October 2nd, 2014
04:46 AM ET

Anderson Cooper Announces This Year's Top 10 CNN Heroes!

Ten everyday people are recognized for their remarkable efforts to make the world a better place.


CNN's Anderson Cooper reveals this year's Top 10 CNN Heroes are:

Arthur Bloom (Bethesda, MD) Since 2007, Arthur Bloom has used the healing power of music to help hundreds of injured soldiers recover their lives. His program, MusiCorps, pairs professional musicians with troops recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, helping them play instruments and write and record music.

Jon Burns (Stockton-on-Tees, England) Jon Burns is rallying fellow soccer fans to help children from poor communities in cities hosting the World and Euro Cups. Since 2006, his nonprofit, Lionsraw, has engaged more than 500 volunteers in construction projects and educational programs that have benefitted nearly 6,000 children.

Pen Farthing (Tiverton, England) Pen Farthing, a former Royal Marine Sergeant, is reuniting soldiers with the stray dogs they befriend while serving in Afghanistan. His nonprofit, Nowzad Dogs – named for the stray Farthing rescued during his tour – has helped more than 700 soldiers from eight countries.

Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg (Southfield, MI) Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg lost his 2-year-old daughter to leukemia in 1980. Today, his nonprofit, Kids Kicking Cancer, uses martial arts to help children battling serious illnesses manage pain during medical treatments. The group has helped more than 5,000 children and their families discover their power within.

Leela Hazzah (Washington, D.C., and the Amboseli region of Kenya)Leela Hazzah has dedicated her life to lion conservation. In 2007, she started Lion Guardians, a nonprofit that works with African Maasai warriors to protect lions. The group now employs more than 70 Lion Guardians throughout East Africa and has helped the lion population grow.

Patricia Kelly (Hartford, CT) Patricia Kelly is using horses to motivate at-risk children in Hartford, Connecticut. Her nonprofit, Ebony Horsewomen, provides horseback riding lessons and teaches animal science to more than 300 young people a year.

Annette March-Grier (Baltimore, MD) Annette March-Grier grew up in her family’s funeral home. After her mother’s death, she created Roberta’s House, a nonprofit in Baltimore that helps children and their families cope with grief. Since 2008, more than 1,000 children have benefited from the group’s free programs.

Ned Norton (Albany, NY) For the last 25 years, Ned Norton has provided strength and conditioning training to people living with a variety of disabilities. He now trains more than 120 people every week through his nonprofit, Warriors on Wheels.

Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes (Jocotenango, Guatemala) Amid the violence in his native Guatemala, Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes turned his family’s home into a haven for young people. Since 2006, his nonprofit, Los Patojos (the Little Ones), has provided educational opportunities and support to more than 1,000 children.

Wendy Ross (Philadelphia, PA) Dr. Wendy Ross is opening new worlds to autistic children and their families. Since 2010, her nonprofit, Autism Inclusion Resources, has helped hundreds of families navigate challenging public settings, such as sporting events and airport travel.


All the Top 10 Heroes were nominated by CNN's global audience and profiled earlier this year on CNN.

Each will receive $25,000 and be honored at "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute," a globally broadcast event that airs December 7.

One of the Top 10 will receive an additional $100,000 for their cause if the public chooses them as the CNN Hero of the Year.

Starting NOW, you will be able to vote for your favorite Top 10 Hero at CNNHeroes.com.

Voting ends November 16.

Click here to see all the extraordinary Heroes who have been featured this year.

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