When honor comes as a group, more men and women can be inspired

Eight men and two women were honored during CNN’s “Heroes Among Us” show, in front of an audience in New York. Here, the honorees show their appreciation for one another. “I’ve never met any…

When honor comes as a group, more men and women can be inspired

Eight men and two women were honored during CNN’s “Heroes Among Us” show, in front of an audience in New York. Here, the honorees show their appreciation for one another.

“I’ve never met any of you, but just meeting each other makes me want to spread the message so other children can get the same chances that you’ve gotten,” said 13-year-old Pia Bianchi, one of the honorees.

The Golden Heart Award

Honoree: Jaclyn Fera

Mrs. Fera is a founder of Founders for Poverty Relief, a project that is working to extend lifesaving clean water to refugee camps in Kenya. Her husband, a former marine, died on the front line fighting in Somalia in 2007, and she started her work as a Christian missionary after that. Ms. Fera is single-handedly bringing clean water to 300 people living in one refugee camp.

“I really believe with this project, God is giving me the final part of his handiwork, so as I walk around I feel like that is being completed,” she said.

The International Women of Courage Award

Honoree: Ndileka King

Ms. King was abducted by gunmen in a mob attack last December while working as a farmer and school bus driver in South Africa. The gunmen forced her and others in her transport vehicle into an empty truck and shot a police officer before killing herself and the eight other people in the truck.

“When I looked up and I saw an old man lying dead in front of me, I thought I’m never going to be seen again,” Ms. King said. “The only thing I could do was to pray for the rest of them.”

“The God we serve lives in us, and who gives us life, gives us courage. And it’s important that we learn to stay strong and also to help others,” Ms. King said.

The Roger Chaired Memorial Scholarship

Honoree: Justine Caulder

For the past 13 years, Ms. Caulder has dedicated her life to collecting and redistributing donated clothes. She started with just three T-shirts, now her passion has grown.

“I went on a trip to Poland and came home and said to my father, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if I could take 10,000 T-shirts and give them away,’” Ms. Caulder said.

She has already collected 80,000 T-shirts and her efforts include sending the UN to Indonesia to give out the clothes to victims of the tsunami.

“The more we help those in need, the more opportunities we give them,” Ms. Caulder said.

The Purse Is Worth $10 Million Award

Honoree: Stacy Jackson

The Columbine High School paraprofessional and science teacher was shot in the head and arm on April 20, 1999. She was taken to the hospital, but declined to go back to work and fought to educate her fellow students. Ms. Jackson passed away just weeks later.

“Stacy’s inspiration and tremendous legacy will continue to affect young people’s lives, and her death was a terrible loss for our nation,” said Andrea Young, a former classmate of Ms. Jackson who was also honored.

The Ryan Cownie Memorial Award

Honoree: Queen Hassink

Miss Hassink was struck and killed by a truck when her bicycle was hit by a tractor-trailer in Oklahoma in February. Her 3-year-old son, Jared, was riding his bike. He survived but suffered severe injuries, including a life-altering brain injury.

“He can’t walk, talk, or feed himself at the moment,” Miss Hassink’s mother, Susan Hassink, said. “But it’s not his disability. His disability is his parents.”

“Every time I hear of an accident, I hear of accidents, and it’s different. The people who die are the family members,” her sister, Ashley, said. “She should have been here, and I should be here, with her.”

The Dr. Billy Graham Award

Honoree: Elizabeth Todd

Dr. Graham dedicated his life to preaching the Gospel and spreading the word of God. On June 17, 2018, he died at his ministry compound in North Carolina, at the age of 99.

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