You Can Now Submit Nominations for the 2020 Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge
Nominate your Philadelphia-area Health Hero today!
2020 has been a difficult year. But, through it all, we’ve seen medical professionals, frontline workers, and neighbors continually step up to help — to try to make things a little easier and a little lighter for one another.
Here at Be Well Philly, we constantly strive to highlight people who are helping others in the greater Philadelphia area live healthier and better lives. And now, more than ever, we want to recognize those who are helping — who are building up their community in times of crisis and doubt. The Health Hero Challenge is our way of honoring the incredible and often unseen work that people do every day, even in the most challenging of circumstances.
We’re thrilled to announce that for the ninth consecutive year, nominations are once again open for the Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge presented by Independence Blue Cross. We’re looking for medical providers, nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, teachers, anyone really who’s making a difference in our community from a health and wellness perspective — particularly through the coronavirus crisis. You can nominate your friend who runs a cancer support group, your neighbor who started a grocery delivery service to elderly members of the community, the doctor who changed your life, or even yourself (as long as they/you live in Pennsylvania, Delaware, or New Jersey and are over the age of 21). After all, if you’re a Be Well Philly reader, you’re probably plugged into — or at least are trying to figure out — how we can all live well.
Previous winners have included leaders such as:
- Amanda Piccirilli-Hall (last year’s winner), Southeast Pennsylvania ambassador for Ainsley’s Angels of America, a nonprofit that pairs able-bodied runners with those who wouldn’t be able to complete an endurance race without assistance.
- Leslie Marant, co-ambassador for Black Girls RUN! Philadelphia
- Darren Sudman, who raises awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and death through his nonprofit, Simon’s Heart
From these nominees, 10 semi-finalists will be selected by Philadelphia magazine editors. Readers will vote to narrow the semi-finalists down to three finalists and finally to the ultimate winner. The winner will be named the 2020 Health Hero and will receive a $15,000 donation to his or her charity of choice, and two runners-up will each receive $2,500 donations to the charities of their choice.