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Special Report: 3 Good Things

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"I'm here rain, sleet or snow, and they say, 'What you gonna do in the winter?' and I say, "You eat in the winter?' 'Yeah.' 'Well I'll be here.'"

Adrian Wright owns Dem 2 Brothas and a Grill-a food stand on the corner of Virginia and Central on Charleston's West Side.

"It's drive-up," Wright said. "I fire this grill up at 7:30 in the morning and people drive by and say, 'Man, you're killing me!'"

The Charleston native opened his business in 2011, and since then, has been tugging on taste buds.

"This is the best food I ever ate in my life!" screamed one customer. "They had homemade chili on the hot dog and I said, 'Oh my god, I got a taste of realness.'"

But Wright cooks more than just ribs. He's pre-heating a corner where customers feel at home.

"If you don't come back for the food, you'll come back for the conversation," said Terrance Grady, who also works at Dem 2 Brothas and a Grill. "When they bite...that's a high."

On the other side of town, Cullen Naumoff also has food on her mind.

"You see this plot now and you're trying to figure out what it will look like," said Naumoff, who works for the Charleston Area Alliance. "But again in two weeks I think it will look incredibly different."

But instead of frying on a grill, the food will grow from the ground. Naumoff wants to transform empty lots into outdoor classroom gardens. She's leading a project to teach people on the West Side how to farm.

"What if we could teach people how to be urban micro farmers and teach them how that could be sold and additional revenue stream for their households?"

It plays into "Vision 2030"-a plan to develop Charleston's economy through different initiatives.

"Nationwide there's a trend of lack of farmers, and particularly in West Virginia, lack of young farmers," Naumoff said.

 

An unorthodox plan in an unorthodox place. But one that can help Charleston grow in more ways than one.

Another this that's unorthodox: A two-year-old who sounds, walks, and plays like Tre Perkins. It's unorthodox because Tre has cancer. But instead of moping, his friends and family spread awareness about his condition.

"People in the community don't know these kids exist," said Kelly Wymer, whose daughter battled cancer. "It's an uncomfortable. But over 50 percent of Americans aren't aware of pediatric cancer."

Ali Wymer conquered her cancer seven years ago. She said that's why she devotes her time to others fighting the same battle.

"It breaks my heart to see these kids have to go through what I went through," Ali said. "So that's what I want to do with my life. I want to make sure these kids don't have to do what I had to do."

So this group volunteer through, Emma's Foundation, the Make a Wish Foundation, Basket of Hope, Celebration of Hope...the list goes on.

"You gotta pay it forward," said Christie Perkins, Tre's mother. "To pay back. We volunteer our time back to those who volunteered for us."

Just by breathing, Trey reminds us how good comes from bad. And when we forget, we just need to open our eyes. Because it's usually staring us right in the face.