I do not even know where to begin with only 500 words to describe my hero! Calling Jeanne a hero is an understatement. I've always tried to convince her that she is indeed a hero, but she claims she’s just another individual.
Jeanne is my former high school youth leader whom I have known for five years now. She has been a youth leader for over 25 years and still continues to be there for every single one of the youths that walk in, helping them each to grow into a better person. The amount of compassion she has for others is amazing! She does so much and doesn't expect anything in return. Jeanne is truly someone who should be recognized.
She has traveled the world to help others in numerous ways. When the earthquake in Haiti hit in 2010, the first thing she did was find out how she could help. Jeanne stopped her life to head over to Haiti and become an on-site nurse, helping wherever she could, even knowing the circumstances she would be in-no shower, etc.-wouldn’t be easy. If that’s not a hero, I do not know what is.
Amazingly that is just one of the many heroic acts she has committed in her life. She has saved teenagers lives, including mine. Jeanne saves lives, whether she knows it or not. She’s the kind of person everyone needs in their life. She still has a family, a job, and a life, but continues to be there for 60 teenagers whenever they need her.
In October 2012, her mother passed away suddenly at an extremely young age from Parkinson’s disease. How she is still maintaining and traveling with the youth group, despite her mother’s passing, is completely beyond me. It truly baffles me. She is still so devoted to having the youth become better people, even right after her mother’s death. I don’t know very many people that could do that. Correction, I don’t know of anyone that could do that.
Jeanne has been all around the world doing mission work for the homeless, the poor, the sick. She proves to me that anything is possible with faith. One day, I know I’ll travel the world to help those in need and will have her in the back of my mind through every step. If Jeanne isn't an inspiration, I do not know who is.
Submitted by Anonymous
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