Beacon of Courage and Dedication Award

Beacon of Courage and Dedication Award

The Beacon Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary courage and dedication for increasing awareness about neurological diseases, and for patients and their families who have exceeded expectations in fighting a neurological disorder with unprecedented courage. The Beacon Award identifies remarkable individuals who set the highest standards for increasing awareness of, and fighting, neurological diseases.

Travis Roy

2017 Award Recipient

Travis Roy

Founder, Travis Roy Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Grants & Research

William Kyle Carpenter

2016 Award Recipient

William Kyle Carpenter

Corporal USMC (Ret), Medal of Honor Recipient

Stephen Hawking

2015 Award Recipient

Stephen Hawking

Theoretical Physicist, Director of Research Centre for Theoretical Cosmology

Sharn McNeill

2014 Award Recipient

Sharn McNeill

Nurse and leading advocate for education on ALS

Beth Nielsen Chapman

2013 Award Recipient

Beth Nielsen Chapman

Brain Tumor Survivor, Singer/Songwriter

Minoru Freund

2012 Award Recipient

Minoru Freund

Director of Research NASA Ames

Gabrielle Giffords

2011 Award Recipient

Gabrielle Giffords

Former House Representative from Arizona's 8th district

L. Tammy Duckworth

2010 Award Recipient

L. Tammy Duckworth

Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

Colin R. Rich

2009 Award Recipient

Colin R. Rich

Sergeant Major (retired)

Bob Woodruff

2009 Award Recipient

Bob Woodruff

ABC News Anchorman and Founder of Remind Foundation, USA

Dustin Hoffman

2008 Award Recipient

Dustin Hoffman

Two time academy award winner - Rain Man and Autism

Behnam Badie

2007 Award Recipient

Behnam Badie

City of Hope Vice Chair and Professor, Department of Surgery Chief, Division of Neurosurgery Director, Brain Tumor Program, Neurosurgeon