Cleveland Clinic Children’s is committed to recognizing all of the many deserving children who are able to demonstrate great character in overcoming a challenging obstacle in life. Exceptional young people are honored with a Courage Award at the annual Cleveland Clinic Children's Gala (formerly known as the HeartThrob Ball).
Each Courage Award recipient has faced overwhelming adversity with the highest degree of bravery, selflessness, determination and courage.
The Courage Award is open to any child in the community who has struggled with difficult medical issues and has risen above the challenge.
The Courage Award
More than fifty nominations for this year's Courage Awards were received in this annual tradition at Children's to honor young courageous patients. All the children nominated deserve recognition for their bravery, and narrowing the nominations down to three is a grueling process each year. A special thank you goes to everyone who took the time to submit a nomination.
The Courage Awards are presented at the annual Children's HeartThrob Ball. This year's event is celebrating its 22nd anniversary and will be held on May 4th at the Cleveland Public Auditorium featuring special guests Chairman Umberto Fedeli, musical group Kool & The Gang and Fox 8's Stefani Schaefer as emcee.
The 2013 Courage Award Honorees
Charlie is a bundle of energy with aspirations of becoming a superhero. Diagnosed with cardiomyopathy at just 4 weeks old, Charlie was a recipient of the Berlin Heart and recently had a heart transplant. He loves spending time outdoors with his brothers and dressing up as Spiderman and Captain America.
Jessica is looking forward to getting her temporary driver’s license this spring after having extensive plastic surgery to remove a large benign bone tumor. Jessica enjoys making hair bows and bracelets for herself and her friends and reading books about real-life tragedy. She loves animals, especially her cat Girlie, and hopes to become a veterinarian because “animals see you for you and not your problems.”
Christine, a recent graduate of the Ohio Center for Broadcasting, was diagnosed with biliary atresia as an infant. She had a liver transplant as a teenager and is a current anemia patient. She enjoys working with the Child Life program at Cleveland Clinic Children’s, where she recently dressed up as Cinderella and dropped off books to patients. Christine enjoys her new position at Clear Channel Radio and is excited to go to the Country Megaticket shows at Blossom Music Center this summer.