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GAMC Gives Out The First Gavin Dinger Award
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7-Year-Old Boy Is Honored at His Elementary School for His Dedication to Stroke Awareness and raising money for stroke services.

Glendale Adventist Medical Center presented 7-year-old La Crescenta resident Gavin Dinger with a special award at his Elementary school (St. Bedes School in La Canada) on Friday, April 8. Dinger suffered a stroke before he was born in his mother's womb and has been the hospital's top fundraiser for the Glendale News Press Downtown Dash. Proceeds from the Dash help to fund stroke awareness projects that benefit the community.

Glendale Adventist Medical Center surprised Dinger with "The Gavin Award," because of his outstanding support of the Dash. This first-ever award named after Dinger will be given to individuals who raise more than $5000 for the Dash, an annual 5K run/walk that raises awareness and funds for stroke services.

Dinger received the award to a standing ovation. He said the best part about the Dash was that he got to cross the finish line with his brother. And, he likes to participate in the Dash to help raise funds to help other stroke survivors.

Dinger raised up to $15,000 in the past 3 years for the Dash. This year, 130 families donated more than $5,000 on behalf of Dinger.

Dinger still receives physical therapy at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. As the first Advanced Primary Stroke Center in the San Fernando Valley, Glendale Adventist Medical Center is specially equipped to treat stroke patients quickly. The hospital's team of specialists cover all aspects of stroke care, from the initial diagnosis to treatment to rehabilitation and recovery. Doctors and nurses have gone through specific and rigorous training in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke.