Richie Sambora honored as hometown hero

Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora is hugged by fans after Woodbridge residents and public officials gathered Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, in his hometown, Woodbridge, N.J., to name a street in his honor because of his philanthropy. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

November 24, 2009 1:57:09 PM PST
The New Jersey town where Richie Sambora grew up says Bon Jovi's lead guitarist can come home whenever he wants. On Tuesday, residents and public officials gathered in Sambora's hometown of Woodbridge to name a street in his honor.

The 50-year-old Sambora has launched a fundraising effort called, "You Can Go Home," to give back to the community. The program benefits Woodbridge teen Kelly Mahon, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor two years ago.

Sambora also financed the new weight room at his alma mater, Woodbridge High School. It's being named in honor of Sambora's father, Adam, who died of cancer in 2007.

The street leading to the school is now Richie Sambora Way.

Sambora says he's never taken his success for granted.