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Someone You Should Know Special Preview

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As we begin a new year and new stories, we'll take a look back at some memorable Someone You Should Know stories from 2011 in an hour-long special airing Sunday, January 8th from 8 to 9 a.m.

You'll meet again some people who just didn't want to stop working. From Father John Harpel who retired as a hospital chaplain at age 94, to Mildred Betts who never retired from volunteering with school children.

"Not hard work, but you get tired of course. but when you're old you get tired," said Millie Betts.

You'll also see some incredible student athletes. But these aren't your typical athletes. All these high school students are overcoming some type of disability. From a deaf soccer player, to a cross country runner with epilepsy, and a football player who lost his leg.

"Two years ago, September 2nd I was doing chores. I got in a four-wheel accident because I hit this bump, and I rolled over. Broke my leg, and I had a lot of tissue damage," said Matt Riniker.

There are many extraordinary young people in eastern Iowa, doing great things in their communities. See the story again of a published author writing a series of books. Then, a young man who restored his grandfather's tractor, and a girl who is making hundreds of bracelets to help fight cancer.

"Well, my favorite part is at the end. Some people send me thank you cards and stuff. I like that part," said Olivia Steffens.

Another set of stories focus on people overcoming the odds to succeed. A hard-working employee at the Family YMCA of Black Hawk County and a woman with no arms but no limits.

"I'm a very unique individual because I have no arms, but I do everything. I'm totally independent. I don't think of myself as disabled in anyway shape or form so when people come to me, I forget," said Wendy Stoeker.

And we take time to recognize people really doing their part to give back to others. An eastern Iowa couple who helps make sure children don't go hungry during the weekends, and a woman who knows first-hand how difficult it is to lose a loved one.

"One lady said oh Wanda you have no idea what this has done, and oh yeah I do because I lost somebody, too," said Wanda Klaren.

The SYSK special wraps up with people making a difference in the lives of children. From a long-time piano instructor to two people teaching generations of children swimming lessons.

"Everybody's around water at some point in their life whether they're there on purpose or not so if you're not afraid you can handle the water a lot better than if you're afraid and get in the water," said Don McInroy.

Tune in Sunday, January 8th from 8 to 9 a.m. to see some of the many memorable SYSK stories from 2011.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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