Programming Note: CNN Heroes received more than ten thousand nominations from 100 countries. A Blue Ribbon Panel selected the Top 10 CNN Heroes for the year. Voting for the CNN Hero of the Year continues through November 18th (6am ET) at CNNHeroes.com
Editor's Note: Susan Burton's nonprofit, A New Way of Life Reentry Project, provides sober housing and other support to formerly incarcerated women in California.
When CNN called to say I had been selected to the top 10 Heroes, my body exploded with joy. It felt like the 4th of July. I screamed and could hardly contain myself. I am thrilled, excited, grateful and humbled all in the same moment. By the time I got to my office my face was aching from the huge smile I had carried as I drove in. Dreams do come true in America.
I thought of all the folks who have been a big part of helping me and the hope that has been transformed into faith to make a better world for people who live in despair.
This will help me do more of what I want to do. I have so many dreams to help people – to support and create little non-profits for more re-entry programs across the country. I want to put more resources into other projects, maybe even new computers.
I thought about how much faith I have been blessed to receive through this journey. I thought about how I feel the hand of God protecting and guiding me through this life. I thought of how fortunate I am to be chosen as a CNN hero and how I will be allowed to help others step up and realize their dream to. Thank you CNN and hello Anderson Cooper!
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