Nov. 13, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- WebMD Health Corp. (Nasdaq: WBMD), the leading source of health information, today announced its 2012 WebMD Health Heroes award winners. Now in its seventh year, WebMD's Health Heroes awards celebrate extraordinary Americans who met a health challenge and gave back to others in an inspiring way. This year's nominees include extraordinary people who pushed past adversity with passion, inspiration, and innovation and extended health solutions and support to others.
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"WebMD health heroes are inspiring individuals who encourage health and wellness in each of their communities," said
, Editor in Chief, WebMD the Magazine. "We are excited to celebrate their continued achievements and support their goals to make an impact in the lives of those facing their own health challenges."
This year, WebMD Health Heroes were awarded
each to use for their foundation or project. The 2012 WebMD Health Heroes are:
A Leading Advocate for Lung Cancer Patients
was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2003. After months of difficult treatments, Addario, 65, recovered and decided to help others survive the disease. Lung cancer research receives a fraction of the funding other cancer research attracts. In 2006, she set up the Bonnie J. Addario Foundation from her home in
San Carlos, Calif.
, to raise awareness of lung cancer and money for research. To date, her foundation has raised
In an effort to help in the fight to increase survival among cancer patients, Addario launched a second nonprofit, the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute, which developed bio-repositories in
now used by scientists and doctors at 17 institutions in
the United States
for joint research. The bio-repositories offer tissue, blood, and plasma samples from lung cancer patients that researchers can study in their pursuit for a cure.
Raising Awareness of Epilepsy
Richard and Debra Siravo
suffered a devastating loss in 1998 when their 5-year-old son, Matty, died after a prolonged epileptic seizure. Matty's seizure occurred after brain surgery to reduce the epilepsy symptoms he'd had since infancy.
Rather than succumb to grief or anger, Debra and Richard decided to help others. Starting in their basement in Wakefield, R.I., they set up The Matty Fund to provide information and resources to other families dealing with epilepsy.