Friday, March 27, 2009

Look What We Found In Sammamish

March 14, 2009
Sammamish, Washington USA
Kids Without Borders offers our congratulations to the 2009 SAMMI (Sammamish Acknowledging Magnificent Moments of Inspiration) Awardees. Here are some of the inspiring young awardees:
- Trevor Price Award: Monisha Gulibani - Monisha is the very definition of pluck and resolve. After losing her leg to cancer, she inspired those around her by redefining a "new normal" and quickly returning to the active life she had before the cancer diagnoses. She credits the community that is supportive of amputees for giving her the opportunity to become active in skiing and wheelchair tennis. "It's who I am that is important, not my disability". She is confident in what she does, and she finds that her confidence rubs off on those around her.
- Courage Award: Matt Larsen - At the age of 16 Matt knew his life would never be the same after his father suffered two strokes. Upon his return from the hospital his father needed medical help as well as an advocate in dealing with the maze of medical health agencies. Matt was able to stabilize the situation by working two jobs. Although always tired, his motto is to "keep moving and do the right thing". His hope is to someday open a nonprofit foundation that will assist others in finding the necessary financial and medical help should a family crisis arise.
- Teen Spirit Award: Max Sussman - A National Society of high School Scholar, Max Sussman is committed "to being the change he wishes to see in the world." A senior at Eastlake and the Community High School for Jewish Stdies, Max works two jobs and is passionate about community service. Max has raised thousands of dollars in "The Big Climb" (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) and through his participation in Relay for Life (American Cancer Society). As a member of the Sammamish Youth Board, Max helped plan Children's Hospital's The Battle of the Bands for the past two years. Max hopes to inspire teens here in Sammamish to make good choices and impact our community in a positive way.

Kids Without Borders is proud to be one of the sponsors of the SAMMI Awards, and we are proud to call Sammamish our home city.

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