Heroes Among Us - November 2008

November 28, 2008 - Marty Curley

Heroes Among Us

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

On October 20th, two construction workers fell unconscious after being overwhelmed by fumes in a manhole on the Boston College campus. Officer Marty Curley, although scheduled to be on break, immediately sprung into action. He quickly created a handmade breathing apparatus and was lowered into the manhole. Curley found the first man and carried him up to safety. He immediately jumped back in and revived the second man and brought him to the surface.

Thanks to his quick and decisive actions and bravery under pressure, the two men have made a full recovery and are doing well. Please welcome Marty Curley as tonight's Hero Among Us.

November 26, 2008 - Lynn Margherio

Heroes Among Us

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

Lynn Margherio is a champion for homeless and underprivileged children. She is the founder and CEO of Cradles To Crayons, a Massachusetts non-profit with a mission to provide the basic necessities for children to be safe, warm and ready to learn. Because of Lynn's outstanding work, the Celtics Women's Group chose to partner with Cradles to Crayons on their Winter Coat Drive.

Last year alone, Lynn and her team were able to provide over 35,000 children with the winter clothing and other items they needed most. In addition, Cradles To Crayons has led a call to action, hosting over 7,500 volunteers and partnering with 400 social service agencies for kids in need.

For her unwavering dedication to the neediest children in our community, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Lynn Margherio.

November 20, 2008 - Mike McHugh

Heroes Among Us

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

Officer Mike McHugh exemplifies the dedication and service of our police force. Although a Belmont police officer, McHugh routinely checks the radio transmissions of neighboring towns in order to help as needed. On October 14th, McHugh heard a Watertown dispatch report that an elderly man had fallen in the middle of a street. McHugh immediately rushed to the scene to find an unconscious 88 year old man with no signs of breathing or a pulse. Without hesitation, McHugh performed CPR and successfully resuscitated the man! His daughter put it best: "It's just incredible, coming to the scene like that without being dispatched, it's just fantastic. He saved my father's life for sure."

For his quick response and life-saving actions, please join us in welcoming Officer Mike McHugh as tonight's Hero Among Us.

November 18, 2008 - Mickey Cassella

Heroes Among Us

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

In 2002, Mickey Cassella founded a revolutionary physical therapy program at Children's Hospital Boston for children with Down Syndrome. She partnered with the Boston Ballet to provide access to dance professionals opening the children's eyes to a world of dance they never could have imagined.

The Adaptive Dance Class began as a simple 6 week pilot program, and now, six years later has improved the lives of many children with Down Syndrome and is starting to be replicated throughout the country. Parents not only rave about the impact on their children's physical development but also their newfound self-esteem. The program has been honored by the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress with their "Award of Excellence".

For her amazing creation and dedication to bettering the lives of families affected by Down Syndrome, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Mickey Cassella.

November 14, 2008 - Dr. Lori Laffel

Heroes Among Us

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

As the Celtics join Joslin in tonight's recognition of International Diabetes Day, we are pleased to honor, Dr. Lori Laffel. For the last 25 years, Dr. Laffel has been a leader in juvenile diabetes care and has educated hundreds of other doctors on how to provide the best possible care, while also actively working towards a cure.

Among the 10,000 children that Lori has so lovingly cared for over the years, she provided the life-saving measures and day to day Diabetes management for Walker, son of Ray Allen, who was diagnosed with type one diabetes in the midst of our successful triumph over Los Angeles in the NBA Finals.

For her career-long dedication to treating and finding a cure to Juvenile Diabetes, please join us in welcoming tonight's Hero Among Us, Dr. Lori Laffel.

November 12, 2008 - Angela and Matt Golembeski

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 recognize Angela and Matt Golembeski. In addition to their two biological children, Angela and Matt have opened their hearts and home to three young boys with special needs. Their one-year old adopted son Jacob has Cerebral palsy, four year-old Topher has physical special needs and chronic lung disease and seven year-old Gilbert has significant physical, cognitive and medical needs, yet the Golembeski's never wavered in their decision to adopt these three loving boys.

For their amazing spirit and willingness to take in the most vulnerable of foster children, please join us in welcoming Angela and Matt Golembeski as tonight's Heroes Among Us!

November 10, 2008 - Maureen O'Haire

Heroes Among Us

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

Maureen O'Haire has given birth to five children and formally adopted four more. Additionally, she has opened her home to more than 50 foster children over the past twenty years. Tragically, just before her son Wally's 21st birthday he was killed while serving our country in Iraq as a US Marine.

Maureen offered to fly Wally's entire Platoon to Boston for a weekend of tribute including a church service and even a spot in the St. Patrick's Day Parade both as a thank you for their friendship to Wally and as a way to recognize everyone who has served our country.

On the eve of Veteran's Day, please join Maureen in honoring Wally and every man and woman who has served our country!

November 7, 2008 - Linda Carden

Heroes Among Us

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

For the last thirty years, Linda Carden has dedicated herself to children as an advocate, therapist and teacher. She worked for many years in residential care with abused and neglected youth.

As she became increasingly concerned about Massachusetts' lack of adequate transitional housing for children, Linda created a non-profit organization called Star House Inc. A grant enabled Linda and her team to purchase a house in Beverly and transform it into "Star House", a wonderful residential program where children who have been abused or neglected can learn the life skills necessary to thrive in family, adoptive or foster care homes.

For her unyielding dedication to providing a safe home for abused and neglected children, please join us in welcoming tonight's Hero Among Us, Linda Carden!

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