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Entries beginning with "C"

Cada, Amy

When Amy Cada was a 15-year-old in Downer's Corner IL, she volunteered at a local charity and was turned away as "too young." So she started KidzServ, a nonprofit organization in which all the volunteers are kids. Cada raises money, travels extensively to do workshops and speeches, and created web sites and publications, all making the point that kids are great volunteers.
  • community development
  • youth issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US
Home when commended: North America, US, Illinois
Home now: North America, US, Virginia
Gender: F (female)
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Cahill, Bill

Bill Cahill of Carmel NY and his neighbor, Jim Baker, were personally slapped with a $64 million suit for conspiracy when they led a citizens' group trying to stop a developer from building 2,000 houses in their small town. Cahill and Baker, who used their own funds to fight the suit, lost their appeal. But reform candidates galvanized by the controversy won control of town government, and the developer made substantial changes and reductions.

  • government
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, New York
Home when commended: North America, US, New York
Home now: North America, US, New York
Gender: M (male)
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Caire, Michael

Michael Caire of West Monroe LA has two careers—he’s an obstetrician-gynecologist but he’s risked his practice for years by devoting so much of his time to protecting the Tensas River Wildlife Refuge and an ancient Indian mound site, and to saving the endangered Louisiana black bear.

  • animal protection
  • environment
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Louisiana
Home when commended: North America, US, Louisiana
Home now: North America, US, Louisiana
Gender: M (male)
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Calhoun, Esther

Esther Calhoun started the Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice, a citizens' group formed up to fight a toxic 4 million-ton coal ash landfill in their community. Uniontown, Alabama, is poor and mostly African-American, and Calhoun is sure that the corporation that owns the landfill thinks it can do whatever it wants to the people there. The corporation's response has been to sue Calhoun and her allies for $30 million, in a move to silence them. Calhoun is still speaking out.

  • environment
  • ethnicity/minorities
  • poverty
Giraffe work location(s): U.S., Alabama
Home when commended: U.S., Alabama
Home now: U.S., Alabama
Gender: F (female)
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Calhoun, Esther

Esther Calhoun started a group called Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice, a citizens' group fighting a toxic 4 million-ton coal ash landfill in their community. Uniontown, Alabama, is poor and mostly African-American, and the corporation that owns the landfill has sued the citizens' group for $30 million, an obvious move to silence Calhoun and her neighbors. Calhoun refuses to back down.

  • environment
  • ethnicity/minorities
Giraffe work location(s): U.S., Alabama
Home when commended: U.S., Alabama
Home now: U.S., Alabama
Gender: F (female)
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Callaghan, Patricia

When her brother was injured on the job, Patricia Callaghan challenged what she described as inefficiency and corruption in British Columbia’s Worker’s Compensation Board. She formed the Canadian Injured Worker’s Society to counsel, make referrals, provide financial assistance and improve the quality of life for BC residents who are injured on the job.

  • business/workplace issues
  • public safety
  • whistle blowers
Giraffe work location(s): North America, Canada, British Columbia
Home when commended: North America, Canada, British Columbia
Home now: North America, Canada, British Columbia
Gender: F (female)
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Callair, Pat

Pat Callair of Columbia SC has been a civil rights activist since she was 14, risking her life to help end racial segregation. As co-director of the Southern Women's Project of Grassroots Leadership, Callair works to form voting and lobbying alliances across economic and racial divides.

  • ethnicity/minorities
  • poverty
  • womens issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, South Carolina
Home when commended: North America, US, South Carolina
Home now: North America, US, North Carolina
Gender: F (female)
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Callen, Michael

Michael Callen, a founder of the AIDS advocacy movement, was a champion of people with AIDS for more than a decade. His book, Surviving AIDS explored the reasons why he and other long-term survivors had beaten the odds. He was ostracized by many in the gay community for advocating monogamy.

  • civil liberties
  • gender issues
  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): National
Home when commended: North America, US, New York
Home now: North America, US, California
Gender: M (male)
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Camacho, Angie

Angie Camacho, Paloma Camacho, Sarah Cardona, Fernando Becerra, Annette Martinez, Dana Page, Horacio Romero, Rosalinda Ugalde, Raul Velasquez and Alejandro Velasquez are leaders of Earth Niños at the Humphreys School in East Los Angeles. Giving up endless hours of their own time and braving the ridicule of other kids, these 6th-graders planted more than 100 trees at their school and at Occidental College, beautified their neighborhood by planting flowers, picked up tons of litter on their school grounds and around the neighborhood, and led Los Angeles' Unified School District in starting an aluminum recycling project.

  • environment
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, California
Home when commended: North America, US, California
Home now: North America, US, California
Gender: F (female)
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Camacho, Paloma

Paloma Camacho, Angie Camacho, Sarah Cardona, Fernando Becerra, Annette Martinez, Dana Page, Horacio Romero, Rosalinda Ugalde, Raul Velasquez and Alejandro Velasquez are leaders of Earth Niños at the Humphreys School in East Los Angeles. Giving up endless hours of their own time and braving the ridicule of other kids, these 6th-graders planted more than 100 trees at their school and at Occidental College, beautified their neighborhood by planting flowers, picked up tons of litter on their school grounds and around the neighborhood, and led Los Angeles' Unified School District in starting an aluminum recycling project.

  • environment
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, California
Home when commended: North America, US, California
Home now: North America, US, California
Gender: F (female)
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Cambers, Sarah


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Cambron, Trish

Trish and Will Cambron of Loretto KY adopted a young boy knowing he had a rare and incurable disease, and have cared for him with love and the support he needs.
  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Kentucky
Home when commended: North America, US, Kentucky
Home now: North America, US, Kentucky
Gender: F (female)
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Cambron, Will

Will and Trish Cambron of Loretto KY adopted a young boy knowing he had a rare and incurable disease, and have cared for him with love and the support he needs.
  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Kentucky
Home when commended: North America, US, Kentucky
Home now: North America, US, Kentucky
Gender: M (male)
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Cambron, Will & Trish

Will and Trish Cambron of Loretto KY adopted a young boy knowing he had a rare and incurable disease, and have cared for him with love and the support he needs.
  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Kentucky
Home when commended: North America, US, Kentucky
Home now: North America, US, Kentucky
Gender: C (couple)
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Cammermeyer, Margarethe

Margarethe Cammermeyer earned a Bronze Star in Vietnam and citation as Nurse of the Year by the Office of Veterans' Affairs. After 27 years of service in the Army, Colonel Cammermeyer was asked if she were a lesbian. Her truthful answer ended her stellar career. She went on to champion others who want to serve in the armed forces no matter what their sexual orientation.

  • civil liberties
  • gender issues
  • government
Giraffe work location(s): National
Home when commended: North America, US, Washington
Home now: North America, US, Washington
Gender: F (female)
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Campbell, Katelyn

Katelyn Campbell, an honors student at a Charleston, West Virginia, high school, refused to attend a mandatory assembly featuring an evangelical speaker who routinely shames students about having sex and threatens students with fundamentalist-based “facts." When Campbell protested, her principal threatened to tell the college she would be attending that she had “bad character”; he then banned her from speaking at her graduation ceremony. Campbell endured public shaming from fellow students and community members for having spoken out, but stood her ground, advocating for accurate, effective sex education.

  • civil liberties
  • education
  • womens issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, U.S., West Virginia
Home when commended: North America, U.S., West Virginia
Home now: North America, U.S., West Virginia
Gender: F (female)
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