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Family Heroes

Ampuh Puan Nandini
is a hero to her daughter, Bella.

Andrea Suzanne Peterson
is a hero to her little sister, Lindsey.

Anita Mummert
makes a difference in the lives of children, as a foster parent.

Annie Glenn
the wife of astronaut and senator John Glenn, is an inspiration for people with all kinds of disabilities.

Argelia Rivas de Prom
is a champion tennis player who inspires her granddaughter.

Art Miki
founded the National Association for Japanese Canadians to help redress Japanese rights lost during WWII.

Betty Rommetvedt Zagel
is a caring mother and grandmother and continues to use her gifts to give to others

Brice Cunningham
is a hero to his sister because of his attitude, drive and wisdom.

Calista M. Pierce
makes and sells crafts to raise money for the Special Olympics.

Catherine Malonza
saved her brother's life.

Cathie Campbell
is raising three daughters on her own and works with autistic children

Christian Roberts
is a cancer survivor who taught his sister to appreciate the precious gift of life.

Christie Hust
works as a Diabetes Educator for the disadvantaged in Lubbock, Texas.

Cleo (Yaiya) Chafouleas
inspires her granddaughter with her strength and sense of humor.

Clint L. Hines
inspires his granddaughter with his humility, compassion and faith.

Clyde Briley
inspires his granddaughter to make a difference in the world.

taught us about integrity, friendship, and putting in 100% of ourselves in anything we take on.

Dan & Amy Eldon
are not only Kathy Eldon's children; they are also her heroes.

David L. Kaplan
is like a father to Becky Weitzman.

David Lissak
helped teens get back into school and will be missed by his family.

Denise Buchner
is a hero to her son, Oliver, because she helps people in Third World countries.

Derwin and Tori
gave Ian, and other kids, a chance at a better life.

Dick Hoyt
is a dedicated Dad who breaks down barriers to his son's disability.

Doris Marie Swords Poppler
inspired her granddaughter with her community activism.

Dorothy (Mama Dot) Humbert
inspired her family when she went back to college in her 70s.

Dr. Paul Camarata
is a neurosurgeon, family man and director of a Catholic podcast about the saints.

Dwayne Johnson
is a role model for his proud younger brother, Kevin.

Elena Vasilishyna
beloved by daughter and community in Belarus.

Emmet Newell
was truly generous of heart and nature.

is a hero
to her father,
Eddie Becker.

Ernest Jones, Sr.
is admired by his granddaughter for having ''birthed a generation of leaders.''

Esther Okafor
inspires her daughter to be a doctor.

Esther Pfannensteil
inspires her granddaughter with her generosity and deep faith.

Etshteyn Michael
was a Russian opera singer and his granddaughter's hero.

Family and Friends
A first grade class from New York tell us about their family heroes.

who created something great.

can be a friend or teacher or even the neighborhood grocer.

are heroes too!

Gatha N. Hegwood
was a hero to her grandchild, Rebekah

Georg Ritter von Trapp
with courage and wit defended his family and country.

Gerda Weissmann Klein
is a Holocaust survivor and a hero to her great-great niece.

Gladys Kent
gave so much to her family, community and everyone she met.

Grace Croft Montgomery Kelly
inspired her granddaughter to return to college in her forties to earn her degree.

Graham Hartley Woolfall
was an accomplished architect who is admired and loved by his great granddaughter.

Harry N. Frenchak
is the greatest man his son has ever known.

Harry Tao
sets a wonderful example for his stepdaughter.

Martina's Aunt Heather leaves everything to help others.

Hj. I.Rochmah
was a beloved single mother who raised 13 children.

Hoang V. Vu
never gives up; he knows there is always hope and teaches his daughter that 'Every little thing helps!'

Irandokht Izzati
helped bring her family to safety with a bright spirit.

Ivan Babak
is a hardworking immigrant father from Ukraine who helped build a caring and sharing community.

James John Christenson Jr.
is a life-saving firefighter and a kindhearted, loving, stepfather.

Jason Carpenter
is a hero to his sister because of his strength, attitude and bravery in recovering from open heart surgery.

Jeni Stepanek
is an ambassador for Muscular Dystrophy who continues to spread her son Mattie's message of peace.

Jennifer Porter
is a hero to her daughter, Stephanie, because of the way she humbly cares for her family and others.

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

Jill Pyle
is a teacher, a community volunteer, and a hero to Sammy.

inspires her sister, Rachel, with her courage and compassion.

Jim Coplin
inspires his friend, Shauna, by the way he lives his life.

Jo Anne Doner Fallaise
has taught her granddaughter how to live her life with joy and generousity of spirit.

Joe Pinkerton
is a hero to his daughter because he invents things that make the world a better place.

John Baggs
was like a father to many.

John Fowler
was a beloved father with a true spirit for adventure.

proved how strong a young girl can be to her sister, Kia.

Josť Antonio Knight HernŠndez
is tireless reporter and editor, a dedicated father, and a loving husband.

Joseph Marcel Shook Jr.
is a compassionate community leader and a hero to his son, Joseph.

Karla Diane Hurrell
and her husband have fostered over 150 children.

Kathy Eldon
inspired by her son, works for peace and tolerance.

Kelly Barnhill
inspires her daughter with her commitment to help children with developmental disorders.

Kiki Vo
suffered terrible burns and experienced bullying in school but has accomplished so much and forgiven so many.

Lady Bird Johnson
inspired her great-granddaughter with her kindness and care for the environment.

Leo A Strutner
believed that if you love the people around you, the love will return to you as happiness.

Lewis E. Seeley
was an inspiration to his great-nephew, for his bravery and sense of humor.

Linda Hart
is her granddaughter Rachel's role model in life.

Lindsay Leigh Kimmett
inspires her cousin to live life to the fullest and never stop growing.

Linh Le
provides for, protects, and loves his wife and his admiring son, Danny.

Lloyd Sandau
has helped many people in business, the community and family by generously giving his time, love and wisdom.

Lula Mae Walker
has been a foster parent to 300 kids.

Lyndon B. Johnson
was John's great grandfather and the 36th President of the United States.

Magda Domingeiz
saved the lives of the family she worked for.

Mahsuda Ali
is admired by her daughter for being brave, kind and caring.

Malick Seck
is respected by his community and family for his humanitarian works, and his wisdom and dedication.

Marija Intihar
taught her granddaughter the importance of optimism and love

Mark Richard Casagrande
bravely battled
cancer and was his daughter's hero.

Matthew C. Bausch
wants to build a physical therapy facility.

Matthew D. Cohen
rescued his brother in a peaceful way.

Matthew Renna
is a magical wood carver who inspires his family.

Meredith Nelle Herndon
inspires her sister to live life to the fullest.

Michael James Lachtrup
has taught his daughter to see the beauty and goodness in the world around her.

Michael Nguyen
escaped to freedom but never forgot those he left behind.

My Father, Arthur Newman
Actor, businessman, philanthropist Paul Newman on his dad.

My Grandma
teaches her grandchildren that hard work and courage can help them overcome difficult times.

My Hero, My Father
The American Enterprise, September 2000

My Mom, Christine
raised three kids as a single mother and helps women and children escape abuse and violence

My Mom, Michelle
helped her family cope and stick together through difficult times

My Sister: Jennifer Bird
Women's basketball star Sue Bird talks about her sister and her hero: Jen Bird

Natalie Darwitz
is an Olympic hockey champion who inspires her cousin with her perseverance and leadership skills.

Nicholas Nicholson
inspires his son with his hard work and care for his family and community.

Oscar R. Ortiz
is a devoted family man who became a minister and now helps the poor.

Paco, My Dyslexic Hero
Grandpa Paco shows Skye that she can succeed at anything.

Papa Lloyd
did not let his blindness keep him from serving his community.

Patrick and Angie Palmer
are heroes to the young hero, Amber

Paul Confiant
is a loving and caring father to his son, P.J.

Paula Watson
is a role model to her granddaughter, Missy.

Peter E. Franz
has worked very hard to become who he is today, and is his daughter's hero.

Phyllis Utircia Simmons
is an inspiration to her daughter, Miriam

Piet Kroon
is a talented Dutch filmmaker and devoted dad.

Puring Estigo
inspired her grandson, Marlon, with her love and faith in God.

Rachel Schloesser
inspires her younger sister with her upbeat attitude and positive outlook on life.

Raja Weksler
helped her daughter survive in a concentration camp.

Ralph Walter Perdue
helped found the Fairbanks Native Association, advocating for local natives.

Raymond Hao-Tien Huang
overcame poverty to become a successful career man, as well as a wonderful father.

Richard Lou Ellert
is his son, Jesse's, hero.

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

Robert Edward Doherty
was an WWII veteran, a noted historian and author, and a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and friend.

Ronald V. Dellums
is a former U.S. Congressman who fought against apartheid in South Africa.

Rose Marie Thomas
donated time and effort to combatting childhood catastrophic diseases.

Rosemarie L. Poeppelman
is a foster mom and an adoptive parent who has changed the lives of many children.

Ruth Kaminsky
Michele's great grandmother escaped terrible tragedy and danger in Poland and created a new life for herself in Canada.

Sadie Dunn
is an inspiring role model as a teacher and great-grandmother.

Shannon Holloway
is admired by his grandson because he always helped people and had a positive outlook on life.

Sharon Snyder
is a role model, friend, and a constant source of strength, encouragement, and help.

Shequitta Kelly
inspires her daughter with her accomplishments and her outreach to teens.

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

Steven Sadicario
is admired by his son for his work ethic and the way he finds time to spend with his family.

Susan Ence
is committed to giving full-time care to her husband, who was left paralyzed after an accident.

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

Theodore Roosevelt Dexter
loved adventure and was a master storyteller.

Therese Koutnik
is an inspiration to her sister and a role model for girls who would like to become engineers.

Thomas Victor Cordiner
is a devoted and loving father to his daughter, Sara.

Tom Theurkauf
is loved, honored and remembered by his family.

Tommy Keith
treated Matt as his own son and taught him the value of kindness and integrity.

Valdez Family
selflessly reached out to help a family in need.

Wati Herlina Bolga Hasli, My Mother
teachers her daughet to have confidence in herself and do her best.

William J. Meyers
taught the importance of taking time to enjoy LIFE, with music, art, laughter and friends.

William Warren Bradley
Former senator Bill Bradley on his father.


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