Finalist Anne Wendel, PreserveFertility.org; Eileen Adelsberger, Philadelphia Magazine; Winner Amanda Piccirilli-Hall, Ainsley’s Angels of America; Koleen Cavanaugh, Independence Blue Cross; Gina Tomaine, Philadelphia Magazine; and Finalist Caitlin Thompson, Philly chapter of Little Bellas. Photo: Theresa Regan.
Koleen Cavanaugh, Independence Blue Cross vice president Marketing, joined Be Well Philly to celebrate the 2019 Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge finalists and winner. The event took place on December 3 at the Curtis Atrium by Constellation Culinary.
The Health Hero Challenge honors people from throughout our region who are working to make their communities healthier. Independence is the presenting sponsor of the award.
The editors at Be Well Philly received over 400 nominations from readers throughout the Philadelphia region. The editorial team narrowed the nominations down to 10 semi-finalists, then three finalists. In the final round of voting, the winner was chosen by the general public.
2019 Health Hero
Amanda Piccirilli-Hall won the top recognition as the 2019 Be Well Health Hero. She took home $15,000 for her charity, Ainsley’s Angels of America. This is the largest grand prize package in the history of Health Hero. Ainsley’s Angels is a nonprofit that pairs able-bodied runners with those who wouldn’t be able to complete an endurance race without assistance.
Two other finalists received $2,500 donations to their charities:
- Caitlin Thompson: Founder of the Philly chapter of Little Bellas, a mountain bike organization for girls ages 7-16. The goal of Little Bellas is to instill confidence and help young women realize their potential through cycling.
- Anne Wendell: Clinical director and oncofertility coordinator at Main Line Fertility and founder of PreserveFertility.org. Preserve Fertility is a nonprofit devoted to combating the costs of fertility preservation for cancer patients.