Per my previous posts and links from my site to CNN Heroes, I thought it would be helpful to give my readers a closer look at the ten individuals who made it to the final round of the 2010 CNN Heroes Special.
I hold this event very close to my heart as it is such an inspiration to see individuals who would give up everything to put those in need as a life priority. These extraordinary individuals are fearless as they establish organizations that target medicinal advances, homelessness, clean water, civil rights amongst many other causes.
Below are five of the ten finalists who will appear at the event on Thanksgiving Eve. I will follow-up with the next five finalists shortly. The winner will receive money towards their organization.
Susan Burton: Based on her past drug addiction and jail years, she created the organization A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project, which focuses on giving recently-freed women from incarceration help by providing shelter and support for them to get back into the real world. So far, the organization has assisted over 400 women.
Guadalupe Arizpe De La Vega: A 74-year old woman who founded a health center called Hospital de la Familia, which has helped save many children and other individuals from the horrific violence in Juarez, Mexico, (her native city). The center has existed for over 30 years.
Linda Fondren: Established the organization Shape Up Vicksburg, in order to get individuals in the Kentucky town more active and eating healthier, as it has become one of the most overweight cities in the country. It is currently assisting over 2,500 individuals.
Anuradha Kolrala: Began the group Maiti Napal, which has helped over 12,000 young women escape the dangers of sex trafficking in the Nepal Region since 1993. She created the organization based on her own tragic experiences being verbally and physically abused emotionally and sexually.
Narayanan Krishnan: In 2003, he created the non-profit Akshaya Trust, which has helped to serve meals to poor and homeless individuals in the cities of India. Since it’s inception, they’ve provided over 1.3 million meals to those in need.
These are only a few of the hundred of brave deeds that individuals are doing all over the world. Find out more and vote at CNN Heroes.
More to come…