Heroes Among Us - February 2019

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

Heroes Among Us

February 27, 2019

Thaddeus Miles

For Lowell native Thaddeus Miles, community activism is a lifelong commitment.

After serving in the United States Air Force, Thaddeus Miles began working in the Public Housing office and witnessed firsthand the disadvantages facing children born in low income areas. Determined to make a difference, Thaddeus started multiple non-profits that provide after school programs, college visits and mentoring opportunities for kids in Boston. Incredibly, Thaddeus has spent the last 20 years advocating for underserved young people and has impacted over 15,000 students!

For his commitment to improving the lives of young people, please join us in honoring Thaddeus Miles as a Hero Among Us!

Heroes Among Us

February 13, 2019

Laura Falcone

Born with Down syndrome, Watertown native Laura Falcone has never let her disability stop her from helping others.

After finding employment through the Best Buddies Job program, Laura was able to independently support herself. Determined to give others with disabilities the same opportunity, Laura has spent the past 10 years tirelessly advocating for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Incredibly for the last four-years, Laura and her team have completed the Best Buddies Challenge, biking from Sandwich to Hyannis Port and raising over $10,000 dollars for Best Buddies!

For her commitment to helping those with disabilities, please join us in honoring Laura Falcone as a Hero Among Us!

Heroes Among Us

February 9, 2019

Joshua Joseph

9-year-old Rockland native Joshua Joseph has always looked out for his younger sister, Joanne.

In early December, Joshua and Joanne were playing at their grandmother’s house when 6-year-old Joanne suddenly suffered a seizure and collapsed. Knowing that his grandmother didn’t speak English, Joshua raced to call 9-1-1 and was able to successfully describe his sister’s symptoms to the medical professionals. Joshua stayed on the phone with the dispatcher until EMT’s arrived and rushed Joanne to the hospital. Thanks to Joshua’s swift actions, Joanne has since made a full recovery!

For his quick-thinking and bravery, please join us in honoring Joshua Joseph as a Hero Among Us!

Heroes Among Us

February 7, 2019

Harry and Heath Bennett

When Harry and Heath Bennett learned that their friend had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, they knew that they wanted to help.

Realizing that cancer patients’ lips and skin can get damaged from chemo treatments, the brothers decided to start a lip balm company to provide relief for cancer patients while raising money for cancer research. The brothers began selling homemade lip balm all over the world to raise money for those battling cancer. Over the last three years, Harry and Heath have incredibly raised more than $35,000 dollars for cancer research!

For their commitment to helping others, please join us in honoring Harry and Heath Bennett as Heroes Among Us!

Heroes Among Us

February 3, 2019

Xavier Machuga

Canton High School basketball player, Xavier Machuga is living proof of someone turning adversity into triumph.

As a sophomore in high school, Xavier suffered a brain aneurysm and spent weeks in the hospital in a medically induced coma.  Despite being paralyzed on the right side of his body, Xavier was determined to get back on the basketball court with his teammates. After two years of strenuous rehab, Xavier was named captain for the Canton High School varsity basketball team, and this January played in his first game back!

For his inspirational efforts to beat the odds, please join us in honoring Xavier Machuga as a Hero Among Us!

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