Heroes Among Us - February 2010

February 27, 2010 - Isaura Mendes

Heroes Among Us

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

Tragically, Isaura Mendes lost two of her sons to street violence in separate incidents. Showing amazing resilience, she has dedicated the last 15 years to teaching forgiveness and encouraging peace. She founded the Bobby Mendes Peace Legacy in honor of her eldest son and has organized peace walks and other events designed to bring the community together.

Mendes regularly visits prisons and preaches to inmates about the importance of forgiveness. She has received numerous awards for her unyielding efforts to bring peace to our city. Most recently on Martin Luther King Day, Mendes was awarded the prestigious "Testament of Hope" Award by Dr. King's son.

For her dedication to bringing peace to Boston, please welcome Isaura Mendes as tonight's Hero Among Us!

February 25, 2010 - Greg Donlin

Heroes Among Us

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

On Jan. 9, Greg Donlin was driving when he saw a car lose control and roll onto its side. As flames engulfed the car, Donlin saw a hand waving frantically from inside the window. He later said, "From the time she put her hand out of the window, I made a commitment."

With no regard for his personal safety, this Vietnam veteran rushed to the woman's aid. After numerous attempts, he was able to pry open the jammed door and pull the woman to safety, just seconds before the gas tank exploded, destroying the car in a ball of fire!

For his bravery and life-saving actions, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Greg Donlin!

February 23, 2010 - Sgt. Kevin Maloney

Heroes Among Us

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

On Feb. 5, Massachusetts Army National Guard Sergeant Kevin Maloney was driving home from work when he saw a man lying face down on the side of the street after an accident. Without hesitation, Sgt. Maloney pulled over, grabbed his first aid kit and rushed to help.

Maloney saw that the man's leg had been partially severed, he was bleeding profusely and going in and out of consciousness. Using his military training, Sgt. Maloney applied a tourniquet to the leg to stop the bleeding. Thanks to Sgt. Maloney's life-saving actions, the man was able to be airlifted to the hospital and survived this gruesome accident.

For his poise under pressure and for saving a life, please welcome Sgt. Kevin Maloney as tonight's Hero Among Us!

February 7, 2010 - Sharon Reilly

Heroes Among Us

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

Sharon Reilly, Executive Director of the Women's Lunch Place, has dedicated herself to making sure that every woman in Boston has a place to call home.

Through Sharon's leadership, the Women's Lunch Place has expanded to serve more than 1,000 women and children, providing food, safety and vital services. Amazingly, last year alone, more than 52,000 meals were served to women and children who had no where else to turn. Sharon has also helped more than 40 women living on the streets transition into permanent housing.

For her dedication to improving the lives of homeless women, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Sharon Reilly!

February 5, 2010 - Eric Leverone

Heroes Among Us

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

Eric Leverone was in the final year of college when America was shaken by the September 11th attacks. He told a friend he was enlisting in the Army and when the friend asked what he was going to do about college, Eric simply said, "I'll finish that later. There are more important things to do right now."

Over the past 8 years, Eric has completed four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. Along the way he has impressively received numerous medals including the Bronze Star. On December 8, 2009, Eric completed his enlistment and safely returned home to his family and friends.

For his dedication to serving our nation, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Eric Leverone!

February 3, 2010 - Janet LaBreck

Heroes Among Us

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

Janet LaBreck lost her vision by the age of ten, but has never let her disability get in the way of her dreams. In 2007, after more than 20 years as an advocate for the blind community, Janet was appointed Commissioner for The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.

As an ambassador for more than 35,000 legally blind residents, Janet has spearheaded campaigns to increase employment opportunities for the blind. The Commission's award winning internship program has an 80% successful employment rate and is being replicated throughout the country.

For her commitment to ensuring that blind individuals have every opportunity for success in their lives, please join Perkins School for the Blind and the Celtics in welcoming Janet LaBreck as tonight's Hero Among Us.

Janet is joined on court by her trusty guide dog, Osbourne.

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