Find Out This Week’s Local Hero Winner and Nominate Others for Who’s Your Hero RI?

Head to GoProvidence's Facebook page to tell us about someone in your community who is making a difference.

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Who’s your local hero? Tell us about someone in your community who is making a difference. Maybe it’s a frontline worker, some selfless employee taking care of customers at your local grocery store or a person volunteering to make masks for people in need? Rhode Island Monthly, GoProvidence and Coast 93.3 are teaming up for Who’s Your Hero RI? to acknowledge our local heroes. Nominate someone who is going over and above for others, and they will be entered for a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets for either general admission or the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo and a one-year subscription to Rhode Island Monthly.

To nominate someone, head to GoProvidence’s Facebook page and look for the post that explains the Who’s Your Hero RI? campaign. Comment on the Facebook post with the name of your hero and a short description about what they’re doing to help during this time. The winner will be chosen at random each week and announced in our “401” e-blast. All the heroes will be named on our blog. Who’s Your Hero RI? will continue until things start to normalize again. 


This Week’s Winner:

Bella DeBarros
Bella was nominated by Brenda Bryda DeBarros:

“Bella DeBarros, my daughter. She is one of the many seventeen years olds working at Shaw’s market. Just recently, she was given masks and gloves. Many of our teens are working and risking themselves for $10-$11 per hour. I know she is not a nurse or doctor, but she is important. Not only that, she is not even going to have her high school graduation this year.”


Week Two Winner:

Ali Markarian
Markarian is an Emergency Room nurse at Miriam Hospital. She was nominated by multiple people. Their posts are below:

Joyce Parisi: “I nominate Ali Alysa. Ali is an ER nurse at the Miriam Hospital who is on the front line during this pandemic fighting the Covid-19 for her patients. This is important to stress because Ali is a 4th stage cancer survivor putting herself at risk to care for others. What determined me to nominate Ali was how she put sick patients first instead of herself. She could of taken a leave off secondary to her compromised immune system but has chosen to help others instead. She has touched and enriched the lives of many sick patients who have been alone during this quarantine. Ali has made a measurable impact as a passionate nurse to help these patients especially with this virus to help them understand and overcome the fear of their diagnosis. If I became sick , I truly would be blessed to have Ali care for me and/or my family. A special thank you, Ali, for your dedication, your compassion and your love for being a nurse. I am very proud of you Ali (GC) xoxo”

Kathy Lanni: “I nominate Ali Alysa, an ER Nurse at the Miriam Hospital. Not only is she on the front lines, Ali is herself a 4th stage, thirteen-year cancer survivor who is truly putting herself at risk. Ali is dedicated, empathetic, and passionate about her profession. She has days where she is barely able to breathe fitted in complete PPE, barely having time to take a sip of water and never taking time to eat. Ali chose her career upon graduation after her recovery realizing the importance of nurses and their direct contact with patients. During this pandemic, she is understanding the fear of patients who are alone in their hour of need, often being the person holding someone’s hand when their family is not allowed to be with them. Ali could easily be taking time off citing her compromised immune system, but that’s not who Ali is … she would never think about herself that way. She shows up for every shift ready, able and willing to ‘do her job.’ Ali is an inspiration to all young women as a model of someone who chose to do something with her life that contributes to the care of others. So proud of you Ali.”

Emily Sara: “My friend Ali Alysa, an ER nurse at Miriam Hospital, has always been very compassionate and I admire her strength and perseverance as she serves on the front lines during this pandemic. She as well as all of our essential workers are sacrificing valuable time with family to help save others. She’s a true hero! Thank you Ali.”

Trinh Truong: “Ali Alysa is my local RI hero for being on the front lines every day as an ER nurse! Get your nominations in! #WhosYourHeroRI”

Christin Marissa: “My sister Ali Alysa! She is an emergency room nurse at Miriam and is on the frontlines of this pandemic almost every day. Her compassion and commitment to the hospital and patients is amazing. She as well as so many others put themselves at risk every day to save lives. Ali is a true humanitarian and is also a cancer survivor. Her positive attitude, love for others and incredible nursing knowledge makes her a RI hero!”


Week one winner:

Jessica Salter, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Amos House

Nominated by Kelley McShane

“For the last several years you’ve worked tirelessly for Amos House. Today you are facing this crisis with more strength and tenacity than ever. You and the entire Amos House team have created more housing, collected more resources and served more meals than ever. I am so grateful to have this fabulous Alabaman in our state!”


Nominate your local hero for Who’s Your Hero RI?



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