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LA MESA -- La Mesa resident Louis Frick was one of two people honored this month as 2012 Local Heroes for their work in improving the lives of others.
As part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, and in commemoration of Disability Awareness Month, Union Bank, N.A., has partnered with KPBS to recognize two local heroes who are making a positive difference to improve the lives of others.
The 2012 Local Heroes campaign is designed to celebrate and pay tribute to extraordinary members of the community who are making a difference by improving their workplaces, neighborhoods, region and the world. The 2012 Disability Awareness Month honorees are: Louis Frick and Laurel Moorhead.
In 1977, at the age of 19, Frick became a quadriplegic as the result of an automobile accident. Since then, the San Diego State University alum has dedicated his life to enhancing awareness and advocating for people with disabilities. He was instrumental in the passing of H.R. 5610, a bill designed to preserve balanced funding for California’s 29 Centers for Independent Living.
Frick serves on many boards and committees, including the Mayor Sanders’ Committee on Disability for the City of San Diego, the California State Independent Living Council, and the California Foundation for Independent Living Council. He has also been a board member and elected officer for the National Council on Independent Living, the Unified Port of San Diego’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, and the San Diego Disability Action Coalition and has served as a consultant for disability-related organizations at the local, state and national level. Additionally, Mr. Frick was a member of the Host Committee for Super Bowl XXXVII, held in San Diego.
Frick was honored this month with Laurel Moorhead, one of the founders of the San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation who has served as the organization’s executive business manager and executive director. The Foundation provides sport camps for children with physical disabilities and exposes them to healthy activities and to other children like themselves.