Daily News Column: I Believe in Heroes

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The latest allegations against Lance Armstrong are troubling. His athletic achievements have been impressive, and his work to provide hope and support to others through his Live Strong Foundation have been downright inspirational. We live in a cynical world where it seems to be a bloodsport to tear down our heroes.

Does that mean we should stop believing in heroes? I don’t.

Discovering that our heroes have feet made of clay is like falling in love. We may get our hearts broken, but we never fully give up on love. We may be a little wiser the next time around, but we allow ourselves the chance to love again.

I do not let cynical, jaded, world-weary people tell me that examples like Lance Armstrong prove their point that it’s wrong to have heroes. I refuse to compromise on their tepid concession that it might be acceptable to have “role models.”

I believe in heroes. I’m proud to say it. And it’s important that those beliefs are passed along to our children.

It is the topic of my latest column in The Philadelphia Daily News, called “No Time to Give Up on the Heritage of Heroes.” You can read the article by clicking here.

I believe in heroes. I hope you do, too.

Who is your hero?

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4 Responses to Daily News Column: I Believe in Heroes

  1. Rich Davis June 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    Jay Raffetto – US Navy Corpsman, severely wounded by an IED in Afghanistan. Jay is my hero because he has made an astonishing recovery. In spite of being a triple amputee (lost both legs and an arm), he is not sitting around and feeling sorry for himself.

    He’s a newlywed (he had just gotten married to Emily, his wonderful angel of a wife, right before he was sent to Afghanistan, and got wounded 2 months later) and they are doing all they can to live a normal life like any other young couple in their 20s.

    Thanks to the generosity of “Chester County Hero Fund” and other fundraisers, they have a home in Maryland, specially modified and equiped, and Jay is taking classes online at Georgetown University for his bachelors and has an internship to work at the National Security Agency.

    Thanks to his strength and spirit he is going to continue to serve our country and be a productive citizen and good husband.

    Jay Raffetto, graduate of Conestoga High School just a few years ago, is my hero.

  2. Thomas Calvanese, Jr June 20, 2012 at 1:59 am #

    Jay, Hang in there. You have your ‘Angel Emily’ to share your life together. There are many family members and tons of other Patriots across this GREAT nation around to support you.
    Thank you for your service!
    Keep up the hard work in bettering yourself into your prospective position at NSA.
    Sincerely,
    Thomas Calvanese, Jr

    USA- Land of the free and home of the Brave!!

  3. Sylvia Hay June 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    I can’t narrow it down to just 1 person. My heroes are (in no particular order): my parents, my sister, my kids, my husband, my dog, Shane Victorino, Mr. Blasczyk, you, Mr. Frampton, Seal Team 6, Einstein, George Carlin, Alexander Graham Bell, the inventors of the Internet and on and on… 🙂

  4. Bill June 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    A hero is somebody who goes to work every day supports their family raises their children to know right from wrong. Unfortunately today that is equated with “family values” which is mocked and scorned by those who seek to destroy such.

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