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Georgetown University Hospital Honors JUST TRYAN IT with 2012 “Flame of Hope” Award
Georgetown University Hospital Honors JUST TRYAN IT with 2012 “Flame of Hope” Award

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Georgetown University Hospital is recognizing local non-profit, JUST TRYAN IT (JTI), with the 2012 “Flame of Hope” award for its efforts in helping children and families battling childhood cancer. This is the first time the award will be presented to an organization.

The Flame of Hope award will be presented at the 13th annual Georgetown Pediatrics Gala on April 14, 2012. Past recipients of the award have included Former First Lady Laura Bush, actor Paul Michael Glaser, former Second Lady Tipper Gore, former Washington Redskins player and NFL Hall of Fame member Darrell Green, NBC4 news anchor Barbara Harrison, and children’s health advocate Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Every year, courageous children across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area are fighting cancer. Because childhood cancer can often create devastating financial hardship for families, JTI works to provide a variety of aid and resources to alleviate the emotional and financial burdens associated with this health condition. JUST TRYAN IT has raised more than $150,000 for local families of children with cancer since 2010. Founded in 2010, the organization is named in honor of Ryan Darby, a Bethesda, Maryland native who was just six years old when diagnosed with leukemia. Ryan is now in his second year of treatment and motivates children and adults alike with his motto, "never look back." He speaks at schools and community events, inspiring kids to do their best and appreciate every day. JUST TRYAN IT’s premier fundraising event is an annual children’s triathlon. The dual purpose of the event is to raise money and promote wellness while inspiring participants to make a difference in their communities. Ryan, an avid sports fan, has personified the “heart of a champion” during his battle with leukemia. Ryan actively participates in the triathlon every year, providing enthusiasm, encouragement and support. JTI’s kids’ triathlon will be held on June 17, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. at the Landon School, in Bethesda MD.  If you are interested in registering or becoming a sponsor for the 2012 year, visit http://justtryanit.org or email registration@justtryanit.org.  

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