OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois has honored a pair of local people. OSF Healthcare annually presents Community Advocacy Awards to those who are making a difference in the lives of children.
The Volunteer Award was given to Rose Gates of Danville. Rose is 83 years young, has worked for more than a decade to feed hungry children. She created Feed the Children which works with all the elementary schools in Danville to supply nutritious food for the weekends. Rose developed the program, organized the volunteers, secured the food and raised all necessary funds. More than 400 children are fed weekly equaling more than 14,000 servings during the school year.
The Youth Award was given to Summer Nagele from Champaign. Summer advocates for those with and without disabilities as a volunteer for multiple causes. She helped start the Bunny Bash for MDA which raises funds to send kids to MDA Summer Camp. The Bunny Bash has raised $85,000 to date which has sent hundreds of kids to camp. Summer herself has a very rare neuromuscular disease.