Cure JM Award Recipients
Each year, hundreds of volunteers generously give of their time and talent to further Cure JM’s mission to find a cure for Juvenile Myositis and improve the lives of families affected by JM. Dozens of medical researchers also work tirelessly in pursuit of better treatments and a cure for JM.
The work of Cure JM could not continue without the commitment and determination of these passionate people. Each volunteer, each Cure JM family, and every researcher makes an important contribution toward our shared goal of finding a cure for Juvenile Myositis.
In 2010, Cure JM began a tradition of recognizing people who had made a significant contribution towards advancing Cure JM’s mission.
Please join us in celebrating these award recipients and their contributions toward advancing Cure JM’s mission.
Lifetime Achievement in Juvenile Myositis Research Award
This award was established in 2016 to celebrate a scientific researcher who has dedicated 15 or more years to JM research, and made significant advances in the field of juvenile myositis research. Advancing the field of juvenile myositis takes a brilliant scientific mind, a passion for juvenile myositis research, and a devotion to training young researchers.
- 2016 recipient: Dr. Lauren Pachman
Established in 2012, the Cure JM Champion Award is given to a person or family who has made a significant difference for Cure JM and the children battling Juvenile Myositis. Champion Award winners have been instrumental in helping us advance research, improving the lives of those who battle this disease today and paving the road for a cure in the future.
- 2014 recipient: David and Stacia Glancy
- 2013 recipient: Jacque and Bruce DenUyl
- 2012 recipient: Marge Coffey
Mason’s Miracle Award
In 2013, Cure JM established a special award in memory of Mason Smedley, named The Mason’s Miracle Award. Mason was, and continues to be, an inspiration to everyone. He showed great courage and strength in his battle with JM. Despite his challenges, he had an amazing sense of humor, and his charm instantly won over everyone he met. Mason was, and will always be, a true hero and has made a difference in countless lives. This award is now given annually to someone who carries on the spirit of Mason, and demonstrates the unfaltering courage, optimism and perseverance that Mason showed us all.
- 2016 recipient: The Alderfer Family
- 2014 recipient: Sue Carpenter
- 2013 recipient: Hume Family
Legacy Leadership Award
The Cure JM Legacy Leadership award was established in 2014 to recognize a person or family who has made an exceptional, long-lasting impact for Cure JM and the advancement of JM research. The impact of this individual or family is viewed as transformational and will live beyond their tenure – thus leaving a legacy for many years to come.
- 2014 recipient: Patti Lawler
The Cure JM Hero awards were established in 2010 to recognize families and individuals who have made a significant contribution to Cure JM and have helped advance Cure JM’s mission to find a cure for Juvenile Myositis and improve the lives of families affected by JM.
- 2016 recipients:
The Taylor Family: Sissy, Brett, Kaci & Kory
The Stilling Family: Stephanie, Brad, Haddie & Josie
Kristen Prescott & “Cure for Daisy”
The Coe Family
Gaby & Russell Taormina
The Shobe Family
Dave Venghaus and Chris Graves
Detective Brian Moore
- 2014 recipients:
The Ramsey Family: Robert, Carol, Anna & Elliot
Dominique & Steven Wessel
Leslie and Kenny Retif
Erin & Dmitri Duval
Team Gary: Erika Bradford & family
- 2013 recipients:
Dr. James Katz
Team Hudson: Brandi and Nate Conrad, Sandy Conrad, Brandy Broadway
Jamie Pater and family and Cassie Peterson
Team Sophie: The Bernstein Family
Shannon Malloy and Laurel Krider
- 2012 recipients:
Angelou & Kelly Vatianou
Juanita & Luis Pannocchia and family
Candi Cook and Team Hope
Intel Motorcycle Club - Chuck Taylor & Brian Launer
- 2011 recipients:
Jana and Bryan Sall
Julie and Tessa Shevlin
- 2010 recipients: