Great American Heroes

Episode GCUSA-103L

Davenport, Iowa

Trace arrives in Davenport, Iowa and meets three terrific representatives of the heroes found in the Quad Cities. Fred Thomas started Beasley's Boxing Club as an after school program to provide the at-risk youth in the community with a place to go and discover the mental and physical benefits of boxing. Trace works out with some of the kids there and hears how much Fred and his program have helped them to stay focused and out of trouble. Kempy Stark is a volunteer with the local chapter of Rebuilding Together, an organization that unites people in a voluntary effort to provide home repairs for the elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners at no cost. Kempy introduces Trace to a lovely older woman, Mary, whom he has helped in the past and then they join a crew already at work making repairs and building a wheelchair ramp to a single mom's home. When Trace visits Hand in Hand, a program designed to assist families with special needs kids, he and founders Mark and Vinnie Smith and Joanie Steil tour the facility and sit in on a couple of classes, including a music therapy class and an art therapy class.

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