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Sepsis Alliance hosted the 7th Annual Sepsis Heroes, the organization’s annual fundraising gala, 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. Click here to see photos from the gala.
2018 Sepsis Heroes gala recap
Angelica Hale, Erin Kay Flatley Spirit Award Winner
Before singing her way to the finals of America’s Got Talent, Angelica Hale survived sepsis when she was just 4 years old. Now a rising star, Angelica, is using her voice to help others survive sepsis. In recognition of her partnership with Sepsis Alliance on It’s About TIMETM, Sepsis Alliance was named Angelica the 2018 Erin Kay Flatley (EKF) Spirit Award Winner.
Angelica performed two inspirational songs at the 7th Annual Sepsis Heroes gala, where Dr. Carl Flatley presented her with the EKF Spirit Award.
To learn more about Angelica and her journey, please click here.
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-PULSE, the 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (619) 232-0300. Program ad pages are also available for purchase.
Sepsis Heroes 2018 Sponsor Package (Adobe PDF)