Two Valley women are being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Sara O'Meara, 70, and Yvonne Fedderson, 70, of Paradise Valley (Arizona) are being considered by the Nobel Prize committee for championing the needs of abused and neglected children.
The Nobel committee typically receives more than 140 nominations annually. No Arizonan has ever won a Nobel Peace Prize.
The women's dramatic story began in 1959 when they personally rescued 11 Asian-American children left to die on the streets of Tokyo. They went on to build orphanages there and later coordinated the effort to airlift thousands of orphaned children from Vietnam to the United States. Then they founded Childhelp USA, which helps 400,000 abused and neglected children annually.
The Scottsdale-based organization has treatment centers in six states and has a 24-hour child-abuse hotline.
Sens. William Frist, R-Tenn.; Trent Lott, R-Miss.; Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.; and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., have all endorsed the nomination and will join the women today at a luncheon in Washington, D.C.