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June 14, 2002


Donna Carson Receives Community Hero Award From A & E Network For Her Work With My House Program

Donna Carson, a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine and Director of Project Prevent, Family Links, and My House, recently received the 2002 Biography Community Hero award, as part of The Biography Community Heroes Exhibit. The award recognizes the achievements and contributions to the community by 10 individuals from the Atlanta area who exemplify inspirational leadership.

Carson received the award on behalf of her work as founder of My House, an emergency shelter that provides a home for newborns with special medical problems. My House is a non-profit organization operating under the auspices of Project Prevent within the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.

The awards were presented on Friday, June 7, at Lenox Square. Recipients were recognized for their contributions in the arts, community service, philanthropy, athletics, and public service.

Carson said it was an honor to be recognized for her efforts.

"The award was so unexpected," she said. "Receiving recognition like this moves My House into a sphere and arena where we're recognized not just nationally, but also in our own community. It shows us that what we're doing makes a difference."

Other notable award recipients included Coretta Scott King, civil rights activist and widow of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; the Honorable Glenda Hatchett; Angela Robinson, broadcast journalist; and Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and director of the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine.

The recent awards ceremony was part of "The Biography 15 Years Celebration Tour," which visits 10 cities nationwide from mid-April through mid-July and honors a total of 100 community heroes across the country.

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