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Difference Makers 2018

At the end of each year, The Spokesman-Review and its readers select area residents who have made a difference in the previous 12 months.

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  • Barb Wharton

    Wharton has helped thousands as a nurse, chaplain, Red Cross volunteer, counselor and more
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  • Lynn Everson

    Providing safety and support through needle exchange program
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  • Julie Farley

    Bringing beauty to those who need a confidence boost
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  • Karen Mobley

    Taking art to the streets of Spokane
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  • Dogs of Washington State

    Dogs have played crucial role in guiding Cougars through difficult year
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  • Megan Hulsey

    Sparking entrepreneurs in Spokane
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  • Sather Gowdy

    Gowdy founded a nonprofit, Heal Spokane, despite busy schedule as Gonzaga law student
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  • Mark Anderson and Rick Romero

    Partnership between schools and the city led to landmark school and library bonds
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  • Chris DeForest

    Helping property owners protect their legacy and their land
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  • Sydney Lyman

    Mead High School student urges peers to serve their community
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