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Motivational speaker John Alston has worked with the Angel City Links Achiever program since its inception in 1982. The program sponsored by the Angel City Links provides scholarships financial support and the motivational training program for a selected group of young black males who are college bound and identified by their schools, churches and members of the community as movers and shakers. Since the beginning, John has worked with over 700 young black, high school seniors with college aspirations, on achievement concepts, character development and personal growth issues. The training covers a variety of material relative to eliminating self defeating behaviors and providing what it takes to thrive, survive and succeed in the world as it is. Additionally, Angel City Links Achiever program provides a community enhancement project where the young men participate in a work project that in the past has included the cosmetic repair and exterior renovation of a house at no cost to the owner.
Ed Payne, Fairfield Center for Disabilities and Cerebral Palsy
Ed Payne has never allowed multiple sclerosis to deter him from improving the lives of others. Payne has worked tirelessly to help others who suffer from MS for nearly 40 years.
Payne helped put Fairfield County on the map for having the largest MS Walk Team in Ohio, generating more than $400,000 for the National MS Society. He and his wife Cheryl even serve as co-chairs of the Lancaster MS Walk. Read More
Kim Henry, Founder of Mane Support
Kim Henry is the founder and executive director of Mane Support, a non-profit organization dedicated to equine-facilitated psychotherapy. The only one of its kind in Tennessee, it specializes in grief counseling. Kim, a certified grief counselor and trauma specialist, formed Mane Support in 2005. Mane Support operates on grants, donations and fees . Kim and the horses tirelessly serve the East Tennessee area with one-on-one and group therapy sessions for children through adults.
“Mane Support is not just getting to spend time with horses…that is a God-given gift within itself,” says Henry. “I feel that this is my ministry to reach out to those who are grieving due to a loss, with the healing power that horses bring.”
Anthony Leanna, Heavenly Hats Foundation
Anthony Leanna, of Suamica, WI, learned of the side effects of chemotherapy after his grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. In seeing the humiliation and embarrassment of cancer patients who suddenly lose their hair, Anthony decided to do something about the problem. Read More
Ray and Trisha Comfort
The Comforts are in their 50s, retired military reservists, devout Episcopalians who had planned to start a new phase of life on a South Carolina island. "We came [to Haiti] in 2002 and helped a mission team put plumbing into an area that was set up as a mission for unwed mothers. ... What really impressed me was the kids. ... They come running over to grab your hand, and they've got a smile from ear to ear. ...We went home. And I just kept feeling like the Lord was saying, `Haiti. You can't forget Haiti.' In my ears. Tapping me on the shoulder. Read More
Sarah Walters, Pump 'Em Up!
Very early in her life, Savannah Walters developed a passion for the environment and wildlife. In second grade, her class did an in-depth study of the Arctic and she fell in love with that wild place. That same year, she and her family visited the Grand Canyon where she and her little brother, Garrett, took the Junior Rangers course, which finished with an oath to protect the environment and teach others to do the same. She took that oath very seriously and when she learned of proposals to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge she became concerned about the harmful effects of oil drilling there. Read More
Dr. Randal Christensen, Crews'n Healthmobile
Dr. Randal Christensen, a General Pediatrics physician with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, works with the “Crews’n’Healthmobile” healthcare service for homeless teens. Crews’n Healthmobile, established by Phoenix Children's Hospital and HomeBase Youth Services with the help of The Children's Health Fund, brings medical help to some 5,000 homeless children and teenagers in Arizona, and served more than 2,000 teens last year for free. Read More
Andrew (Andy) Layton is an extraordinary 16-year-old student who has dedicated much of his young life to record the first-hand recollections of U.S. war veterans for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP), thus ensuring that the personal stories of these national heroes are preserved for current and future generations. Andy conducts most of his interviews at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Battle Creek. Nancy Babcock, a voluntary specialist intern for the VAMC said, "Andy is a role model for all young people. We're all so very proud of him, not only for his personal achievements, but for his dedication to others. His mission is clear - to honor our nation's war veterans, and he works tirelessly to reach out to these American heroes." Read More
Karen Jackson, Founder of Sisters Network, Inc.
In ten years, Karen E. Jackson, Founder & CEO of Sisters Network Inc., the nation’s first African American breast cancer survivorship organization, has solidified her position nationally as one of the leading forces in the African American women’s fight against breast cancer. Read More
Dr. Bob Warner
A few days after Hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast, DGN Dr. Bob Warner and his wife Mary Ellen headed to the coast to check on family and friends. They took with them food, water, gas, and generators. After seeing all the devastation, they knew something needed to be done after they returned home. As a result, the Hurricane Katrina Relief effort by the three Jonesboro Rotary Clubs was born. Read More
Dr. Patricia Wolff
"Frustrated by the failure of traditional food supplements to address the overwhelming problem of childhood malnutrition in developing countries, Dr. Wolff worked with her Washington University colleague Dr. Mark Manary to bring a revolutionary fortified food product to Haiti. Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food, or RUTF, is a fast-acting and effective method to treat childhood malnutrition. Wolff, 57, makes up to five trips a year, seven to 10 days each, to Haiti to see and treat as many children as possible in clinics that operate in primitive conditions. She said she sees "serious diseases -- malaria, typhoid, anthrax -- that we don't see here," but that can be treated with a simple set of drugs. Our goal is to ensure that children remain well-nourished and healthy through the toddler years ("Alive at Five"), giving them a chance for normal growth and development into adulthood.
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