighed 50 pounds and the drum harness weighed 40. So Sam and
his parents worked with an engineer to make a drum he could use, which was a good analogy
for how he looked at his life. He didn’t focus on obstacles and kept pushing forward,
which was the message of his Tedx talk on his philosophy for a happy life. On January 11, 2014, Sam was supposed to be
the honorary captain when his beloved New England Patriots played the Indianapolis Colts.
Instead, there was a moment of silence for Sam. He passed away the night before at the
age of 17. 6. Samantha Smith One of the most terrifying aspects of the
Cold War was the fear of not knowing if the world would be there tomorrow. This was on
the mind of 10 year old Samantha Smith, who wrote to the new leader of the Soviet Union,
Yuri Andropov, in November 1982. Her letter read: My name is Samantha Smith. I am ten years
old. Congratulations on your new job. I have been worrying about Russia and the United
States getting into a nuclear war. Are you going to vote to have a war or not? If you
aren’t please tell me how you are going to help to not have a war. This question you
do not have to answer, but I would like to know why you want to conquer the world or
at least our country. God made the world for us to live together in peace and not to fight. Relations between the United States and Soviet
Union were bleak at the time, yet Andropov actually wrote back to the young girl living
Manchester, Maine. In his letter, Andropov said that the Soviet Union had no desire to
go to war and was busy building their infrastructure. He also invited her to visit his country,
which she accepted. When she was in the Soviet Union from July 7-21, 1983, television crews
followed her around and the two superpowers got a little glimpse into the lives of people
on the other side of the Cold War, making her famous in both countries. After she returned
home she was considered an unofficial Goodwill Ambassador, and she continued to travel around
the world to promote peace. Two years after her visit, Samantha was acting
in a TV show called Lime Street when the small plane that her and her father were travelling
in crashed, killing them both on August 25, 1985. After her death, then-leader of the
Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and American President Ronald Reagan sent letters of condolences
to Samantha’s mother. Samantha made such an impact on the Soviet Union that her face
was featured on a stamp. Her mother started the Samantha Smith Foundation, which gets
people from different cultures to share their experiences. 5. Anne Frank Annelies Marie Frank was born on June 12,
1929, in Frankfurt to an average, upper-middle class Jewish family. Her father had served
in the German army during World War I, but by the time Anne was born the political climate
of Germany was changing, and they moved to Amsterdam. There, they lived a typical family
life until 1940 when the Nazis invaded. The Franks had to go into hiding in the back
of Anne’s father’s business, which he signed over to two Christians, when Anne was
13. The four Franks and three members of another family hid for two years, while Anne wrote
the diary that would make her famous. On August 4, 1944, an anonymous tip led to
their hideout being raided. They were sent to a concentration camp in the Netherlands,
where they spent less than a month before being shipped off to Auschwitz. Finally, Anne
and her sister were transferred to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where both died. Only Anne’s father, Otto, survived the concentration
camps. He returned to Amsterdam, where he discovered that someone had saved Anne’s
diary. Otto sought to get it published, and selections of the diary were printed in 1952
in English under the title The Diary of a Young Girl. It has since gone to be published
in 67 languages. Anne Frank has been considered one of the most inspirational women of the
last century, although she only lived to the age of 15. 4. Nkosi Johnson Since the emergence of HIV/AIDS, Sub-Saharan
Africa has been ravished by the horrible diseases. Out of all HIV related deaths in the world,
70% are attributed to the continent. One victim was South African Nkosi Johnson, who was born
with AIDS on February 4, 1989. When he was two, his mother left him at a care center
for people infected with HIV. He was adopted by a woman working there, but when they tried
to enroll Nkosi in school they found a lot of roadblocks. Schools simply didn’t want
a boy with HIV. Nkosi’s adopted mother started to fight in the courts, and her struggle made
headlines across the world. This led to new policies that allowed children with HIV or
AIDS to attend school. Nkoski had become the face of the approximately
200 children born every day with HIV. Without proper treatment, they only have a 25% chance
of living past the age of two. In 2000, at the age of 11, Nkoski was invited to speak
at the International Aids Conference where he had this heartbreaking message: “Care
for us and accept us – we are all human beings, we are normal, we have hands, we have
feet, we can walk, we can talk, we have needs just like everyone else. Don’t be afraid
of us – we are all the same.” Nkoski passed away on June 1, 2001. Nelson
Mandela called him an “icon of the struggle for life.” 3. Sophie Scholl Born May 9, 1921, Sophie Scholl was a German
student and one of the six core members of the non-violent anti-Nazi protest group the
White Rose. Formed in June 1942, Scholl and the five other members anonymously distributed
flyers and pamphlets that asked people to oppose the Third Reich. The group was formed
after Scholl’s boyfriend wrote from the Eastern Front detailing the atrocities committed
by the Nazis. One day, Scholl and her brother were seen
throwing out White Rose pamphlets by a custodian at the University of Munich, who reported
their actions. Sophie, her 25 year old brother Hans, and another member, 25 year old Christoph
Probst, were all arrested on February 18, 1943. Four days later they were tried and
convicted of treason, and within hours they were led to the guillotine. Sophie’s last
words were: “How can we expect righteousness to prevail
when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause.
Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through
us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?” One of their pamphlets was smuggled out of
the country and given to the Allies, who airdropped millions of copies over Germany. Today, Scholl
and the other members of the White Rose are considered heroes in Germany. 2. Iqbal Masih Born to a poor family just outside of Lahore,
Pakistan in 1982, Iqbal was sold into child slavery at the age of four. He was forced
to work on a carpet loom, and at times was chained to it. He was beaten and barely fed,
leaving him malnourished, as he worked for up to 12 hours a day for the next six years. It wasn’t until 1992 that he escaped from
the factory. He managed to get into school and learned to read and write. From there,
he became active in campaigns to free hundreds of other children from slavery. He traveled
to different countries where he spoke to schools and other groups about the horrors of child
labor. He won the Reebok Human Rights Award and planned to use the $15,000 prize to go
to university and become a lawyer. Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, offered
him a full scholarship. Sadly, a few months after returning to his
home in Pakistan, the 12 year old was assassinated on April 16, 1995. No one was convicted of
his murder, but it drastically hurt sales of Pakistani rugs, with sales dropping by
$10 million in just one month. Iqbal’s life and death brought new attention
to the plight of child laborers. Iqbal was also the inspiration for other charities like
Free the Children, which was started by a 12 year old Canadian boy named Craig Kielburger
in 1995. 1. Terry Fox In March 1977, 18 year old Canadian Terry
Fox was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer. The cancer was so bad that his right leg had
to be amputated, after which he’d have to undergo chemotherapy in the hopes that he
would beat the 50% survival odds. The night before the amputation he was given
an article about Dick Traum, who ran the New York Marathon with a prosthetic leg. The article
inspired Terry, because he was bothered by the lack of attention and funding that his
cancer got despite the fact that it could strike anyone. So when he got out of the hospital
he decided he was going to run across Canada, and try to raise $1 from every Canadian in
the process. Fox wrote to corporations telling them his
plan, and companies like Ford gave him a camper van while Adidas gave him shoes. He started
on April 12, 1980, in St. John’s, Newfoundland and planned to finish on the west coast of
Vancouver Island on September 10. The Marathon of Hope started slowly, but more
and more people cheered him on as he progressed. He was greeted in towns by local mayors, and
he even met Prime Minster Pierre Trudeau. But weeks after passing the halfway mark,
Fox’s health got worse. The cancer had spread to his lungs. He had to end the Marathon of
Hope at 3339 miles and $11.4 million raised. He died a month shy of his 23 birthday on
June 28, 1981. Terry’s fundraising wouldn’t stop there
— ever since his death, there have been annual Terry Fox Runs in Canada and another
60 countries. His foundation has raised over $650 million for cancer treatment.

58 thoughts on “Top 10 Short Inspirational Lives

  1. This just goes to show that a life can be short, but meaningful. Don't wait to achieve your goals. Dreams aren't meant to be dreamt, they're meant to be fulfilled. 🙂

  2. what about Hayley Okines who died recently from progeria aged 17 an ageing disease where the person ages very quickly.

  3. I started crying when Terry Fox's name came up, I was so surprised. When I was still a baby, my mom held me as Terry ran by on the highway near my town. By that point in his journey, people lined the highway for kilometers as he went past each town or city. He is our (Canada's) national hero, without equal. So glad and thankful you mentioned him here.

  4. Amazing Top Tenz episode! I have read Anne Frank's inspirational book and I remember Samantha Smith's letter to the Soviets when I was a kid.  

  5. Seems abit odd to have a statue of a girl who died from a bomb dropped by US at a bomb site in the US caused by……….the US government promoting peace.

  6. Who thought? "Lets have a statue of a japanese girl who died by our hands at the site of the japanese bombing in Hawaii which caused us to retaliate which in affect killed this girl"

  7. This is such a beautiful video, I'm so happy I subscribed to you a little while before this one. Keep making inspirational lists like this one, at least once in a while. This proves not all videos need to be dark/shocking in order to be good. 🙂 +10, TopTenz

  8. What did I think of the video?? Uh let's see, I cried the video was horrible (not in a negative way). Some of these teens, I am bloody shamed I had no idea who they were, #2 mainly, to kill one so young for doing so much good….evil. Reminded me of Malala Yusuf, and I'm glad she ain't on this list.
    Thanks for your videos love watching them albeit a sad one this was, but also an inspirational one.

  9. I'm severely bummed out, But some of these people i had no idea existed, so thanks toptenz for teaching me about awesome people !!

  10. {If I die too young.}
    —————————————————————————————————————————-
    If I die young, bury me in satin
    Lay me down on a bed of roses
    Sink me in a river at dawn
    Send me away with the words of a love song

    Uh oh, uh oh

    Lord make me a rainbow, I'll shine down on my mother
    She'll know I'm safe with you when she stands under my colors, oh,
    And life ain't always what you think it ought to be, no
    Ain't even grey, but she buries her baby

    The sharp knife of a short life, oh well
    I've had just enough time

    If I die young, bury me in satin
    Lay me down on a bed of roses
    Sink me in the river at dawn
    Send me away with the words of a love song

    The sharp knife of a short life, oh well
    I've had just enough time

    And I'll be wearing white, when I come into your kingdom
    I'm as green as the ring on my little cold finger,
    I've never known the lovin' of a man
    But it sure felt nice when he was holdin' my hand,
    There's a boy here in town, says he'll love me forever,
    Who would have thought forever could be severed by…

    …the sharp knife of a short life, oh well?
    I've had just enough time

    So put on your best, boys, and I'll wear my pearls
    What I never did is done

    A penny for my thoughts, oh, no, I'll sell 'em for a dollar
    They're worth so much more after I'm a goner
    And maybe then you'll hear the words I been singin'
    Funny when you're dead how people start listenin'

    If I die young, bury me in satin
    Lay me down on a bed of roses
    Sink me in the river at dawn
    Send me away with the words of a love song

    Uh oh (uh, oh)
    The ballad of a dove (uh, oh)
    Go with peace and love
    Gather up your tears, keep 'em in your pocket
    Save 'em for a time when you're really gonna need 'em, oh

    The sharp knife of a short life, oh well
    I've had just enough time

    So put on your best, boys, and I'll wear my pearls.

     [I do not own the song! Its by THE BAND PERRY! :)]

  11. I remember in second grade we watched the 'One Thousand Paper Cranes' play. Oh my, that was so sad. I think I still have my paper crane from it somewhere, though,

  12. #8 But did Sadako get her wish? What was her wish? Maybe it was that atomic or nuclear weapons will never again be used in anger.

  13. RIP Sam Berns. I do marching band and I live in Massachusetts and I've definitely heard of him more than once. He is an inspiration.

  14. I think you should've put Manny as an honorable mention, He was the ambassador for the MDA telethon 3 years in a row. He was a published poet when he was 10 he had ALS and passed when he was 13, he is what inspired me to go into writing poetry.

  15. Even if "everything doesn't happen for a reason" your put on the earth for something and its your job to mAke it happen. We have choices it's not meant to all be set in stone. These were all stories of this, how they never looked toward the end and never took a second of life for granted, and just to help the greater for good. Even if you feel your all alone in sadness, just remember your not and if these people could do it why not you? It's difficult to truly find your potential, but never give up working hard towards it and trying your best

  16. This is such a nice a heart warming and inspirational video that really plays with your emotions. I cried multiple times while watching it and actually had to pause in a couple of places to gather myself, only to start tearing up again when another person's name and story on the list was read. This is by far my most favorite video throughout the entirely of inspirational Youtub videos and I hope that others have been inspired by these fine examples of inspiration people who died before they hit adulthood to do something kind to another human being. I know that I have been and forever will be within the near future….

  17. Wow, #10… what a beautiful family! In spite of his short life, his parents must have been incredibly proud of their child.

  18. in a realm where people an humanity has been reduced to numbers…
    i am thankfull there are examples that individuals can make an impact on life…
    lonnie

  19. This video should be getting more views, right? It is very uplifting and goes against the grain of all the negativity you can find on Youtube. Upvote and share on social media.

  20. hard to beleive this video has been posted for almost 4 years and has such low numbers. I shared it. you should too.

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