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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 thirty nominations for this year's Courage Awards were received in this annual tradition at Cleveland Clinic 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 Gala in the spring. This year's event is celebrating its 24th anniversary and will be held on May 2nd at Cleveland Public Auditorium featuring Event Co-Chairman and Co-Chairwoman, Umberto P. Fedeli and Lorraine Dodero. 

The 2014 Courage Award Honorees are:


Mahmoud Ahmad

Mahmoud is a strong and relentless 12 year old. As his body continues to heal after a recent second bone marrow transplant, he has gained the reputation of being “The Man” around the halls of Cleveland Clinic Children’s.


Jacob Miller

Jacob is a 16 year old boy who through unimaginable difficulty related to a life-saving heart transplant, continues to remain optimistic, always having a smile on his face.


Aulorah Stringer

Aulorah, 12 years old, is a resilient young woman. Though her own medical struggles could have easily discouraged her, she remains humble and grateful.