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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Monday, March 10, 2003
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI and the American Red Cross of RI Honor Two Local Residents As Community Heroes

Providence, RI, March 10, 2003 -- The American Red Cross of Rhode Island (Red Cross) and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) today announced the third Community Heroes award recipients.  They are Janie Lupica of Providence and Dr. Martin Nager of Warwick.

At the young age of nine, Janie Lupica is commended for her compassionate fund-raising efforts that benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In the past two years, she has raised more that $1,200 to promote research to help find a cure for the disease that affects her little brother Will. As part of her fundraising activities, Janie has asked friends to forgo buying her birthday presents and instead make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Dr. Martin Nager was nominated for more than 10 years of continuous volunteer service to homeless clients of the Providence-based Traveler's Aid Society. Once a month, Dr. Nager provides periodontal, preventive and surgical services at a clinic that was established in 1992. Dr. Nager seeks contributions from colleagues to continue to bring dental care to the homeless and also funded the Traveler's Aid web site.

The Community Heroes program is a collaborative effort between the Red Cross and BCBSRI that recognizes Rhode Islanders who care enough to make a difference. Community Heroes can be everyday citizens, local firefighters, police or emergency responders.  They can be honored for spontaneous acts of heroism (such as saving someone from drowning) or for an effort over time (such as reading to an elderly neighbor on a regular basis).

To nominate someone for a community hero award, call 459-1304, or go to www.riredcross.org or at www.bcbsri.org and click on "In the Community." Awards will be made monthly.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has been the state's leading health insurer for 64 years and now covers more than 600,000 customers. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

American Red Cross of Rhode Island volunteers provide emergency food, clothing and shelter each year to more than 1,000 Rhode Islanders who suffer a house fire or other disaster. All Red Cross assistance is provided free of charge. The American Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations to fund its work.

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