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WebMD Health Heroes

Every year since 2006 we’ve honored a group of outstanding people who work to find cures, raise awareness, encourage research, or get treatment to people in need. They're WebMD’s Health Heroes.

Some are health care professionals with the backing of hospitals or universities. Others are regular folks with a dream and desire to help. They all share a passion for making a difference and making things better.

Here, we revisit some of our Health Heroes. Find out what they've been up to lately.


Clare Rosenfeld Evans

Doctoral Candidate

Cambridge, Mass.

Not long after she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, at age 7, Evans gave her first speech as an advocate, to raise interest and help for the disease. It's a role she kept up throughout high school and college. She and her mother worked to get a UN Resolution to observe World Diabetes Day.

What she learned led her to the Harvard School of Public Health, where she’s now seeking an advanced degree. “I became interested in the causes of health inequalities and what we might be able to do to address those inequalities,” she says.

Evans hopes to become a professor “to pursue the three things I feel most passionate about -- teaching, research and advocacy.”


Craig Lambrecht, MD

President, Sanford Health

West Bismarck, N.D.

As a National Guardsman in Iraq, Lambrecht treated children at a U.S. Army burn unit. When supplies ran low, this ER surgeon reached out to colleagues at his home hospital. They helped raise more than $600,000 in funds and supplies. He later brought Iraqi children to the U.S. for treatment.

Now retired from the Guard, Lambrecht is a hospital president, with another challenge. He’s working to build a strong health care system for an area that’s become something of a boomtown thanks to a recent oil rush.

“It’s another Iraq – but in a good sense,” he says of trying to keep up with health needs in a changing environment.


Katherine Stone

Postpartum Progress Blogger

Fayetteville, Ga.

2015 People's Choice Voting Closed

Voting for WebMD's 2015 People's Choice Health Hero is now closed. The winner, chosen from these four celebrity health advocates, will be announced here on Nov. 5 and in the November/December issue of WebMD Magazine.

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Find out who won and see coverage from the awards gala on Nov. 5.

  • Christina Applegate

    Christina Applegate

    This TV star and breast cancer advocate champions for early detection of the disease.
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  • Glenn Close

    Glenn Close

    This actress takes a stand to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.
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  • Carrie Fisher

    Carrie Fisher

    By sharing her personal struggles with bipolar disorder and drug abuse, this actress helps raise awareness and combat the stigma of mental illness.
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  • Jeff Gordon

    Jeff Gordon

    This NASCAR champion isn't idle when it comes to helping children with cancer or stamping out hunger for older adults.
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You must be 18 years of age or older to vote.

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Scenes From Our First Gala

WebMD Health Heroes Honored

Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America, hosted WebMD's Inaugural Health Hero awards in November in New York City.