WebMD Announces 2013 Health Heroes
NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2013
NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- WebMD Health Corp. (NASDAQ: WBMD), the
leading source of health information, today announced its 2013 WebMD Health
Heroes award winners. Each year, the WebMD Health Heroes awards celebrate
those who recognized a need for change, pushed past adversity, and were able
to help inspire others in meaningful ways. In addition, this year WebMD
introduced a new category of health heroes: those who helped improve diabetes
awareness and treatment.
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"WebMD Health Heroes represent individuals who are dedicated to encouraging
health and wellness throughout their communities, and this year's winners are
achieving remarkable success in their goals of inspiring others," said Kristy
Hammam, editor in chief, WebMD Magazine. "The 2013 WebMD Health Heroes are
making a positive impact in the lives of those facing their own health
challenges by extending their support to others."
Featured in the November/December issues of WebMD Magazine and WebMD Diabetes,
the winners each receive a $2,500 donation from WebMD to their choice of
charity or foundation. The 2013 WebMD Health Heroes are:
oSimone Bernstein: This college student co-founded VolunTEENnation.org, a
program that establishes sports clinics for children with autism across
the country, helping them get fit, lose weight, and learn important
skills. VolunTEENnation.org has connected 14,000 teens with volunteer
opportunities within sports clinics for children with autism and created
opportunities for nearly 500 children to participate in sports clinics in
12 cities last year. In addition, Simone created a network of 50 community
gardens that have yielded 15,000 pounds of fresh produce for local food
oBarbi Haase: With a double devotion to healthy food and saving money, this
mother of six organized a produce distribution system throughout her
region, enabling families to buy more produce, learn how to prepare it,
and save money. Haase's organization, The Noisy Rabbit, also donates food
to needy families in the area, with distribution to nearly 700 families.
oManny Hernandez: Hernandez established Diabetes Hands Foundation to
harness the power of social media to educate, empower, and engage people
with diabetes around the world. His two social networks, TuDiabetes.org
and EsTuDiabetes.org, have more than 50,000 registered members. Since
2010, Diabetes Hands Foundation has given more than $250,000 to diabetes
programs in underserved areas in the U.S., Haiti, Dominican Republic, and
oTracy Milligan: After discovering her school district discriminated
against children with diabetes, Tracy worked with the American Diabetes
Association, legislators, and parent groups to ultimately help change
state law. With Florida House Bill 747 now in effect, she is currently
contributing to national efforts to change the law in other states.
oLee Morgan, DVM: This veterinarian provides care to police dogs, guide
dogs, and draft horses at no cost and leverages revolutionary stem cell
therapies to help pets regain their mobility. Morgan uses innovative
therapies, which regenerate cartilage and nerve function, that are used by
only a handful of veterinarians across the country.
oEmily Whitehead/Stephan Grupp, MD: Emily Whitehead was close to death from
leukemia when Dr. Stephan Grupp genetically engineered her own
infection-fighting cells to fight her cancer. Now in remission, Emily and
her family travel to Washington, D.C., with her oncologists to urge
legislators to fund T-cell and other pediatric cancer research. In
addition, they have supported the Cancer Center at the Children's Hospital
of Philadelphia to raise funds for their programs by speaking at CHOP
advocacy events and sharing Emily's story.
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