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Jeanna Richelson "Inspired" by Jefferson Awards Ceremony

WASHINGTON D.C. (WRCB) -- The national Jefferson Awards kicked off in star studded fashion and local winner Jeanna Richelson was part of the action.

She says the experience has made a difference in her heart and she is hoping others will give more to their community.

Jeanna Richelson says, "If every person in the community did one thing for just an hour, it would make a world of difference."

Among the national winners, CIA director General David Patraeus, and musicians Harry Connick Jr, and Branford Marsalis for their work on a national scale.

"There are so many wonderful people that I will never get a chance to meet and this is more for them than anything I have done," says Marsalis.

Connick, Jr says, "This is perhaps the greatest honor I have ever received."

Jeanna's story of survival is also gaining her national support while meeting with US legislators from Tennessee who say they couldn't be more inspired by Jeanna efforts.

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) says, "The people that are here today that came are the outstanding examples of that. They see a need, they have a cause, they get involved in it."

Rep Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN 3rd District) says, "I am very proud of her and her accomplishments. The people of the third district are a very caring community."

"This entire experience with the Jefferson Awards has shown me that I can get the word out there more and reach more people," says Richelson.

Richelson says now the goal is put in more work at home and grow her support group to help save more lives.

She says it's the kind works of others at the Jefferson Awards that will forever change her life for the better. 

"There are some good people in the country," says Richelson. "They are doing some good things for this community. What I have done is a small fraction compared to them it's just amazing."

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