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Amy Winn and Christopher T. Byrd Award for Adults with Fanconi Anemia

The Fanconi Anemia Research Fund honors the inspirational lives of two beloved former board members with the Amy (Frohnmayer) Winn and Christopher T. Byrd Award for Adults with Fanconi Anemia (FA), aged 17 or older.

Chris and Amy set high goals, devoted their time and energy to making a positive difference, and lived their lives enthusiastically in spite of the challenge of FA.

This $5,000 award is given annually to someone who, like Chris and Amy, is striving to make a difference and has set high goals for him/herself. Does this sound like you? Would this award help you reach your goals?  

The award winner will be announced at the Meeting for Adults with FA in September. The award winner is encouraged to receive the award in person at the meeting, and their travel expenses will be covered. If the recipient is not attending the meeting, s/he may be asked to “Skype” into the meeting for the announcement.

This award was created by the board of directors to honor Chris and Amy’s roles as leaders on the FARF board. The board felt it important to recognize that leadership by creating an award in their names that would encourage others to demonstrate leadership in their own way. The award committee is made up of Chris’ mother, Peggy McDaniel, Chris’ partner, Jason Coblentz, Amy’s mother, Lynn Frohnmayer, Amy’s husband, Alex Winn, last year’s winner, Matthew Pearl, as well as FARF board member, Rachel Altmann. The committee knows that different people will stretch themselves in different ways and will be looking at applications with this in mind, rather than a preconceived notion about what leadership looks like.

This award is not funded by taking money that would otherwise be directed to research and family support. It is funded by individual gifts from private donors.


To Apply:

• Tell us how FA has affected your life, tell us about your goals, and describe how you would use the $5,000 award. You may submit your application as a written essay or by video. Please include your name, contact info and date of birth (you must be at least 17 as of 7/13/18).
• Applications due July 13, 2018. Award recipient will be notified early August, and will be asked to attend the Adult FA Meeting in Newport Beach, California (September 26-29, 2018).
• Submit your application via e-mail to Marie Sweeten at FARF: [email protected].


2017 Winner of the Winn/Byrd Award Announced

Congratulations to Matthew Pearl, the winner of the inaugural Amy Winn and Christopher T. Byrd Award for Adults with Fanconi Anemia. The $5,000 award was presented to Matt by FARF Executive Director Mark Quinlan at the annual Family Meeting. Matt is a motivated and inspiring young leader who has embraced the challenges of FA and turned them into lessons to guide his life positively and meaningfully. On behalf of the FARF board and staff, congratulations, Matt! Watch Matt's submission video here.

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