Dorie Christian was inspired to become a fundraiser, spokesperson and relatable face for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital after her daughter Ryan was diagnosed with cancer in 2010.
For this commitment, she’s been named Nationwide’s 2020 Volunteer of the Year.
But it’s through her work with the St. Jude Family Advisory Network that Dorie is helping the hospital assist future patient families. By telling Ryan's story, she encourages donations and brings awareness to prospective donors, fundraisers and volunteers.
“My goal is to ensure no other child suffers Ryan’s fate, but new and better cures require funding,” says Dorie. “St. Jude and the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s are doing important research in this field. My fundraising is important to me. I don’t want any kid to die at age 11 like Ryan.
“I’m absolutely honored to be Nationwide’s Volunteer of the Year,” Dorie adds. “Nationwide has such a culture of volunteerism and values it so much, and for them to choose me is so special. It allows me to tell my story because it makes people understand what they can do to help.”
In honor of her award, Dorie will receive two days of paid time off and both St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital will receive a $5,000 grant in her name. Nine honorees for the award will receive one day of paid time off and a $1,000 grant for their organization.