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Norwich man receives humanitarian award for efforts in Haiti

The American Dental Association honored Dr. Jeremiah Lowney of Norwich with the 2011 Humanitarian Award Monday at its annual meeting in Las Vegas.

Lowney is being recognized for his service to the needy in Haiti for the past three decades, providing health care, food, shelter and much more, the ADA said in a news release.

He received a plaque and a $5,000 donation to the organization he and others founded, the Haitian Health Foundation, during the award presentation. The organization provides health care to Jérémie in southwestern Haiti, an area of extreme poverty that previously had little or no health care.

"I'm convinced that the worst poverty is hopelessness - waking up every morning lacking even the imagination to think tomorrow will ever be any better than today," Lowney said. "The best gift you can give is hope for a better future."

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