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Mar 10, 2010

Congratulations to Sharon Sleighter, winner of the “Hero Next Door” contest, brought to you by Care2 and Tom’s of Maine

And thank you to the Care2 community for inspiring the heroes with your loving encouragement! More than 700 people doing extraordinary things to make a difference were nominated in the contest. Sharon was one of 10 heroes selected as finalists. Twenty four thousand votes were cast along with thousands of encouraging comments for our finalists. Even those who didn’t take the top spot felt honored by the outpouring of support.

Sharon Sleighter, our Hero Next Door, is an animal rescue advocate from Hurst Texas. Sharon founded Legacy Boxer Rescue five years ago, and since then has been able to help hundreds of dogs that would have died alone and friendless in overcrowded shelters.

As the president of Legacy Boxer Rescue, Sharon has assembled a powerful team of 200+ volunteers who rescue and adopt out between 200 and 300 Boxers each year. Each week, there are Boxers waiting in Dallas area shelters with little time before they are euthanized. With Sharon’s help, the dogs are placed in foster homes, where they receive whatever medical care and behavioral training they need and then eventually are adopted into their forever homes.

The impact that Sharon has had on the boxers and her community is perhaps best described by those who voted for her. Here are just a few of the thousands of comments she received:

“The test of an honorable society is how it treats its most vulnerable members. God bless Sharon and her big heart” – Patricia Marshall

“I am the Operations Director for the Humane Society of North Texas. We have worked with Sharon and Legacy since they started. They are an amazing group to work with. This group has found the magic to get together, stick together, and save lives together. We are blessed to have them!”  - Tammy Hawley

“Sharon and her quest to rescue boxers in this area has been instrumental in helping me personally get over the loss of my mother.  Without the love of my rescued boxer, Hercules, depression may have gotten the better of me.  Her efforts to rescue and place these dogs in loving homes needs to continue... Some of these dogs have had horrible living conditions and cruel situations that they do not deserve.  I've been a firsthand witness to how the right person can change the fate of a dog.” - Candy Tibbs

“Legacy Boxer Rescue is a wonderful organization.  We found a wonderful Boxer for our family that had previously been severely neglected and abandoned.  LBR saved her from near death and gave her the medical attention she needed to recover and find her forever home with us” - Chad Unger

“Not only is she making the difference in the boxers lives but also those lives of the people that have the opportunity to foster these beautiful animals. It takes a special person who has a passion, compassion and love that is willing to make many sacrifices in their own life to dedicate themselves to saving the broken souls of the innocent and vulnerable or abandoned boxers.  Taking the time to rehabilitate and place them with only the most qualified families that are willing to give the love and care they deserve.  What an amazing woman with a beautiful heart!  She has made a huge impact on my family and we would love to help make an impact on hers. A BIG THANK YOU TO SHARON!!” – Jennifer White

Sharon will receive a $2,500 prize, and a matching $2,500 for her charity, Legacy Boxer rescue. That sure will amount to a lot of kibble for her rescue dogs!

Learn more about Sharon’s rescue group by visiting:

Congratulations again to Sharon, and to all those who were recognized as heroes. You have touched us with your stories, and inspired us to believe that an individual really can make a difference.

Thank you!

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Posted: Mar 10, 2010 12:08am
Jan 25, 2010

We recently announced the 10 finalists in Care2's “Hero Next Door” contest. If you haven't voted yet, please be sure to vote for your favorite hero so that he or she has a chance to win $2,500 and a matching $2,500 for charity. Hero Next Door Contest

This contest is a great reminder that our communities are full of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to make a difference. We had more than 700 nominations honoring heroes doing everything from helping out a family member in need, to traveling across the world to assist strangers they have never met. Our finalists are making a difference in the areas of animal welfare, the environment, poverty, safety, health, and more.

I encourage you to read the stories of our top 10 finalists, and vote for your favorite. I promise you they will warm your heart, and remind you that it’s possible for all of us to make a difference.

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Posted: Jan 25, 2010 12:14pm
Dec 10, 2009

I've met lots of heroes, but none wears a Superman cape.  In fact, the majority of them look pretty much like everyone else.  When you pass them on the street, you have no idea how powerful they are.  And that's a shame, because there's something inspiring when you know you're in the presence of greatness.

To make sure some of that wonder is revealed, we've teamed up with Tom's of Maine to create the "Hero Next Door" contest.  It's an opportunity to honor everyday people who are doing extraordinary things to make a difference.  Hero Next Door Contest

How it works: Simply nominate an individual you see as a hero. In January, we'll review the nominations and select 10 finalists for a popular vote to determine who will win $2,500 for themselves and a matching $2,500 for the charity of their choice.

But this contest is about so much more than picking a winner. It's about giving thanks to the people around us who are making a difference in our lives and the community.  Maybe you want to thank your Mother, your neighbor, or a teacher who made a big impact in your life or the lives of others.  Maybe they didn't end world hunger, but they showed compassion and concern for others and took action to make a difference.

For example, you probably wouldn't pick my neighbor out of a crowd and know he's a hero - but he's coordinating a ballot drive to pass legislation that would provide $6 million in funding to our local schools and library - money desperately needed given state and county cuts.  He's got a job, a family, a dog and plenty of other things to keep him busy, but he's also volunteering to take on this huge project to benefit the community as a whole. That's hero material in my book.

Another more visible example, from the Care2 Community: members Bill and Victoria Strong. Their daughter was born with a terrible genetic disorder, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a situation that would paralyze with anguish most parents.  Not the Strongs. They took action to organize a grassroots effort - collecting over 80,000 petition signatures - to pass the SMA Treatment Acceleration Act, which thanks to their efforts is now with Congress.  True heroes.

We've already received over 400 hero nominations, and I encourage you to take a look at their stories for a dose of inspiration, humility and sense of gratitude.  We're all surrounded by heroes - we often just aren't aware they're out there.  The Hero Next Door contest is a great opportunity to show your appreciation and give a little something back to these wonderful Forces for Good.


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