Michael Jackson

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Maryanne Albelo

Kristen Westrick

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November 7, 2010

                                                                                                      "Michael Jackson, Modern Hero"  

          Michael Jackson, time and time again, has proven to be a true modern hero. Through the many trials and tribulations

that he has endured, he always managed to put others that were most in need first. On January 27, 1984, he received second

degree burns on his scalp from pyrotechnic accident that occurred on the set of a Pepsi commercial. Instead of thinking of

himself, he took the out-of-court settlement of   $1.5 million dollars and donated it to the Brotman Medical Center in Culver

City, CA., which later named the burn ward "Michael Jackson Burn Center", and presented him a plaque for his selfless


            He is recognized all around the world, from civilians to politicians. President Ronald Regan is one of the five presidents

that acknowledge his genuine generosity. February 1, 1984, President Regan expressed his heartfelt condolences and his

admiration for Michael all in one letter. Later that year, May 19, 1984, President Regan presented Michael with a Special

Achievement Award for his cooperation in the National Ad Campaign Against Drunk Driving.

          Michael's concern with the underprivileged and terminally ill is endless. On April 1984, 14-year old David Smithee, who

was terminally ill with Cystic Fibrosis, last request was to meet Michael. Of course Michael granted that request inviting

Smithee to his California home. Through the Brass Ring Society, a organization that caters to the wishes of terminally ill

children, David Smithee got his last wish before passing May 1984.

            Even when he was doubted by others, Michael was more than ready to rectify any inconsistencies. On July 5,...