‘Queens Heroes’ Celebrated

Honorees of the 2017 Ambassador Awards, presented by TimesLedger newspapers to Queens immigrants who have made a difference in our community in the fields of medicine, art, business, law and philanthropy. (Photo by Michael Shain via Times Ledger)

This month Times Ledger Newspapers of Queens awarded its second annual Queens Ambassador Awards “to honor 25 immigrants who have made an enormous difference in our communities.” Times Ledger writes about these “Queens heroes” in an editorial.

The honorees have come to Queens from four continents, but many share the same story of struggling against great odds after arriving here unable to speak much English and just a heart beat away from homelessness. The memories of those harsh times remain indelible for many and have been a driving force in shaping their contributions to the borough.

Among the people we salute is Carlos Humberto Cardona, an undocumented immigrant who fled Colombia after his brothers were murdered. The Jackson Heights resident, who is married to an American, suffered severe health consequences after volunteering for four months to clean up the debris at the World Trade Center after 9/11. The governor and a Queens congressman stopped him from being deported this year, but his immigration status is still not settled.

Also receiving awards were human rights worker and Nepali community activist Narbada Chhetri, and violinist and Children’s Orchestra Society director Yeou-Cheng Ma. Read more about them and others, and view photos of them, at Times Ledger.

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