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This Year's Recipient: Nikki Lyons

Meet our 2023 recipient – Nikki Lyons. Nikki is a 30 year old kidney transplant patient, currently in kidney failure and waiting for her second transplant. Unfortunately, in part due to Covid-19, her original transplant was rejected. 

Nikki is ambitious and passionate about helping find better treatments and cures for pediatric brain cancer. While on dialysis she has continued to advocate and participate in research as best she can.

Once recovered from her next transplant - currently scheduled for June 29, 2023, it is her intention to begin her MD/PhD in Pediatric Neurooncology focusing on the deadliest childhood brain cancers.

As a student who has aged out of her parents' health insurance, Nikki's bills are minimally covered and her sole responsibility. She wants nothing more than to make a difference in this world and hopes financial burdens will not steal her dreams. 

Past Recipients

2022: Elizabeth (Beth) Puskas

2021: Sharon Condiracci

2020: Kylie Drew

2019: Richard “RJ” Thompson
2018: Charli Leventhal
2017: Marie DeWoolf
2016: Sheila McMahon
2015: Victoria Breuer
2014: Seamus Tierney
2013: Nancy Radzewick
2012: Debra Musolino
2011: Tara Palamia
2010: Peter Jastrzembski & Gabriel Garcia
2009: Christy Jarosz
2008: Jesse Siegel
2007: Kathleen Loomis (pre 501c3 status)

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