Heroes Among Us - November 2007

November 29, 2007 - Robert and Noelle Rainer

Heroes Among Us

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

In August 2006, Robert and Noelle Rainer used their own resources combined with their backgrounds in law and psychology to found the Abuse Victim Hotline. This non-profit organization provides free legal advice and counseling for those dealing with child, sexual, and spousal abuse. Amazingly, in just its first year, they have already serviced hundreds of victims.

Many of these victims credit Robert and Noelle's hotline as the reason they are now safe, and are no longer living in fear!

For their dedication and support to those dealing with domestic abuse, please welcome Robert and Noelle Rainer!

November 23, 2007 - Lance Corporal James Crosby

Heroes Among Us

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

Lance Corporal James Crosby had served two years for the Marines in Iraq when disaster struck. A rocket hit his base camp, and the after-affects left him confined to a wheelchair with a severe spinal cord injury.

James returned to Boston as a recipient of the Purple Heart but still believed there was more he could do to serve our country. James is now a full-time employee of the Department of Veterans' Services and provides assistance to Massachusetts veterans as they return from overseas.

For his valor and amazing dedication to our country, please welcome James Crosby.

November 21, 2007 - Al Pierre

Heroes Among Us

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

Last week, Al Pierre was driving down Blue Hill Avenue when he saw smoke billowing out of an apartment building. Despite having no firefighting experience, Al immediately stopped his car and ran to see what he could do. He noticed a woman and baby trapped on the third floor.

Quickly, and without any regard for his own safety, Al scaled a nearby pole and brought the two to safety.

For his bravery and life-saving actions, please welcome Al Pierre!

November 16, 2007 - Travis Roy

Heroes Among Us

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

Only 11 seconds into his first collegiate hockey game as a BU freshman, Travis' career was abruptly ended when a freak accident drove Travis into the boards shattering part of his vertebra and leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.

Travis has faced his disability with the same optimism and determination that made him a successful athlete in the first place. He graduated from BU in 2000, is an accomplished motivational speaker, and through the Travis Roy Foundation has amazingly distributed over $1.8 million dollars in research projects and grants to help paraplegics and quadriplegics live their lives to the fullest.

For his wonderful spirit and unyielding dedication to those with disabilities, please welcome Travis Roy!

November 14, 2007 - Mary Pat and Tom St. Jean

Heroes Among Us

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

In recognition of National Adoption Day, the Celtics and MSPCC are proud to welcome Mary Pat and Tom St. Jean as tonight's Heroes Among Us!

Seven years ago, the couple contacted MSPCC to learn about their adoption program. Since then, Mary Pat and Tom have adopted three homeless children, and recently welcomed a fourth adopted newborn into their busy home.

The family now includes 6-year old Katie, 4-year old Meaghan, 2-year old Andrew, and twenty-month-old Molly and they couldn't be happier.

For their amazing kindness to open their lives and home to children in need, please welcome Mary Pat and Tom St. Jean!

November 9, 2007 - Nico Calabria

Heroes Among Us

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

Despite being born with only one leg, Nico is an avid soccer player and this summer bravely set out to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for his 13th birthday.

Simply overcoming his disability and climbing the mountain was not enough for Nico, he also wanted to raise money to help others. He collaborated with the Free Wheelchair Mission and has amazingly raised over $60,000, which will provide over 1000 wheelchairs to the disabled poor in Tanzania and give them the gift of mobility.

For his spectacular efforts to help those in dire need, please welcome Nico Calabria!

http://www.freewheelchairmission.org/nicolai.html

November 7, 2007 - Father Paul O'Brien

Heroes Among Us

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

For years, Father O'Brien has worked tirelessly to assist those in need.

Last September, Father O'Brien opened the cutting-edge "Cor Unum" Meal Center to provide high-quality meals to the hungry throughout Lawrence. In just one year since its inception, Cor Unum has amazingly served more than 100,000 meals and has plans to serve over 200,000 more in the coming year!

For his outstanding work to eliminate hunger, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Father Paul O'Brien.

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