May 23rd, 2011
05:41 PM ET
When CNN iReport posted the "Oprah and Me" assignment earlier this month, little did we know that we would receive stories from around the world telling us how "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which ends on Wednesday, has inspired viewers.
Lavern Depeine said that thanks to Winfrey's charitable giving, she was inspired in 2008 to create a charitable group of her own in Middlesex County, New Jersey.
The advice from Lena Gidwani's father was echoed in what she saw on the "Oprah" show, advice that eventually propelled her to a news anchor job in Ghangzhou, China.
Lia Ocampo from Manila, Philippines was inspired to create a blog, taking a note from Winfrey in the title, "What Lia Knows for Sure."
Veteran iReporter Omekongo Dibinga said, "From teaching me the true joy that comes from giving, to inspiring me to get my own TV show to continue her mission, Oprah has truly inspired me to live my best life and help others do the same. I've been in her presence twice: at the Oscar after party in Los Angeles and at her 'Live Your Best Life Weekend' in New York. I would love to just meet her and say thanks but until then (and after), I'll keep working to improve humanity and make people feel good about themselves, just like she did."
However, this song from Cincinnati's Greg Reese seems to say it all.
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