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"Miracle on the Hudson" Survivor Dave Sanderson speaking engagement


"Miracle on the Hudson" Survivor Dave Sanderson will speak at the American Red Cross Mississippi Region Inaugural Heroes Luncheon.

Also on hand for the event will be Jerry DeFrancisco, president of humanitarian services for the American Red Cross, National Headquarters, Washington, D.C.


Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi

The American Red Cross Mississippi Region is launching its 2013 Heroes Campaign as a way for the organization to raise the funds necessary to help support local disaster relief, services to the military, preparedness and training, and other critical needs. For generations, the Red Cross has been sending Heroes into Mississippi communities during times of disaster. In order for the Red Cross to meet our commitments to these communities now and in the future, we need citizens willing to be "Heroes" for the Red Cross. At the luncheon, the Red Cross will also honor some of our local Heroes from across the state. For more information, go to< /a>


11 a.m. to Noon, March 12, 2013


Jackson Convention Complex, Pascagoula Street


When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson,” ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane. Despite the hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others, and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing. In this stirring presentation, Sanderson shares the story of Flight 1549, revealing the inner strength it took to make it through the day, and how teamwork, leadership and state management can help overcome any obstacle.

Jerry DeFrancisco is the American National Red Cross President for Humanitarian Services and would be willing to conduct interviews about the recent tornadoes and disasters in Mississippi and how Red Cross is responding locally and nationally. He will be leaving Jackson after the luncheon and driving to Hattiesburg to tour the affected areas from the Febraury 10 storms.