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Former Gabrielle Giffords intern coming to Harper

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Daniel Hernandez Jr., the intern credited with saving former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' life after a gunman shot her and 18 people in 2011, will share his experiences at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, J Theatre, Room J143, Palatine.

His presentation is part of a Becoming Aware Series and Hispanic Heritage Month event sponsored by Harper's Office of Student Involvement.

Long before the 23-year-old University of Arizona graduate became a nationally known advocate for gun control and education issues, Hernandez, a native Spanish speaker, encountered many challenges and health issues to become the first person in his family to get a bachelor's degree. Hernandez will discuss how he made his own success and advice on reaching goals. His presentation will include a brief Q and A.

Admission is free, but advance tickets are recommended. For tickets, call Harper's box office at (847) 925-6100.