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Each year, the U.S. President designates March as Red Cross month. The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts will celebrate Red Cross Month by honoring our 2013 Distinguished Heroes who hold true to the values inherent in the mission and programs of the American Red Cross.

Meet our heroes:

Nurys Camargo - Youth Service Hero

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Nurys Camargo is the founder of CHICA, Inc., a Boston-based nonprofit organization for Latinas aged 14-18 from low-income and underserved communities in the state. The year-long program provides leadership workshops, mentoring and summer internships to these future leaders.

Camargo is a woman of accomplishment herself: She currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security. Among her responsibilities are running Gov. Deval Patrick’s Safe and Successful youth initiative and managing the Witness Protection Board for the state.

Joseph Carroll - Community Resiliency Hero

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Joseph Carroll’s role at National Grid as Director of Customer and Community Management calls for him to interact with community leaders on matters related to energy delivery. He works closely with many communities to assist during events like hurricanes, snowstorms and gas incidents.

He gives back in his private life too: Carroll is seen delivering turkeys to needy families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. He participates in Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s project to survey the homeless population. He gathers and encourages employees to build houses for Habitat for Humanity and work on clean-up projects on Earth Day. Not least, he is a member of Blood Services Board of Directors, and encourages hundreds of National Grid employees to make time for this important effort.

Mary Chin – Volunteerism Hero

Mary Chin is the President of the Asian American Civic Association, an organization that since 1967 has been providing social and education services to low-income Asian immigrants, helping them to achieve economic and social self-sufficiency.

Chin in her years of service has ensured AACA is a vital resource to immigrants settling in Greater Boston during their first year in their new homeland, annually serving more than 2,000 Asian newcomers.

She is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice.

Mary Kakas – Philanthropy Hero

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Mary Kakas is a retired business women who serves on 10 local non-profit boards, is a mentor for many young women, and has been a wonderful door opener for the American Red Cross. She is president Emeritus and CEO of Edward F. Kakas & Sons, a one hundred forty-nine year old family-owned business, founded in 1858 in Boston. She is a dedicated community service volunteer, and creates numerous opportunities for others to serve. She participates on numerous advisory committees and boards, and she has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for countless organizations. She is always promoting self-esteem and encouraging others to pursue their dreams.

Andrea and Eric Greenwood, Partnership Heroes

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For 20 years the American Red Cross has collaborated with the Greenwood family, proprietors of the Clifton Healthcare Campus in Somerset, Massachusetts.The Campus contains the Clifton Rehabilitative Nursing Center, Clifton Outpatient Rehab Clinic, Clifton Assisted Living Community and Clifton Hospice Services. Red Cross students in the Nurse Assistant Training program in Fall River have the opportunity to train at Clifton, which has hired many graduates of the Red Cross program. Clifton, also, shows a commitment and strong ties to the community by hosting a variety of Campus programming such as Halloween parties, senior proms, community cook outs, holiday celebrations and much more.

One of the goals of the American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Program is to partner with facilities who share a philosophy of excellence in caregiving. That is certainly the case with the Fall River based, family owned and operated, Joint Commission Accredited, 142-bed facility with two floors of skilled nursing care.

Leonard Doolan, Lifeblood Hero

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Leonard Doolan, as a member of Chelmsford Rotary Club, undertook the sponsorship of the Chelmsford Community Blood Drive, as the organization recognized the importance of the local blood supply. Starting in 1985, a program of four annual blood drives was established. An average of 115 units per drive has been collected, totaling an estimated 460 units per year or 12,500 units in the past 28 years.

Leonard rolls up his own sleeve four times at each drive and has given more than 128 pints of blood over the years. He personally asks people to donate. He follows up after each drive with hand-written thank you cards including an invitation to attend the next scheduled drive.

Do you have a hero?

Do you have a hero? At GotHeroes.Org you can celebrate your hero with a gift of $25 or more to the American Red Cross. Your hero will receive a thank you from us including notice of your nomination. To learn more, visit