After thousands of nominees from across the United States and Canada were narrowed to 90 finalists, Major League Baseball and PEOPLE have announced the 30 winners of the "All-Stars Among Us" campaign, which spotlights people who have gone above and beyond to serve their communities.
The Washington Nationals' "All-Star" is Dr. John Glaspy of Northridge, Calif., chosen by fans across the nation for raising a strong voice against the social isolation of cancer patients and their families.
An oncologist and UCLA Professor of Medicine, Dr. Glaspy's ideas -- foremost among them his belief that the battle against cancer will be won -- inspired the Stand Up to Cancer Program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation which endows cancer-treatment researchers with grants.
Dr. Glaspy and the rest of the winners will be honored during the pregame ceremony at the 2009 MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis on July 14 on FOX, at which President Barack Obama will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. One club representative also will be featured in People Magazine.
Nearly three quarters of a million votes were cast by fans across the nation in the All-Stars Among Us campaign to select the 30 "All-Stars Among Us" winners -- one per Major League team -- out of the pool of 90 finalists who are serving as leaders within their communities.
The other finalists for the Nationals were:
Jennifer Skolochenko-Platt of Edgewater, Md., who as executive director of Most Valuable Kids DC works to improve the lives of under-served children. Her Washington-area nonprofit supplies tickets to live sporting and cultural events for kids from low-income households. In addition, she contributes to her community doing charitable fundraising and delivering food to those in need.
Ryan Kules of Bowie, Md., who was severely injured in Iraq when a blast severed his right arm and left leg and now runs Wounded Warrior Project's "Warriors to Work." The program helps injured veterans find new careers and successfully reintegrate back into civilian society.
Meanwhile, vote for your favorite players with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 sites.
The 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.