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Each year we celebrate one patient's remarkable story of survival and the team that made their recovery possible.

Denise Gorondy (Toderico)'s Gala Story image 2017 Gala Story

The victim of a hit and run, jogger Denise Gorondy Toderico was thrown 50 yards from the road and lay seriously injured undiscovered for more than an hour.

Richard Bagby Trauma Survivor 2017 "Giving Back" Award 2017 Trauma Survivor “Giving Back” Story

Richard Bagby shares his own spinal trauma experience to help the newly-injured adjust to the next chapter in their lives.

Nick Watkins, 2016 Shining Knight Survivor 2016 Gala Story

Nick Watkins and his family were grateful to be able to share his inspiring journey from injury to recovery after a devastating motorcycle crash.

Kirk McClure 2016 Trauma Survivor “Giving Back” Story

After recovering from his burn injuries, Kirk McClure realized he could share his story to inspire other burn victims.

Bette Wallenstein 2015 Gala Story

More than five months after the car crash, Bette Wallerstein walked out the door and went home to her loving family.

Lisette Johnson 2015 Trauma Survivor “Giving Back” Story

Lisette Johnson works tirelessly to give back by providing a voice and resources to other domestic violence survivors.

Bette Wallenstein 2014 Gala Story

Candi Spraggins struggled for months to recover from a horrific car crash.

Cole Sydnor 2014 Trauma Survivor “Giving Back” Story

Cole Sydnor received the Trauma Survivor Giving Back Award for helping others avoid spinal cord injuries.

Tony Carr 2013 Gala Story

For Tony Carr, surviving the plane crash was one thing but recovering from his burn injuries was another.

Jonathan Colson 2012 Gala Story

Jonathan Colson's story chronicles the path of care following a lightening strike.

Chris Baker 2011 Gala Story

After becoming a victim of gun violence Chris Baker is able to enjoy life with his family and considers himself blessed to have survived.

Greg Jones 2010 Gala Story

Originally injured in a motor vehicle crash, Greg Jones' trauma survival was his first step of the rest of his life.

Willie Christy 2009 Gala

Delta trauma patient Willie Christy wasn't expected to survive, but then he met his trauma team.

Previous Honorary Chairs
Year Chair(s)
2017 Joyce Johnson and Richard Johnson
2016 Lauren Wade and Will Wade
2015 Jerry Strauss, MD, PhD and Senator Thomas Norment
2014 Vigneshwar Kasirajan, MD and Gil Minor
2013 Rosemary Trible and Wilhelm Zuelzer, MD
2012 John Ward, MD
2011 John Templeton Jr., MD and James Neifeld, MD
2010 Joseph Ornato, MD
2009 Harry Young, MD


To benefit injury & violence prevention programs at VCU Medical Center. A state-designated Level I Trauma Center verified by American College of Surgeons

last updated: January 24, 2018

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