"Ted, the Dad Discusses Laura's Traumatic Back Injury and the Surgery Required to Repair It and the Rehabilitation Process."
As an integral part of the In Search Of Heroes Program, Coronado High School Journalism students interviewed the Neale family.
Laura Neale was one of the first heroes in training, a winner of the Good Guys Comic Book contest and a victim of a hit and run drunk driver. Her back was horribly broken and the doctors did not know if she would ever walk again.
His sister Sarah's elbow was badly broken also. As a further challenge to the family, their home was only 5 miles from the epicenter of the Northridge earthquake and Cindy and Ted Neale were very traumatized by all the catastrophe's hitting their Family in a short period of time. As Ted, Cindy, Laura and Sarah tell about their traumatic experiences you begin to realize the value of family members and the love of a mom and dad.
Why Every Community Can Benefit From an Local "In Search Of Heroes Program.”
Rise up Heroes and Heroines! The world needs you NOW!
This is the motto of the “In Search Of Heroes Program.” Students are ideal candidates to search for the answers to the following questions:
1. What is your definition of a Hero?
2. Who are the Heroes in your life now?
3. How do people become heroes?
4. Who do you feel are the real-life heroes in our society today that are not getting the recognition and rewards they deserve?
5. Why are Heroes so important in the lives of young people?
6. What are the things parents can do that will help their children realize they too can be Heroes and make a positive impact on the lives of others?
Everyone benefits when these questions are answered by students, teachers and parents.
One of the primary goals of the program is for students to realize their parents, teachers, neighbors, friends, family members, coaches, spiritual and community service leaders are the real Heroes. These individuals are the unsung Heroes of our world. They Help Enthusiastically, Responsibly, Optimistically Exceptionally Socially and/or Spiritually. Young people when they realize professional athletes, musicians and movie stars may not be the best role models.
Students have open minds, genius potential and free time.
They have the ability to evaluate ideas and information about different people and other cultures without being opinionated and judgmental. The “In Search Of Heroes Program” provides students with the opportunity to learn the importance and value of:
1. Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
2. Using their full mental and physical potential
3. Helping and respecting others
4. Individual responsibility and hard work
5. Recognizing outstanding individuals in society who help others
6. Focusing on the positive things people do rather than the negative
7. Advancing international understanding and goodwill
The “In Search Of Heroes Program” promotes good news by focusing on positive and uplifting ideas, actions and activities.
Good news, a positive attitude, heroic role models and adequate preparedness counter the harmful effects of FEAR. Many people are afraid. Wars, threats of war, terrorism, killer plagues, famine, starvation, poverty, financial catastrophe and violence.
The “In Search Of Heroes Program” provides the perfect opportunity to:
1. Identify leaders
2. Publicize Heroes willing to make a positive difference in the lives of others
3. Train young people to be leaders
The understanding of true heroism and identification of those deserving of recognition as Heroes are critical for the survival of humanity. When Heroes “Rise up and inspire others!” all members of society have the models they need to become better people and problem solvers.