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Hero Name: Bernadette Castille

Why this finalist deserves the title "Acadiana Hero"? 
Bernadette Joseph Castille is a resident of Lafayette, LA.rnShe was a medical nurse for 20 years.The mother of three amazing children, A happily married wife that was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in July 2014. And it is because of her diagnosis she started the Bernadette Castille Ovarian Cancer Awareness Foundation to advocate and educate society on the dangers of ovarian cancer. Through the Bernadette Castille Ovarian Cancer Awareness Foundation, offers a diverse range of services to people who have been...

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Hero Name: Lydia Fontenot

Why this finalist deserves the title "Acadiana Hero"? 
Lydia is a dedicated volunteer at Acadiana Animal Aid and has been for 20 years. She has facilitated the growth of this organization and plays an integral role in our lifesaving efforts. When AAA was primarily ran by volunteers years ago, she worked multiple days a week and rotated the weekend night shifts with other volunteers. Now, she volunteers two full days a week and focuses on our dogs that need the most socialization, enrichment, and spends time reminding each dog that enters our rescue that humans can...

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Hero Name: Cynthia Elmer

Why this finalist deserves the title "Acadiana Hero"? 
Cynthia Elmer's dedication and mission of bringing awareness to the community of suicide prevention. Her time, energy and hard work to this mission has produced much lasting fruit and probably saved lives. Cynthia lost her own son, Kevin, to suicide in 2004. With little support for those who have lost loved ones to suicide in the state, Cynthia began to travel a new road in her life as she shared her story and her loss. Cynthia and her husband have been married for 50 years. She is a retired Iberia Parish...

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