GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Linda Coughlin Brooks
"There are so many words to describe Linda. She is dedicated to her family, friends, church and community. She is compassionate - from her role as an OR nurse to a patient advocate she opens her arms and heart to help others. Through the great tragedy of losing her 17-year-old daughter to epilepsy, Linda turned her grief into support for others by becoming a professional counselor to help them through similar losses. She raises national awareness for epilepsy through public speaking and working with doctors and organizations."
"Linda selflessly gives her time to help others. She is a caregiver to her grandson with muscular dystrophy. She is very involved in her church and church groups, and has been to Africa three times on mission trips. She is an active officer and chair for her chapter of the Blue Star Mothers, a national organization for military mothers. She provides support to the other moms as well as to her son who has been on four tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. How she finds time for everything, I’m not sure. But I am truly blessed to have her as a friend." — Kathy Hill (Friend)