For Immediate Release– The Developmental Disabilities Association honoured Dorothy Frew with the I Am Award at the Association’s Annual General Meeting on June 16th, 2014. The I AM Award celebrates individuals who have made an inspiring contribution and effect positive change in their communities.
Frew is an advocate, widow, volunteer, employee who receives support services from the Developmental Disabilities Association. Frew was nominated for her perseverance in overcoming obstacles in her efforts to live. Living with a life threatening disease, she demonstrates courage and optimism even when odds were against her. Through her fight to survive, Frew fought the healthcare system to receive the necessary care she deserved. As a result, she was able to receive dialysis and on the waitlist for a kidney transplant. Having been declared dead from a cardiac arrest, peers and patients at the hospital call Frew their role model for her wilful determination to live.
“I am surprised and happy to win. I am a survivor because I am strong. Life is good”, says Frew about her win.
In addition to recognition as the inaugural recipient of the I AM Award, Frew was awarded a trophy, certificate and $500 cash.