Meet the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2016

(CNN)They lead cancer patients on unforgettable adventures, help women escape Nashville’s seedy underbelly and bring healthcare to rural Kenya.

“CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” airs live on CNN and CNNgo Sunday, December 11 at 8 p.m. ET
The causes they support vary as much as their backgrounds, but they have all dedicated their lives to changing the world.
    And now, they have more in common: They’re this year’s top 10 CNN Heroes.
    Each of these heroes will receive a $10,000 cash prize. One of the 10 will be named “CNN Hero of the Year,” and receive an additional $100,000 for his or her cause.
    Their efforts are being highlighted at “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” a global broadcast event on CNN Sunday night. For the first time, ABC’s Kelly Ripa will join Anderson Cooper as co-host for this special 10th-annual show, live from New York’s American Museum of Natural History.
    An encounter with a girl named Stacy changed Harry Swimmer’s life. Stacy has cerebral palsy, and meeting her gave Swimmer an idea: What would happen if he put Stacy on a horse? “[S]he just lit up like a candle.”
    Soon after, Swimmer retired and transformed his horse farm into a sanctuary for children with disabilities. 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 Hero will also 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. This is the fifth year of CNN’s collaboration with the Annenberg Foundation.
    For more on the 2016 CNN Heroes and to donate to the causes they support, visit

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