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
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.
Postpartum Progress Blogger
Stone started her popular blog when she had obsessive-compulsive disorder after her baby was born. It left her feeling alone at a time she thought she'd be on top of the world.
Ten years later, the blog is going strong, with more than 3 million followers hungry for news and hope. “Awareness is being raised,” Stone says. “It makes me realize how much women care about this issue.”
In 2011, Stone started a nonprofit, Postpartum Progress Inc., to fund educational efforts and services for women who have mood problems after giving birth.
“I’ve come out on the other side,” Stone says, “but the vast majority of women don’t get help.”