Laurie Edwards, Cameron Park: “Motorcycle Bob Mutchler. He’s handicapped from having Polio as a boy. It was a rough childhood, both physically and emotionally. In 1998 he began long-distance motorcycle riding with a sidecar for his crutches. He set all these distance records. Since then he’s ridden 1.3 million miles for Polio research.”
Ted Robinson, Rancho Cordova: “Everything I am today is due to my grandpa John Oelkers. He was stone deaf and lame, just a poor janitor. Right after his wife’s funeral he walked right in front of a car. He lost his arm and his life savings."
Bill Tobin, El Dorado Hills: “My grandfather Elwin Letendre. He was the principal at Berkeley High School and inspired my passion for supporting education.”
Dara Ramsbotham, El Dorado Hills: “Miss Dolly, my summer camp mentor. Starting at age 9 I spent eight summers at a girl’s sleepover camp in Tennessee. She loved the outdoors and taught us independence, determination and caring.”
Whitney Kahn, Folsom: “Ruby Newell-Legner, she’s my hero. She trains park and rec professionals. After the first workshop I attended I came back ready to take the parks and rec world by storm. She inspired me to be a more compassionate supervisor.”