Cause Celeb with by Colin Newton
Admit it, it would be kinda cool if Tom Cruise played you in a movie. Ask Ron Kovic, an anti-war activist who was portrayed by Cruise in Oliver Stone’s epic Born on the Fourth of July. The film depicted Kovic’s long struggle with being paralyzed during the Vietnam War and the indifference toward veterans’ healthcare.
Vietnam was a long time ago, but its lessons remain. That’s why Kovic works with MY HERO, an organization that honors the world’s unsung heroes.
“Get involved with MY HERO because it is one of the most important and worthwhile things that you can do,” Kovic told Giive a (bleep). “You will be adding to a more peaceful world. You will be bringing people together. You will be bringing out the best in yourself and in others.”
Every year, MY HERO presents the Ron Kovic Award to the short film that best promotes world peace. This year, the award goes to Francis Mead’s “Defying Death in South Sudan,” which focuses on United Nations aid worker Ken Payumo, who safeguarded more than 12,000 refugees from soldiers.
Kovic will present the prize this Saturday at MY HERO’s 20th anniversary party, a multimedia celebration honoring heroes through art, music and —obviously — film. For Kovic, it’s a celebration of solutions.
“We do have it within ourselves to make this world a better place, to reach goals that we, perhaps, never before dreamed possible,” he said.
For tickets and information about this weekend’s 20th anniversary bash, visit: Myhero.com/20th. Use the promo code “GIIVE” and pay just $10! (Tickets are $50).
(Photo of Ron Kovic courtesy of Jamie Beckert)