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Ninth Annual Healthcare Heroes Honoree Andrew Simpson

Ninth Annual Healthcare Heroes Honoree Andrew Simpson – ThinkFirst of Northern Nevada

Featured in Nevada Business Magazine

Now in its ninth year, Healthcare Heroes began with the dual goal of honoring individuals that excel in healthcare and helping fund scholarships for Nevada’s future healthcare educators. After realizing there wasn’t a program in place to honor individuals that have done amazing things to propel healthcare in the Silver State, Healthcare Heroes was born with 10 categories and a seemingly endless supply of nominees. Taking the idea of contributing to healthcare a step further, the Healthcare Heroes scholarship fund was created. With a scholarship set up at the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the funds are set aside for those students seeking careers as healthcare educators. With nearly 200 Healthcare Heroes honored and tens of thousands of dollars donated to Nevada schools, it’s safe to say that Healthcare Heroes is and continues to be a success. The Healthcare Heroes team extends a huge “thank you!” to everyone that has helped this event succeed, especially our corporate sponsor Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the associate sponsors and all of the Healthcare Heroes participants and event attendees.

ThinkFirst of Northern Nevada: Teaching Kids to Use Their Minds to Protect Their Bodies

Reno MOMSBLOG - Today’s guest post was submitted by Cheryl Price at the Sierra Neurosurgery Group and their non-profit organization called ThinkFirst. 

In 2008, Drew Simpson was a star pitcher for Feather River College. After four years as a record-setting ball player for Reno High School, he had been recruited by the Golden Eagles. On a weekend trip home however; that all changed. After a long drive from Feather River to Reno followed by a night of celebrating with friends, Drew fell down three stairs, sustaining a traumatic brain injury. He was rushed to the Emergency Room where Dr. Lali Sekhon, a surgeon with Sierra Neurosurgery Group and the on-call physician that fateful night, examined him.

Drew’s brain was swollen and bleeding, leading Dr. Sekhon to cut out two separate flaps of Drew’s skull on either side of the brain. It was a risky procedure, but one that was necessary to stop the swelling and save his life. Even then, the prognosis wasn’t great and it was unlikely that the young athlete would fully recover. But, against all odds, Drew did recover. He learned to speak again and write. He learned to walk and then to run. Through an abundance of hard work, both on his part and the part of Dr. Sekhon, Drew made it back to the pitcher’s mound.

ThinkFirst of Northern Nevada Golf Tournament

ThinkFirst of Northern Nevada Golf Tournament

4-Person Scramble

Includes 18 Holes of Golf with Cart, Warm Up Balls on the Driving Range and Lunch – Rosewood Lakes Golf Course

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:30 am

Proceeds Benefit ThinkFirst of Northern Nevada


Contact Cheryl Price at (775) 789-3986 for More Information and to Sign Up!

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