On September 11, 2001, America saw the worst terrorist attack on its soil. But on September 12, 2001, America came together like never before. People across the country collectively sent New York City a surge of support that brought all of us a little closer.
Families who lost loved ones have, over the years, turned tragedy into triumphs of human spirit. They’ve started nonprofits, initiatives and campaigns dedicated to improving lives in a variety of small and big ways. We’ve put together a list of the incredible people who paid it forward when just moving forward was hard enough.