Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to recognize Jonathan Diaz as the recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” honor on July 4th, 2015. Jonathan dedicated himself to creating lasting hope and awareness in the fight against pediatric cancer by taking the dreams of young cancer patients and bringing them to life through the power of photography and art. He is the founder of “Anything Can Be” which creates powerful images of children living their wildest dreams. Their mission is to inspire young cancer fighters to believe in the impossible, to hope for miracles and find the courage to make their dreams come true. Jonathan’s images will soon be paired with short stories from bestselling authors to be released in a one-of-a-kind children’s book.
Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to recognize Teresa Bowman as the recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” honor on July 18th, 2015. Teresa is the owner of Mid-City Salon where she saw many of Salt Lake City’s homeless population outside of her doors. Instead of contacting the authorities, she approached the issue in a different way. Teresa now visits the Weigand Homeless Shelter every Wednesday to provide haircuts to the homeless women to providea better sense of worth and a clean look for job interviews. The only payment they requires is for the clients to set a goal such as going on a job interview or finding a place to live. Teresa currently employs several former residents of the shelter giving them the opportunity to move forward in life.
Zach Ludlow, Matt Ludlow, and Stan Sadowski
Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to recognize Zach Ludlow, Matt Ludlow and Stan Sadowski as the recipients of the “Heroes Among Us” honor on July 24th, 2015. What can be described as a hidden epidemic, suicide has become the second leading cause of death for people 25 to 34 years old. Our heroes lost a dear friend and father named Gary Ludlow to this terrible illness in 2008 and created a memorial bike ride the following year. In 2011 they opened the ride to the public with the purpose of raising awareness of mental illness and suicide prevention, honor those lives that have been taken and help those who currently suffer from mental illness. The vision for the future of the Gary Ludlow Memorial Ride is to bring the citizens of the community and mental health practitioners together so they can learn from each other and teach best practices on dealing with mental illness. To participate or donate with the GLMR visit TheGLMR.com.