Shining local stars

Published 10:31 am Friday, June 8, 2018

This week, two Lawrence County natives were among those honored by the Total Woman program at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Jan Rader, Huntington’s firechief and an Ironton High School graduate, received the Community Hero Award for her work for health and wellness in the community.

It was another honor for Rader, who was named to Time Magazine’s Time 100 list early this year, and was featured alongside the world’s most significant leaders, scientists and activists for her work in combatting the city’s opioid epidemic.

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Also honored at the event was Ally Henderson, who graduated from Fairland High School last month. She was named as the Youth Hero.

Henderson is a cancer survivor and, in honor of reaching her 18th birthday, she has provided gifts to kids currently battling the disease.

As her school’s senior class president, she has been a leader, heading up activities, such as fundraisers for mammograms, providing Christmas and a spa day for girls from the Golden Girls Group Home and putting together a food drive for food banks. In addition, Henderson has worked to mentor students who are struggling with depression.

It is rare to see such a commitment to public service, especially in one at such a young age.

The awards received by Henderson, Rader and Andy Watson, of Barboursville, who was named Nursing Hero, are well-deserved and an inspiration.