Burnham Drugs owner John McKinney’s wife, Wendy, died quickly after being diagnosed with cancer. As a lasting tribute, he established a scholarship at the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy where the two met.
Yvette Mulcahy has been working at the Biloxi Visitors Center for years, greeting tourists and making them feel at home. Visitors on the Coast drop in at the Biloxi Visitors Center year after year just to say hello to Mulcahy, said manager Bill Raymond.
Eleven-year-old Kalia McCray of D’Iberville discovered that she could say things in writing that she couldn’t express in words. She has collected the letters she has written to her mother and sister into a book, “Letters to My Loved Ones,” that she hopes will inspire other children to write.
Di Fillhart, owner of Starfish Cafe, came to South Mississippi to help after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005. She fell in love with Bay St. Louis and opened a restaurant to help those in need learn a skill set they'll have for the rest of their lives.
Spiders Charity Golf Classic has provided financial support for people with terminal illness for over 22 years. The event has grown because the participants “believe in what we’re doing,” said committee member Rusty Ramage.
Ted Hearn, who started the Clean and Fresh program which allows homeless to shower and wash their clothes three days a week, talks about what inspired him to take a more direct approach in the lives of those struggling with housing.
Dental student Collin Peterson of Gulfport founded Kayaking for a Kause to raise money for children who can't afford needed dental care. Peterson has turned his favorite hobby into an event to help others.
Dorothy Paker is known as Grammy to many of the children at D'Iberville Elementary School. She comes every week to help with literacy in the classroom and to have lunch with her grandson, Parker. She was named "Parent of the Year" for Harrison County.
Thomas Loll, 20, his mother Esther Faye Clay-Arant, 37, and grandmother, Diane Robinson, 61, will graduate this week from college. Loll will get an associate’s degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Clay-Arant and Robinson with bachelor’s degrees from University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University, respectively.
Former track coach Prince Jones talks about his years at Gulfport. He retired in 2007 after nearly 40 years of coaching, 11 state championships and hundreds of track meet wins. Even though he is officially retired he can still be found helping students with their times or jumps.