Lurie Children’s Honors Patient, Community Advocate and Government Leader for Exceptional Child Health Commitment

Lurie Children’s honored four inspirational individuals with the first Hope and Courage Awards during a luncheon on Friday, October 10, 2014.  Works of art created by Lurie Children’s patients served as the awards which were created to recognize the contributions of three categories of leaders who have demonstrated exceptional commitments to improving the health and well-being of children.

“When we broke ground for the new hospital, our employees chose ‘Hope’ and ‘Courage’ as the names for the cranes that literally built this building. The people we honor today embody the values of Hope and Courage as well, and their efforts are building stronger communities and safer, healthier environments for children,” said Patrick Magoon, President and CEO of Lurie Children’s. 
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The Patient and Family Hope and Courage Award was presented to Jamarielle Ransom-Marks, a patient at Lurie Children’s who has used her battle with acute lymphocytic leukemia as inspiration to help others. She and her family now run one of the largest private blood and bone marrow drives in the Chicago area. Jam’s Blood and Bone Marrow Drive is held each year to celebrate the anniversary of her successful stem cell transplant. The Patient and Family Hope and Courage Award was presented by Chicago philanthropist Ann Lurie, whose transformative gift allows Lurie Children’s to provide world-class pediatric health care to the children of Chicago and beyond.

The Community Advocate Hope and Courage Award was presented to Linda Ginzel and Boaz Keysar, founders of the non-profit organization Kids in Danger. After losing their son Danny because of a defective crib, they have become strong advocates for child product safety. Because of their efforts mandatory safety standards for all durable juvenile products were adopted in 2008 as part of the federal Consumer Safety Improvement Act. Chicago’s First Lady Amy Rule, whose work reflects a commitment to creating safe, nurturing environments for children, presented the Community Advocate Hope and Courage Award.

The Government Leader Hope and Courage Award was presented to United States Senator Richard J. Durbin.  Senator Durbin has been a champion for child health and has fought for the Medicaid program, Graduate Medical Education, and funding for cutting-edge research. He also sponsored legislation that created groundbreaking safeguards for children with asthma and life-threatening food allergies.

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