Doug Armstrong Recognized with Disability Advocate Award

Former AVP of HR Laurita Thomas presents the 2019 James T. Neubacher Award to Doug Armstrong.

Dealing with a serious medical condition can be challenging at any age but especially for children and teens.

For Doug Armstrong, the University of Michigan’s 2019 James T. Neubacher Award recipient, providing an outlet for children with serious health challenges and their families is more than a job — it’s a passion.

Armstrong received the award Oct. 25 during the Neubacher Award presentation ceremony.

Armstrong is the founder and chief executive officer of North Star Reach, a nonprofit recreation program and camping site designed to support children ages 7-17 living with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions. It operates year-round and is cost-free to campers and their families.

Since opening in 2016, the camp has served nearly 2,000 pediatric patients living with epilepsy, congenital heart disorders, cancer, sickle cell anemia and organ transplants.

Read more in the University Record.

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