Runner Roger Desjardins of Andover, who turned his running habit into a benefit run to raise money for cancer research, has been recognized by the Boston Celtics' "The Heroes Among Us" program. Desjardins was honored on Jan. 5 when the Celtics played the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Desjardins partnered with a local organization called Voices of Hope, and asked colleagues, friends and family if they would sponsor him for every mile he ran in 2017. He raised over $15,000 for cancer care and research, according to a Dec. 14, 2017 Townsman story.
The Heroes program has recognized outstanding individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to their communities since 1997. The award is presented at every Celtics home game and pays tribute to the heroic achievements of these outstanding citizens.
Desjardins, president of Marceau Construction Corp. in Methuen, is also a talented singer and performer. His son, Christopher Desjardins, is the Vocal Music Director at Andover High School and also serves as music director for Voices of Hope.
He lives on Cottage Road with his wife, Betty.