June 17th, Blue Mountain launched a free contest entitled “My Hero” on our Facebook fan page encouraging friends on Facebook to submit stories about a special hero in their lives. Submitting a hero to the free contest nominated each proclaimed hero for a chance at winning a week long, family vacation to the Caribbean.
We received over 160 hero stories from cancer survivors and military veteran heroes, to moms that do it all and dads who keep the faith through hard times. Every hero story touched us on a personal level. Thank you to everyone who participated in the “My Hero” contest and for sharing your wonderful stories of the remarkable heroes in your life. What a great way to let someone know their honorable actions never go unnoticed.
As for the winning entry… Mom, Doris, nominated her son Tom as a hero for his continued strength, positive attitude and humble demeanor. Here is the story of our brave hero and winner of the grand prize family vacation to paradise.
“Few people know what they want for their future at age 13. Thomas did. From junior high he has been working to be a pilot. He went to a magnet high school so he could take aerospace classes and JROTC. He earned an ROTC scholarship and took electrical engineering in college because that is what the Air Force wanted him to take. He went through two years of tough pilot training, POW train, and water survival training. Tom never complained through any of it. He finally was stationed at his first base. Before he could fly his first mission he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer last week. He still hasn’t complained. He cares more for the feelings of those around him than himself. His wife Alicia has to ask him if he has a headache; he doesn’t whine about it. Tom asks his friends to please support his family because they are going through a lot. He always puts others first. Tom waited basically all his life to fly, then just as he was about to see his dream of becoming an Air Force pilot come true he got a diagnosis of 14 months to live, and he was removed from being a pilot. But he took it with grace and courage like the fine man he is. For that Thomas Plasterer, my son, is my hero. Never have I seen such courage, nor a man put the needs and concerns of his family first like Tom has. I really hope he wins this contest.”
Is there a hero in your life that you feel deserves recognition for their honor, humility, strength or integrity? Now is as good a time as any to let them know just how much their unsung actions mean to you.
“Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but rather the hero’s heart.” - Author Unknown