Left to right: Paula Lewis, Linda Wolfe, Connie Rodriguez, and Ruth Harper, Toyota Motor Sales.
Hero #1 - Linda Wolfe
LINDA IS AN INTERPRETER FOR THE DEAF. SHE HAS HELPED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MIDDLE SCHOOL,HIGH SCHOOL,AND STUDENTS WHO HAVE GRADUATED.SHE GOES TO THE DOCTOR,TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION,ANY PLACES ANY OF HER FORMER STUDENTS NEED HELP BECAUSE THEY DON'T ALWAYS PROVIDE SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS.LINDA IS A HERO IN THE DEAF COMMUNITY.LINDA PROVIDES COMMUNICATION AND DIRECTION FOR THE DEAF IN HER COMMUNITY BY SIGNING FOR THEM.SHE HAS TOUCH MY LIFE BY HER CARE FOR OTHERS.SHE HAS INSPIRED ME BY HER EXAMPLES OF KINDNESS FOR THE SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS SHE TOUCHES THROUGH HER SIGNING.
Nominated by: Carlos Wolfe
Linda Wolfe - San Antonio, TX
Hero #2 - Jackson Reid Sumner
Periodically an individual happens to arrive in the world with the ability to touch many hearts and inspire prople to become better human beings. Such is the case with my hero. I had no idea the influence he would have on my life, as well as others' lives, when he arrived on the scene.
Jack looked into my eyes for the first time some nine years ago, and then he was rushed off to undergo a lifesaving surgical procedure. You see, Jack is my son and he has Down syndrome. At birth, Jack also had other problems...big problems! He pulled through this ordeal but was ill for a very long time.
By and by, Jack recovered and began his valiant effort to achieve the simplest of tasks such as walking and talking. Now, he strives, everyday, to leap hurdles that most others can easily step over. In his quest, Jack demonstrates the determination and dedication of a superhero.
Flanked by four sisters, Jack has been a teacher of sorts for our entire family. He has given most who know him a sense of selflessness, kindness and acceptance of those who are a little different. His struggles have enabled many to view their troubles as merely trifles, further enabling many of us to deal with our inconveniences more rationally and with a healthier perspective. This outlook has been ingrained even more deeply in our family because Jack's youngest sister, Morgan, has been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Morgan receives numerous injections every day, nearly always accepting them with a smile and many times with even a laugh. Having Jack and Morgan around as examples decreases the weight of our own crosses that each of us must bear.
Had it not been for my son, our family may have been left void of all the vital lessons sports can teach. My own youth was filled with sports and each athletic endeavor helped instill a sense of fraternity, loyalty, discipline and work-ethic; however, as I transitioned into college and, subsequently, professional school, athletics all but disappeared. Thanks to Jack, I was reborn! Beginning at age three, Jack would show consternation whenever I channel-surfed over any competitive activity on television. Thus, he brought sports back into my life which blossomed and bloomed throughout the entire family resulting in a richer and more satisfying existence for my children. What a tragedy it would have been had Jack not shown me the way.
Jack has truly brought so much more than joy to all that have known him. He is a rock, a stabilizer, a calming influence that provides a sense of perspective. No matter the circumstances, Jack will always infuse the situation with a sense that everything will turn out all right. Thank you, Jack, for teaching me, mentoring me and being my dear, dear friend. I love you.
Nominated by: Keith N. Sumner
Jackson Reid Sumner - San Antonio, TX
Hero #3 - Paula Lewis
City: San Antonio
Paula is a wonderful woman and an inspiration. She is a widow and her child is grown. So her adopted family is the people who come to stay in the Fisher House while their loved ones are hospitalized. Since Gulf War I started, most of the residents are family members of military injured in the Middle East. The Fisher House is Paula’s “home way from home” and she is there many hours more than the 40 hours for a full-time job. The is compassionate and supportive of all who come through the door. The DAR became aware of the Fisher House at the start of Gulf War I. Since then, the DAR has continuously supported their work in terms of donations and volunteer hours – not just in San Antonio but world wide.
Nominated by: Lou Harris
Paula Lewis - San Antonio, TX
Hero #3 - Thelma Ceullar
My mom has helped us in vacation Bible school. She helps us with our craft activities. She also teaches 3rd grade. She donated a lot of food to bring her students to the Spurs game. She donates her time to help her kids before and after school. She is a member of the school board for my school. She’s always willing to help family, friends, and strangers. For example, she prepared a full meal for a family who had recently had a baby.
Nominated by: Alicia Jenelle Cuellar
Thelma Cuellar - San Antonio, TX
Hero #4 - Connie Rodriguez
My Aunt Connie is my hero for many reasons. The main reason is because she cares about me and how I do in school. I was not doing well in school but then my Aunt Connie began to tutor me. She always talks to my teachers to make sure I’m doing well and to see what extra help I need. Not only does she help me, she also helps my twin sister and the children at Sky Harbour Elementary. My aunt is in charge of teaching the Challenge Program after school, where she helps kids with their homework. Because my Aunt helps me and others, she’s my hero.
Nominated by: Biance Ruiz
Connie Rodriguez - San Antonio, TX