Growing up with cerebral palsy in Colombia, a doctor once told Jeison Aristizábal’s mother that he would “amount to nothing.” Aristizábal has since started law school and dedicated his life to helping others reach their full potential.
His nonprofit, ASODISVALLE, offers young people with disabilities a range of free services, including medical care, physical therapy and healthy meals. “The most special thing about the foundation is the love and care that we give to the children,” Aristizábal said. “We fight for their happiness.”
8-year-old Christian Golczynski weeps at the funeral of his father, who died during the War in Iraq, March 2007
Britain’s Richard Whitehead and South Africa’s Ntando Mahlangu in action during the men’s T61 200m race at the Diamond League London Anniversary Games, in London, Britain
The first mother in space. Anna Fisher, astronaut, with stars in her eyes on the cover of Life magazine in 1985
Margaret Hamilton stands next to the code she wrote by hand — the same code that was used to take humans to the moon. 
Yang Li, a young woman who lost her arms when she was four in Bengbu, Anhui province, has become an online inspiration for over 900,000 fans who follow her through a livestreaming platform. She reveals how a person with physical barriers can live a fulfilling life.
Retired Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter said he felt “the weight of a nation” on his shoulders when President Barack Obama bestowed upon him the Medal of Honor (2014). Obama said Carpenter “should not be alive” today after shielding a fellow Marine from a grenade blast in Afghanistan in 2010. Carpenter flat-lined three times, Obama said, sustaining a depressed skull and the loss of sight in his right eye. “We are here because this man, this United States Marine, faced down that terrible explosive power, that unforgiving force, with his own body — willingly and deliberately — to protect a fellow Marine,” Obama said. Still, somehow he survived. “I think about the Marines who were with me in Marjah. If I close my eyes today I can still hear their desperate medevacs being called over the radio as they bled out in the fields of Afghanistan,” he said. “Today I accept the medal for them. I will wear it for every person who makes up our great and blessed nation.”
Armless girl goes on television to find love, her optimism and strength moves netizens. When she was 3 years old, Sichuan girl Lei Qingyao unfortunately lost both of her arms from a high-voltage electricity accident. However, she has not only learned to dress, cook, eat, swim, and draw with her feet, she has also starred in movies, and won a big award. Now, she’s a university student on the eve of graduation, and at the same time, the VP for the Sichuan Province Chengdu City Wenjiang District Association of Handicapped Persons.
Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Organizers attempted to stop her (1967)
A firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia, in 2009
Comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres wipes away a tear as she listens with US President Barack Obama to her Presidential Medal of Freedom citation during a ceremony in the White House East Room in Washington (2016).
This amazing image shows a Syrian woman throwing off her niqab after her home village was freed from ISIS. Women living under ISIS’ rule are forced to wear all-black niqabs that cover the face and body
Sabiha Gökçen was a Turkish aviator. She was the world’s first female fighter pilot at the age of 23. Others such as Marie Marvingt and Evgeniya Shakhovskaya preceded her as military pilots in other roles, but not as fighter pilots and without military academy enrollment. She was an orphan, and one of the eight adopted children of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. She was selected as the only female pilot for the poster of “The 20 Greatest Aviators in History” published by the United States Air Force in 1996
Nikola Tesla: We owe much of our modern electrified life to the lab experiments of the Serbian-American engineer, born in 1856 in what’s now Croatia. His designs advanced alternating current at the start of the electric age and allowed utilities to send current over vast distances, powering American homes across the country. He developed the Tesla coil — a high-voltage transformer — and techniques to transmit power wirelessly. Cellphone makers (and others) are just now utilizing the potential of this idea.
Five-year-old Lionel Messi fan Murtaza Ahmadi wore an Argentina shirt signed by the Barcelona star as he played football in Kabul, Afghanistan (2016)
It’s Prince’s lanyard when he was touring/opening for Rick James on his 1980 tour. As someone who would go on to become one of the most prolific artists in music history, it’s a great reminder that everybody starts somewhere.
Erika, a 15-year-old Hungarian fighter who fought for freedom against the Soviet Union. She eventually gave up her gun to volunteer in the Red Cross. Erika died unarmed a few months after this photo was taken while attempting to rescue a fallen soldier. [October 1956]
A Vietnamese war child who was adopted by a British family forty years ago has sold all of her possessions including a £500,000 home and sports car – to fund an orphanage in her home country. Suzanne Hook, 42, was one of the first ‘air babies’ rescued during the Vietnam War after her desperate mother dumped her under a bush when she was born in 1969.
Apollo 11 crew members capture mankind’s first physical brush with the moon, July 1969
Marie Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences, and was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.
Magda Malek, the first Egyptian female pilot to fly EgyptAir’s biggest jet airliner, the Boeing 777-333, adjusts her cap at her home on International Women’s Day, in Cairo.
Parisian mothers use their body to protect their children from German sniper fire, during World War II 
Simone Segouin, an 18-year old French Résistance fighter, holds her rifle during the liberation of Paris. (19 August 1944)
Bobby Moore embraces Pele at the 1970 World Cup finals
Brian Siemann of the US (l.) competes in heat 2 of the men’s 800 meter T53 race at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Braz