Giraffe Heroes Database
Letter "E"
Entries beginning with "E"

Eakin, John

Postal worker John Eakin of Fort Wayne IN is a public health crusader. He’s endured blisters, shin-splints, rain, and aching muscles in his cross-country runs to bring attention and support to causes he believes in, including immunization of children around the world.
  • health/public health/disabilities
  • international aid
Giraffe work location(s): National
Home when commended: North America, US, Indiana
Home now: North America, US, Indiana
Gender: M (male)
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Eakin, Mike

Mike Eakin of Brooklyn NY left the corporate world to dedicate himself to the success of the Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn, providing low cost, healthy food to its members.
  • poverty
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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Earle, Brent Nicholson

Brent Nicholson Earle of New York NY raised $300,000 for AIDS research by running 9,000 miles around America, talking about AIDS in every community along the way. Despite jeers, harassment, and death threats, Earle kept running and kept talking.

  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): National
Home when commended: North America, US, New York
Home now: North America, US, New York
Gender: M (male)
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Earth Angels

Neil Andre organized The Earth Angels of St. Louis MO, at-risk kids working to save an at-risk planet. These 9-12 years olds clean up their neighborhood—the city’s highest crime and drug-use area—run recycling projects, create wildlife habitats on empty lots, raise money for national environmental organizations and are planting a “Forest of Life,” each tree commemorating a St. Louis child who has died violently.
  • environment
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Missouri
Home when commended: North America, US, Missouri
Home now: North America, US, Missouri
Gender: G (group)
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Earthwalkers

The Walker family — Morris, Lynn, Skye and Amye — of Boldgett OR have walked the Earth as the Earthwalkers, troubadours for the environment. They use music, humor and storytelling to deliver a serious environmental message at schools and community halls. They spent years on the road living in a small trailer and facing many angry anti-environmentalists. They now reach even more people via their cable TV show.

  • environment
Giraffe work location(s): National
Home when commended: North America, US, Oregon
Home now: North America, US, Oregon
Gender: G (group)
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Eddleman, Wells

Wells Eddleman of Durham NC founded the Coalition for Alternatives to Shearon Harris to publicize safety shortcomings in a nuclear reactor while it was under construction and to generate broad citizen activism to ensure that the plant would be safe.
  • health/public health/disabilities
  • public safety
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, North Carolina
Home when commended: North America, US, North Carolina
Home now: North America, US, North Carolina
Gender: M (male)
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Edelman, Marian Wright

Marian Wright Edelman of Washington DC has devoted her life to speaking for people who can't speak for themselves in society—children. Attorney Edelman founded the Children's Defense Fund to lobby, organize, and raise funds for young people's well being. Edelman has been called "the 101st Senator on children's issues".

  • youth issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Washington DC
Home when commended: North America, US, Washington DC
Home now: North America, US, Washington DC
Gender: F (female)
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Edwards, Marc

Marc Edwards, a Virginia Tech professor of environmental engineering, was hired to test lead levels in Washington, DC's drinking water. The agencies who were supposed to be safeguarding public health disputed his findings that the levels were disastrously high and, in revenge, cut off financial support for his work. Edwards then spent his own money to gather data that proved DC children had toxic levels of lead in their blood. Congress investigated and castigated the agencies that had stonewalled Edwards. After six years of depleted resources, professional criticism, bureaucratic obstruction, and hospitalization for stress, Edwards was vindicated. He has recently tested Flint, Michigan's water, providing proof of dangerous lead levels there as well.

  • health/public health/disabilities
  • whistle blowers
Giraffe work location(s): U.S., District of Columbia
Home when commended: U.S., Virginia
Home now: U.S., Virginia
Gender: M (male)
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Egner, Joan

Joan Egner, T. Colin Campbell and Robert Ascher, three highly respected Cornell University professors, put their careers and research at risk to support a graduate student's claim that one of their fellow professors had plagiarized her work. The professors challenged the university and the colleague, who was accused of benefiting financially from the student's stolen research. The trio was rewarded with character attacks, intimidation and threats to their own research funding.

  • education
  • whistle blowers
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: F (female)
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Einwag, Brian

Brian and Muffet Einwag created a summer camp for physically and medically disabled kids in Florida, despite enormous financial difficulties and Brian’s own critical illness.

  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Florida
Home when commended: North America, US, Florida
Home now: North America, US, Florida
Gender: M (male)
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Einwag, Muffet

Muffet Einwag co-created and sustains a summer camp for physically and medically disabled kids in Florida, despite enormous financial difficulties and the death of her co-founder, Brian Einwag.

  • health/public health/disabilities
  • youth issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Florida
Home when commended: North America, US, Florida
Home now: North America, US, Florida
Gender: F (female)
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Einwag, Muffet and Brian

Muffet and Brian Einwag created a summer camp in Florida for physically and medically disabled kids, despite enormous financial difficulties and Brian’s own critical illness.

  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Florida
Home when commended: North America, US, Florida
Home now: North America, US, Florida
Gender: C (couple)
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Eismann, Edward

Edward Eismann of New York NY left his comfortable psychotherapy practice and brought therapy into the streets of the South Bronx. Eisman's Unitas Therapeutic Community trains young people to work as peer counselors with hundreds of high-risk kids every week, on the streets.
  • health/public health/disabilities
  • youth issues
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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El-Antably, Camellia

Camellia El-Antably of Port Townsend WA decided her high school's required Senior English reading list needed changing—of the 15 writers on the list, only two were women—and they were "optional." When Camellia asked to substitute women authors for half of the reading she was told absolutely not. She designed her own independent study course and boycotted the required class, even though she was told she might not graduate.

Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Washington
Home when commended: North America, US, Washington
Home now: North America, US, Wyoming
Gender: F (female)
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Elgin, Duane

Duane Elgin and Ann Niehaus of Menlo Park CA put all their time and savings into forming "Choosing Our Future," a non-profit organization that worked to get more programs onto our TV screens that inform and enlighten, rather than just entertain.
  • arts
  • media issues
  • youth issues
Giraffe work location(s): National
Home when commended: North America, US, California
Home now: North America, US, California
Gender: M (male)
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Elliott, Jackie

Jackie Elliott of Detroit MI has been unpaid coordinator of youth programs at a Westside community club for over 10 years, risking her own safety to protect kids from drug dealers and challenging gang members to settle their differences with basketballs, not handguns.

  • community development
  • public safety
  • youth issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Michigan
Home when commended: North America, US, Michigan
Home now: North America, US, Michigan
Gender: F (female)
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