Heroes surround us each day we step out the door. People from throughout McHenry County, Ill., nominated unsung heroes that help make the community a better place to live. These people are not motivated by money or success, but for a need to help improve the world and a desire to help one another.
The love of football doesn’t end when the players leave the field. Whether it is teammates or families, the sport brings them closer together.
The football teams at Crystal Lake South and Richmond-Burton High Schools are two winning programs on opposite sides of McHenry County, Ill. At Richmond-Burton the team is a family. While at Crystal Lake South, the Ahsmann family bonds over football. The two teams share a bond and show how one game can bring people together.
“I don’t act the way that I act because I’m gay and HIV positive,” said Teddy Talyor, 22, of Bowling Green, Ky. Taylor was infected with HIV when he was 19, changing his life forever. Taylor contracted HIV after having unprotected sex with one of his partners. Since then he has decided to live life to the fullest. Most nights consist of drinking alcohol, doing drugs or having relations with new partners.
Ethan and Seth Martinez, both 9, of Algonquin, Ill., are blind identical twins that took part in Run and Roll, an event for physical disabled people to participate in recreational activities in McHenry, Ill., on Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
“I was so proud,” said their mother Debbie Martinez. “I could have not been prouder. Just proud. They are just great boys and people have no idea how great they are.”
Edward “Andy” Abraham, 18, of Cary, Ill., as he waits to get MRI to find out whether his cancer stopped growing at Children at Children’s Memorial on Monday, May 2, 2011 in Chicago.