CNN Heroes received more than 10,000 nominations from 100 countries, and a Blue Ribbon Panel selected the Top 10 CNN Heroes for the year. Voting for the CNN Hero of the Year continues through November 18 (6 a.m. ET) at CNNHeroes.com. The winner will be announced at “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” which airs Thanksgiving night, November 25, at 8 ET.
(CNN) — With her weight-loss challenge, Shape Up Vicksburg, Linda Fondren is helping her Mississippi hometown banish the bulge.
Through the group’s free fitness activities and nutrition classes, Vicksburg residents have lost nearly 15,000 pounds to date.
Below are Fondren’s thoughts on being chosen as a Top 10 CNN Hero for 2010.