Yuma artist Albert Escalante kneels down washing off a brush after helping summer students paint different murals at Joe Henry Park in Yuma, AZ. The murals depicted different places kids play throughout the park like the baseball field and playground.
Officer Pappin goes through drills with the Yuma Special Enforcement Team or SET, at Gwyneth Ham Elementary School. The drills will help prepare the officers for real scenarios they will encounter in the field.
Haley Jenkins, right, and Breanna Edney, left, hold their candles in the air during a vigil for Jaryd Ford at The Barn in Martin, Mich. Jenkins and Edney were friends of Ford's and one of hundreds who showed to pay their respects. Ford was killed late Tuesday April 15, 2014 when his Ford Mustang was hit head-on by a driver going the wrong way on U.S. 131.
Two year old Zoey Harrison plays
with a stethoscope she received during a hospital visit, at home, on the floor of her families living room. Zoey was adopted by
the Harrison family of Ithaca, Mich. Zoey was born 31 weeks into her
biological mothers pregnancy and suffered trauma to her head and body due to severe self-inflicted beatings to the stomach while in her
biological mother's womb. It was also reported that the
biological mother took up to 20 Vicodin a day while pregnant with Zoey in prison.
The result of the trauma and drug abuse was cerebral palsy. The Harrison family wanted her immediatley and saw her bring purpose back to the family. "She's a breath of fresh air," said Rozenna Harrison, Zoey's adoptive mother. Zoey is one of five adopted children in the Harrison family
with two biological children of their own.
Volunteer coach Sarah Lemcool rests her head on AJ Maynard, 17, of Mattawan before the start of the 2014 Southwest Regional Winter Games at Timber Ridge Ski Resort in Gobles Tuesday Jan. 21. Maynard was born with Down syndrome but that hasn't stopped him from living a full life, competing in multiple Special Olympic events such as basketball, swimming, and track. But according to AJ's adoptive mother Chris Maynard, it's skiing that has had the biggest impact on his life. "That's when we really saw his confidence burst," said Chris on AJ skiing.
Brandy Garcia holds Isaia
Martinez, 9, as she looks on at a house fire that claimed the life of
her grandfather, Domingo Yabarra, 79, in Port Lavaca, Texas. Ybarra was
Martinez's great grandfather whom he visited almost everyday to hear
stories and spend time together.
Port Lavaca resident and cancer
patient Audrey Marek lays in her bed and stares at her daughter Diana
Marek at Port Lavaca Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Marek is known
as the woman with nine lives because the nursing and home and her family
were afraid they had lost her multiple times. Marek has since passed
Doriann Ramirez rolls over her son Niko Ramirez, as he wakes up to begin his day of physical rehab inside his room at TIRR Memorial Hermann rehabilitation hospital in Houston, Texas. Ramirez was in a motorcycle wreck in May, 2013, in which he flipped several times and landed headfirst in a ditch without a helmet. Ramirez is slowly recovering from the accident and now must wear a safety helmet throughout his rehab to protect his head. Doctors said Niko wouldn't survive his ordeal but has since learn to move his arms and legs and can swallow liquids. Doriann credits God for his recovery.
Noel Benton, 5, granddaughter of Michigan Militia member Fritz Benton,
stands in the woods of Island Lake Organizational Campground in
Brighton, Mich. with other members of the Michigan Militia during a training
weekend. Noel goes out with the militia three or four times a year.