Awards & Recognitions

Do you know someone from Greater Cincinnati who deserves this recognition?

Troy Biggs,  KIDNEY RECIPIENT

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Darby Bolyard,
KIDNEY & LIVER RECIPIENT

Awards & Recognitions

Do you know someone from Greater Cincinnati who deserves this recognition?

Throughout our community there are people who are Champions for Donation who are helping to improve donation outcomes through their work within the hospitals. In Greater Cincinnati, there are individuals who have chosen to use their voice and their personal story to promote the importance of donation and encourage others to designate themselves as donors. 

Each year, LifeCenter accepts nominations for these Champions and announces the winners at our annual Community Breakfast. Each year, more than 400 people from local hospitals, companies and other organizations attend this event to celebrate donation and recognize those in our community who are making a different through their actions and attitudes. Each year the Community Breakfast is held the Thursday before Thanksgiving. See our events page for more details on date, tickets, and location. Click here to nominate a donation advocate today!

2019 Champions for Life, Theo E. Smith Awards & Legacy Award

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Rick and Debbie Weiland Legacy Award

Donor Parents of Richard Wieland, Jr. 

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Wray Jump Champion For Life Award

Grant County Circuit Court Clerk

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Renee Paskow Samantha Jameson Vision Award

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Dr. Ahmad Mirza Theo E. Smith Award

2018 Champions for Life, Theo E. Smith Awards & Outstanding Hospital Award

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Lauren Dick Champion for Life Award

Transplant Social Worker, UC Health

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Diana Hughes Champion of Life Award

Application Coordinator, Mercy Fairfield

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UC Health Outstanding Hospital Award

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Alexis Rogers, WLWT Theo E. Smith Award

2017 Champions for Life, Theo E. Smith Awards & Outstanding Hospital Award

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Danette Jones Theo E. Smith Award

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Adams County Regional Medical Center Outstanding Hospital Award

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Dr. Irfan Budhani, St. Elizabeth Healthcare Champion of Life Award

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Jericha Sheley Champion for Life Award

Transplant Coordinator, UC Health

2016 Champions for Life & Theo E. Smith Awards

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Joe & Kris Grigsby Champion for Life Award

Donate Life Ambassadors

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Don Melillo Champion for Life Award

Donate Life Ambassador

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Kathy Goode Theo E. Smith Award

LifeCenter Staff Member

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Tracy Mallery Champion of Life Award

Medical Assistant for the Transplant Team, UC Medical Center

2015 Champions for Life & Theo E. Smith Awards

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Robin Fox Champion for Life Award

Mercy Health

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Brad Johansen Champion for Life Award

Local 12 News

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Kathy Daley Champion of Life Award

UC Health

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John Middleton Champion of Life Award

Kenton County Circuit Court Clerk

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Lynette Williams Theo E. Smith Award

Donate Life Ambassador

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Ft. Hamilton Hospital Donate Life Hospital Champion

2014 Champions for Life & Theo E. Smith Awards

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Jenifer Doughman Champion for Life Award

Donate Life Ambassador

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Larry Davis Champion for Life Award

Fort Hamilton Hospital

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Thomas C. Hendrix Jr. Theo E. Smith Award

Donation Advocate

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Ken Morgan Champion of Life Award

Northern Kentucky Youth Football League

2013 Champions for Life & Theo E. Smith Awards

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The Schnell and Grady Family Champion for Life Award

Donate Life Ambassadors

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Rick Doherty Champion of Life Award

Registrar,  Mill Creek BMV

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Martha Johnson Theo E. Smith Award

Donor Family Member and Community Supporter

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Jodi McDonald Champion for Life Award

Social Worker, Office of Decedent Affairs Department, UC Medical Center

Champions for Life:

  • Ha Pham and Meloy Rickers, Atrium Hospital
  • Dr. Jamila Bowers, Mercy Anderson
  • Dr. Sue Poynter, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Theodore E. Smith Award:

  • Ickey and Chandra Woods, Donor Parents, Jovante Woods Foundation

Champions for Life:

  • Paula Franckhauser, RN, Christ Hospital Health Network
  • Nancy and Jerry Hollenkamp, Aubrey Rose Foundation
  • Dr. Krishna Athota, University of Cincinnati Medical Center

Theodore E. Smith Award:

  • Carolyn Henry Glaspy, Donor Mom

Champions for Life:

  • Dr. Erika Stalets, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Paul Volek, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
  • Ben Brooks, St. Elizabeth Florence

Theodore E. Smith Award:

  • Vickie Jackson, Donor Mom

Champions for Life:

  • Debbie Hayes, Christ Hospital Health Network

Theodore E. Smith Award:

  • Courtis Fuller, WLWT Channel 5

Champions for Life:

  • Paul Beckman, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Barbara Smith
  • Ruth Henthron, St. Elizabeth

Theodore E. Smith Award:

  • Brenita Brooks, National Kidney Foundation

Champions for Life:

  • Dr. Jordan Bonomo, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
  • Kipp Leihgeber, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
  • Kelly Rabah, University of Cincinnati Medical Center

Theodore E. Smith Award:

  • Lincoln Ware, Radio One, WDBZ 

Champions for Life:

  • Ann Demmy, Christ Hospital Health Network
  • Jennifer Jackson, RN, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
  • Dr. David Porembka, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
  • Lisa Cooney, WLWT Channel 5

Champions for Life:

  • Jeff Leudders, Heart Recipient
  • Claudia Mann, Donor Mom
  • Dr. Lori Shutter, University of Cincinnati Medical Center

Champions for Life:

  • Diane Grimes, Living Donor
  • Charles Eaton, Heart Recipient

Champions for Life:

  • Lois Hickey
  • Elaine Barilla
  • Dr. Ed Lowe, Heart Recipient