Heroes Among Us - December 2005

New England is home to many individuals who have made an overwhelming impact on our community, positively affecting the lives of others. For the seventh season, the Boston Celtics will recognize an individual or individuals at each home game who have made a special contribution.

Here are the December 2005 Heroes Among Us:

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

December 2, 2005
Dr. Peter Raffalli

During the day, Dr. Raffalli is an attending physician in child neurology at Children's Hospital Boston. His patients are often afflicted by cerebral palsy, autism, and other neurological disabilities.

At nights and weekends, Dr. Raffalli dresses as a clown and visits patients that are children struggling through cancer treatments, dealing with an HIV diagnosis or recovering from burns. He also heads up the Starlight Starbright Clown troupe, a group of clowns dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously ill children.

Although both outfits are strikingly different, Dr. Raffalli's objective remains the same: to use his passion and compassion for children who are ill and coax a smile at times when none would appear.





The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery represented here by Tom Reardon of Tedeschi Foods.

December 14, 2005
Bob Magner

Bob, an insurance broker from Scituate, spends his spare time volunteering at Children's Hospital Boston. Every Sunday, Bob is at the hospital, taking the kids on walks or simply keeping their company when their parents need a break. Bob also participates in the hospital's annual Miles for Miracles Walk. Last year he personally raised over $12,000.

On December 25th, Bob will be doing what he has done for the past 15 years. He will dress up as Santa to bring the joy of Christmas to as many patients as possible at Children's Hospital.





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

December 16, 2005
Jay Blake

In May of 1997, at the age of 31, Jay was involved in an industrial accident that caused him to lose complete vision, smell and taste. Refusing to give up on life, Jay aggressively participated in extensive rehabilitation at the Carroll Center for the Blind.

With renewed self-determination, Jay began to follow his dream of owning a professional auto racing team. As the sport's only totally blind race crew chief, Jay has led his team to an 8th place finish in the country. He has also founded Follow A Dream, a non-profit organization that teaches how the power of positive thinking and self-determination can overcome adversity.





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

December 19, 2005
Jane Smith

Jane began volunteering for the New England Hemophilia Association in memory of her father, who passed away from complications related to hemophilia. In 1993, when her son, Leland, was diagnosed with severe hemophilia at birth, Jane increased her involvement with the Association.

After years of volunteering and serving on the Board of Directors, Jane was asked by the Association to take on a staff position. As Program Director, Jane organizes programs and events that bring together families and individuals who might not otherwise connect with each other. She is an advocate for those with hemophilia on the state and national level.





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

December 21, 2005
Adam Roberge

Adam had been blind since birth, but doesn't allow his disability to stand in the way of a typical life as a 12-year-old. He is fully integrated is his school, and takes vision classes where he reads in Braille.

When Adam is not participating in swimming and gymnastics, he is raising funds for the National Braille Press, a nonprofit Braille printing and publishing house. He was able to raise more than $8,000, which will be used to sponsor two children Braille books. Adam is a perfect example of a child who is determined to expand his own independence, while helping others.

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