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CNN’s Top 10 Heroes of 2008

CNN's Top 10 Heroes of 2008 on the Quicken Loans blogOn Thanksgiving at 9 PM (EST), CNN’s Anderson Cooper will host "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute."

These aren’t heroes who can run 40 yards in four seconds, or score 100 points in a basketball game. They aren’t guys who have built business empires that makes billions.

They are regular people who have dedicated their lives to helping others. According to CNN:

"Our Top 10 CNN Heroes are proof that you don’t need superpowers — or millions of dollars — to change the world and even save lives," Cooper said.

CNN launched its second annual global search for ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary deeds in February. The network has aired weekly CNN Hero profiles of those people, chosen from more than 3,700 nominations submitted by viewers in 75 countries.

A panel made up of world leaders and luminaries recognized for their own dedication to public service selected the Top 10. The Blue Ribbon Panel includes humanitarians such as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Kristi Yamaguchi and Deepak Chopra."

The list includes former Detroit Viola Vaughn who now lives in Senegal and runs the "10,000 Girls" program,which helps girls succeed in school and teaches them to start and run their own business.

Here are CNN’s Top 10 Heroes of 2008:

  • Tad Agoglia, Houston, Texas
  • Yohannes Gebregeorgis, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Carolyn LeCroy, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Anne Mahlum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Liz McCartney, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana
  • Phymean Noun, Toronto, Ontario
  • David Puckett, Savannah, Georgia
  • Maria Ruiz, El Paso, Texas
  • Marie Da Silva, Los Angeles, California
  • Viola Vaughn, Kaolack, Senegal

Each of these folks has done amazing things. You can read the CNN article for the full story on their accomplishments. These people are inspiring and we can all learn a lot from them

Congratulations to each of them. The DIFF salutes them all for making the world a better place.

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  1. Clayton Closson being left off this list is perhaps the biggest crime since “How Green Was My Valley” won Best Picture over “Citizen Kane.”
    Take solace, Clayton. You will always be my hero.

    Posted by: MrSarcastic | October 27, 2008
  2. I sense sarcasm in your comment, Mr. Sarcastic.

    Posted by: Clayton | October 27, 2008

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