Heroes Among Us - April 2018

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

Heroes Among Us

April 30, 2018

Mike Debettencourt

Martha’s Vineyard native Mike Debettencourt would do anything for a family member in need, including donating a vital organ.

In early December, Mike’s father-in-law was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with kidney failure. In a race against time, the family began a desperate search to find a kidney donor. After extensive testing, Mike learned he was a perfect match and with no hesitation agreed to undergo the intensive surgery required.  Thanks to his selfless act, his father-in-law has made a full recovery!

For his life-saving actions, please join us in honoring Mike Debettencourt as a Hero Among Us!

Heroes Among Us

April 28, 2018

Exsandrine Jean Marie

When 17-year-old Exsandrine Jean Marie enrolled in a CPR class at Medford High School, she never expected to use those skills to save a stranger’s life.

Last month Exsandrine was shopping with her mother when she witnessed a two-year-old boy suffer a seizure and stop breathing. Without a moment’s hesitation, she leapt into action and began performing CPR.  In a race against time, Exsandrine used chest compressions and rescue breaths to revive the child. Incredibly, by the time the EMT’s arrived the two-year-old was breathing normally.

For her lifesaving actions and celebrating her 18th birthday today, please join us in honoring a Hero Among Us, Exsandrine Jean Marie!

Heroes Among Us

April 24, 2018

Riley Moccio

9-year-old Winthrop native Riley Moccio has always looked out for his younger brother, Connor.

Earlier this month while the brothers were playing with toys, 2-year-old Connor accidentally swallowed a piece and immediately began to choke. Seeing his brother in danger, Riley leapt into action and began hitting Connor on the back to try and save his life. After a few failed attempts and with time running out, Riley turned his brother around and used the Heimlich maneuver to successfully dislodge the toy. Connor quickly began breathing normally and has since made a full recovery!

For his quick thinking and lifesaving actions, please join us in honoring a Hero Among Us, Riley Moccio!

Heroes Among Us

April 17, 2018

Noelle Gregoire

Born with a severe spinal condition, Haverhill native Noelle Gregoire has never let her health stop her from helping others.

During lengthy hospital visits throughout her life, Noelle received toys as a reward for completing treatment. When she learned that the hospital didn’t have enough toys for all the patients, the then 9-year-old launched “Laps for Backs” a charity that raises money to buy toys for children with life threatening illnesses. In support of the charity, Noelle has successfully completed a mile and a half swim and has incredibly distributed over 30,000 toys to local hospitals.

For her inspirational effort to lift the spirits of children, please join us in honoring Noelle Gregoire as a Hero Among Us!

Heroes Among Us

April 15, 2018

Renée DeMarsh

Carver Elementary School teacher Renée DeMarsh would do anything to help a child succeed, including running 184 miles in seven days.

An avid runner, the Sandwich native saw the World Marathon Challenge as a unique opportunity to inspire her students, while also raising money for charity. On January 31st Renée completed seven marathons on seven continents, only sleeping on the flights between races. One of 26 women to complete the challenge, Renée’s efforts raised more than $15,000 dollars for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod.

For her historic efforts to improve the lives of young people, please join us in honoring Hero Among Us, Renée DeMarsh!

Heroes Among Us

April 11, 2018

Kennedy Steiner

Beverly native Kennedy Steiner is helping thousands of local children, one toy at a time.

When the then 10-year old first learned that some kids did not have access to toys, she quickly launched “Kennedy Kares”, a campaign designed to give toys to children in need.  Kennedy saved up her allowance and then hit the fundraising trail, asking total strangers for the resources she needed to buy toys for kids she never even met before.  Over the last five years, Kennedy has incredibly distributed over 24,000 toys to less fortunate children.

For her commitment to helping local kids, please join us in honoring Kennedy Steiner as a Hero Among Us!

Heroes Among Us

April 8, 2018

Eric Goralnick & EJ Caterson

Trauma is the leading cause of death in the United States and two local doctors are working hard to train people to save lives in the face of tragedy.

Doctors Eric Goralnick, EJ Caterson and their team of medical professionals are on a mission to empower the public to recognize life-threatening situations. Under the guidance and support of the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation, Doctors Goralnick and Caterson have trained over 1,500 people to safely apply tourniquets during the most difficult situations.

For their commitment to teaching life-saving techniques and in recognition of the 5th anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, please join us in honoring Heroes Among Us, Dr. Eric Goralnick and Dr. EJ Caterson!

Heroes Among Us

April 6, 2018

Jay Nothnagle

Born with Down syndrome, Cohasset native and Special Olympic Hall of Famer Jay Nothnagle knows how to overcome adversity and win gold medals.

At the age of 8, Jay began participating in the Special Olympics to improve his physical health and self-confidence.  36 years later, he is one of the most decorated Special Olympic athletes of all time, competing in almost every sport offered. Jay has won hundreds of medals on the local level over the years and even brought home the gold for power-weightlifting and sailing at the World Games.

For overcoming obstacles to become a championship athlete and in honor of Special Olympics Night, please join us in honoring a Hero Among Us, Jay Nothnagle!


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