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The Homelessness Marathon

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Many different people have been called "Homeless Heroes" for many different reasons.  We present a few of their stories here.

August 6, 2015, Fresno, CA - A homeless man, Paul Deleon saves teenager who is being attacked.  
http://abc30.com/news/armed-homeless-man-credited-with-saving-fresno-teens-life-in-attack/908875/

March 27, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Ketrell Ferguson is profiled as a "homeless hero" for helping to stop an attempted rape.  
http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Homeless-Man-Stops-Rape-Attempt-in-Northwest-DC--297861201.html

April 6, 2009, Philadelphia, PA - Cheri Honkala is profiled as a "homeless hero" for helping to organize America's poor.  (Honkala is a member of the Homelessness Marathon's board)
http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/peopleandpower/2008/02/2008525184152934650.html

May 12, 2009, San Rafael, California -  Stephen "Walker" Bonspille doesn't see
himself as a hero, but others seem to disagree.  Though homeless, he
was given an American Red Cross Heroes Award, for his "everyday heroism" in
helping other homeless people.  http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_12356766

May 16, 2009 - On any given night, only a very small percentage of homeless veterans, often called "homeless heroes," have beds available to them.
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/5/16/732286/-Homeless-Heroes:-Veterans-Struggles

December 16, 2009 - Faron Hall, a homeless man, was honored by the City of
Manitoba and also by a Taiwan-based group for saving two people, in two separate incidents, from drowning in an icy river.
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2009/12/16/man-faron-hall-rescue-awards.html

April 24, 2010, New York City - Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax, a homeless man  wounded
while saving a woman from a knife-wielding attacker, is left to  bleed to death
in a New York City street. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/04/24/homeless-hero-ignored-dying-nyc-street/

May 2, 2010, Portland, OR - A homeless man fights off a thief trying to rob a
store (video). http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23802682-video-homeless-hero-fights-off-robber.do

July 8, 2010, El Paso, Texas - Gustas Bozarth, a homeless man, won praise for
braving driving rain and high winds to rescue an American flag that had been
brought down by the storm. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/07/people-search-way-donate-homeless-man-saves-flag/

October 15, 2010, USA - On any given night, an estimated 6500 female  veterans
are sleeping in cars, shelters or on the streets. http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Homeless-Female-Veterans

October 25, 2010, Florida, Seventh grader, Zach Bonner, is hailed for walking
thousands of miles to help homeless people. http://uspoverty.change.org/blog/view/my_homelessness_hero_is_still_in_the_7th_grade


November 19, 2010, London, England - Adan Abobaker, who is homeless, jumped into the Thames to save a young woman from drowning.  While he was rescuing her, someone stole his clothes on shore.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1331311/Homeless-hero.html

November 25, 2010, Tempe, AZ - Dave Talley, a homeless man who found $3300 in
cash and returned it to its rightful owner, ate his Thanksgiving dinner in a homeless shelter despite having received gifts that would enable him to eat elsewhere.  http://www.kpho.com/news/25921239/detail.html

December 1, 2010, Scotland - Keith McGregor, who is homeless, rushed into a
burning building and saved a deaf man who had not been able to hear the fire
alarm going off. http://www.thesun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/3253924/Deaf-man-saved-by-homeless-fire-hero.html

December 13, 2010, Burlington, VT - Mike Buchanan, a homeless man, tackled a
mugger who had stolen a purse and held him until police arrived.  Beth Danon, the intended victim, said her passport and "everything" was in her purse, calling Buchanan, "My hero."
http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20101213/NEWS02/101213010/1007/news02/Homeless-man-helps-capture-purse-snatching-suspect.