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WebMD Health Heroes

Meet Our 2013 Health Heroes

Each year, we celebrate visionary
Americans who met a health challenge
and gave back to others in an inspiring way.

2013 Health Heroes

Lee MOrgan

Lee Morgan, DVM

This veterinarian's love of working animals inspires him to donate supplies and services to police dogs, guide dogs, and draft horses, as well as use pioneering stem cell therapies to help pets regain their mobility.

Bonnie Addario

Barbi Haase

With a double devotion to healthy food and saving money, this mother of six organized a produce distribution system for families throughout her region. Nearest and dearest to her heart: helping families who need help paying for food.

Bonnie Stehr

Manny Hernandez

His foundation harnesses the power of social media to educate, empower, and engage people with diabetes around the world. It also raises money to help people with diabetes in underserved parts of the world.

Richard and Debra Siravo

Simone Bernstein

This college student sets up sports clinics for children with autism across the country, helping them get fit, lose weight, and learn important skills. As if that's not enough, she also helps teens across the country find opportunities to volunteer in their own communities

Tracy Milligan

Tracy Milligan

When she discovered that her school district discriminated against children with diabetes, Florida mother Tracy Milligan worked with the American Diabetes Association to change state law so that children with this disorder can attend any school they want.

Emily Whitehead/Stephen Grupp, MD

Emily Whitehead/Stephen Grupp, MD

Emily Whitehead was close to death from leukemia when Dr. Stephen Grupp genetically engineered her own infection-fighting cells to fight her cancer cells. Now in remission, Emily, her family, and Dr. Grupp join forces and advocate for more funding for this promising treatment.

WebMD's Gift

This year, WebMD awarded $2,500 to each Health Hero to be used for their foundation or project. Click on the tabs to find out how they plan to spend their prize.

Lee Morgan, DVM

Lee Morgan, DVM

"I am giving half to the Fairfax Police Department to buy emergency kits for the dog handlers and half to Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue Foundation for basic expenses, including medicine and blankets."

Lee Morgan, DVM

Nominate a WebMD Health Hero for 2014!

Do you know of a friend, relative, doctor, nurse, or doctor/patient team who faced a serious health challenge, then gave back to others in an inspiring way?

Tell us about it! You can read about our past Health Heroes winners here, as well as make a nomination. Winners will receive a check to donate to their favorite health foundation or charity and appear in the November/December 2014 issue of WebMD Magazine and online at

Deadline: Friday, July 18, 2014

We look forward to your nominations!

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WebMD Magazine

WebMD Magazine

Each year, WebMD's Health Heroes are announced in the pages of the November/December issue of WebMD Magazine.

Want to nominate a Health Hero?

The editors of WebMD Magazine seek heart-lifting, true stories about people who met a medical diagnosis or situation with courage and helped give back to others in an inspiring way. Nominate someone you know for our 2014 awards!