16
January
2019

Trisha Ruiz wanted pet chickens and a Whataburger she could walk to.  She got both. 

Stories & News | Whataburger (Heroes)

2019
June
21,
2019
As parents of terminally ill children struggle through their darkest days, Jeanne Busby works to shine light and show hope. Busby helps to coordinate fundraising efforts at Just Keep Smiling, a Birmingham, Alabama, nonprofit that provides financia...
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June
17,
2019
Mr. Finley is a gentleman, a refined soul who loves his routines and the companionship of others. He also loves his stuffed toys, which he gathers around him when he naps. Mr. Finley is a miniature poodle. This isn’t any ordinary dog. The seven...
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June
12,
2019
When Leonardo Charles, a Desert Storm veteran from San Antonio, Texas, purchased his family home through the VA, he had a dream: the garage would become his very own man cave. He set up a TV. He brought in a recliner. He hung up some mementoes. ...
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June
10,
2019
Fifth-grade teacher Amber Galvan is doing just that. Galvan – inspired by Whataburger’s challenge to teach social and emotional skills – created a one-of-a-kind lesson plan for her students at Specht Elementary in the Comal Independent School Dist...
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June
06,
2019
For New Braunfels, Texas, resident Dottie Laster, flowers, horses and good food represent freedom. She makes a point of appreciating them. Laster is a longtime advocate for victims of human trafficking, and through her work she’s seen horrendo...
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May
28,
2019
This Mississippi hero helps people at shelter get a fresh, clean start  ...
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May
28,
2019
Empathy runs deep for Emari Hunn “I had a less-than great childhood, often left to fend for myself from abuse, neglect and hunger,” Hunn says. “I even experienced a brief homelessness when our apartment caught fire in Japan.” The difficult past...
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May
28,
2019
A lot of men laugh when Jim Keegan tells them he had breast cancer. He tells them it’s no joke. Breast cancer affects one in 833 men, according to the American Cancer Society. And while the odds are far greater for women to have the disease, men s...
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May
28,
2019
Volunteering started early for Brookie Brown. While other 6-year-olds focused on scooters and soccer practice, Brown spent her free time volunteering with her mother to help raise awareness about breast cancer. In the 12 years since, Brown has...
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May
23,
2019
For eight decades and counting, Bill Brantley has had a thing for bicycles. The passion began on his sixth birthday, when his father gave him a big, new bike. Now 87, Brantley has pedaled many a mile on two wheels. Along the way, he learned to mak...
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May
16,
2019
He sings, he dances. He hands out high fives, fist bumps and hugs. And all Anthony Bragg wants in return is a smile. “If I can bring a smile to your face, I’ve done my job for the day,” says Bragg, a security guard at the front entrance of Phoenix...
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May
13,
2019
From her first breath, Sydney Darling had a medical team. “I was born with two kidneys, but one had cysts,” she says. The team at Arkansas Children’s Hospital diagnosed and treated her “when no one else knew what was wrong with me,” she says. ...
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May
01,
2019
Embroidery projects create distractions and beauty during difficult times. ...
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April
23,
2019
Her real job title is community schools administrator, but Sylvia Chávez is kind of like the mayor of a village that’s raising children in Las Cruces, New Mexico. ...
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April
02,
2019
When C.J. “Red” Wallace and Wayne Palmer celebrated their 100th birthdays, their cakes weren’t ablaze with a hundred candles apiece. Instead, each wished on a single Whataburger-branded candle while family, friends and Whataburger Family Members c...
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April
01,
2019
Airman Ryan Charrier is on a special mission to give the gift of family time to fellow combat veterans. The spark for the idea came during his first deployment to Afghanistan in 2014 when a fellow serviceman remarked that in 28 years of military s...
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April
01,
2019
Kristin Finan believes hope trumps fear, and she wants to plant seeds of hope with children entering the foster care system in Central Texas. ...
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April
01,
2019
For as long as he can remember, Tim Zagorski has had a passion for service — and a need for adrenaline. ...
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March
21,
2019
It all started when Tracy Piatt-Fox, a California native who is now a police officer in San Angelo, Texas, let it slip that she’d never had a Whataburger. And her team called her out on Twitter. Next thing you know, Tracy’s colleagues and W...
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March
12,
2019
There are amazing heroes in all of our communities. ...
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March
02,
2019
Recognized by San Antonio Magazine in its "Best of the City 2019" edition, The Bold Life series celebrates some of our most fascinating guests.  ...
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March
01,
2019
Like every mom, Sam wanted to stand up and applaud as she watched her child’s dreams come true. So she made it happen. ...
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2018
November
16,
2018
Our goal? Use kindness to make the internet a force for good. ...
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July
11,
2018
Kris Gellhause has worked at the Whataburger in New Braunfels, Texas, since it opened seven years ago. And in that time, he’s made a lot of friends. Not just because of the welcoming smile he offers. Not just because of the fries he takes pride...
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April
23,
2018
Now, he’ll be honored in one of the Fiesta San Antonio parades. ...
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January
03,
2018
When we say we're a family, we don't just talk the talk. ...
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2017