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Grandmother Nominated For The Nobel Prize, Is The Best.

Emilia Kamvysi is 86-years-old and probably the most unassuming Nobel Peace Prize nominee ever.

This Greek grandmother has been nominated along with her neighbors, aged 89 and 85, for the prestigious award. She's a woman of modest means, so the $1.2 million USD prize money seems excessive to her.

"What am I going to do with it anyway?" said Kamvysi.

A retiree from the Greek island of Lesbos lives comfortably on $360-a-month, a farmer's pension. She's more than just a retiree, or a grandmother, she and her neighbors have become a symbol of Greek generosity and human kindness in the wake of the migrant crisis.

A photo of the three women was taken last year and went viral on social media. In it, she sits on a bench with her neighbors, bottle-feeding the tiny baby of a Syrian refugee.

"There are many people that helped the refugees — the fishermen, the volunteers. It wasn't just us," Kamvysi said. "Those poor babies, escaping war and drowning in the waters. It's such a shame. We're all crying in the village whenever there's a shipwreck."

She was so moved by the plight of these fleeing people because they reminded her of her own parents. In 1922, they fled their home on Moshonisi Island during the Greek-Turkis war.

"She left persecuted and arrived here when she was only 17 years old. They came with hurt souls. It's exactly how I see the refugees are today. When they arrived in Greece, the locals didn't want them and saw them as foreigners."

Emilia Kamvysi.Reuters/Petros Tsakmakis

Kamvysi's cousin, Maritsa Mavrapidou, 85, was also in the photo. Like Kamvysi, she is a humble grandmother whose big heart went out to Syrian woman.

"...we didn't do really anything," Mavrapidou said. "The mother came out of the boat, soaking wet. We held and fed her baby while she was changing. I have 16 grandchildren. Our hearts break to see so many children on the refugee boats."

This Friday, Kamvysi, Mavrapidou and the third woman in the photo, her sister Efstathia, 89, will find out if they are to receive the honorable award.

If she wins, Kamvysi pledges her share of the prize money to the faltering Greek healthcare system. "I wish that Greece wins this prize, not just me," she told USA Today.

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