Hereos Among Us - April 2008

April 30, 2008 - Brian Foley

Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

Just before Christmas, Milton Police dispatcher Brian Foley gave Andrea Smith and her 8-year-old daughter Caroline the gift of life. After Caroline suddenly started choking on a piece of hard candy and was unable to breathe, her mother Andrea frantically dialed 911 begging for police assistance.

Cadet Foley immediately took control of the situation and was able to calm Andrea down so that he could teach her the Heimlich maneuver over the phone. Because of Foley's composure under pressure, Andrea successfully dislodged the candy allowing her daughter to breathe again!

For his life saving actions, Foley received the inaugural Massachusetts 911 Honors Award. Please join us in welcoming tonight's Hero Among Us, Brian Foley!

April 23, 2008 - Jordan Sigalet

Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

When Providence Bruins goalie Jordan Sigalet was 23, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a disease which affects the central nervous system and haunts over 400,000 Americans or 2.5 million people worldwide.

During a game on November 16, his body completely shut down in response to the MS.

Sigalet refused to let that be the end of his career, and through his unparalleled determination and positive attitude, he made a stunning recovery and was back on the ice in less than two months! Jordan has since dedicated himself to inspiring others with MS to never give up and has founded the "Sigalet Saves for MS" Foundation.

For his amazing perseverance against incredible odds and devotion to helping others conquer Multiple Sclerosis, please join us in welcoming Jordan Sigalet.

April 20, 2008 - Ryan Jones

Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

Before Army Lieutenant Ryan Jones left for Iraq on his first tour of duty, he gave his parents an envelope with instructions not to open it unless he lost his life in battle. Last May, after Ryan was killed during active duty, his parents opened the letter. Ryan left instructions to use his $400,000 life insurance policy to start a scholarship at his High School.

Ryan's parents have not only established his scholarship, but also created the Ryan Patrick Jones Heart of a Hero Foundation to support the charities that Ryan cared about the most.

Please join us in welcoming Ryan's parents, Kevin and Elaine, who are here tonight accepting of Ryan's behalf.

April 16, 2008 - Brenda Rodriguez-Andujar

Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

Brenda Rodriguez-Andujar is the founder and director of Ritmo en Accion - a Boston dance company that consists of 20 at-risk teens who receive dance and social awareness training. These 20 teens then devote hours of their time to help teach over 300 Boston youth the same skills they have learned. This program has been recognized for its vital role in Bostoncs campaign against youth violence.

Brenda's dance group has performed in Paris, Los Angeles, and recently at the White House, where she received the President's "Coming Up Taller" award for encouraging creativity in children in an effort to steer them away from crime.

For her dedication to providing a safe and positive outlet for youth in need, please join us in welcoming Brenda Rodriguez-Andujar!

April 11, 2008 - Joseph Rossetti

Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

Last summer, Joseph Rossetti was notified that his bone marrow was a possible match for an unknown 37-year old woman who would otherwise die from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. After tests were performed, it was determined that he was her best chance of survival!

During the 6 weeks prior to surgery, Joe dramatically changed his lifestyle, walking 8 miles a day and eating well to ensure that the woman received the healthiest cells possible. Despite the grueling eight-hour surgery and severe pain, his donation was a phenomenal success and one Dana-Farber employee even called Joe the "Rock-Star of stem-cell donors."

For his selfless and life-saving donation to a complete stranger, please join us in welcoming Joe Rossetti!

April 2, 2008 - John Samaan

Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

Reverend John Samaan has dedicated his life to serving the poor, both around the world and locally. Fifteen years ago, John was named president of the Boston Rescue Mission, and through his work with Boston''s homeless population has received nationwide recognition.

In the last year alone, in large part due to John's amazing leadership and commitment, over 400 men and women have successfully completed recovery programs, more than 130,000 meals have been served, and incredibly 35,000 homeless have found shelter!

For his continuous vision and dedication to helping those in need, please join us in welcoming Reverend John Samaan.

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