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2016 RAISE Award: Outstanding Individual

Emily Lites

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From a young age, Emily Lites' life has been touched by stroke. While in utero, Emily’s little brother, Jude, suffered a massive bilateral stroke. At 10 years old, Emily started Emily’s Smile Boxes, a nonprofit organization that provides boxes of toys and activities for children and their siblings in the hospital.

Photo of Emily with JudeOver the years, her stroke awareness efforts have grown, and she developed a pediatric stroke awareness 5K that takes place every September in honor of Jude. This year’s event drew hundreds of participants and was especially bittersweet, as Jude passed away earlier this year. Emily invited participants to wear their favorite superhero gear in his memory. The event is a culmination of countless hours of Emily’s hard work, and provides a great avenue for sharing information on how to detect a stroke, what people can do to prevent them, and survivor stories.

2016 RAISE Award Winners: Most Creative | Most Impactful | Outstanding Group | Outstanding Individual | Most Impactful Community Fundraising Event | Outstanding Support Group | Voter's Choice

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