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|1997 Oley Award and Scholarship Winners|
LifelineLetter Annual Award
Robin has participated in the Oley Foundation for 16 years, serving as a Regional Coordinator, representing Oley at many meetings, raising program money and much more. As an Oley volunteer, Robin offers support and encouragement to many lifeliners. She coordinates support group meetings, visits hospital patients and has participated in several nutrition research studies. She also keeps herself "up to the minute” on the latest developments in the homePEN industry in order to share information with other lifeliners in her area. Robin is particularly sensitive to the needs of young lifeliners and has reached out to visit children far from her home. She is a professional clown and devotes many holidays to providing entertainment at local nursing homes. Robin also volunteers as a Sunday school teacher, coordinates a weekly meal program for the homeless and works part-time. It is a privilege to honor such a deserving candidate.
Caroline Allshouse, Stillwater, MN; Shirley Arnett, St. Charles, MO; Anna Cyr, Sabarrus, ME; Jean Kniereman, Amherst, OH; Elizabeth Tucker, Bloomington, MN; Donald Wilson, Newark, OH
Oley Foundation Child of the YearAllison Hillen
Currently 13 years old, Allison has been on TPN since she was one week old due to short bowel syndrome. Instead of getting depressed about her situation, she focuses her energy on being an active and involved teenager. Among the numerous activities she enjoys are baby-sitting, dancing lessons, playing clarinet and piano, and participating in 4-H. Allison is very seldom self-conscious about her condition or treatment which is evidenced by her willingness to inform her peers about her TPN and medical condition. In fact, she has given demonstrations to her class about her illness and how to hook up. She has also willingly had IV antibiotics administered during the school day. Allison is comfortable having friends spend the night as well as taking her pumps and supplies with her to slumber parties. When hospitalized, she is quick to volunteer to assist on the pediatrics floor, entertaining younger patients and setting up room displays. After various infections, line replacements, numerous surgeries and hospitalizations, she is always quick to bounce back into the normal day-to-day routine. People often comment on her good nature -- especially considering all of the situations she has to deal with. Thank you Allison for being an inspiration to us all.
Mallory Cyr, Sabattus, ME; Megan Gravenstein, Tomball, TX; Darren Harrison, Horn Lake, MS; Beatrice Weaver, Shippensburg, PA
Lenore Heaphey Grassroots Education AwardLinda Gravenstein
Linda is a real go-getter and a terrific organizer as exemplified by her efforts to organize an impromptu tour of the San Diego Zoo at the 1996 Oley conference. She spends hours on the telephone with TPN patients and their families, listening to their troubles and spreading the word about Oley. She has led panel discussions about TPN and chronic illness issues and is helping to support Dr. Buchmann’s studies on fatty livers found in TPN patients. Linda is loving, caring, honest with her feelings and mother extraordinaire -- not only to her daughter Megan but to everyone she comes in contact with that needs a little extra TLC. Please join us in paying tribute to this outstanding mother and Regional Coordinator.
Judy Peterson, San Diego, CA; Shirley Arnett, St. Charles, MO
Mead Johnson Enteral Award
An exemplary Regional Coordinator and tireless patient advocate, it is a pleasure to introduce Barbara as the winner of this year’s Mead Johnson Award. Truly there are few enteral consumers as involved in patient support as she is. Barbara has helped patients nationwide as well as in her region, over the phone and through personal visits. She considers it her personal mission to help other families cope better with nutrition support therapy and to live fuller lives. Barbara can be as gentle as a new mother, or as tough as she needs to be in order to motivate others to adjust to their current challenge and move on -- and her efforts don’t stop when she’s struggling with her own ongoing challenges. Originally on TPN because of a gut motility disorder, Barbara switched to enteral feeds in 1993. Never one to let nutrition support hold her down, Barbara travels frequently and volunteers for many organizations. It is a privilege to honor such a dedicated and caring individual.