5 People Who Defied Odds To Pursue Their Dreams

 Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a Medical Degree in the United States. In January of 1849, she ascended the platform of the Presbyterian Church in Geneva, NY and received her diploma from Geneva Medical College. Blackwell turned to medicine when a dying friend said she "would have been spared her worst suffering if her physician had been a woman."

Eight years after she earned her diploma, she opened the New York Infirmary in 1857. By doing this she was not only able to practice medicine, but she also provided women with the opportunities to expand their skills as physicians. Blackwell's support for equal rights preceded her medical vocation. When she was eleven, her family moved to American from England to help abolish slavery. When her father died, she and her siblings carried on his legacy by continuing their support for women's rights and the anti-slavery movement.

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The youngest jockey to win the Kentucky Derby was 15-year-old Alonzo Lonnie Clayton, in 1892. Shortly after the teen rider rose to fame, he became one of the highest paid riders on the east coast. Those were great beginnings for a boy who, three years prior to his first Kentucky Derby, ran away from home to join his older brother Albertus, who was also a jockey.

Some believe racism caused Lonnie to leave America in the early 1900s to race horses in England. According to Forbes writer, Theresa Genaro, Horse racing was dominated by black jockeys--slave owners did not hesitate to put their slaves on the track for informal races. By the time racing became a more organized sport, "black boys and men were [the vanguard] in the saddle, dominating the races until the turn of the century." The early 1900s was a time of racial tension, and black jockeys were pushed off the track. It was likely that Lonnie was also pushed out and went overseas like so many others.

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Tom Waddell might be the best living manifestation of a renaissance man. In high school he excelled at both football and gymnastics, attended Springfield College on a track scholarship, and then attended New Jersey College of Medicine. At the age of 30 he was a Decathlon. By the mid-70s, he and his partner, Charles Deaton, were the first gay men to be featured in the "Couples" section of People magazine.

It wasn't long before he was inspired by a gay bowling competition to organize the Gay Games, which first took place in San Francisco in 1982. Waddell was an athlete, a physician, an olympian and an activist. When he died of AIDS related complications, a family friend asked his daughter, Jessica, what she wanted to do when she grew up. She said, "Everything."

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Fauja Singh ran his last marathon at age 101. The Londoner began running after a bout of depression that set in after he lost his wife and fifth son. In 2011, Singh became the oldest full-marathon runner after completing the Toronto marathon in 5 hours and 40 minutes. According to Vibe, His final race, the Hong Kong 10K, was completed by Singh in an hour and 32 minutes. "From a tragedy has come a lot of success and happiness," Singh said before the race.

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Christmas Joy Abbot is the first female to have a shot at being a NASCAR Pit Crew Member. The elite-leve fitness athlete put everything on hold to move to Charlotte, NC so she could pursue her dream of being a front-tire changer on a Sprint Cup. Her coach, Shaun Peet, suspected it was a publicity stunt, but he soon came round when he realized she's in it for the real deal.

WWII Vet Runs Cross Country to Save His D-Day Ship

** OGTV would like to take a moment to commemorate National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day with this story about the unstoppable Ernie Andrus, a WWII veteran who is still on his latest Coast2Coast run doing his part to keep the memory of his comrades alive. **

Ernie Andrus, now in his 90's, is running cross-country to raise money in order to put the LST 325, the ship he served on in the Navy during WWII, back on the beach in Normandy where it supported the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.

This LST 325 is the only LST ship left (out of 1,051 made) that has been fully restored and still operational. Plans were initially made for a D-Day memorial service in 2014 for the ship, but it was canceled because of a shortage of finances. This inspired Ernie to start a project called, Coast2Coast Runs to raise money to honor his old ship.

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The Cute Ways Animals Have Fun in the Snow

Are you looking for a pick me up? Need a little fun in the snow to make you smile?

Look no further - we found the cutest exotic and domesticated animals just for you! Watch as a baby elephant, panda, penguins, and horses frolic happily in the snow. It just might make you love winter that much more!

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Girl Scout Sells 2,000 Boxes of Cookies To Help Uncle With MS

** OGTV celebrates National Cookie Day with this story about a generous Girl Scout who used her cookie selling skills to win a special prize for her uncle to help him fight his disease and support his love of music. **

Callie Olson is an 8-year-old Girl Scout with a giving and loving spirit. She worked extremely hard to sell 2,000 boxes of girl scout cookies to win the grand prize MacBook; what's even better is the fact that she won it for her uncle with MS!

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Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team Takes on NFL Alumni

** OGTV recognizes the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with this story about some unstoppable Wounded Warriors to help everyone become more compassionate and understanding of the challenges faced by people with disabilities. **

These servicemen may have lost limbs overseas, but on the field, they don't need special treatment. Once the competitive juices get flowing, that becomes very clear as these wounded warriors go head to head with seasoned NFL veterans and Washington Redskins Alumni. But even greater than the rush of competition is the sense of camaraderie the guys gain for one another on the field.

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Immigrant Student’s College Dream Is Now Shipshape!

** OGTV is celebrating Rosa Parks Day by sharing the story of another trailblazer who did not settle for doing what was expected and instead followed her dreams...all the way to the US Naval Academy! **

This is a story about a determined and humble young woman who came to a country she barely knew to live with complete strangers, all in order to receive the best education possible. In the process she would work hard and defy incredible odds to put herself in the running to become a member of one of the most prestigious institutions in the United States.

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Why Shopping Makes You Feel Good - You Should Know with Lucia Nazzaro

** Here's a short video on why shopping makes you happy to get you amped for Cyber Monday **

This just in! Retail therapy actually works! We love to give you tips and tricks to make sure you are the happiest & healthiest you can be. So here is one more, and it just may be our favorite.

In this brand new episode of You Should Know, Lucia explains how shopping really can improve your well being. Even if you don't buy anything, the positive effects are still there. So tell your spouse you don't necessarily have to spend money... even though it's more fun that way :)

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How to Unclutter Overflowing Closets – Wounded Warrior Closet Makeover

Everyone could use a little help in their daily lives…and watching a good DIY video can always make a difference! OnlyGood TV videos help make your life easier, more manageable, happy and stress free!

After 36 years in the military, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Luciano Yulfo ended his career in Afghanistan when a bomb shattered his left leg, leaving him disabled and soon to be without a leg. His 27-year-old daughter Sonia is his only caretaker, so it's really tough trying to keep their house in order. But help is on the way! Professional organizing expert, Barbara Reich and ClosetMaid are giving them each a much-needed closet makeover!

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Turkey Carving Tips So You Won't Miss A Bite!

Yum... it's Thanksgiving. We set you up with some tips to cooking the perfect turkey, now on to the carving!

You may think it is easy... but you'd be surprised at how much meat you are actually missing. Executive Chef, Michael Luboff, for Stew Leonard's – the World's Largest Dairy Store and one of the most renowned grocery store chains in the U.S., gives some carving tips to make sure you savor every bit! Along with enjoying it, you want it to look presentable, too!

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