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Mary Dore Heart of Gold Award
MEET MARY DORE
Mary Shuman Dore was one of the initial eight families that banded together in 1961 to find others walking their journey of child loss so no one would have to walk alone.
Mary lost her fourth child, Christine, to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (“SIDS”) in 1961. As a result of this tragedy, she was instrumental in raising money for SIDSresearch and starting one of the nation’s first foundations dedicated to searching for the causes of what was then called crib death.
“Mary was a disturber of the peace, and she was always right,” said Dr. Abe
Bergman, a noted Seattle pediatrician. “She was more important to SIDS than anyone in the world. Her doggedness helped people realize they did not kill their children. That’s what triggered the whole research movement, not by doctors but by laypeople like Mary. With her compassionate heart, she was the single most important person in the field.” He said through Mary’s work and state money, Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center set up the largest SIDS research project in the world.
Every year NISSA awards the “Mary Dore Heart of Gold Award” to an individual or business that has shown an exceptional commitment to NISSA and its mission, that every child should celebrate their first birthday, and beyond, free from unintentional death and injury.
2021 Mary Dore Heart of Gold Award Winner
Adam & Miranda Hoefert, Next Gen Electric
About Adam & Miranda
Adam and Miranda have own Next Gen Electric a local solar and electrical contracting company. Adam is a master electrician that has over 20 years of experience in the field. Together they started Next Gen Electric 8 years ago. They have one child Micha and enjoy camping and recreating in the outdoors.
iNVOLVEMENT WITH nissa
Adam and Miranda’s involvement with NISSA goes back over 5 years Whether it’s supporting NISSA financially buy sponsoring our annual gala, Night Under The Stars, for the last 5 years or volunteering for our various events the Hoefert’s can always be counted on when there’s work to do. Miranda is a past board member and currently serves on our executive committee.
Adam & Miranda’s selection
Adam and Miranda’s selection as this years heart of gold award winners was easy. They’ve been with us every step of the way for the last years. Giving up Sundays to volunteer at our fundraising events, driving down to Avery, Idaho to help procure donations for our thirft store or traveling to St. Maries to represent NISSA in a BBQ competition. The Hoefert’s have done it all and we are honored to select them as this year’s Heart of Gold award winners.
More About Adam & Miranda
Mary Dore Heart of Gold Award Winners
Allison & Aaron Key & Christine Pezzner
King County Medical Examiner
The Dore Family
Tammy Androes, MSML
Liz Montgomery, Bs.Ed
Director, Safe Start
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preserve a legacy?
With a rich history that stretches back almost 60 years, NISSA’s legacy is vast and deep. We are proud of how we started, how we have grown and what the future has in store. Legacy Hall will be a place where we can document our incredible journey that NISSA has traveled. Over the course of the next year, we will be creating “Legacy Hall,” a place where our history can be preserved online and available for everyone. If you have a document, story, picture or memory that you think belongs in Legacy Hall, we would love to hear from you. Please click below to contact us
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