Often, especially when life gets hard, you feel like you cannot go on any longer. It is in those moments that we need to be inspired by other people’s strength and achievements, even at the darkest times.

Here at Enlighten we could not leave some of these heroes unacknowledged, as every day they stop at nothing and overcome everything.

Cyclist Paweł Poljański’s legs after 16 race stages of the Tour de France.

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John Bramblitt is a blind painter who creates incredible artwork.

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María Lorena Ramirez is a 50k marathon winner in Mexico. She ran in a skirt and sandals.

Maule Dhan coming back to camp with beeswax after a honey hunt.

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Dashrath Manjhi spent 22 years making a pathway through the mountain separating his village from a city to get access to the healthcare his community needs.

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9-year-old Daniel Cabrera using light from McDonald’s to do his homework.

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100-year-old Fauja Singh is a Guinness record marathon runner who finished in 8 hours, 25 minutes, and 18 seconds, becoming the oldest marathon runner to complete such a distance.

Doctors resting after a 32-hour surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from a patient’s brain.

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Aaron Fotheringham professionally skateboarding in a wheelchair.

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In 2017, Hugh Jackman won his fifth battle against cancer.

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This Philippino teacher has to cross a powerful river every day to get to school and her students.

Ballet dancers rehearsing.

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Vanessa Low, a 2016 Paralympic champion who performed a world record-breaking 4.93-meter long jump.

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Environmentalist Jadav Payeng has been planting trees for 37 years. Today his forest exceeds 550 hectares.