Vincent Award

Vincent Award #66: James Harrison


It has been nearly 3 years since I have given out a "Vincent Award" (check out my "about" page for more info on the award), but when I came across this news article I just knew that this man's selfless acts needed to be commended. So Vincent Award #66 goes to the Australian James Harrison. James' blood contains a very rare antibody that is needed to formulate a medication called "Anti-D"...which is needed to save babies from a disease called Rheses disease. More than 2 million babies have been saved by Anti-D since 1967 and people like James Harrison have helped make that happen (James has been donating his blood for 60 years).

What this story points out for me is that we are each given unique gifts and it is up to us to decide if we share these gifts or waste them. James chose the former. Thank you James.

Check out the full article over at the New York Times...

Vincent Award #65: Chris Ring

This week's Vincent Award goes to Chris Ring. Chris is a Navy veteran who has taken on the challenge of swimming the entire length of the Mississippi river (2,552 miles) over a 6-month period as a way to honor fallen veterans and their families. Chris has chosen to do this as a way to support an organization called Legacies Alive. Chris is only a few weeks into his 6-month swim. He swims an average of 16 miles a day at a pace of around 4 mph. The rest of the day he spends connecting with families of fallen veterans along the way.

Good luck Chris. Not only did you serve our country in the armed forces but you continue to serve by giving the families that lost a loved one hope and someone they can connect with.

Check out the video below and the Legacies Alive website.

Vincent Award #64: Seana Hogan

(Photo from Seana Hogan's Facebook page)

(Photo from Seana Hogan's Facebook page)

This week's Vincent Award goes to Seana Hogan. Seana Hogan is a 56 year-old woman who is entering her 9th Race Across America (RAAM) this year. RAAM is exactly what it says it is, an all out 24-hour a day 10 day long bicycle race across the United States (over 3000 miles long). RAAM is considered one of the world's most grueling endurance event on the planet.

It takes a special kind of person to attempt RAAM once, let alone outright win the women's division 6 times with her best year being a 3rd place overall finish (including the men). This year she is one of 5 women entering RAAM.

Good luck Seana!

Read more about Seana and the injury she overcame recently so she could enter this year's RAAM event at The Sacramento Bee.

Also, check out Seana's website.

Vincent Award #63: Christoph Strasser

This week's Vincent Award goes to Christoph Strasser. Cycling is on my radar right now because I am getting ready to ride on my 3rd Bike Across Kansas (BAK) event, a 500-mile bike ride across Kansas. Christoph Strasse did this milage (556.8 miles to be exact) all in one day and broke an 11-year record for the most miles ridden in a 24-hour time period. Christoph rode his record-breaking ride across farmland in south Berlin and broke the previous record of 521 miles.

The original story can be found at

Vincent Award #62: Lauren Hill

This week's Vincent Award goes to Lauren Hill. Despite being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer she decided to keep playing for the Mount St. Joseph basketball team as a freshman. She scored two points in the first quarter of her first game before being relived despite being severely drained of energy from her fight against cancer.

Hill set a goal of $2.2 million for research and treatment of the type of cancer she developed more than a year ago, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Hill fundraised for The Cure Starts Now. According to The Cure Starts Now’s Facebook page, Hill’s efforts raised more than $1.4 million for DIPG research.

Lauren's coach says that she has made a bigger impact on the world then he will ever be able to do. Lauren is getting this award for her extreme bravery for facing cancer head on and instead of just fighting her cancer she chose to continue basketball all while fighting against ALL cancer. She really is an inspiration to us all.

Lauren died early this morning.

We need more Lauren's in the world an a lot less cancer. Because of her contribution that may yet come to pass.

The original story can be found at

ESPN also covered the story.

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