I have many heroes. Of course, my parents. Besides my parents, Dr. Zahn and Dr. Starnes are two of my heroes. I was born with heart complications and they operated on me seven different times. Mrs. Burke is also one of my heroes. She was my third-grade teacher and is the one who helped me find my love for math. My grandma is also my hero. Not because of any single thing she does, but because she always knows what to say to make me feel better.

One of my favorite things to do is to recognize my heroes. I write letters to the nurses who took care of me. I make warm, cozy blankets and donate them to hospitals so they can give them to their patients. And I like to bake treats for doctors who take care of patients in the hospital.

The idea of Dear Hero is to inspire and encourage people to honor their heroes. When my heroes hear from me, they are touched. And it makes me feel good knowing they feel appreciated.

I invite you to give Dear Hero a try.

Dear Dr. Zahn,

My greatest hero, now and always!

A day doesn’t go by when I don’t feel my appreciation for you. You saved my life. You were there when I needed you most. You go about your work with such strength and determination. You are beyond inspirational.

You continue to keep me calm and reassured even after my heart surgeries. During the hardest times of my life, you always know what to do and what to say. Aside from my parents, I have never felt more confidence and trust in anyone, ever.  

Because of you, I’m able to write this letter.  Because of you, I’m a typical girl doing typical things.

You are my hero!

Zoe, age 17

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