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Hero Next Door: Janet Dygan

10:07 PM, Feb 4, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's the start of day for Janet Dygan.
    
Getting Jeremy Hobbs out of bed and ready for work.
    
Jeremy has advanced muscular dystrophy or MD. It's a genetic disease the causes the muscles in the body to become very weak and over time, you lose your ability to sit up and walk.

"I'm going to do such a good job. I'll be able to retire and people will come to me," Janet said.
    
For the last five years, Janet has made it her civic duty to not only get Jeremy ready for work but drive him there as well.

"This has worked out for both of us in so many ways. I've got a best friend and son that I never had and it's great," Janet said.
    
It's at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts that the two crossed paths. Janet is a special education teacher while Jeremy volunteers.
    
Jeremy said a friend introduced him to Janet when he was at one of the his lowest points of his life.

"I was staying with a family friend. It wasn't a healthy situation. I was not in a good position at all," Jeremy said.
    
That's when Janet stepped in.

"Some of the things she does for me, it can't be pleasant. It's hard. I'm not a light person. So, helping me get dressed and cleaned and whatever is a lot of physical effort. I know it has be hard but she's always smiling when she's doing it," Jeremy said.

"There are times. Like every morning, I'm not a morning person and I say, 'I'm so tired, I don't want to go and pick up Jeremy. But then you never question it, you just do it. You just have to because it's the right thing to do," she said.
    
Jeremy calls Janet his mom ... his angel.
    
We're calling Janet Dygan ... "our hero next door."

"There's no one else on this earth that I look up to more than her. She's who I aspire to be," Jeremy said.

Janet is not only a hero to jeremy but to so many students here at the school. Janet makes sure that her students get their medicine and she works with daniel memorial to find homeless kids shelter.

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