President Barack Obama will award the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16 people, including Camillus Health Concern founder Dr. Pedro Jose Greer Jr., who's long been recognized nationally as an advocate for the poor and homeless.
He has been recognized by several former presidents dating back to President Carter for his commitment to Miami's poor. He is also the recipient of three Papal Medals as well as the prestigious MacArthur "genius grant."
"I am deeply humbled by this incredible honor," Greer said in a statement. "I love medicine and what it can do for our community, particularly those in need. This is our country, this is our community and it's our responsibility as physicians to make sure we take care of those who need it most."
Greer joins a distinguished list of Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients. Among the 16 being recognized are Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, British physicist Stephen Hawking, former Irish President Mary Robinson and Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh, founder of micro-lending.
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