CNN Hero of the Year winner: ‘God chose me to help’

New York (CNN)Jeison Aristizbal wasn’t born destined for success.

Hailing from one of the poorest areas of Cali, Colombia, and waging a constant battle with cerebral palsy, the world seemed dead set against him.
    “When I was a young boy, a doctor told my mom that I would amount to nothing,” said Aristizbal, 33.



      Disabled kids proud they can do what others can’t


    Harry Swimmer transformed his horse farm into a sanctuary for children with disabilities after meeting a special girl who responded positively to horse-riding therapy. “She just lit up like a candle,” said Swimmer. “That’s when I knew what I wanted to do.”
    Since 1988, his organization, Mitey Riders, has provided more than 800 children with free equine-assisted therapy.
    As part of the award package, each Top 10 CNN Hero for 2016 will receive free organizational training from the Annenberg Foundation, a leading supporter of nonprofits worldwide. They will participate in a customized version of the Annenberg Alchemy program, which offers practical guidance to help strengthen organizations for long-term success.

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