Two San Ramon and one Alamo resident were among 27 people honored for making a positive impact in their Bay Area communities at the 5th Annual Hometown Heroes ceremony in Oakland last Wednesday.
The event took place at the Rotunda in Oakland and was put togehter by Comcast. You can view the “Hometown Heroes” video segments via Comcast’s OnDemand platform.
Nancy Clarkson and Aaron Negherbon of San Ramon and John Corpus of Alamo were honored.
Here are the bios from Comcast that made these three San Ramon Valley residents Hometown Heroes:
Get Well Together
“Providing community support for people who don’t know where else to go,” shared Clarkson about her establishing “Get Well Together.” When Nancy’s daughter was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, she sought other parents going through the same situation but there were no such support groups in her local area. San Diego, she started a support group in Contra Costa County. Six years later, she still runs it free-of-charge for parents to discuss issues, concerns, share feelings, knowledge and strategies.
By serving the troops, Negherbon has found his passion. Since June 2010, through “Troops Direct,” he has shipped out more than 20,000 pounds of requested supplies to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. “The public doesn’t realize what the troops go without,” Negherbon said. Monthly bulk shipments of 2,000 pounds of gear, hygiene, nutrition, medical and K-9 support items are sent to the 4,000-5,000 troop service members. Most recently, winterizing material for the kennels of 100 bomb-sniffing dogs was shipped.
A Father’s Love
Corpus is working and raising funds to find a cure for Rett Syndrome, a debilitating genetic disorder that affects his 13-year old daughter Samantha. Over the past seven years, he has organized the “Samantha Corpus Golf Tournament” to help raise funds for the International Rett Syndrome Foundation. This past year, the tournament raised $250,000 bringing the total to $1.2 million in fundraising. The short term goal is to find ways to reverse some of the symptoms; the long term goal is to find a cure.