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The 2008 CNN Hero of the Year: Please Vote for Phymean Noun October 11, 2008

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Please vote for Phymean Noun so that she could win the CNN fund to continue her work for Stung Meanchey children in Cambodia. Please click here to vote for her: http://heroes.cnn.com/default.asp

CNN to give $100,000 to ‘hero’ on special

Friday, October 10, 2008
By David Bauder AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who moved to Louisiana to help Hurricane Katrina survivors and a marathon runner who gets homeless people on their feet will be honored by CNN in its second Thanksgiving night “heroes” special.

The awards show on Nov. 27 will give $100,000 to one of 10 individuals selected by viewers through a vote on the CNN Web site. The special is an attempt to honor people who may not make the news, but are doing things to help others, said Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide.

The 10 finalists are:

  • Anne Mahlum, a marathon runner from Philadelphia who started the “Back on My Feet” program that gets homeless people running.
  • Tad Agoglia from Oklahoma, founder of First Rescue Team of America, which goes into disaster sites and helps clean up in the immediate aftermath.
  • Liz McCartney, who moved from Washington to St. Bernard Parish east of New Orleans to help Hurricane Katrina victims rebuild.
  • Maria Da Silva, a Los Angeles nanny who founded and finances the Jacaranda School for AIDS orphans in her native Malawi.
  • Viola Vaughn, a Detroit native who retired to Senegal and whose tutoring of her grandchildren led to a program providing education for many other girls.
  • Maria Ruiz, of El Paso, who regularly helps poor children in Juarez, Mexico.
  • Yohannes Gebregeorgis, who returned from the United States to his native Ethiopia to start a program offering library books to children.
  • Phymean Noun, a Cambodian genocide survivor who lives in Toronto and has opened schools and provided health services to children in Cambodia.
  • Carolyn LeCroy, a former prisoner from Norfolk, Va., who started The Messages Project, which films messages from prison inmates to their families.
  • David Puckett, a Savannah, Ga., man who provides prosthetics and other medical equipment to poor people in Mexico.

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