NEW YORK, Nov 14, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- WebMD Health Corp. (Nasdaq: WBMD) today announced the honorees of the 2007 WebMD Health Heroes awards, featured in the November issue of WebMD the Magazine. The second annual WebMD Health Heroes Awards honor five Americans who are working to improve healthcare and the lives of those struggling with serious health conditions in the U.S. and abroad.
Victory Junction Gang Camp Hosts Week-Long Disease-Specific Sessions for Children with Serious Illnesses
Kyle and Pattie Petty, parents of former NASCAR driver Adam Petty, are recognized for the Victory Junction Gang Camp they operate for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. The couple opened the North Carolina camp following their son Adam's death, to honor his dream. The non- profit camp has hosted more than 6,000 kids and with the support of the NASCAR community as well as individuals and organizations around the country, have raised over $30 million.
Physician and National Guardsman Aids Pediatric Burn Victims in Iraq
Dr. Craig Lambrecht, a North Dakota National Guardsman, has raised nearly $100,000 in cash and $500,000 in supplies for pediatric burn victims in Iraq, Iran and parts of Syria. The pediatric ER surgeon saw the need for help firsthand when he was deployed to Iraq last year. Now back in the U.S., he secured healthcare for four Iraqi children in America.
Campaign for Family Caregivers Raising Awareness of Those Providing Unaided Care
Carol Levine's experience caring for her husband with a severe brain injury, led her to create an ethics framework and policy agenda for caregivers in New York State. Along with the United Hospital Fund, she is also developing a program to raise awareness on caregiving among New York City's hospitals, nursing homes, and home-care agencies.
Cancer Survivor Launches Online Community
Heidi Adams, a cancer survivor from Texas, created an online community for cancer survivors for teenagers to those in their thirties. The site, Planet Cancer, has more than 5,000 members and has expanded offline to host weekend retreats.
"As the leading source of health information for consumers and physicians, WebMD is pleased to pay tribute to these extraordinary Americans who are making this country a healthier place," said Nan Forte, EVP, WebMD Consumer Services. "We hope the 2007 Health Heroes inspire all Americans to take action to lead healthier lives."
WebMD the Magazine reaches more than one million physicians and more than seven million consumers in doctors' offices across the country. Published by WebMD.com, the leading health information site for consumers, the website and magazine give patients the information they need for a better visit to the doctor.
The Health Heroes Awards are an annual, national program to recognize individuals who overcome challenges and help transform healthcare. For more information on Health Heroes please visit www.webmd.com/healthheroes.
WebMD Health Corp. (Nasdaq: WBMD) is the leading provider of health information services, serving consumers, physicians, healthcare professionals, employers and health plans through our public and private online portals and health-focused publications. WebMD Health Corp. is a subsidiary of HLTH Corporation (Nasdaq: HLTH).
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