Heroes Among Us: November 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 November 2005 Heroes Among Us:



The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.
November 30, 2005
Brian Russell

Two weeks ago, seven year old Brian smelled smoke at his home and went upstairs to investigate. He looked out the window and noticed fire was all over the garage of his parents' home. Brain then ran to his parents' room and informed them of the danger. After calling 911, the family ran to a neighbor's house.

Firefighters arrived at the scene and were able to confine the blaze to the garage and back porch. Fire officials later confirmed that if it hadn't been for Brian's quick response, the house and lives of his family members would have been in jeopardy.





The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.
November 28, 2005
Carrie Larson

At age 14, Carrie had to choose a volunteer project for her Girl Scout Merit Badge. She decided to get involved with Easter Seals as a volunteer swimming instructor. Most of the children that Carrie worked with had mental disabilities, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, or ALS.

Carrie's experiences led her to a professional career as an occupational therapist, however she continue to remain actively involved with Easter Seals. She was recently recognized at a ceremony in Washington D.C. as the "Easter Seals National Volunteer of the Year" for her 40 years of community service and volunteering.





The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.
November 25, 2005
Principal Bill Henderson and the Patrick O'Hearn Elementary School.

Over the past few years, the O'Hearn Elementary School has been ranked among the top-performing schools in Massachusetts. In addition to their innovative curriculum, they are the only school that assigns two teachers (including one certified in special education) per class.

Leading the way is Principal Henderson, who believes children with physical, mental, and learning impairments should be taught alongside students who are developing more typically. Bill is joined by Mindy Hoffert, a 5th grade teacher, and John Marcus Shaw-Mays from grade 5.





The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.
November 18, 2005
Brendan (12) and Kelly (9) McDonough

Earlier this year, Brendan and Kelly's dad was diagnosed with brain cancer. After deciding they needed someone to talk to, they joined "What About Me," a support group that allows youngsters who are affected by cancer to adjust to the changes in their lives.

Two days after their father's passing, Brendan and Kelly participated in a fundraising walk for the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital. In honor of their dad and all those fighting cancer, they were able to raise and donate $9,000.





The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery represented here by Executive Director Joseph Sullivan.
November 16, 2005

Dr. Nosike of New England Eye Center uses all of his vacation and personal time to go back to his homeland of Nigeria where he works tirelessly to set up free clinics and provide eye exams and vision care for the residents of his village.

In addition, Dr. Nosike recently completed a project where he purchased transformers to deliver electricity to the town, and has helped build and deploy four water towers to deliver fresh water to the residents. All of Dr. Nosike’s personal efforts have resulted in his village receiving some of the best are and medical technology in Nigeria. If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Nosike's work or how you can help, call him directly at 1-800-GREAT-EYES.



November 13, 2005

While other third graders were involved in leisure activities, Chiara Arcidy was busy organizing a 3-state bicycle event to raise money for a homeless shelter. Eight years later, Chiara continues to devote her energies to charitable work. As founder of HELP-U.org, Chiara helps other student volunteers fulfill their passion while raising funds and awareness for various educational and environmental charities.

Her efforts are not only recognized locally, Chiara has also been honored internationally for her work with orphanages in southern Africa.



The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery represented here by Chief of Staff Jim Acton.
November 11, 2005

In February of 2003, Nick Prefontaine suffered a snowboarding accident that left him in a coma for three weeks. Doctors predicted that Nick would never walk, talk, swallow, or breathe on his own again.

After spending several weeks in intensive care, Nick was transferred to Franciscan’s Hospital for Children for an extensive intensive physical therapy program. Through hard work and perseverance, Nick was determined to have his life back.

Today, Nick is giving back to the hospital he feels saved his life. He has created the Prefontaine Family Foundation, which recently gave $37,000 to the Franciscan’s Hospital for Children.



The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery represented here by Executive Director Joseph Sullivan.
November 9, 2005

Michael Rodrigues is the CEO of Triangle, Inc., an organization that helps people with disabilities lead dignified, independent, and economically self-sufficient lives.

Under Michael’s leadership, Triangle has grown dramatically and is reaching more “people with ability” through its programs and services. This year, Triangle has served over 1,000 people from over 100 Massachusetts communities.

Michael is often referred to as the single biggest advocate for expanding the independence of people with disabilities.



November 4, 2005

Two days ago, Sergeant Jim Flaherty heard yelling coming from the top of an apartment building construction site. As he approached the building, he observed a man dangling upright from a rope attached to a scaffold ten stories above the street.

After calling for assistance, Sergeant Flaherty and Captain Bob DeFlaminis ran into the building, reached through an open window and grabbed the worker’s safety harness and legs. When Boston EMS arrived at the scene, they confirmed that were it not for Sergeant Flaherty and Captain Flaminis’ bravery, James Schippers, who had a history of seizures, would not have survived.



The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery represented here by State Treasurer Timothy Cahill.
November 2, 2005

After seeing images of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, Bill Driscoll Jr. decided that he wanted to do more than just sending a donation. Bill has taken his tree-removal business from Milton, MA, to the South.

He has spent most of the past two months volunteering in Biloxi, Mississippi, where he has played a vital role in the removal of trees and debris. This has allowed FEMA to deliver temporary trailer homes to many of the victims of Katrina.





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