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Most Creative

Elijah Rutherford

This award honors an individual or group using creativity and originality to spread the word about stroke.


Elijah had a stroke in utero. When he was 6, he wondered why there were no awareness ribbons for pediatric stroke. He wanted to educate the world that children, babies and even unborn babies can have strokes. He began taking his teddy bears, Pat and Patricia, to visit children who had survived strokes. Now Elijah and his bears visit hundreds of children around the world and help them feel more comfortable with the differences or disabilities brought on by stroke. Learn more about the traveling bears at www.travelingawarenessbears.org.

Photo of Elijah with his teddy bear Pat

Elijah Rutherford with one of his awareness bears.


2012 RAISE Awards Homepage | Most Creative | Most Impactful | Outstanding Individual | Outstanding Group |
Most Impactful Community Fundraising Effort
| Outstanding Support Group

Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a proud sponsor of the 2012 RAISE Awards.

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