Heroes Among Us - December 2007

December 23, 2007 - Peter-Anthony Hereu

Heroes Among Us

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

As soon as 10-year old Peter-Anthony Hereu heard about the Dec 4 Everett Tanker explosion that left 47 people homeless, he knew he had to do something. Peter wrote a letter to his principal for permission to collects toys from his classmates for the families in need.

As toy boxes filled with donations, Peter's efforts expanded to collect donations at local businesses. Amazingly, this 5th grader's efforts have resulted in the donation of hundreds of toys and over $1,000!

For his passion to help those in need and unbelievable generosity at such a young age, please welcome, Peter-Anthony Hereu!

December 21, 2007 - Derrick Dottin

Heroes Among Us

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

On December 6, Somerville police Officer Derrick Dottin and his partner responded to a 911 call. Derrick arrived on the scene before the fire department to see a house engulfed in flames.

Derrick realized there was a woman still inside the home as he heard her scream for help. Without protective gear or safety equipment, he raced into the home, and through the dense smoke he was able to locate the 69-year old woman and carry her to safety.

When asked if he would do it again he simply replied, "In a heartbeat."

For his bravery and life-saving actions, please welcome Derrick Dottin!

December 19, 2007 - Ross Lilley

Heroes Among Us

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

25 years ago, Ross Lilley founded Access Sport America. The mission was to train youth with disabilities to participate in sports that they never thought possible. Ross Lilley is joined on court by his son Joshua, who is an inspiration for the work of Access Sport America.

Through sports such as soccer, wall climbing, canoeing and even windsurfing, Ross has dedicated his life to showing disabled youth that they can do anything they set their mind to. Access Sport America has grown to amazingly provide programs for over 1,500 disabled people every year!

For his never-ending dedication to enriching the lives of children with disabilities, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Ross Lilley.

December 14, 2007 - Ellen Parker

Heroes Among Us

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

Over the past decade, Ellen Parker has transformed Project Bread into a nationally acclaimed anti-hunger organization.

Through Ellen's leadership, Project Bread's Walk For Hunger raised over $3.4 million dollars this year alone! Project Bread funds more than 400 food pantries and soup kitchens, to provide assistance to thousands of families in need throughout Massachusetts.

Ellen's crowning achievement is the creation of the Massachusetts Child Hunger Initiative. The key victory of this initiative is the implementation of Universal Free Breakfast, which enables more than 187,000 children to start every school day with a healthy meal.

For her never-ending efforts to prevent hunger, please welcome Ellen Parker!

December 12, 2007 - Thomas Thibaut

Heroes Among Us

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

On February 27, 2007, Watertown Fire Fighter Thomas Thibaut responded to a house fire. As he arrived to the scene, Tom was told that a victim was trapped inside. Without having the time to don his protective gear, Tee-Bo was hoisted through a first floor window to a room heavily charged with smoke.

As conditions worsened and smoke reduced visibility to almost zero, Tee-Bo was miraculously able to locate the unconscious man, move him to the window and pass him safely to police and firefighters outside.

For his life-saving actions, Tom received a Massachusetts Firefighter of the Year Award. Please join us in welcoming tonight's hero among us, Tom Thibaut.

December 7, 2007 - Ray Tye

Heroes Among Us

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

Ray Tye read about twin boys who were born attached at the head, and were going to die because their family did not have the money for the life-saving surgery needed to separate them.

Ray knew he had to something, and that very same day, donated $100,000 to cover the cost of the 34 hour surgery to save the two boys he had never even met.

Thanks to Ray's unbelievable generosity, the twins are now healthy and active 6 year old kids! This is just one of the amazing medical gifts Ray has given with the over $4 million he has donated through the Ray Tye Medical Aid foundation.

For his live-saving gifts to those in medical need, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Ray Tye.

December 2, 2007 - Ron Lipof

Heroes Among Us

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

Through his role as president and CEO of the Wellness Community of Greater Boston, Ron Lipof has revolutionized the access to care for cancer patients and their families. The Wellness Community provides free support and education to everyone who walks through its doors. Its mission is to assist cancer patients and their families regain control over their lives and to restore hope for the future.

Amazingly, through just two years of Ron's leadership, over 20,000 cancer patients and their families have benefited from the Wellness Community of Greater Boston.

For his overwhelming impact on those fighting cancer, please join us in welcoming, Ron Lipof.

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