Great American Heroes

Episode GCUSA-102L

Charleston, South Carolina

While in Charleston, South Carolina, Trace meets three amazing local heroes. Mackie Moore took over the reins and Rein & Shine when they were about to close their doors and under her direction, the organization has since grown considerably. Passionate about helping others, Mackie provides horseback riding therapy for children and adults with social, emotional, physical and cognitive disabilities at Rein & Shine. Trace chats with some of the kids in Mackie's program and is touched by the story of Tate – an adult who suffered a brain aneurysm, but who has found hope and progress through his equine therapy at Rein & Shine. Equal in his passion to help others, specifically veterans suffering from PTSD, Dr. Ron Acierno founded the non-profit Veterans On Deck. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Ron saw progress in his patients, but was concerned that they were still having some trouble integrating into society. Dr. Ron found that sailing as therapy is an effective tool to empower these veterans to feel more in control, less fearful, and to re-learn how to work and socially interact with others. Trace, who admits to not having any sailing experience, hops on a boat to join these brave vets as they go on a brief excursion. Trace also visits with Katie Stagliano who, at the tender age of 13, already runs her own non-profit dedicated to growing food to feed the hungry called Katie's Krops. Trace rolls up his sleeves and works alongside Katie and her team as they work on one of her many gardens.

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