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Rick Davis

Class of 1961

A.S.P.E.N. Announces Oley Foundation President Rick Davis as Lyn Howard Advocacy Award Winner

January 25, 2012, Silver Spring, MD - The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) is excited to announce Rick Davis, President, Oley Foundation as the winner of the 2012 Lyn Howard Nutrition Support Consumer Advocacy Award.

Rick is a 1961 graduate from Fort Dodge High School, Fort Dodge, IA.

Developed in honor of A.S.P.E.N. member and Oley Foundation co-founder Lyn Howard, MB, FRCP, this award is given to a patient/consumer, family member, or caregiver who has performed admirable activities and heroically advocated for others like themselves and their families.

Rick Davis is an inspirational leader who has been a home enteral nutrition (HEN) consumer since a devastating stroke in 2000 left him with a paralyzed esophagus. Rick suffered through right side paralysis, spending several years visiting experts with hopes to regain his ability to swallow.

Rick joined the Oley Foundation first as a volunteer, then became a Regional Coordinator, and in 2006 was nominated and elected Oley Foundation President, a post he proudly held for the past five years. Rick promotes Oley as the best resource for HPEN consumers, families, and healthcare professionals.

Rick has helped thousands of HPEN consumers through his advocacy and educational efforts, providing unwavering positive support. He has taught them coping skills, empowered them with knowledge and education, and expanded the base of advocacy for HPEN consumers.

“Rick is an outstanding leader and an advocate for greater funding, education and outreach to help others who use home parenteral and enteral nutrition,” said Debra S. BenAvram, CAE,Chief Executive Officer, A.S.P.E.N. “He is truly an inspiration to others and deserves this recognition.”

The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of nutrition support therapy. Founded in 1976, A.S.P.E.N. is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. With more than 5,500 members from around the world, A.S.P.E.N. is a community of dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, scientists, students and other health professionals from every facet of nutrition support clinical practice, research and education.

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