2006 Oley Awards and Scholarship Winners
LifelineLetter Annual Award
In Honor of Nutrishare, Inc., Platinum Partner
Sheila Messina, RN, MA
Sheila Messina is a TPN veteran. She has magnificently embraced the lifestyle that Gardner’s Syndrome has presented to her by exploring every possible outlet for positive feedback. Sheila has spoken about patient advocacy at Oley Foundation gatherings, and been a presence at both Nutrition Week and Nutrishare conferences. She is no stranger to A.S.P.E.N. and AVA conferences either.
Sheila’s commitment to being active ensures that she is always up to date in her information. A great source for information and support, Sheila can and will talk to anyone from the perspective of both an RN and a consumer. Countless consumers and their families have found their need for a compassionate ear and a shoulder to lean on in Sheila. It is for her unfaltering contribution to the Oley community that we honor her.
Betty Ann Bond, Levittown, PA; Rose Hoelle, Gibbstown, NJ; Robert Stillion, Jr., Toledo, OH
Lenore Heaphey Grassroots Education Award
This year’s Lenore Heaphey award goes to Rick Davis, a name well known. The very fact that you are probably already acquainted with Rick underscores why he is such an appropriate choice for this honor. Rick is an educator. He has a unique ability to speak to people from all walks of life, ranging from consumers to clinicians. Rick is able to use his life altering stroke as a vehicle for supporting, encouraging and educating so many people with obstacles of their own to overcome.
Rick has been remarkably active this past year, organizing this conference, speaking at A.S.P.E.N.’s Clinical Nutrition Week and contributing to a textbook from the consumer’s perspective. Rick was also a presence at the Utah Dietetic Association’s annual meeting, helping to promote the consumer’s point of view. Recognizing Rick in his home town seems a most appropriate way to say “Thank you” for all he does.
Betty Ann Bond, Levittown, PA; Sue Koprucki, Rochester, NY
Oley Foundation Child of the Year
The 2006 Oley Foundation award for Child of the Year goes to Sean Forney. Sean is just nine years old and had spent his entire life on TPN, until recently switching to a 100% tube-fed diet. This is only one of many challenges faced by Sean, who was born with a rare birth defect known as Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. In addition to short bowel syndrome, the defect left Sean with severe scoliosis and a restrictive lung disease that makes him oxygen-dependent. He has endured over 30 surgeries and procedures, spent months at a time in a reclining position while his spine healed. Sean spent many years wearing a full body brace as well.
Sean’s struggles have evolved into a means for him to reach out to others. Sean is open about showing his scars and tubes to people facing medical procedures of their own. By talking openly with his peers, he brings peace of mind to kids before surgeries and during the healing process. Sean is even credited with easing his own grandmother into a tube-fed lifestyle. As if that isn’t impressive enough, Sean allowed himself to be interviewed for a radiothon, benefiting St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, on the very same day he was scheduled to undergo a medical procedure. Sean is brave and creative, finding unexpected outlets to share his courage with anyone in need. Congratulations, Sean!
Michael Bramhall, II, Papillion, NE; Kyle Noble, Grove City, OH; Emily Koprucki, Williamsville, NY; Sean Rawlins, Glendale, CA
Nan Couts Award for the Ultimate Volunteer
Coordinated by Judy Peterson, RN, MS
Carol Ireton-Jones, PhD, RD
Dr. Carol Ireton-Jones is rightfully given this year’s Nan Couts award, as she has shown herself to be the ultimate volunteer. Promoting Oley’s services is always high on Carol’s list of priorities, and for no other reason then her desire to ease her patients’ discomfort. So, while voluntarily spreading the Oley Foundation’s message, Carol is also helping consumers and their families connect and find support.
Carol began her altruistic journey by accompanying a doctor on a clinic visit to an HPN patient, simply to see the homePEN experience herself. She has gone on to contribute such useful resources as the “Celebration of Life Circle,” the “Ireton-Jones Equation” for calculating metabolic rates, and a book for clinicians on Home Nutrition Support with a chapter written by HPEN consumers to be published in late 2007.
Not only a strong emotional pillar, Carol makes her presence all the more beneficial by offering informed guidance to those making difficult decisions. Weekends and evenings are of no consequence to Carol, who is happy to be of service for anyone in need at any time. The Oley Foundation would like to thank Carol for helping patients and consumers find stability and comfort in their most tumultuous times.
Terry Clemmer, MD, Salt Lake City, UT; Craig Petersen, Elk Grove, CA
Celebration of Life Award
In Honor of Coram Healthcare, Golden Medallion Partners
Bill Hickey has been awarded this year’s Celebration of Life Award. No doubt, Bill has received this award because he is always able to keep sight of what’s important. Bill has acted as an expert witness to the US Congress, he has spoken from the consumer perspective before many clinicians, and he relates to those in need of a friend. Bill is so devoted to the needs of others that he once delayed a hospitalization until he found adequate care for his cats.
Not only has Bill been an HPN consumer for half of his life (and as he puts it “why wouldn’t I want TPN? It saves my life everyday!”), but he is also a cancer survivor. Bill has been able to celebrate his own life, and in doing so, celebrates the lives of so many of his peers. This is why we want to say thank you, Bill, and your accomplishments have not gone unnoticed.
Wesley Banse, Scotland Neck, NC;
Dianne Bendernagel, Babylon, NY;
Melinda Bear, Cabot, AR;
Sonia Blue, Carmel, CA; Shannon Curran, Barrie, Ontario;
Rommel Degracia, Lynnwood, WA;
Robin Lang, York, ME;
Bethan Matthews, Bristol, IK;
Beverly Mello, Salem, MA;
Sheila Messina, San Jose, CA;
Kyle Noble, Grove City, OH;
Sharon Rose, Nashville, TN;
Sanford Schimel, Bronx, NY;
Reesalee Shutt, Farmington, UT; May Tallman, Bountiful, UT