As you know, if you`ve been watching our show, there`s another side to news we love to show you. Those stories regularly featured in this "Character Study" segment. Many of them centering on CNN Heroes, every day people making an extraordinary positive impact on their communities. The top 10 CNN Heroes received a $10,000 cash reward each and the CNN Hero of the Year, which is voted on by the network`s digital and social media audience receives $100,000 for his or her cause.
This year, viewers selected Jeison Aristizabal, a 33-year-old Colombian who says God chose him to help children and their families.
JEISON ARISTIZABAL, CNN 2016 HERO OF THE YEAR (through translator): My name is Jeison Aristizabal. I have cerebral palsy. A doctor told my mom that I would amount to nothing.
Jeison Aristizabal：我的名字叫作Jeison Aristizabal。我患有脑瘫。一位医生曾经告诉我的母亲，我将会一无所为。
All these difficult circumstances pushed me to be independent. I learned that I would be able to accomplish everything I put my mind to.
I lived in the district of Aguablanca. It`s one of the poorest areas in Cali. Many children with disabilities in Aguablanca grew up with no type of opportunity, because families don`t know how to take care of them. They think that it`s God`s punishment. It`s very important to change that way of thinking.
Great. Let`s go to physical therapy.
I began doing therapy out of my parent`s garage.
The foundation now has its own location. We have therapy services, medical treatment, school.
Our greatest interest is for the children to be happy.
They sing. They play. They dance.
We have transformed the lives of thousands of children.
The message I want to give people with disabilities is: yes, you can. Never give up. Always fight for your dreams.