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Trevor Hero Award to be given to Cindy McCain

NEW YORK -- The Trevor Project will honor philanthropist Cindy McCain with the Trevor Hero Award at TrevorLIVE New York at Chelsea Piers for her ongoing support of the LGBT community.

The award will be presented to McCain by her daughter Meghan McCain on Monday, June 17 at The Trevor Project’s signature annual event that brings together top entertainers, advocates and corporate leaders to support the organization’s life-saving, life-affirming work for LGBT and questioning youth in crisis.

“As a parent you make your best efforts to teach your children everything but there’s always that moment of realization when your child has taught you something,” Cindy McCain said. “That’s how I became an advocate to the LGBT community – through my children who taught me that love is love. I’m thrilled to have been selected by The Trevor Project but I share this honor with my children.”

“Cindy McCain has not been afraid to show her support for the LGBT community,” said Abbe Land, executive director and CEO of The Trevor Project. “She has become a positive and powerful advocate in helping change attitudes and making the world a better place for LGBTQ youth.”

McCain is known for lending her time and talent to increase awareness of international health organizations. As an advocate for children's health care needs, Cindy led 55 medical missions to third world and war-torn countries with the American Voluntary Medical Team. On one of those missions, Mother Teresa encouraged Cindy to take two infants in need of medical attention to the United States. Cindy later adopted one of those children, her 21-year-old daughter, Bridget McCain.

McCain is a proponent of marriage equality and most recently was cast in Dustin Lance Black’s acclaimed play “8.” A member of the board of trustees for the HALO Trust, McCain has also served on the board of directors for Operation Smile, was a founding member of the Eastern Congo Initiative, and recently joined the board of the Special Olympics Los Angeles 2015 summer games.

About The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people under 24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited free and confidential lifeline and instant messaging services, “best practice” in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. Honored by the White House as a Champion of Change, The Trevor Project is a leader and innovator in suicide prevention. Learn more HERE.