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Ashten Gilliam (2001)

Louisiana Young Heroes



Genre: Awards

Place Covered: Carencro, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2001-06-10

Duration: 00:05:26

Subjects: Louisiana Young Heroes | Gilliam, Ashten


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Thomas, Elizabeth "Boo" Host
  • Gilliam, Michael Interviewee
  • Gilliam, Tammy Interviewee
  • Gilliam, Ashten Interviewee
  • Barrett, Ashlie Interviewee
  • Morello, Vee Interviewee


This segment from the 2001 Young Heroes Award Ceremony features a profile of honoree Ashten Gilliam, a fifth grade student at Carencro Catholic School. After she was stricken with a rare disease that devastated her kidneys, Gilliam received a kidney from her father. Despite the side effects of the medicine she takes, she is an A student and participates in volleyball, basketball and softball. She also campaigns for organ donation in both Louisiana and Washington and helps raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Elizabeth “Boo” Thomas