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  1. Vicki Nittinger
    Vicki Nittinger / 9-9-2011 / ·

    Of all of the people I know, I have to nominate my 12 year old daughter Osjah. The child is truly amazing and that is not her Mom talking! By the time she started kindergarten she had enough community service hours to more than qualify her for graduation and since then has averaged about 1000 hours a year. Not only is she active in the community, but she finds problems and then figures out a way to solve them. Last year she adopted an underprivileged elementary school and supplied them with backpacks, school supplies, socks and jackets and held a fundraising event to supply them with money for special needs. She even managed to get a former Miss America and a Jets player to come speak to the kids and hosted a pizza party. She also held a Stocking For Soldiers event to ship Christmas stockings to Afghanistan to help brighten the holiday for the troops, food drives for the local food bank etc… She’s a gifted student and someday hopes to be a doctor or an attorney working with kids. You can Google this her. She is working now on getting her group (Osjah’s Wish – on Facebook) established as an official non profit. Some kids hang out with their friends at the mall on the weekends, this one hangs out with her friends working at the food bank or cleaning up the park. I couldn’t be more proud of her spirit and her heart.

  2. Misty
    Misty / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to take the time to nominate John, a local firefighter that has put his life before others several times. No matter what he has faced, he’s remained strong and continued to save others. There have been many circumstances where he and his fellow crew had to save people from extreme wrecks and fires. The hardest would have to be experiencing a recent death of a 15 year old that was out enjoy the weekend. Being on first response, the team got there only to witness this young lady bleed out and there was nothing they could do. It was a hard site to get over, but he remained strong and pressed on knowing others out there needed him strong. He is a local hero!

  3. Sharon Soriano
    Sharon Soriano / 9-9-2011 / ·

    My hero is my boyfriend Michael Kalagian who is self-sacrificing with his time and energy. My mother became gravely ill in January, 2011 and he visited her in the hopital everyday and helped take care of her. When I had to go to work, he made sure he went to the hospital to check on her and to make sure she was taken care of. He stood by my side when she passed away in March and never left me alone. He handled the funeral and burial details and paid for everything. Not once did he complain. My hero went way above and beyond. Michael is my hero.

  4. Marty Price
    Marty Price / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I am nominating Lynn Heaton. He is a local hero from Sandy. We are proud to know and have him as a neighbor. We, as neighbors, were having a financially hard time as well as some medical problems which had put me out of work for a while. Our roof was in bad condition and as a roofer by profession, he volunteered his time and materials and labor to provide our humble little house with a new roof! No request for payment of any sort. He is always watching out for people in the neighborhood and makes people feel safe in coming or going to and from parties or meetings in the evening hours. He has a heart of gold and I for one of many would love to see him get some thanks from thankful neighbors like myself!

  5. patricia fragoso
    patricia fragoso / 9-9-2011 / ·

    my brother Kenny (different last name then me)is my hero. He is always helping someone. He lost his job about 2 years ago and spends everyday helping people. He goes to our elderly parents house and takes care of their yard and any repairs to their home. He has come to my house to help my husband make repair on our home, cars, etc. Kenny was their to help all of his neighbors after Hurricane Irene. He went over their houses with his shop vac and helped them all including our parents. He goes on freecycle and craigslist to find items that people need, like getting our sister a used car she badly needed.

  6. Steve
    Steve / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my wife, Cindy. For as long as I have known her she has been an advocate for those dear to her and has always been a supporter of Special Olympics. She took me to events where we both would cry at the courage of the athletes. She works full time as well as takes care of our family consisting of myself and our children 1 and 4 years old. Earlier this year she enrolled in college and thus far has maintained a 4.0 GPA while still working and being a mother. A little more than three months ago her mother became ill and required an emergency surgery and Cindy brought mom home to recuperate with us. Then there was another emergency surgery followed by a stint in a nursing home, which Cindy had to then get mom out of ASAP due to poor treatment which resulted in another hospital stay. Cindy was there for her mom constantly fighting for her mom’s care, working with doctors, nurses and social workers as well as seeking out the top people in nutrition for her mom’s recovery. All through this she remained a dedicated employee, an “A” student, and a wife and mother caring for us. On August 28 her mom lost her battle, the 48 hours leading up to then Cindy never left her mom’s side in the hospice wing telling her mom all the good things we appreciated from her and that we loved her and that is was OK to let go. Through the days that followed Cindy has remained strong for her dad and our children, taking care of others when really she should be cared for herself. She may not have saved a life or raised a million dollars for a charity, but she fights hard for what she believes in and for those she loves. She is my hero.

  7. April Hale
    April Hale / 9-9-2011 / ·

    What a chance to recognize Ed, a retired police officer in our neighborhood who has changed the lives of many by his former professional role, consoling families after losing a loved one, directing traffic during a hurricane,to helping extinguish a fire preventing a local school from burning down. As a father and role model of 4 children who have learned through his actions how important is is to give back selflessly! In our neighborhood he led us to reclaim an area set for deveolpement and change it into an environmentally special park with his countless volunteered hours! He works tirelessly to help anyone in need whether rebuilding damaged homes to grocery shopping for a home bound friend. He has 2 biological grand children and many more special ones from the neighborhood who lovingly call him “Pop”. Thank you for this chance to thank Ed who always prefers to be in the back ground doing what he does “Just because it is the right thing to do”

  8. Barb Phelan
    Barb Phelan / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I am nominating my daughter, Robyn Phelan, who resides in Illinois. She is a recent college graduate doing an internship in Las Vegas, many miles from home. During her college years she organized a “Little Red Dress” event raising money for the American Heart Association and she also helped organize the first ever Polar Plunge event on her campus raising thousands of dollars for the Special Olympics. I know it’s in her heart to help others and she enjoys doing it. So it was no surpise when she decided to rescue a Hawk, a pit bull, from a shelter while still in college. She brought Hawk to Las Vegas with her for the internship and found a doggie park that they enjoy going to every day. One day she noticed another pit bull that had been abandoned at the park and she couldn’t bear to leave the dog there all alone. She took the dog in figuring she could find her owners or a new home. Not such an easy task. There was no room at the “no kill” shelters and finding a home for a pit bull (who she named Rita) wasn’t as easy as she thought. She searched high and low and left no stone unturned. She signed up to be her foster mom, took her to the vet to update her shots and took her every weekend for over two months to different adoption sites, all the while falling in love with her. Today was the hardest day for my daughter, she had to say good-bye to Rita. Rita found a forever home with a new family and will be joining them today. If not for Robyn, Rita would surely have been left on the streets to fend for herself or worse, been put down. Robyn saved her life and made a family happy by giving them the best gift ever, a pet to love! I’m proud of you Robyn!!

  9. Renee
    Renee / 9-9-2011 / ·

    My hero is my daughter Erica. She is 16 years old, junior in high School who has a full load with college prep classes, volunteers, plays sports and just never stops. While keeping her life going she always makes time to help me in any way she can think of around home while my husband is deployed in the middle east. Just when I hit my fill of housework I come home from my job and find some how she fit into her day vacuming or dishes. When I have a rough day she is always willing to listen and give mature intelligent feedback. Without Erica I don’t know if I would make it through my husbands year deployment. She is my hero and I’m honered to be her mother.

  10. Nia Figueroa
    Nia Figueroa / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I nominate my mom, Virgie. She has worked with LA County Children’s Services Department for 30+ years and finally retired last year. She dedicated herself to being a children’s advocate. She has implemented many of the parenting programs to teach parents how to discipline their children without abusing them. She even had a program for the parents that didn’t have to means to pay for classes where the social workers would watch the kids while the parents attended parenting classes in the evening (until the county cut the program)(sad but true). She wrote the developemental chart for children 0-18 years of age inwhich the county still uses today. This explained where a child should be developementally in their growth stages. She was the supervisor for the emergency response unit in Covina, CA for many years. And I have to say the world is a better place because of her!! She has saved many lives with being a believer in continued education by keeping herself updated with all the latest news on health and disease issues like how to recognise certain illnesses that had similar characteristics to bruising that would be caused by abuse. She was actually recognised for saving the life of a baby with that type of illness. She has even had children that were raised in the foster system that came back after getting their education and worked for her as social workers and have become supervisors, deputies, etc. Her training and teaching techniques are amazing!.
    She just really made a difference in a lot of lives!! She has since retired but I would love for her to be recognised in any way possible. She is a “Hero” to all and we love her!!

  11. Anne
    Anne / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my husband Rick, A Firefigher & Paramedic who is always ready to render aide whether on duty or off. He is selfless with his giving and always willing to lend a hand to a passerby, donate to kids outside the grocery store, etc. and he always smiles and say’s hello to every person that passes him on the street, in a parking lot, at the beach, everywhere. He is a hero to me and many others.

  12. Tina Weir
    Tina Weir / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my friend, and hero Lalinda. Although he himself does not consider himself to be a hero. He has inspired me to be strong and live my life to the fullest. In January of this year Lalinda suffered a massive stroke. He was home alone with the stroke leaving him virtually paralized on his right side, he was unable to get help for himself. Although he laid there an entire day he did not give up. He fought to stay conscience. He was found by a friend who began to worry after not returning calls. He was rushed to the hospital. He was told he would probably never walk again, may never have the use of his right arm again or be able to speak again. Lalinda is in his early 40’s and is not ready to give up. He has fought and is now able to walk, has some movement in his right arm and is speaking with some difficulty but is determined to come back from this. He has never let the odds of his recovery get him down. It has only made him work harder. He does physical therapy every single day and does not give up. He is not only MY Hero, he is the HERO of everyone who knows him!!! He is an inspiration to ALL!

  13. Caitlin
    Caitlin / 9-9-2011 / ·

    My mom is a true hero. She devotes all of her extra time to helping others. She is a mom of 4 girls, but still finds the time to give back. She has been a volunteer with Meals on Wheels for over ten years. She delivers meals to those that cannot afford meals for the week and don’t have a way of getting around to the grocery store, to work, etc. Most of the people she delivers to consider my mom their only family. Because of this my mom will bring them extra food or supplies, she even invites them over for holiday meals and if they don’t feel comfortable leaving their house she will bring the holiday to them! She also is involved in mission trips. Over the summer she went to Kenya, Africa to help build a school. While she was there she taught English to kids in elementary and high school. She has stayed in contact with many of the local teachers at the school she helped, donating money to help one of them pay their hospital bills after a battle with malaria; helping another pay for their entrance exams into college; even helping another pay for classes to become trained in aviation. She is a wonderful person!

  14. Amy Edgar
    Amy Edgar / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my son Paul Edgar who is 8 years old. He had immunization shots for kindergarten at age 5 and within 24 hours he had a 105 fever and kept falling down. The doctors believe it was a combination of the shots that caused his medical issues. After being hospitalized for 5 days we received the diagnosis that he has epilepsy. It took a 2 years of being in and out of the hospitals and almost 2 years to get medication that works for him after switching neurologist after the first year. He is in special education because he missed so much school he is so far behind but he is making progress every day. He has had more blood work and tests than most adults have had in a life time. He is my inspiration because he never complains and is my happy go lucky smiling child even at 6 am in the morning. He endures the fun side effects of medication that works for him including getting sick at the drop of a hat and over heating so easily that most of the summer is spent indoor and being extremely tired all the time. He amazes me everyday by living life to the fullest despite all he has been through. He could teach us adults to not sweat the small stuff and live in the moment.

  15. Ebony Strachan
    Ebony Strachan / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my grandmother, Alma E, E. She is the greatest, sweetest most generous women I have ever known. My grandma is and has always been my hero, she is the definition of phenomenal, she exemplifies the word beauty, her heart is made of gold. I read and see in movies the perfect grandmother and I can actually say my grandmother is the perfect grandma. She has been the foundation of my family, the ideal role model and leader we have and has taken care of myself, siblings, mother and uncle unselfishly, sparingly, generously and relentlessly for years even with us having jobs of our own. We recenty found out my grandma is sick and even in bad health I have NEVER heard her complain or beg for anything. I thought that was impossible but she has taught me and showed me that even te impossible is possible with faith, we were raised to believe in God and put him first and I can be one to admit that anything I’ve prayed for God has and is answering but the best prayer even before I was born was making my grandma, she is the greatest gift and believing in God has taught me that his love for me is through her. I will never know a love so wonderful, so full of joy, committed and so unexplainable but I do hope one day soon I will be able to express that with more then words for such a great woman and be able to be as strong, wise and vibrant as she is.

  16. Erin
    Erin / 9-9-2011 / ·

    My nomination would have to be a local pastor, Skip. Skip is not only a pastor, but over the 17 years in the community he has become a friend and confidant to the locals, performing not only his pastoral responsibilities, but going above and beyond to help those in the community who needs someone to lean on. I cannot tell you the number of times he has reached out to help someone in the community during hardships, ones that most of us could not even imagine. Giving the last dollars out of his own pocket to help a father afford groceries to feed their children, helping someone make repairs to their only family vehicle so they can have transportation to work as the sole provider for the family, gathering food and gifts for families that would typically have to go without during the holidays, or just being a friendly face when someone has hit hard times and needs a friend. He never turns away a person in need and will fight to make sure they know they are loved. He also spends a great deal of time with families who have lost loved ones and helps them through the recovery process. He is truly the most selfless person I have met and I cannot name another person I admire or strive to be more like than Skip. It brings tears to my eyes to think about the kind of humble spirit it takes to continually put one’s self aside and place the well being of others in the forefront of your mind. In the eyes of those who have been helped out of despair, I know they see him as a hero. I view Skip as a hero for all I have witnessed him do and all of the lives he has changed through his caring manner. The world could use more people like Skip.

  17. Betty Geier
    Betty Geier / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I nominate my son, Sergeant Timothy Geier, Kansas Army National Guards. Tim served in Iraq in 2005 and 2007 and is now serving in Afghanistan. Please keep our soldiers safe!

  18. Joyce
    Joyce / 9-9-2011 / ·

    My husband, Joe, is a hero in every sense of the word. He had prior service in the military, and was attending Penn State University the day that terorists attacked our twin towers. I received the phone call from him that I knew was coming…Joe was joining the Marine Corp. He had no intentions of rejoining the military, but in his own words, “if a fight was going to happen, I have to be there with my guys”. He is currently deployed with Marine Special Operations. His drive isn’t for the politics, or for the praise and recognition. The reason that he serves is to protect this great country and the values for which it stands. He dedicates every minute of his day studying, and training just to be the best Marine that he can possibly be. He is an amzing man, an inspiration, and I am lucky to have him as my husband.

  19. Marie Luko
    Marie Luko / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my son, “Timothy”. he has served with the Air Force and has done 2 tours. He is in Afghanistan now. He misses home, his wife Rose, and 3 children. But, he serves his country. He is a proud American – like his Mom and Dad. Come to think of it — I have to nominate all the Military. With out them,– we would have many 9/11’s here in the USA. God Bless them all !!!!
    Send some cookies to the bases. They would appreciate it.
    Thank you, signed, “A Mom who’s Proud” PS– He’s already my Hero—– Love MOM

  20. Marguerite
    Marguerite / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my dad, Bob. He retired from a job he loved in the local steel mill in order to prevent my mother from being put into a nursing home after she suffered a dibilitating stroke. He became her nurse and caregiver, 24 hours a day, seven days, a week for over 6 years. During this time he kept a journal of his thoughts, and had them published into a book for his 5 children and 12 grandchildren. He is truly a hero in the eyes of our friends and family members. Since my mom’s passing, he takes time to share the stories from his book at the local nursing homes.

  21. Xavier
    Xavier / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my son’s kindergarten teacher, Monica. She has been working at our school, Glider Elementary for three years and has done some wonderful things. She’s passionate and fair with the children and they just love her. She’s very dedicated to the school, traveling almost 2 hours to get to work while leaving her own child to educate ours. She’s brought awareness culturally to our school producing a very successful and exciting Chines New Year celebration and getting the school excited about a science lab. She is a big thinker and flexible teacher that’s dedicated to all our students, including mine.

  22. Andrea Russano
    Andrea Russano / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I wish I could nominate all the U.S. military personnel in all branches but since I have to choose one, I would like to nominate my friend Luke. I have never met him in person and we became pen pals while he was deployed overseas. This extraordinary man is a dedicated soldier protecting the very freedom we enjoy every day but he was dedicated to the men who served under him. His emails to me talked about how he made it his job to think of new ways to make life better for the other soldiers there. I sent him a care package at the holidays and when he wrote to thank me, he told me he shared his package with the other soldiers that did not have so much. He wrote about and believed in the military’s mission to win the hearts and minds of those in Afghanistan but he won the heart and mind of this American by being the sweet and wonderful person he is.

  23. Antonia
    Antonia / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would love to nominate Mrs.Sandra, my son’s teacher. She is a modern day saint. Actually, I wish I could nominate the entire staff at his school, but if I had to pick one person, she is my numero uno!!! The long and short of it is that my son has special needs. Mrs.Sandra has put her heart and sould into making my child feel like he is as perfect as the next. She has given him the confidence to face his fears and excel beyond what he thought was possible. Her approach, her kindness and her dedication to not just my son, but ONE classroom, consisting of 2 grades, ALL SPECIAL NEEDS!!! This angel has managed to change the lives of these children…. and I can only speak fro myself, but I KNOW that the other parents feel the same…. She is a hero to all these children. She is MY HERO!!

  24. Stephanie Quigley
    Stephanie Quigley / 9-9-2011 / ·

    Kelly is the perfect candidate for your generous prize! Kelly is an outstanding volunteer in our community, always going above and beyond. For more years than I can remember, she has donated virtually all of her personal time to our community. Although Kelly is not married and has no children of her own, she has served as a leader and coach within our Pop Warner Cheerleading organization. Kelly has helped to mold thousands of young girls with her unique role model skills (skills which should be documented and published). Whether it be coaching or helping a young girl with a personal issue, Kelly is the absolute epitome of what a role model should be. She is beautiful both inside and out. Our girls have learned that they can count of her 24/7 for any issue big or small.
    Kelly’s keen sense of community does not stop there. One of many good examples is during Hurricane Irene. It became evident quickly that our town was experiencing an unprecedented natural disaster. She immediately took action on Facebook to inform locals of various related dangers. As the event progressed Kelly continued to gather information about effected families and their needs. She professionally, and discretely initiated relief efforts by coordinating donations, and contacting volunteers to contribute their time and skills where they were needed most. She’ll continue to do so as long as she knows there is some in need.
    Please keep in mind Kelly does not work for our township, but is only a resident, a volunteer. I feel strongly that she should be commended for tirelessly using her contacts and networking skills for the good of all. While most people could not or would not be bothered, Kelly goes above and beyond time and time again. She is truly invaluable to our community. A Super Hero!

  25. Linda Fuller
    Linda Fuller / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my friend and district superintendent Joanne. She has over come many hurdles in her life to attain the position that she holds today. She is deeply commited to God and her responsibilities within the church. Her professional attitude does not interfer with her ability to express compassion and grace to everyone she meets. She is constantly looking for new ways to motivate others in their lives. Her personal illness does not interfer with her commitment and love to others. She is truly an individual to be respected…my hero.

  26. Cristai
    Cristai / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my amazing mom, Patricia. She has been the best role model and inspiration for my entire life. She’s the strongest person I know and has had a very hard life. She puts everyone else before herself and truly deserves the best out of life. She’s always there for me and I appreciate and love her more than anyone in the world. I just want to give her a treat as a sign of how grateful I am for everything she’s done for me.

  27. Kristin Heffern
    Kristin Heffern / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate Mary S. Mary is a teacher who has worked with at risk youth. She has teaches with very few resources and has put herself at risk in some of the class settings that she has taught in. She was attached by a student with a knife and could have been killed. Most people would have quit and given up, thinking that what they do everyday doesn’t matter. Mary just dug in deeper reaching out to the at risk students that did want to learn. The schools in Arizona have experienced serious budget cuts. Instead of letting her students suffer, Mary takes what little income she earns to purchase books, supplies, and food for her students. She just keeps digging in and doing what matters everyday. She isn’t a decorated military person, famous, or someone who wants credit, she just silently does what needs to be done – against all odds. To me, she is a real hero. The cookies would not only go to Mary, but because of your generous donation, would probably be the only meal some of Mary’s students would get that day. I vote for Mary. She is a real selfless hero. Please send her the cookies.

  28. Virginia
    Virginia / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my miracle worker John at the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island. On August 4th of this year my cockerspaniel Abbey collapsed without warning. Abbey had just been to Vet and was given a clean bill of health. Within a matter of hours my little baby was fainting without reason. We rushed her to the animal hospital and sat on the floor with her all night only to be told that the facility could not treat her as we watched her collaspe over and over. Finally we were advised to try another animal hospital. As we walked through the doors my little dog fell lifeless in my arms. I was rushed into a room where John came in to advise me that my dog had develope a fatal diease IMHA and only had a 50% chance of recovery. For days we watched as John did everything to save my angel never giving up hope. Finally after transfusions and medication I recieved a call that Abbey could go home that she was responding to his treatment. It is over a month now with weekly visits to check her blood count and Abbey is in remission. John never gave up on Abbey and never gave up hope even when all odds were against Abbey’s survival. Abbey is here today and John is my hero. I can never thank him enough for determination and faith.

  29. Kristen Schober
    Kristen Schober / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my parents, Gary and Barbara, for heros local to Buffalo, NY.

    My dad is now a very successful attorney. He is the president and CEO of a huge law firm the area. However, it’s not his financial status or position in his firm for which I admire him.

    My mother graduated from Molloy College with degree in Nursing. She worked full time during college to pay for her education.

    My father is the hardest working person I know. He attended St. Bonaventure University and graduated with honors. After taking a year off from school to work and save up some money, he attended Georgetown University for law school.

    After graduating law school, he received an offer with Hodgson Russ, LLP in Buffalo. He moved from Long Island, NY with my mother, his then-fiancee. Eight hours away from their family and friends, my parents went to work everyday to earn the money they needed to purchase a home and begin a family.

    Now, 25 years later, they are still married and have raised three children to be intelligent, independent and hard working. More importantly than that, my two brothers and I were raised to be good people. We know the difference between right and wrong, and we know when to stand up for ourselves and when to stick by our friends. We know that family is the most important thing in this world and we know we must work hard in order to achieve our goals.

    We were raised to believe that we can accomplish anything and we’ve been supported every step of the way. My parents are shining examples of individuals who have climbed their way to the top, and remember where they came from and how they got to where they are every step of the way.

    They also give back to our community every chance they get. My dad has been coaching soccer for 20 years now, many times coaching more than one team at once. Both of my parents have sacrificed countless date nights, relaxing weekends and family vacations to be at my brothers’ and my soccer games. I know everyone thinks this, but my mom was always the parent screaming the loudest. Literally, she could be heard loud and clear on the other side of the field. It was kind of embarrassing. 🙂

    My dad is also the chairman of the board for the Kaleida Health Foundation, which is a not-for-profit health foundation in Buffalo, NY. He is also the chairman of the board for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Despite all of their extracurricular activities, they trade off getting up at 4 AM to have my brother at his crew practices by 5 AM, even in the summer and even on the weekends. In fact, I can’t remember the last time either of them has slept in past 7 AM.

    Nevertheless, they continue to sacrifice their time. Every holiday, we load up the car and make the eight hour trip to Long Island to celebrate with our families, another testament to their love for our family.

    No one thanks my parents enough for all they do for our community and our family. Please let them be recognized for their lifetime of hard work and sacrifices by granting them this award.

  30. H M
    H M / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I’d like to nominate Judge Ronnie McDonald for his work to support Bastrop County Texas during the ongoing fires in the forest and communities:

  31. Mary Byrnes
    Mary Byrnes / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my son, Cody. He was 15, a soccer player, a top student and was working at McDonald’s when he was diagnosed with high risk t-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This was December, 2008. It came out of no where and changed our life in an instant. He started chemo 3 days later and was not responding as quickly as he should and was scheduled for a stem cell transplant in June 09. He had to deal with horrible side effects and stronger chemo and radiation to prepare his body for the transplant. During the transplant and healing he suffered brain swelling from a virus and we found out he had epilepsy also. He spent 10 days in the ICU and he was released 66 days later. His body began rejecting the new cord blood a month later and he had tons of hospital stays due to the rejection. He continued to fight on and remained positive through all this. He has several procedures and ended up with a feeding tube. He fought hard and the whole time we were dealing with his only sibling being an army soldier and was deployed. Cody had many hospital stays and emergenices but always had his sense of humor. He continued with his studies at home with the help of his teachers and accomplished being able to graduate with his class this past June. I could not be more proud of him. He has just completed his first week of college!! When I feel down or I see or hear someone complaining, I always refer to Cody. He continues to work on getting strong so that he can play soccer again. He is always happy, always smiles. He is a hero and has demonstrated what it means to be courageous, brave and strong. He is full of strength and continues to shine!

  32. Mel hardy
    Mel hardy / 9-9-2011 / ·

    My nominee is Mama Lois Coleman, founder of Grace House.
    Lois knew she wanted to help young people excel morally and academically, so she mounted a basketball hoop in her backyard and held cookouts for the children and teenagers in her neighborhood. The children soon began calling her “Mama Lois.” She later formed a club, called the Cultivators Club, to teach girls grace and manners.

    Returning to Birmingham, Mama Lois worked with the Wales Gobel Ministry for over nine years. As a result, the Cultivators Club grew from being just a club to girls actually coming to live in her home. These girls were taught the same values she had been taught as a child. Not only did she work with these girls, but also worked with various agencies to send scores of inner-city children to camps each summer. It wasn’t long, however, before Mama Lois realized that there were more girls needing assistance than bedrooms in her home. She had a vision: to open a home to serve girls who had been abused or neglected. However, Mama soon realized there were more girls needing help than she had rooms in her house, and she dreamed of opening a home for troubled girls.

    Overcoming the big obstacles of funding, incorporating, purchasing property, and renovating, Mama Lois and a large host of volunteers opened that home in 1992, calling it Grace House Christian Home for Girls. At age 69, Mama Lois implemented a plan for operating this home: to provide a nurturing environment for girls from crisis backgrounds, where they could receive plenty of love and encouragement in a family setting.

     There are now a total of three group homes operating in Fairfield, AL, which house up to 24 girls total. What began as a dream in one woman’s humble home is now Grace House Ministries, poised to make a difference in the lives of many young women and children in the 21st century.

  33. Brock & Bryce
    Brock & Bryce / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I am nominating our mother who is a hard working and we know it’s not about the money. She has worked in public eduaction for 21 years. In 2004 she and our father got a divorce (after over 16 years of marriage). This year my mom made up her mind to continue her education and finish her college degree. She is working two jobs and going to school full time. My brother and I are in college and on top of it all my mother has one car that is barely running but she is always trying to help us. We are all active in our church and no matter what if we can’t make it to church my mom always watch it online. My mom has what you call Bells Pasely and her face but doesn’t let it get her down. She also has high blood pressure but never seem tired and always has a smile on her face even through I know it gets rough sometime during the months. So I just want to give her these flowers now because she loves her job and children and we love her.

  34. Tammie
    Tammie / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I am so thrilled to take this opportunity to honor someone I think is a hero! My daughter’s 3rd grade teacher who from the very begining of the school year as of last year 2010 till the end of 2011 school year was there for my daughter through all her strugling and hard work with words of encouragement and never giving up on my daughter. When the school year came towards the end and I was looking for a tutor for my daughter to help her stay on track over the summer and no one returned my calls or emails, that’s when her teacher called to say she would love to tutor my daughter over the summer and that she would already know what to work on because she knew her best. My eyes filled with tears knowing that her teacher cared for my daughter that much that she was willing to take time from her summer and family to help my daughter. This teacher is the best she is warm, caring and just wants the best for her students and she really did help my daughter out this summer. Because of her help I felt confident enough to send my daughter on to 4th grade, I had really thought about keeping her back but with her teacher going above and beyond with tutoring my daughter I knew she was ready to move on.
    Thank you Mrs. O you are my HERO!

  35. stacie
    stacie / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I am nominating my husband, Allan Paradowski. He is a United states marine stationed over at buckley air force base. He has done so much for our family and for this country. 9/11 was the reason that he joined. he works hard every day for the marine corps and for our family. He has suffered through PTSD from 2 deployments to Iraq and together we overcame that, some families dont get that opportunity for their loved ones to recover from PTSD and i feel so very blessed that my husband is well and better today. Our adventures with military will soon be coming to an end over this next year and all that I want for him now that he is getting out of the military, Is for him to know how much his years of service, sacrifice and duty was so greatly appreciated. I want for him, more than anything, to know that what he has done does not get looked at lightly by others. If we could award every single last one of our military men and women then i would definitely say to do so. They put their lives on the line every single day for us to sleep safe at night. I am so blessed to know that my husband has safely made it through 2 tours to iraq and I feel so blessed and lucky to be able to wrap my arms around him and to hold him while i sleep tonight.

  36. Patt
    Patt / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my mom (my inspiration & true role model)! After 30 plus years she is FINALLY retiring from Foster Care. She has taken care of hundreds of children through the years as well as overseas. In addition to taking care of children in her home for over 30 years, she is currently building a home for children in India and also volunteers over 50 hours a week to various agencies and organizations. She always has an open door policy for any child she has cared for over the years and they always stay in touch long after leaving her home. She has been a role model to me and inspiration to me to do charity work for children through the years. She truly deserves something special done for her instead of always giving of herself expecting nothing in return.

  37. Annie Lawson
    Annie Lawson / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my daughter, she moved from Indiana after husband passed,to live with me and help me out I am 87. Her youngest joined the Marines and she has been a volunteer since the first day. She helps the recruiters out with functions, she runs a support group for the parents. She supported a unit deployed to Afghanistan with packages going almost daily. She dusted off her sewing maching and made 100 cooling ties for the guys leaving. She made stockings for 200 Marines after having surgery on her left hand wearing a cast and with the help of the VFW they were stuffed and shipped. She continued to support the deployed Marines. Her son was injuried from an IED blast twice while driving a truck she perservered and kept the faith up. Upon the hearing of the return of his unit she organized a towel and toiletry drive and drove the items to Camp LeJeune from Florida. She stopped in Atlanta and picked a U-haul and filled it with Blankets and amenitiy bags donated by Delta airlines. She has organized support for the families that lost a son from his unit. She set a fund for a tree to be planted in the families yard on our first death. She has designed a t-shirt and took the money from there and is currently having a living Memorial Tree planted at Camp leJeune to honor our fallen. Not only does she not quite and relax she has now decided that the wounded warriors need a crazy pillowcase and is making them to send to Bethesda for the young men and women to recover on. She has supported and driven to funerals of our fallen and remains a contact person for the Marines she has met along the way. She is in contact with Marine Moms all across the USA always ready for phone call to help someone through a tough time. She has started to help her grandson’s Army unit deployed to Afghanistan. I am surprised at the knowledge she has about the Military and the way she is able to reach out to so many no matter what is going on in her life. She is part of the VFW Auxiliary and the Ladies of the American Legion she served as treasurer last year. I am so proud of the things she has done since moving in with me. She deserves the cookies and a well deserved rest.

  38. Desirre Quadros
    Desirre Quadros / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I’m nominating my boyfriend, Ted W Smith. He is a United States Marine. I strongly believe he deserves this more than anyone. Not only is he my hero but he’s also a hero in our country. He was recently deployed to Afghanistan for a year and it was nothing easy. I’d love for him to win this and see how he’s truly a hero; not only in my eyes. We all need to be appreciative of those who serve for our country.

  39. Michele
    Michele / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate 40 plus electrical lineworkers that work for Consumers Energy in Jackson that go out in all kinds of weather and go to different states (most recently some went to New York to help out after Irene) to restore peoples electricity. They are truly an awesome group of men and they are my heroes along with their field leaders. I would love for them to win cookies for the day because when they come in at the end of the day they deserve a special treat.

  40. Angela
    Angela / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I am nominating Bruno Serato, a businessman in Orange County, CA who is dedicated to feeding the hungry on his own dime. Here is an excerpt from a local article: “Bruno Serato, owner of the Anaheim White House restaurant, plans to host one charity fundraiser each week for the next 3 years. All of the proceeds from these fundraisers will benefit the 200 local nonprofits that received the giveaway – a total value of $1 million. Starting in January 2012, the Anaheim White House will host one nonprofit group with 100 free 3-course meals, service staff and free access to the West Wing banquet hall each week.

    “In these tough economic times, we all have to help each other and I wanted to reach out to other local 501c3 charities in need with a promotion that would result in pure profit for them.” said Serato.

    The nonprofit organizations came to the event hoping they would be among the 12 finalists for the giveaway, only to be surprised by the announcement made by Serato, according to the restaurant. Several weeks ago, each organization had turned in a 1-page description of their mission and how they hope to use the fundraiser.

    “I was so touched by each and every entry I would never have been able to choose only 12 finalists,” said Serato. “All are deserving.”

  41. Brookelyn
    Brookelyn / 9-9-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my Doctor, Azam. He has diagnosed first my sister then me with Chiari Malformations which required immedediate surgery. After my sister going to dozens of specialists, she saw Azam for strep throat and he was able to diagnose her. Without him, she would be in a wheelchair unable to walk. As for me, had he not figured out what what causing my symptoms, I would have progressivly gotten worse and would not be in college right now studying to become a doctor. He, in my eyes, is the best hero you could ask for.

  42. mary rodriguez
    mary rodriguez / 9-10-2011 / ·

    A true family hero is my boyfriend.He stands by my side in financial and medical issues.No complaining or anything.Our stepson has some problems and he stands by his side.He keeps out sort of odd family going.Life has its up and downs,but a postive attitude keeps your moral high.

  43. Lee
    Lee / 9-10-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate Tara. Tara witnessed a horrific accident in 2001 where an 18 year old girl was struck by a truck. Tara was the only one to rush over and help. Tragically the girl died in her arms in the street, but the girls parents called Tara and Angel for bein there with their daughter at that time. In 2008, Tara’s father was hit by a car a mile from the 2001 accident and he suffered a traumatic brain injury. Tara worked with the Mayor to proclaim her dad’s birthday as Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Day in the city where she lives. She also started an online support group. She raised money, awareness, and donations of equipment for those suffering with tbi and educates others. Tara’s dad was diagnosed with leukemia and passed away in April of this year. Since then, she has raised funds, for Leukemia research, and collected over 300 stuffed animals to be given to children in her area battling cancer. She is constantly giving back to others and her community, and is always trying to start a new community service event. I think Tara definitely deserves this. Her dad was her world, and she misses him so, but I’m sure he is proud of all she has done. Thank you.

  44. Laura
    Laura / 9-10-2011 / ·

    Our town combined schools last year. The adjustment to the combination was much easier for my kids due to one very special lady. Shirley lives in the town where my kids will attend high school. A few years ago the surrounding towns started to combine their religious education classes in our church. Shirley welcomes every kid to their church and classes. She runs a fantastic program where all the kids feel valued and welcome. She is doing so much to foster their faith and build community among them. She has also operated a daycare out of her home for many years.She is a GREAT mother of 9 kids. She is tireless.

  45. Cleo
    Cleo / 9-10-2011 / ·

    I nominate Paulette Weir. She works for a non profit organization that helps Central Floridians find jobs. I admire her hard work and patience in helping people to find jobs, write their resumes, etc. Her hard work has help hundreds of Central Floridians find work during this harsh economic time.

  46. Jennifer White
    Jennifer White / 9-11-2011 / ·

    The unsung hero in my family is my oldest brother Todd. He is the oldest of us six kids and exemplifies what it is to be a leader and hero. His birthday happens to be today, September 11, 50 years old. He is a retired veteran of the United States Air Force as a firefighter and continues to work as a civilian in that capacity today. He has stepped up to the plate of being a leader since our Dad died 12 years ago by allowing two of my brothers to live in his house that he no longer lives in, so that they can afford to go to college and finish their degrees. He has always made himself available to friends and family whenever he is needed and goes above and beyond to ensure we are all doing ok. That’s my idea of a true hero! I love you Brother!!

  47. Denise Oleesky
    Denise Oleesky / 9-11-2011 / ·

    I nominate my grandson, Alan James Smith. Born with a very rare disease, not expected to survive, Alan is now going to be 11 years old. He has lived in and out of hospitals, undergone life threatening surgeries. Alan has Hypagammaglobulinanemia Disorder, meaning he has little immune system. He can not be vaccinated, can not attend school. He has a permanent port in his chest to receive his infusions. He suffers tremendous Migrain’s since they had to cut a piece of his skull out in order to let his brain grow, the list is endless, HOWEVER, there is never a day, that he does not have a smile on his face, his laughter is contagious and he wants to be a Neurosurgeon when he grows up! He has faced so many obstacles in his short life time, but his love for life is inspiring, his courage is tremendous. If you were to see him, you would never know there was a single thing wrong with him. Alan is my hero, he has looked illness, death, disability, straight in the eye and has the strength and courage to overcome the so many obstacles with a smile on his face and love in his heart. His illness is rare. Because of his strength, Alan’s medical records are history in the making. Because of Alan James Smith, another child born with this disease has far more hope than has ever been available before. Every day he grows stronger, smarter and is paving the way for all the other children who may have this disease. Alan is a true hero in so many ways. Thank you for this opportunity to nominate him.

  48. Annette Portell
    Annette Portell / 9-12-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my husband. My husband and I are both serving in the AirForce and have a 2 year old amazing daughter. I am currently deployed and my husband has done the most amazing job with our daughter with me being gone. He has sacrified his own needs for our family and has done everything it takes to run the household in the most normalcy that he can without me being there. He has done all this with almost little to no support from anyone and I am proud of him every day for what he does!

  49. Tiffany Psilovikos
    Tiffany Psilovikos / 9-12-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my mother, Leah as my hero. She has been an advocate in so many ways for me. I am 23 years old and had a health scare last year and if my mom was not around I would not be here today. I had a blood clot that broke off from my leg and went to my lungs. I went to the urgent care whom took an ultrasound and it came out negative so they sent me home and told me to rest. Nearly two days later I couldn’t even get out of bed to go to the bathroom because I was in so much pain, so I had to be carried downstairs into the car to the ER. My mom was my advocate in the ER. Once again they took another ultrasound which came out negative, so they told me the wait for an MRI would be 3-4 hours and my mom pushed for it claiming she has never seen me in so much pain. I eventually got the MRI and the doctors found out I had one blood clot below the knee so they decided to send me to a orthopedic surgeon, not sure why that particular doctor, but they did. That next day I saw the orthopedic surgeon with my mom and he didn’t understand why I was there either. He told me that I needed to see a vein doctor. At this point I was on crutches and I left there with my mom and we got in the car and she called my insurance carrier to get me an appointment. She was my advocate and somehow, someway got me an appointment that same hour. She drove me to the vein doc who did another ultrasound and found a new blood clot above my knee so he began me on blood thinners. That very next morning I woke up with severe chest pain and my mom drove me back to the vein doctor who then wheeled me to the ER where I eventually was admitted for a week with a pulmonary embolism and DVT. The ER doctor told me I would have died if I didn’t come in at that moment since the blood clot went from my leg to my lungs in less than 12 hours. I am ever so thankful for my mom and her heroism because without her persistence and help I would not have gone to all of those doctors or hospitals and most likely would not be here today. I love you mom!

  50. Heather Taylor
    Heather Taylor / 9-12-2011 / ·

    A hero to me is someone who saves another person from drowning. I don’t mean that in a literal sense either; drowning can be defined as being stuck in a rut or maybe not going anywhere in a current job position or not being employed anywhere. My hero is my boss Deborah Sweeney. She is the CEO of MyCorporation, the company I currently work full-time for. Deborah hired me at a point in my life where even though I was a recent college graduate and with my new degree, should have been able to get a great job, was trapped in a position that was far from it. I worked in advertising prior to working for MyCorp and the former work environment that I used to work in was terrible. It fostered no growth or room for happiness. I was struggling to get out and move on to work somewhere else but the fight to move to a better job takes months of hard work and in my position I needed to get out immediately for mental health and general all-around being issues. The day I interviewed for a position with MyCorporation, I applied for a spot working with data entry. Not what I had majored in, but I did not care because at this point any job was better than what I currently had. For my interview, I came dressed up in my suit and patent heels with my portfolio in tow and was greeted by a young and vibrant woman in a baseball cap.
    “I just went to my son’s baseball game,” she explained about the informal attire, “Wow, you’re all dressed up!”
    She was bouncy then, bouncy now. A ball of pulsating and enthusiastic energy. She gave it to me straight during the interview- I was too qualified for the data entry position. But since I had so much experience working in social media, how about I work as the company social media manager? “You’d be so bored in the other position otherwise!”
    I never thought of that. I didn’t know that you could make a job out of working with Facebook and Twitter, something that many a company (including my previous employers) would call a “goof-off position.” It would combine my love for writing with my several years deep blogging experience. My dream job and I hadn’t even known it!
    Deborah knew exactly what would work for me and she gave me a chance. She placed a great amount of trust in me and encouragement, two things that are growing increasingly more and more difficult to find in any employer. She gave me a job when I feared that there were none. More than me though, she gave these opportunities to other individuals including mothers of children at the school her two sons attended. She allowed me to have two interns, both of which I helped to hire and are very much comfortable working with the MyCorp family. She’s great with working around schedules for employees to match what fits them the best and beyond scheduling, she works to ensure that my interns and I can work from home if need be as well. One of my interns now works remotely from his grad school in Ireland- our first international employee. When I go to work, I never feel like today will be my last day as I did with my old job. Instead I believe it will be my first. My first time to write with a new blog or contribute a new idea during a meeting or connect with somebody I’ve just begun working with on LinkedIn. I treat every day like my first day at MyCorporation and as my boss Deborah notices and always takes the moment to spotlight the MyCorp team and myself when we shine.

  51. Melissa Essex
    Melissa Essex / 9-12-2011 / ·

    I would love to nominate my mom Lisa. We live in a normal town with normal people. I am 29 years old. We haven’t always gotten along but I have been searching for a way for my community and I to thank her for all of the wonderful things she has and is still doing for our community. For the past 10+ years my mother has been tnr (trap neuter release) the strays and dumped animals in our town. My mom has a cat route and every single day, rain or shine, she is out there feeding the homeless and hopeless animals. I have personally witnessed her grow awesome bonds with these animals and they in the end love her. She joined at rescue group and converted her garage and has temp homes to foster and recovery for the tnr cats. My mom spends so much money out of her own pocket. I really believe she deserves recognition for all of the wonderful things she does 🙂 I love you mom!

  52. Carrie Fitch
    Carrie Fitch / 9-13-2011 / ·

    I am nominating one of my favorite animal rescue organization presidents, Kris Cushing. I have been volunteering for more than 7 years for animal rescue and after meeting her 3 years ago decided to work with her – despite the distance I sometimes drive. She incorporated a rescue, coordinates the skills and efforts of others along with tirelessly working almost daily (if not daily) morning and night. I would love to see her be able to step back every once and awhile, take a breather, but with the economy the way it is animal rescue work is only more demanding with less and less resources.
    Without her work literally thousands of homeless/neglected cats and kittens wouldn’t have had a chance. She also makes a point to educate the public about spay/neuter in a very non-condescending way and participates in TNR (trap-neuter-return). It doesn’t matter where the cat came from, her neighborhood or another she is willing to offer assistance and stretch her resources if she is able to.

  53. EW
    EW / 9-13-2011 / ·

    Sometimes you don’t need to know someone very long to see what their passion and directive is in life. I have know this person for about 4 months.

    I would like to nominate a very special lady that works as the Executive Director for Day Worker Center in Mountain View, CA. She works tirelessly (and unconditionally) for their benefit of the day workers to get them jobs and also transitions them for life in America. I could write about Maria Marroquin but that would not tell about her loving, focused, spirit for the day workers she supports and leads.

    See her website to find out more. We need more of these leaders in America.

  54. MA
    MA / 9-14-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate the only person suitable for this, my mom. We all wear different hats in life. The one we wear at home is the one different than the one you wear at work. This woman has more hats than anyone I know. She has never fallen victim to or let any negatives in her life be fault for anything. When her husband, father of her four children, left this world, she took it as an opportunity to do better for herself and her children. She went to school and worked night shifts so she was able to maintain a household. During our soccer practices she would be sitting on the sidelines studying. We didn’t have a lot of money, but fortunately for her creative side she was able to do the best she could to spend time with us and keep us busy.
    Beacuse of her maternal nature she became an RN and works exclusively in the Neo Natal field. Someone who can still find hope every day in their job and enjoys it as much as she does deserves recognition. She understands how hard it is for new nurses that are also young moms, so she takes it upon herself to work holidays so these nurses can be with their children to open presents from Santa. She was not able to do this for years, so she knows how hard it was to miss this.
    Besides the fact that she is an amazing nurse and mother, she is also a loving wife. She remarried 5 years ago and stood by her husbands side when he was in a horrific accident and had his leg amputated. The nurse in her knew procedure and how to care for him fortunately. What is harder is the struggle they still face now. Losing a limb means there will be a lot of ups and downs in life. There are constant physical struggles as their are emotional. She is a strong woman and just looks for the next thing she can do to help him.
    I am very proud to call her my mom, friend, and only parent I had growing up. She is my role model and the reason I want to do better in life everyday. Her optimism and strength has set a huge standard for how I live on a daily basis and I am glad to have that.

  55. Jennifer
    Jennifer / 9-15-2011 / ·

    I have to nominate my mother Dolores, A Hero to me is someone who goes beyond their daily activities and always seems to go the extra mile, someone who everyone looks up to and someday hopes to be the kind of person she is, Selfless and brave, honest and kindhearted. Someone who when nobody is watching still seems to be amazing! Once a hero always a hero!

  56. Leslie Lawston
    Leslie Lawston / 9-15-2011 / ·

    Robert Trent Story of Nags Head, NC had just gotten back from Afghanistan. Tuesday Sept. 13, 2011, he was killed while riding a motorcycle when he and a suv collided. He gave his life to the military and he was taken away by a senseless act. He had two small children that will never know him. Take time to pause and tell your family you love them and dont take anything for granted.

  57. Shannon M.
    Shannon M. / 9-15-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my little sister, Kellie Mooney for her work with children with autism and other special needs.

    My sister is a TSS (Therapeutic Staff Support), otherwise known as a “Wraparound”, for a local heath organization, in Pittsburgh, PA, that offers assistance to families of special needs children. The TSS’s are paraprofessionals who provide one on one support to autistic children during times when such support is needed (at home, at school, during other structured activity, etc.).

    After graduating from college with a teaching degree, my sister was left unsure of what she wanted to do with her life. After finding that she did not enjoy teaching much, she looking into other carees dealing with kids, which is when she happened upon the job she is currently in. I’ve never seem my sister happier than when she’s working with the little boy and girl that she helps. I’ve never seen her take on a cause and have it be so important to her. She really loves these kids and wants to make a difference in theie lives in any way possible, and you can tell that just but listening to her talk.

    This summer I signed up to do the Autism Awareness walk with her and it was just amazing to see her in that element. She really enjoyed herself and played with and talked to every child that crossed our paths that day. For me, it was a little scary and daunting because I did not know what to expect. I don’t have kids so the only interaction I get with them is when I’m around a friend with kids … I had no idea what to expect. But that day turned our to be beautiful and so much fun. That morning I got to see what a strong and intelligent person my little sister had grown up to be. She was so proud of herself for helping to raise money for this cause and as we walked around she explained various bits of information about autism to me that I never understood before. It was amazing to see how knowledgeable she had become and you could just tell by listening to her that she had found something that really fulfilled her.

    She tells me daily about these children and how much she loves and cares for them. And I give her so much credit for what she does because I know it takes a strong person to do it, I know it’s something that I personally would not be able to do. She might not be saving lives and pulling people from fires, but I believe she is really making a difference in these kids lives and to me, she’s a hero because of that.

  58. kristen blanchard
    kristen blanchard / 9-15-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate Ms. Kellie Mooney. She is a Therapeutic Staff Support or a paraprofessional who provides one-on-one support to autistic kids during times when such support is needed, often when the child is not in school or at a structured activity. Her compassion, kindness, and caring for children is heart touching. She strives daily to improve the lives of her “kids” and to encourage and support them. She is truly a young woman who is making a difference in the lives of young children.

  59. Sonya
    Sonya / 9-15-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my father in law Mike. He is a very amazing man who not only fights for his country, but shows his pride for country, loves his family, and cherishes friends old and new. Before leaving for a deployment to Afghanistan, a friend of his was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. His friend had to stay back in the states instead of leaving with his unit. Fighting cancer was the battle God chose for him instead of the war in Afghanistan. Mike brought him with them in a way. He took a carved wooden rod and carries it with him through Afghanistan and takes pictures with it to upload to facebook. His friend’s presence is with the unit with that wooden rod, while he is still home fighting his own battle.

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  61. Marcie
    Marcie / 9-16-2011 / ·

    In my opinion, teachers are the real American heroes for our youth. Examples of their heroism abound in our elementary and high schools. Heroes like my mother, Carol. My mom was a third grade teacher for over thirty years in an inner city elemntary school. She would provide students with everything from pencils to lunch money and was always willing to listen and to offer her advice. I can remember my mom often bringing extra coats and blankets to school so her students wouldn’t be cold, and there were many days she would sacrifice her own lunch so a hungry student could eat. Because great teachers–the heroic teachers, want
    their students to have what they need, and are more than willing to sacrifice for their students.

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  63. Nichole Martinez
    Nichole Martinez / 11-23-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate our Medical Director & Neurosurgeon. There are many nominees who are like Dr. Ali Mesiwala as they give everyday whether to the community or to our country. Dr. Mesiwala gives to his patients as well as various charities worldwide. Dr. Mesiwala is in layman’s terms, a brain surgeon. He routinely takes on the cases that nobody else wants or they can’t handle. He performs brain and back surgeries that truly make a difference in the quality of living of our patients and he he uses the most minimally invasive means possible. But the true heroics stand out because he isn’t at some big Beverly Hills Hospital where only certain people can afford treatment… no he left Cedars Sinai to be able to focus one on one with patients in a more intimate setting where his involvement in patients cases matters and so that he could continue his academic style of practice to be able to be on the forefront of technology. Dr. Mesiwala not only saves lives in the Inland Empire but around the world, going on non-profit trips to treat patients in other countries and in ours that can’t afford treatment. Not only does he love to help patients but he loves to help animals and gives to the National Geographic Wildlife Foundation for the protection of the large cats. He’s an amazing man and a role model to his friends and colleagues.

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