Heroes Among Us - March 2008

March 30, 2008 - Julie Totten

Heroes Among Us

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

In 1990, Julie Totten tragically lost her brother Mark to suicide. She was unaware that Mark had depression, a treatable medical condition that is the leading cause of suicide. Since then, Julie has dedicated her life to preventing similar tragedies from affecting other families. She founded Families for Depression Awareness, a national nonprofit which helps families recognize and cope with depressive disorders, while educating about suicide prevention.

Families for Depression Awareness annually distributes over 6,000 parent and teen guides throughout Massachusetts and over 1,000 people daily visit their website for education, help and support. Amazingly, over 31,000,000 lives have been touched through the organizations nationwide media outreach.

For her inspirational drive in helping families who suffer in silence everywhere, please join us in welcoming Julie Totten!

March 28, 2008 - Colin Davidson

Heroes Among Us

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

For over 14 years, Colin Davidson has been excelling as a Special Olympics athlete and even more importantly, in our community. He competes in six sports and has amazingly earned more than 100 medals! Colin was also invited to compete in the 2006 Special Olympics National Games.

In addition to competing year-around, he is a committed fundraiser for Special Olympics. In January, Colin jumped in the freezing ocean during the annual Special Olympics Passion Plunge, and raised thousands of dollars! Also, Colin is in his fourth year of single-handedly running a coat drive for homeless veterans. For all of his efforts and achievements Colin was a 2006 inductee into the Special Olympics Massachusetts Hall of Fame.

For his amazing accomplishments and commitment to help others, please join us in welcoming Colin Davidson!

March 26, 2008 - Willie Clark and Richard Paris

Heroes Among Us

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

The day after Christmas, Boston firefighters Willie Clark and Richard Paris were off-duty at the gym when they saw a man suddenly collapse of severe cardiac arrest.

Without hesitation, Clark and Paris rushed to his side and began performing chest compressions and rescue breaths. Amazingly, they were able to get Mike Perry's heart beating again and saved his life!

Due to the quick actions of Firefighters Clark and Paris, Mr. Perry has made a full recovery and joins his rescuers on court tonight to thank them.

Please join us in welcoming tonight's Heroes Among Us, Willie Clark and Richard Paris.

March 24, 2008 - Wymon J. Anderson, Roderick D. Johnson, Steven Mata, Jeffrey Morse and Greta Sandifer

Heroes Among Us

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

As part of the the Celtics' celebration of the commitments of local men and women of our armed forces, tonight's Hero Among Us recipients represent the very best of our country.

Joining us from the US Navy, please welcome Wymon J. Anderson!

From the US Marine Corps, Roderick D. Johnson!

From the US Airforce, Steven Mata!

From the US Army, Jeffrey Morse!

And last but not least, also from the US Army, Greta Sandifer!

March 14, 2008 - Kelley Tuthill

Heroes Among Us

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

After Channel 5 reporter Kelley Tuthill was diagnosed with breast cancer, she made the courageous decision to publicly share her challenging journey to educate others about this terrible disease. Through a series of video diaries, "Kelley's Story" allowed viewers to experience all of her personal struggles including the surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Through the broadcasts, Kelley also enabled her viewers the opportunity to voice their own heroic stories of survival.

Additionally, Kelley helps raise over $400,000 annually for the Ellie Fund, a non-profit organization that improves the welfare of women and families living with breast cancer.

For her amazing openness and dedication to helping others fight the battle against breast cancer, please join us in welcoming Kelley Tuthill!

March 12, 2008 - Mark and Scott Schuster

Heroes Among Us

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

Thirty years ago with Scott Shuster's kidneys failing rapidly, his brother Mark heroically stepped up and offered to donate a kidney to his brother.

Since Mark's gift of life to his brother, Mark and Scott have dedicated their lives to helping others defeat Kidney disease. They have taken leading roles in supporting education, early disease detection, prevention and promotion of organ donor awareness. Additionally, 5 years ago, Scott was named Chairman of the New England region of the National Kidney Foundation, and under his leadership has amazingly raised over $7,000,000!

For their selfless dedication to ending Kidney disease, please join us in welcoming Mark and Scott Schuster!

March 7, 2008 - Mass State Representative Smitty Pignatelli

Heroes Among Us

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

Like many of us, Mass State Representative Smitty Pignatelli was distraught by the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. What separated Smitty was his unyielding will to make a difference for those that needed help the most!

After hearing about the Stewart family of fourteen who lost everything in the storm, Smitty was amazingly able to raise over $150,000 and recruit a volunteer staff of 25 to accompany him on the 1,500 mile trip to New Orleans.

After just seven days, Smitty and his team of volunteers rebuilt the home giving the Stewart family a real chance to rebuild their lives.

For his unbelievable generosity and life-changing gift, please join us in welcoming Smitty Pignatelli!

March 5, 2008 - Reynald Grandoit

Heroes Among Us

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

At 14, Reynald Grandoit contracted spinal meningitis, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Ray was determined not to let his wheelchair confinement stop him from pursuing his dreams; he earned a full scholarship to Oklahoma State to play wheelchair basketball and has successfully founded his own clothing business.

In February 2007, health complications left Ray hospitalized for almost a year. Even this couldn't drag him down; instead Ray transformed his hospital room into an office to continue his work and even formally launched a charitable fund to help paraplegics purchase necessary equipment.

While in the hospital, Ray even served as a mentor and was a source of courage and optimism for other paraplegics and their families.

For his incredible perseverance and desire to help others, please join us in welcoming Reynald Grandoit!

March 2, 2008 - Matt Cohen

Heroes Among Us

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

Through his tireless efforts and impressive devotion to social change and youth empowerment, Matt Cohen founded a unique after-school program for immigrant youth in Somerville. The "Academic Program at Centro Presente" provides much needed support with English tutoring, homework assistance, SAT preparation, and perhaps most importantly, offers mentors for each student.

As a Tufts student himself, Matt has recruited over 20 other members of the Tufts community to volunteer in his program. Amazingly, and in large part due to the incredible work of Matt's tutors, of the ten high school seniors in the program, 100% will be attending college next year!

For his outstanding dedication to providing educational opportunities for youth in need, please join us in welcoming Matt Cohen!

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