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Lifesaver Heroes

A Stranger
helped a young girl who was lost in the city.

Abdul Sattar Edhi
Wherever people needed help around the world, he was there.

Adi Roche
founded an organization that helps orphans of nuclear disaster.

Alan Beavan
will be remembered for his bravery on Sept. 11, 2001.

Albert Schweitzer
had a 'reverence for life.'

Andeisha Farid
is the founder of Afghan Child Education and Caring Organization (AFCECO)

Arn Chorn-Pond
is a human rights activist who uses music to reach hearts and minds

Babak Darvish, MD
inspires his patients and coworkers with his upbeat attitude and determination.

led his dog team on the lifesaving 1925 serum run to Rome, Alaska

Baroness Caroline Cox
founded the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust.

Ben Carson
is the chief of neurosurgery
at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

Bernard Kouchner
is the co-founder of Doctors without Borders.

Bill Wilson
changed countless lives and livelihoods by founding Alcoholics Anonymous.

Bob and Suzanne Wright
founded Autism Speaks to help find a cure.

Bob Geldof
is known for his anti-poverty work for Africa and is a Nobel Prize nominee.

Bono (Paul Hewson)
is a musician, advocate for AIDS victims and a humanitarian.

Chiune and Yukiko Sugihara
believed in freedom and saved many Jews during WWII.

Claire Lalanne
founded the Center for Nutritional Recovery.

Colonel Jack H. Jacobs
His extraordinary heroism saved the lives of 14 people.

Connie Siskowski
follows her true passion to care for the youngest of the caregivers.

Corrie Ten Boom
risked her life to help hundreds of Jews escape during WWII.

Dan Mazur
sacrificed climbing to the summit of Mt. Everest to save another climber.

Danny Thomas
is the founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Dennis Smith
is an author and retired firefighter

Desmond T. Doss
became a medic during WWII and saved many lives.

Doctor Steven Kopits
was a compassionate physician who lives on in the hearts of his patients.

Doctors Without Borders
gives medical care to people in 70 countries worldwide.

Don Cheadle
and Darfur Now

deliver a call to action to stop the genocide in the Sudan.

Dr. David Applebaum
was a selfless emergency room doctor in Jerusalem

Dr. Ginger Holt
saved Drew's leg when he was in the hospital.

Dr. Gloria WilderBrathwaite
was inspired to provide health care to the poor in the innner city.

Dr. Hawa Abdi
is a Somali doctor, human rights activist and nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr. J. Larry Brown
directs the national Center on Hunger and Poverty.

Dr. Larry Thomas
is the founder of the Tropical Health Alliance Foundation.

Dr. Mark Jacobson
works with AIDS patients in Tanzania.

Dr. Michael DeBakey
is the father of modern open-heart surgery.

Dr. Paul Farmer
has dedicated his life to treating people in the poorest nations in the world.

Dr. Van Halbach
is a hero to the Ghenender family for saving Ingrid's life.

Eddie Aikau
loved the sea and often risked his life to save others

Edith Cavell
was a nurse who risked her own safety to help others during WWI

Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu
was the first woman pilot from Romania.

Elizabeth Blackwell
became the first female doctor and opened the first medical school for women.

Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
rode a bike across Ghana to challenge the stigma of being disabled.

Evelyn H. Lauder
founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

New York City
are the heroes
of the day.

Fireworkers from Chernobyl
bravely gave their lives to protect the safety of others during the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Florence Nightingale
revolutionized nursing.

Frances Moore Lappe
works to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
formed the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation for polio victims.

Fred Hollows
saved the eysight of thousands of Aboriginal and poor people.

Fridtjof Nansen
was a daring explorer, a freedom fighter, and a selfless humanitarian.

George Latham
saved a girl from a burning car and is also a hero to his daughter.

Giorgio Perlasca
saved the lives of thousands of Jews during WWII

Haiti Relief:
How Kids Can Help

make a difference.

Harriet Tubman
organized the Underground Railroad and helped lead slaves to freedom.

Hazviperi Betty Makoni
founded the Girl Child Network to transform lives.

Helene Gayle
is one of the leading authorities on AIDS research.
by Geeta Malik

Henry Dunant
was the founder of the International Red Cross.

Hermine Santrouschitz
(Miep Gies)

kept Anne Frank and her family safely hidden from the Nazis.

is an extraordinary therapy dog.

Howard Florey
shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine for extracting penicillin.

Ian Somerhalder
works for LGBT rights, animal rights and to improve the environment.

Irena Sendler
helped Jewish children escape the Warsaw ghetto during the Holocaust.

Ivan Beltrami
joined the resistance during WWII and saved many Jews.

Janusz Korczak
stayed behind to protect his orphan students during the Holocaust.

Jarell Brooks
saved a mother and her chldren during an attack at a movie theater.

Jeremy Glick
was a hero of Flight 93 and Emmy's beloved father.

Jody Williams
is a human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner who began a campaign to rid the world of landmines.

Joel Burns
reached out to GLBT teens with a personal story and a message of hope.

John Flynn
dedicated his life to improving life for people living in the Australian Outback.

John Polivchuk
was a firefighter who inspired others with his bravery, selflessness and optimism.

Jon Rose
founded Waves for Water, which works on the front-line to provide clean water.

Judith Blair
donated one of her kidneys to a man in desperate need.

Judy Feld Carr
secretly helped thousands of Jews escape from Syria.

Julie Garner
founded Project Yellow Light to help save lives.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
is a hero to Rachel who was recently diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes.

Kennedy Odede
grew his childhood dream of creating outreach centers for poor children like him.

Kerry Kennedy: Speak Truth to Power
is a human rights activist and writer.

Kurt Klein
brought, among others, his future wife, Gerda, and Oskar Schindler, to safety.

Lillie Hitchcock-Coit
was a turn of the century firefighting hero.

Lisa Nigro
works to help the homeless in Chicago through the Inspiration Cafe.

Liviu Librescu
was a Virginia Tech teacher who sacrificed his life to save his students.

Los Topos de Mexico
is one of the most elite earthquake rescue teams in the world.

Louisa May Alcott
was the beloved author of 'Little Women.'

Malaria Campaign 2009
Students join together to eradicate malaria.

Marian Wright Edelman
is one of the country's leading advocates for children.

Maximilian Kolbe
was a Catholic priest known for his great humanity during WWII.

Melinda Gates
is passionate about helping mothers and children in developing nations.

Michael J. Fox
works to find a cure for Parkinsons Disease.

Michael Kelley
beat all the odds as a paratrooper and police officer.

Mike Kelly
risked his career as a surgeon to save Bob's life.

Mikey Ray Frasier
is a lifesaver three times over.

Molly Melching, Tostan Founder
empowers African communities to bring about positive social transformation based on respect for human rights.

Molly Pitcher
was a Revolutionary War heroine who bravely carried water to soldiers on the battlefield.

Moses Zulu
established Children's Town in Zambia to teach AIDS orphans life skills.

harnesses the power of music to change youth attitudes about mental health.

Nathaniel Dunigan
creates hope for Ugandan orphans with HIV/AIDS.

Nick Anderson and Ana Slavin
challenge young people to get involved to help end the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

Norman Borlaug
was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his success in increasing the world's food supply.

Olara Otunnu
is devoted to saving the lives and futures of children in war-torn countries.

Olivia Harrison
founded an organization to help abandoned children in Romania.

Oskar Schindler
defied his countrymen and courageously helped to save Jews during the Holocaust.

Oumoul Khary Sow
founded the Caravan of Hope which travels to remote areas in Senegal to help prevent malaria.

Pat Pedraja
and Driving for Donors

is helping young and old cancer patients receive the life saving bone marrow treatments.

Paul Rusesabagina
saved the lives of more than 1200 Rwandans who took refuge in his hotel.

Peter C. Alderman Foundation
helps heal the emotional wounds of victims of terrorism around the world.

Princess Eliza
Ella has been inspired by Eliza the hero in The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Anderson

Raoul Wallenberg
saved thousands of lives during the Holocaust.

promotes women's rights through non-violent action.

Robert E. Kimura, M.D.
is a hero to his niece in and out of the operating room.

Rudolph Giuliani
New York Mayor, was a compassionate leader following the World Trade Center attack.

Ryan Hreljac
helps build wells for clean water in Africa.

Ryuichi Hirokawa
photographer who illuminates the needs of children in crisis.

Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy
encourages villagers to have the confidence to succeed.

a young doctor in Burma keeps his promise to his village.

Scott Harrison
founded Charity Water, a global charity focused on providing clean water.

Sindhu Ravishankar
created the Vivid Vision Project to provide accessible eye care to impoverished communities in India.

Sir Elton John
is a successful musician who is also a champion of LGBT and AIDS issues.

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe
works to end violence and sexual exploitaton in Uganda

Sompop Jantraka
helps poor children in Thailand to avoid child prostitution and obtain an education.

Stephen Siller: From The Tunnel to the Towers
was a firefighter who bravely sacrificed his life to save others on 9/11.

Susan G. Komen
was the inspiration for her sister to reach out to other women with cancer.

Tad Agoglia
is founder of the First Response Team of America.

Tendol Gyalzur
provides a home and family for Tibetan and Chinese orphans.

The Danish Resistance
acted bravely in a time of darkness.

Tim McIlrath
composes and performs music that makes raises awareness about bullying.

To Write Love On Her Arms
was founded to help people suffering from depression and substance abuse.

Tommie Hamaluba
is a teacher in Botswana, Africa, working to eradicate malaria.

Trisomy 18 Foundation
raises awareness and supports research for cures for this genetic disorder.

Vilmos Farkas
sacrificed his personal safety to save the lives of a couple of strangers.

Vincent Coleman
saved hundreds of lives because of his bravery and quick thinking.


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