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After a patient told neurosurgeon Lee Buono to thank the teacher who inspired him, he called up Al Siedlecki. StoryCorps hide caption

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Francisco Vasquez says his niece, Ellie, and his sister's battle with cancer have transformed his life "forever." Courtesy of Maria Vasquez-Rojas hide caption

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On a visit to StoryCorps in Ohio, Dennis Hale recounted his experience surviving a shipwreck on Lake Huron to his wife, Barbara. StoryCorps hide caption

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Nina Totenberg and David Reines at their wedding in 2000. Courtesy of Nina Totenberg hide caption

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When he was being abused, Rogelio Martinez says his teacher, Lisa Moya King, showed him that he was not alone. StoryCorps hide caption

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Renee Montagne and Jim Wildman in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, in photos they took of each other. In the background is the space where the giant Buddhas were located before the Taliban blasted them out. Courtesy of Jim Wildman/NPR hide caption

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NPR's Mike Pesca (right) reminisces about his middle school days with former teacher Kevin Sheehan. Courtesy Mike Pesca hide caption

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Glenda Rike's husband was in the room when President Kennedy received his last rites. She recounted his experience to her son, Larry, on a visit to StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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New York City subway conductor Paquita Williams (left) and passenger Laura Lane became friends after a two-hour train breakdown. StoryCorps hide caption

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Jessica and Anthony Villarreal in December 2011, more than three years after the explosion that severely burned Anthony in Afghanistan. Courtesy of Jessica Villarreal hide caption

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Robin Share and Rami Aizic hold a photo of their daughter, Bailey, at a visit to StoryCorps in Santa Monica, Calif. StoryCorps hide caption

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Danny and Annie Perasa on their wedding day on April 22, 1978. Courtesy of Annie Perasa hide caption

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