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New Mexico Spirit of Achievement Dinner Event

Thursday, September 22, 2022, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM

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Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town 800 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104

Spirit of Achievement Award

Since 1980, National Jewish Health has presented this prestigious award to citizens in and around Albuquerque who have built a legacy of contributing their time, talents and resources in all areas of life — personal, business and civic.
Please join us for a spectacular evening benefiting National Jewish Health, Thursday, September 22, honoring Bill Miera and Russ Ann Rhoades with our Spirit of Achievement Award. Recognizing the many challenges we’ve all faced across the country and around the world these last few years, our honorary chairs and extended leadership would like to dedicate this evening to acknowledge, salute and celebrate heroic achievements of caregivers and first responders.
We would be so delighted if you would consider hosting caregivers or first responders at your table the night of the event.

Schedule of Events

6 p.m.

Cocktail Reception


7 p.m.

Dinner and Awards Presentation


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Caleb MacDonald is one of a handful of people in the world allergic to the only medication that can treat his hemophilia. With nowhere else to turn, his family found Jordon Abbott, MD, an assistant professor in the National Jewish Health Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Abbott could find no report of a case like Caleb’s, so he devised a novel, cutting-edge solution. And it worked.


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