Heroes Among Us - January 2009

January 28, 2009 - Joe and Kathy O'Donnell

Heroes Among Us

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

In 1986, Kathy and Joe O'Donnell founded the Joey Fund in memory of their son, who tragically lost his battle with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of twelve.

While the O'Donnell's don't consider themselves heroes, they have devoted themselves to raising awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, a debilitating genetic disease that currently has no cure. Through the Joey Fund, they have astoundingly raised over $35 million dollars for research towards a cure and to support the 30,000 children and adults nationwide suffering from the disease. Due to successful fundraising efforts supporting great research the average life expectancy of Cystic Fibrosis patients has increased from 9 years to 38 years of age in the past decades.

For their unyielding dedication towards conquering Cystic Fibrosis, please welcome tonight's Heroes Among Us, Kathy and Joe O'Donnell.

January 25, 2009 - Tameka Hebert and Nicole Claine

Heroes Among Us

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

In their sixth grade class, Tameka and Nicole learned that a child dies every thirty seconds in Africa from Malaria. As they learned that this horrible disease is completely preventable, they were determined to find a way to help these children in need. They researched and learned about Nothing But Nets, an organization that turns $10 donations into bed nets that can prevent a family from catching Malaria. These two middle-schoolers then approached other students, teachers, and family members to raise money and began organizing community fundraisers that have protected the lives of 50 children!

For their amazing generosity and fundraising efforts to battle Malaria, please join us in welcoming tonight's Heroes Among Us, Tameka Hebert and Nicole Claine.

January 19, 2009 - Tommie Smith and John Carlos

Heroes Among Us

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

As we continue our Martin Luther King Day Celebration, please welcome Tommie Smith and John Carlos, Olympic medalists from the 1968 Olympics. While on the medal podium, Smith and Carlos raised black-gloved fists to call attention to the ongoing struggles of the Civil Rights movement.

At the time, many vilified Smith and Carlos for their peaceful protest; they were suspended from the Olympic team and even received death threats. Over the past forty years however, they have received many accolades including the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage and have given us an unforgettable image of the Civil Rights movement.

For their selfless bravery and dedication to equality and civil rights, please join us in welcoming Tommie Smith and John Carlos as tonight's Heroes Among Us recipients.

John Carlos is unable to join us tonight but his wife, Charlene is accepting the award on his behalf.

January 14, 2009 - Lisa Tucker

Heroes Among Us

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

As part of Horizons for Homeless Children night, please welcome Lisa Tucker, an extraordinary volunteer who goes above and beyond for the children of our community.

Over the past seven years she has touched the lives of several hundred homeless children volunteering nearly 1,000 hours of her time! Although she has worked with many children, she can recite the name of each one dating back to her very first day. Lisa also donates much-needed books, supplies and games to the children. Additionally, she has played a significant role in recruiting other volunteers who, like Lisa, in their spare time, work directly with homeless children in shelters throughout the state.

For her devotion and unyielding commitment to our neediest children, please join us in welcoming tonight's Hero Among Us, Lisa Tucker.

January 12, 2009 - James Brown

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 Celtics Seats for Soldiers Night, we are honored to welcome Specialist James Brown who first joined the Massachusetts Army National Guard in 2004 and while spending over a year in Kosovo earned the Army Commendation Medal.

After his tour of duty, Specialist Brown continues to serve in the National Guard. Three weeks ago, he was one of 1,500 guardsman called to duty locally after the ice storm. He received a distress call and rushed to the scene to find a 71 year old woman unconscious on her garage floor as a result of carbon monoxide fumes from a gas-powered generator.

Along with a fellow guardsman, Brown successfully performed CPR, saving the woman's life. For his dedication to protecting our country and its citizens, please join us in welcoming Specialist James Brown.

Congratulating Specialist Brown on court is General Joseph A. Carter

January 7, 2009 - Jim Cote

Heroes Among Us

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

Tonight, please welcome Jim Cote [co-TAY] from Children's Hospital's Martha Eliot Health Center in Jamaica Plain.

Jim has worked for Children's Hospital Boston for over 14 years, and has spent the last two as Executive Director of the Martha Eliot Health Center. It provides the highest quality care to the 9,300 patients that annually come through its doors, many of whom have no other options for health care. Additionally, under Jim's leadership, a volunteer trauma support unit has been created to help families who have been affected by violence.

For his outstanding dedication to ensuring that inner-city patients and communities receive top quality care, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Jim Cote.

January 2, 2009 - Michael Aries and Brian Linton

Heroes Among Us

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

Last Saturday, Natick Firefighters Michael Aries and Brian Linton were called to Pickerel Pond after a resident heard cries for help coming from the pond. They located two teenage boys trapped in the freezing water after falling through the ice.

As Aries and Linton went towards the teens, the ice collapsed but they continued their rescue mission. They reached the teens and saw signs of severe hypothermia and without hesitation removed their suits and put them on the teens. Aries and Linton then dragged the teens out of the freezing water to safety.

All four were brought to the hospital, treated for hypothermia and frostbite but thanks to the heroic work of Aries and Linton, tragedy was averted and the boys are alive and well.

Please join us in welcoming tonight's heroes among us, Michael Aries and Brian Linton!

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