CNN has selected 10 women from across the United States to receive a $10,000 donation from the network and ABC News. The 10 women were chosen by a panel of judges, CNN staff and journalists.
Here are some of the women and how the 10 CNN Heroes differ.
Amanda is a single mother of two who currently volunteers every week at the St. Jude Dream Home giveaway in Miami, Fla. Amanda works at Broward College’s school of housing to get her degree and a job for her family.
Ann works full-time as a registered nurse, and has an incredible mother who raises her three boys as an single parent. She’s a true “hidden warrior” and is committed to helping others with breast cancer. She often picks up her two youngest sons after school and takes them to activities because she knows that it is extremely important for them to get regular physicals, not only to keep them healthy, but so they won’t get cancer.
Deryk is a single father and paramedic who works over 70 hours a week, and is the primary breadwinner for his three children. When Deryk is not in his service capacity, he is a vocal advocate for the city of Chicago public schools and helps students learn about health education and preventative health. He is also an amazing artist and designer.
Dori works three jobs to care for her daughter, Mikaila, who has cerebral palsy. The physical, social and medical challenges that Mikaila faces along with caring for her mother often keeps her parent from home for entire months at a time. She doesn’t have a car to get to her appointments, so Dori drives nearly 35 miles to Mikaila’s many doctor appointments a month. Dori and her daughter are both dedicated and determined. Mikaila knows that she’s loved, she is loved and she is a warrior.
Hazel works as a school crossing guard, and brings her deep commitment to her work and love for her family to it. She is the vibrant positive inspiration for students at John T. Ribble Elementary School in Niles, Ill. who have physical, mental and behavioral challenges. A walker helps her get around, but she walks with her daughter, Vira, all over the Niles Public School District where she is a school crossing guard.
Laura is the founder of Breakthrough Entertainment and a powerful voice in the fight against breast cancer. Her passion for helping women in breast cancer treatment and recovery has evolved from volunteering as a hospice volunteer at the ORH clinic in Beverly Hills, Calif., to becoming the founding chief executive officer of Dr.Gifter, a non-profit online fundraiser. Laura is also the founder of Emerge!, an organization that funds research into the devastating impact of breast cancer to those who have been affected by it.
Zoe is the founder of I Don’t Breathe: The Foundation and a National Initiative on Slavery and Human Trafficking. Her efforts have led to the creation of the world’s largest sustainable online marketplace to create and distribute products that combat the dehumanization of sex slaves and enslaved children.
Melia is a multi-faceted legend who was born in the West Indies to poor rural parents. Now in her 70s, she is extremely busy and has been doing volunteer work ever since she moved to Los Angeles to find a career in the entertainment industry. Her humanitarian work in Haiti was interrupted during the earthquake when a tear gas canister blew up in her hand. She has used this experience to help and support her brothers, who are fighting for justice in Haiti.
Julie is a successful photojournalist and the founder of Spotlight, a charitable non-profit dedicated to changing the lives of women and girls worldwide. In 2002, she was granted early admission to Harvard University, where she is pursuing a graduate degree in international security and culture.