American Red Cross Honors Local Hero, Leona Di Amore

The 16th Annual Heroes Breakfast is Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 a.m. at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. in Downtown Chicago

CHICAGO, IL (February 26, 2018) —The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois is honoring local people who demonstrated acts of heroism in the community at the organization’s 16th Annual Heroes Breakfast, Thursday, May 3 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.

Leona Di Amore sacrificed her own safety to save the life of another. While visiting her daughter at college, students began screaming as a crisis erupted. Leona ran toward the screams and found a student, who had a 10-inch stab wound. With no way to know if the scene was safe, Leona administered first aid to the student, applied pressure to the wound and kept the student calm and conscious as he started to lose feeling from blood loss. The student was hospitalized and recovered because of her quick thinking and life-saving skills.