Heroes Among Us - February 2008

February 29, 2008 - Nashira Baril

Heroes Among Us

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

Nashira Baril, director of Boston's REACH project, has worked tirelessly to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. Black women still have a 12% higher death rate from cancer than their white peers, However, Nashira and other members of REACH have made tremendous progress in closing the gap.

Through Nashira's leadership, REACH has astoundingly touched the lives of over 8,000 women and families by providing health education workshops, wellness seminars, and direct health services for those in need.

Deservingly, the federal government awarded a $4 million grant to assist REACH in furthering its efforts and due to the outstanding work of Nashira and many others, Boston has been recognized as a national "Center of Excellence."

For her unyielding commitment and dedication to ensuring quality healthcare for women of color, please join us in welcoming Nashira Baril!

February 27, 2008 - Franklin Miller

Heroes Among Us

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

Frustrated with the increase of drug activity and violence in Dorchester, resident Franklin Miller organized the Wendover Street Neighborhood Crime Watch in 2003. Franklin organized neighborhood volunteers to partner with police to lessen crime and make the neighborhood a safer place. He pioneered initiatives that included the installation of street lights and even more importantly, a feeling of safety for all residents.

For his outstanding impact on our community, Franklin was named Boston's Crime Fighter of the year! Franklin Miller's influence reminds us all that one person can truly make a difference.

For his unyielding dedication to providing safety for all in his community, please join us in welcoming Franklin Miller.

February 13, 2008 - Leamon Miller

Heroes Among Us

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

This past Veterans Day, 10-year Boston Fire Fighter, Leamon Miller, responded to a fire in Mattapan. As thick smoke poured out of the home, a frantic onlooker screamed that he heard a child crying inside.

Without hesitation, Leamon ran into the house and heard the cry. Though blinded by the smoke, he miraculously discovered the baby unconscious on the third floor.

Leamon immediately tore off his mask placing it over the baby's face. Fortunately, another firefighter was waiting by the window, and Leamon carried the 2-year old to safety. The baby spent the next days hospitalized, but due to Leamon's courageousness, survived the fire!!

For his bravery under pressure, please join us in welcoming Leamon Miller.

February 10, 2008 - Perry Smith

Heroes Among Us

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

Perry Smith served our country during a 22 month tour of duty in the US Navy during World War II and has continued his dedication to others over the last 60 years.

Since officially retiring almost twenty years ago, Mr. Smith has dedicated himself to Boston's elderly population. He chaired the board of Central Boston Elder Services and through his leadership was able to ensure that over 3,000 elderly every year received the care they needed.

Because of his huge impact at Elder Services, Mr. Smith was asked to chair the Benjamin Healthcare Center Board of Directors, New England's only African-American owned nursing home. His impact was quickly felt as he created a summer job program for local teens to learn about the healthcare industry.

For his unyielding dedication and leadership abilities in caring for Boston's elderly community, please join us in welcoming Perry Smith.

February 6, 2008 - Steve Fine

Heroes Among Us

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

In 1998, Steve Fine's 26 year-old tragically son lost his life to skin cancer. Since, Steve has dedicated his life to educating others in hopes they would not have to go through the same pain.

Steve founded the Melanoma Education Foundation, which educates individuals on the risks of skin cancer. Steve has personally trained teachers about skin-cancer prevention at over 300 schools throughout New England.

As a testament to the difference one person can make, Steve's foundation incredibly provides training and free screenings to over 100,000 students every year!

For his tireless devotion to skin cancer education and research, please join us in welcoming Steve Fine!

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