Awards recognize inspirational community leaders for their exceptional efforts to promote child health, especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago has announced the recipients of the 2021 Hope & Courage Awards which recognize exceptional community leaders who are lighting the way toward a healthier future for every child. “Our Hope and Courage Awardees are an inspiration to all of us, and we are so grateful for the resolve and leadership they have demonstrated in a truly unprecedented time,” said Thomas Shanley, MD, President & CEO. “We are honored to recognize exceptional Youth, Government Leaders and Community Advocates who are lighting the way toward a healthier future for every child.”
Yalina has used her experience to become an advocate for other patients. She has been a member of Lurie Children’s Kids Advisory board and Children’s Advisory Networks (iCAN) for over 4 years. In 2020, Yalina participated in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week to help increase government investment in child health. Yalina has even found time and energy to foster and bottle-feed 10 vulnerable kittens at once through Forget-Me-Not Rescue!
During his time in office, Harris has successfully expanded access to healthcare, increased mental health services, services for at-risk youth and protections for people with disabilities. Harris also continues to lead the fight for protections for the LGBTQ community.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Northwest Center stepped up as leaders in new and significant ways. There were more COVID-19 infections in Belmont Cragin than any other in the City. In response, they partnered with the City of Chicago and became the first Protect Chicago Plus community, piloting a hyper-local pandemic response and vaccination effort that served as a model for neighborhoods across the City.
Previous Hope & Courage award winners have included U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Secretary of State Jesse White; Linda Ginzel and Boaz Keysar, founders of Kids in Danger; Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), a collaborative for education and racial justice led by students of color from six community organizations across the city of Chicago; Jamarielle Ransom-Marks, a leukemia patient whose family organized one of the largest private blood and bone marrow drives in the Chicago area and Maddi Bertrand, a national Cystic Fibrosis research advocate and Lurie Children’s Kids Advisory Board (KAB) member.