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Dracut Girl Honored By Boston Celtics As A 'Hero Among Us'

Nov 07, 2018 06:14AM ● By Bill Gilman

Julia Degnan has received a great deal of help in her young life and that has inspired her to help many others.

The Dracut 10-year-old was born with a severe heart condition but that hasn't stopped her from becoming a hero.

Julia was recently recognized by the Boston Celtics and the Massachusetts State Lottery as a "Hero Among Us." She was honored in front of 17,000 people at the TD Garden during the second quarter of the Celtics' 117-113 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

During lengthy hospital visits throughout her life, Julia received toys during her treatment to brighten her day. When she learned that the hospital didn’t have enough toys for all the patients, she knew she had to act. Julia started a lemonade stand to raise money to buy toys for children with life-threatening illnesses. 

Amazingly, Julia has raised over $6,000 for kids in hospitals.

Julia is the daughter of Brian and Bethany Degnan. She was joined at the TD Garden by her parents and her sister McKenzie. The Degnan family is pictured below.

Since its establishment in 1997 by the Boston Celtics, The Heroes Among Us program has recognized outstanding individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to their communities. The award is presented at every Celtics home game and pays tribute to the heroic achievements of these outstanding citizens.


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