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Heroes Among Us - April 2010

April 27, 2010 - Tammy Thompson

Heroes Among Us

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

On April 24th, Tammy Thompson was driving down Columbus Avenue when she saw cars swerving to avoid something in the middle of the road. As she got closer, Tammy was horrified when she realized it was a 2 year old girl wandering helplessly. Tammy, a mother herself, immediately stopped her car in the middle of the road and ran to protect the small child.

Tammy lifted the girl into her arms and yelled for the cars to stop so she could bring the girl to safety. Thanks to Tammy's actions, tragedy was averted and the little girl is safe and sound.

For her courageous and life-saving actions, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Tammy Thompson!

April 20, 2010 - Mike Higgins, Brian Summering and Neal Mullane

Heroes Among Us

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

On April 5th, Boston Fire's Ladder 1 responded to a call that a man was in Boston Harbor crying for help. As they arrived on scene, they saw an empty wheelchair on the wharf and a man clinging to the seawall in the water below. Captain Mullane and Firefighter Higgins immediately went into the water and secured a life-belt around the man.

As they secured him, firefighters Vass and Summering grabbed ropes and together they hoisted the disabled man safely back to the wharf. He had turned blue, was suffering from hypothermia and was taken to the hospital; but thanks to Ladder 1's heroics, he is now safe and sound!

For their quick and life-saving actions, please welcome tonight's Heroes Among Us, Firefighters Mike Higgins, Brian Summering and Fire Captain Neal Mullane!

April 17, 2010 - Hanna Brait

Heroes Among Us

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

At the age of seven, Hanna Brait learned she had Burkitt's Lymphoma, a very rare and aggressive cancer. With her survival in doubt, Doctors began treatment immediately. Hanna endured months of chemotherapy, never losing hope that she would beat this disease! The Make-A-Wish Foundation visited Hanna in the hospital and granted her wish of going to Disney World to make her feel like a kid again.

After successfully beating cancer, Hanna was determined to help ensure other kids could have their wishes granted too. She began making heart-shaped necklaces out of black walnuts and melted crayons and donates all the proceeds to Make-A-Wish. To date, this amazing ten year-old has incredibly raised over $30,000!

For her perseverance and for helping make wishes come true, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Hanna Brait!

April 14, 2010 - Diane Smith and Lauren DeVasto

Heroes Among Us

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

Kindergarten teachers Diane Smith and Lauren DeVasto are the type of teachers that every parent dreams of having for their children. Recently, the Federico family learned that having these loving and vigilant teachers would also help save their daughter's life.

Maggie Federico's teachers first noticed that her artwork was regressing. As they talked to Maggie she said her right arm was feeling "sleepy." Concerned, they immediately called her parents and she was taken to the Doctor. A tumor was found on Maggie's brain but thanks to her wonderful teachers it was detected early enough to be treated. On Monday, Maggie underwent a successful brain operation at Children's Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

For their dedication to teaching and life-saving actions, please welcome tonight's Heroes Among Us, Diane Smith and Lauren DeVasto!

April 9, 2010 - Justin Doo

Heroes Among Us

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

At age seven, Justin Doo was diagnosed with Moya-Moya, a rare congenital brain disorder that causes "mini strokes" and affects just one in every two million people. With surgery as the only option, Justin endured an 8-hour operation to help increase blood flow to his brain. Though he will have this difficult and mysterious disease for the rest of his life, Justin has remained positive throughout the experience.

Justin has also become an avid fundraiser, participating in walks for Children's Hospital through his JUSTINcredibles team. He has also organized yard sales and carwashes and in total has raised nearly $80,000 for Moya-Moya research by the age of ten!!

For his inspirational journey and amazing impact at such a young age, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Justin Doo!

April 4, 2010 - Mike Crotty Sr.

Heroes Among Us

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

Seventeen years ago, Mike Crotty Sr. started the Middlesex Magic basketball club as a way for young kids to learn about basketball and have fun. Over the years, Mike served thousands of kids as their coach, mentor, and friend. He taught them as much about life and education as about basketball.

On behalf of his players, Mike tirelessly called schools, took players on visits, and started a scholarship fund. He was most proud of the fact that every senior in his program went on to college. Sadly, Mike suddenly passed away in February, stunning the local basketball community but his legacy lives on through the Middlesex Magic program.

For Mike's commitment to helping his players succeed on the court and in the classroom, we honor Mike Crotty Sr. as today's Hero Among Us.

Accepting on Mr. Crotty's behalf is his wife, Theresa, daughter Tarsha, son in-law Steve, grandson Stephen Jr., and his son Michael Jr.

April 2, 2010 - Maggie Whelan

Heroes Among Us

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

When 17 year-old Maggie Whelan learned of refugee families living in the New England area because they were forced away from their homes in war-torn Africa she was determined to make a difference. Maggie spearheaded the Holiday Hoops For Hope drive with her high school basketball team. She challenged her teammates, coaches and fans to collect food, clothing, and other goods.

At every home game from December through February, donated goods were collected and turned into care packages. As the donations grew, Maggie would travel from Cape Cod to Worcester to hand deliver each care package to the refugee families.

For her amazing generosity and impact at such a young age, please join us in welcoming tonight's Hero Among Us, Maggie Whelan!

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