Local honored by American Red Cross

The American Red Cross of Orange County is honoring 10 local heroes for their outstanding acts of heroism and humanitarian service. These heroes will be celebrated at the 2022 Orange County Heroes Awards, held on Friday, May 20 at the City National Grove of Anaheim. 

Among them is Heidi Miller of Laguna Beach, who is being recognized with the Gift of Life Hero Award.

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Heidi Miller is the recipient of the American Red Cross of Orange County’s Gift of Life Hero Award

For decades, Miller has been giving others the gift of life. She began donating blood in college and in 1991 became a bone marrow transplant donor. In 2017, she donated a kidney to a recipient who had mere months to live. Like her earlier bone marrow donation, her kidney donation made a lifesaving impact.

Since then, Miller has mentored more than 120 people in need of kidney transplants and has helped match more than 40 individuals, including more than 30 people who have now received their transplants.

Miller also continues donating platelets and blood. Knowing that the need is constant, she encourages others to donate as well. Her motto is “Share Your Spare!” whether this means blood, platelets, bone marrow or kidney donation.

“We’re thrilled to recognize true heroes who are serving our communities every day,” said Becky Firey, executive director of the American Red Cross of Orange County. “It’s an honor to share their inspiring stories with the public and highlight the impact of local, everyday heroes across our region.”

Individual event tickets and sponsorships are available now. This year’s event will raise funds for Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF), which proudly serves military members, veterans and their families. A Little Help Foundation will match all event donations up to $25,000.

For more information about the Orange County Heroes Awards, or to make a donation, visit