Best-Selling Author Mitch Albom, Cooper Standard Holdings Chairman Jim McElya, and Dr. Esther C. Gallegos-Cabriales Named 2009 LifeLine Awardees Detroit, July 2009 – The Wayne State University’s College of Nursing has named three outstanding contributors to the healthcare community as recipients of the 2009 LifeLine Award, the highest honor bestowed by the College: Mitch Albom, a bestselling author and radio personality; Jim McElya the Executive Chairman of Cooper Standard Holdings, Inc.; and Dr. Esther C. Gallegos-Cabriales the 2009 College of Nursing Alumni Association Alumna of the Year. The honorees will be recognized at the Ninth Annual LifeLine Awards gala on Sunday, August 23 at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit. Honorees Mitch Albom and Jim McElya are recognized for their contribution to bettering healthcare for homeless children in our Detroit community. In 2008, Mitch Albom’s charity, S.A.Y. Detroit opened the first ever clinic dedicated to serving children of Detroit’s Homeless. Mitch had the vision for this much-needed clinic, but needed support in securing the funds to make the clinic a reality. Mitch turned to S.A.Y Detroit’s Charity Partner, Cooper-Standard Automotive to lead the fundraising campaign. Spearheaded by its chairman, Jim McElya, Cooper-Standard raised over $400,000 to help ensure the clinic’s opening in December of 2008 before the bitter cold months of winter. With the assistance of student volunteers from the College of Nursing, the clinic now sees about thirty children and their mothers a day. Honoree Dr. Esther C. Gallegos-Cabriales is a distinguished alumna of the Wayne State University College of Nursing PhD program and this year’s CON Alumni Association Alumna of the Year. She is a professor of nursing and director of the doctoral program in the College of Nursing at Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico and is being honored for her tireless work in the development of a nurse centered health care practice in undeveloped countries. Since receiving her 1st nursing degree from the Latin American Hospital School of Nursing in Puebla, Mexico, Dr. Gallegos has spent her career conducting research in the scientific and social fields of diabetes, nursing education, obesity, sexual education and the prevention of HIV/AIDS. She has been recognized by the State Government of Nuevo Leon and a number of universities and institutions in the US and Latin America for her contributions to healthcare. We are proud to recognize our distinguished alumna, Dr. Ester Gallegos as a 2009 LifeLine Award recipient. The LifeLine Award is the signature fundraising event of the WSU College of Nursing, providing nearly $225,000 for nursing student scholarships and faculty recruitment aid since 2001 while acknowledging extraordinary individuals for their contributions to health care. The College of Nursing Board of Visitors, an advisory body serving the Dean and the college consisting of health care professionals, civic leaders and business executives, hosts the event. To date, this year’s sponsors include the Detroit Medical Center and the College of Nursing Board of Visitors as the Presenting Sponsor. The evening at the Detroit Golf Club will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony and a strolling dinner to follow. Admission is $150 per person. For more information on the LifeLine Awards or sponsorships inquiries, please contact Meg Callow, College of Nursing Director of Development at (313) 577-6967 or email@example.com, or visit the College of Nursing web site at www.nursing.wayne.edu.
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