7th Annual Sepsis Heroes

Thursday, September 13, 2018

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Sepsis Alliance is excited to announce the 7th Annual Sepsis Heroes, the organization’s annual fundraising gala, will be held on September 13, 2018 at Marquee in New York City. The annual event, timed to coincide with Sepsis Awareness Month, honors Sepsis Heroes who have made a significant contribution to sepsis awareness and education among both the general public and healthcare professionals. The 2018 class of Sepsis Heroes range from a popular Detroit radio and TV personality to a critical access hospital in rural Kansas. Scroll down to learn more about the 2018 Sepsis Heroes.

Sepsis Alliance hosted last year’s sold-out event on September 14, 2017 in New York City.  Watch the 2017 recap below:

The 2018 Sepsis Heroes honorees included:

  • Jay Towers, a radio and TV personality in Detroit, almost lost his father to sepsis in November of 2017. Jay immediately took action to spread sepsis awareness. Working with Sepsis Alliance, he shared his father’s story on his popular morning radio show and with his loyal social media following. On Giving Tuesday, he told his father’s story on Fox 2 News in Detroit to help raise funds for Sepsis Alliance. Since then, Jay has been a passionate and active sepsis awareness advocate.
  • UM-PULSEthe University of Michigan Post ICU Longitudinal Survivor Experience clinic, is one of just a few clinics worldwide working to aid patient recovery after ICU discharge and reduce hospital readmissions through a comprehensive, multidisciplinary patient care approach. Sepsis is the leading cause of hospital readmissions with 19% of people hospitalized with sepsis needing to be re-hospitalized within 30 days. UM-PULSE’s innovative approach is aimed at significantly decreasing hospital readmissions, including readmission for sepsis patients.
  • Rooks County Health Center is a 20-bed Critical Access Hospital in rural Plainville, Kansas, which is making great strides in improving sepsis treatment and outcomes for patients in their area. According to the University of Kansas Medical Center, mortality rates for sepsis and septic shock in Kansas are as high as 50%, which is greater than mortality rates for heart attack (9.6%) or stroke (9.3%).
  • Jill Kogan Blake is a sepsis survivor who works tirelessly to educate her community about sepsis. Jill hosts Aquamania! Swim for Sepsis Awareness, an annual sepsis awareness swimming event that has raised over $50,000 for sepsis awareness programs, including funds for the production of Sepsis: First Responders, a sepsis training video designed for emergency medical personnel.
  • Sharon Hansen is a critical care nurse educator with a personal connection to sepsis. In 2003, Sharon’s husband survived sepsis. He was left with post-sepsis syndrome, as are up to 50% of sepsis survivors. Post-sepsis syndrome is a life-altering condition that can be mentally and physically debilitating. Now, Sharon is dedicated to educating nurses and health professionals about sepsis and post-sepsis syndrome.

In 2018, the Sepsis Heroes gala will feature a presentation of the Erin Kay Flatley Spirit Award. Given in memory of Erin Kay Flatley, a 23-year-old aspiring teacher who died unnecessarily of sepsis after a routine surgery. Last year’s Spirit Award recipients were Liz and Tony Galbo who tragically lost their five-year-old daughter, Gabby, to sepsis in 2012. The couple has since raised awareness in their home state of Illinois to such a level that Gabby’s Law was enacted, requiring hospitals to implement sepsis protocols to improve early detection and treatment of sepsis.

Sepsis Heroes Sponsors

The Sepsis Heroes event could not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors. Companies and organizations interested in supporting the Sepsis Heroes event as a sponsor should email sponsors@sepsisheroes.org or call us at (619) 232-0300. Program ad pages are also available for purchase.

Sepsis Heroes 2018 Sponsor Package (Adobe PDF)


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