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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Thursday, May 15, 2003
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI and the American Red Cross of RI Announce May Community Heroes

Community Heroes are Everyday Rhode Islanders that Impact Our Community

Providence, R.I., May 15, 2003 The American Red Cross of Rhode Island and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) have selected Lisa Procter of East Providence and Sarah Abrahamson of Smithfield as the May recipients of the Community Heroes Award. The award recognizes the good works of "everyday people" who have made significant, positive impacts on individuals, families, organizations or entire communities in Rhode Island.

 For the past 16 years, Lisa Procter has volunteered her time and services to elderly people in and around the East Providence area. She shops, cleans and socializes with them.  Extremely dedicated to her clients, she's been known to walk to their homes when transportation hasn't been available to provide continuous care and support.

Sarah Abrahamson was selected for her selfless giving as a registered nurse and for her life saving abilities. While working at Roger Williams Home Care, an assisted living facility, a 79-year old woman collapsed and stopped breathing.  Stepping aside of her daily duties, Abrahamson, along with another nurse, resuscitated the woman until the rescue team arrived.

Both winners will be recognized during the month of May in an advertising campaign in print and on WLNE-TV, Channel 6. An awards breakfast will take place in September.

The Community Heroes program is a collaborative effort between the American Red Cross of Rhode Island and BCBSRI.  It is designed to recognize 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 www.bcbsri.org and click on "In the Community".  Similar awards will be made each month.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, has been the state's leading health insurer for 64 years and now covers more than 650,000 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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