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WebMD Health Heroes

Each year, WebMD pays tribute to everyday folks -- and a few famous faces -- who do great things to help others live healthier, better lives.

Who is a Health Hero? A person who sees a need and does all he or she can to fill it. This year, we're honoring:

An Advocate: Someone who makes a difference in the community, whether that means a city, state, nation, or a group of people who have the same disease or the same health goal.

A Scientist: A doctor, researcher, or other bright mind who’s thinking outside the box to find a wow-factor answer to a complex medical problem.

A Prodigy:  Whether by spreading the word about a worthy issue, helping others boost their wellness, or coming up with a way to improve care, this young person -- under 21 -- is changing the game.

We also chose four stars who’ve dedicated their time and energy to a health cause as candidates for the People’s Choice award. We asked you, our readers, to decide who most deserves the honor. Find out more about our nominees and check back on Nov. 5 to see who won. 

We’ll honor all our heroes at a special event hosted by Robin Roberts in New York City. In the meantime, check out photos and video from last year’s gala.

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.

Click here for Official Contest Rules.

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.