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4 Heartwarming, Inspirational Smithtown Stories of 2013

These Smithtown stories will warm your heart, inspire you to go the distance in 2014.

Jillian Givens, a 5 year old from Ronkonkoma, made a 911 call that likely saved her diabetic mother's life, center, while at her grandparents' Nesconset home. (Photo Credit: Sara Walsh)
Jillian Givens, a 5 year old from Ronkonkoma, made a 911 call that likely saved her diabetic mother's life, center, while at her grandparents' Nesconset home. (Photo Credit: Sara Walsh)
Each and every year at Patch, we tell the stories of someone who has gone above and beyond. Someone who has done something remarkable or put others before themselves. 

In 2013, there are four stories that we hope will bring a smile to your face and inspire you in the year ahead: 

Kindergartener's Heroic 911 Call Saves Her Diabetic Mom
The quick thinking of a 5-year-old girl to dial 911 saved her diabetic mother's life in Nesconset this September. It's a lesson on why all children should be taught emergency numbers. 

Barbecue Maven Forks Over Love and Food for Hungry
Nesconset resident Phil Rizzardi is part of Barbecue Brethren, a group of barbecue enthusiasts and backyard competition chefs who share their love of the grill with cookouts that feed a crowd and benefit a cause. He helped feed a whopping 27,000 people in the days and weeks following Hurricane Sandy.

Smithtown Native Takes on 4K Mile Cross-Country Bike Ride
 Smithtown resident Tom Grisanti, a junior at Mansfield University,embarked on a 70-day, 4000+ mile bike ride from Baltimore, MD to Portland, OR as par of the "4K for Cancer" program, of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a non-profit organization that sanctions the ride, as well as several other events to raise money, awareness and support for young adults with cancer and their families. 

Marty Lyons Makes Children's Wishes Come True from Commack Office
The former New York Jets player and Smithtown resident opened the LI headquarters for his foundation, the Marty Lyons Foundation, in Commack this December. 

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