The Hope Gala announced that Ryan McGarry, a Penn State grad, cancer survivor, physician, and filmmaker will be the first recipient of The Leah Still Award for Courage.
The Leah Still Award for Courage is a new honor that will recognize an individual who has taken significant steps to raise awareness and has been personally impacted by childhood cancer, Hope Gala Communications Director Jon Florio said.
“Like many others, I watched the courage that Devon and Leah showed in their fight, and I am honored that The Hope Gala and Devon have selected me as this year’s Leah Still Award for Courage recipient,” McGarry said in a press release. “Surviving cancer has impacted my life in many ways, including my decision to pursue a medical degree, and my desire to support those who have also been affected by the disease.”
Devon will be in attendance at the Gala to present the award to McGarry.
“I’m humbled that The Hope Gala has established this award on behalf of my daughter Leah, and I cannot think of a more deserving recipient of the first Leah Still Award for Courage than Ryan. He has defied the odds and made an impact on the medical and cancer community,” Devon said
. “While the fight against childhood cancer is never easy, it is comforting to know that organizations like The Hope Gala are committed to doing all they can to find a cure.”
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