Winston-Salem, N.C. – Greater Gift, located in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, recently formed a partnership with Aurora Research Institute, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Greater Gift expresses gratitude for the heroic work of clinical trial participants to advance medical research. They do this by donating one life-enhancing gift of a vaccine in honor of an individual clinical trial contributor, to advance the health and well-being of one child in need. The vaccine is donated to children in developing nations through a partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Through a monetary donation by the institute, Aurora Health Care research participants and tissue donors to the institute’s Biorepository and Specimen Resource Center will be recognized for their heroism of participating in health research with a vaccine being deployed in their honor.

“Expressing gratitude to the multitude of clinical trial participants and contributing to the advancement of global health through our unique mechanism is our passion, and to have an organization like Aurora Research Institute believe in our mission and vision is gratifying. Expanding our reach to include the footprint of Aurora serves to not only reinforce their impact to the Milwaukee community through research, but leads to healthier children around the globe,” said Amanda Wright, Greater Gift executive director.

“Patients often receive no direct personal benefit from their participation in clinical trials, but their generosity contributes to the development of new drugs, treatments and technologies for the future. We share Greater Gift’s gratitude for all research participants and think it’s vital to recognize their contributions to advancing health care,” said Kelly Piacsek, PhD, vice president of patient-centered research for Aurora Research Institute.

Aurora’s partnership with Greater Gift was announced last week at the institute’s Research Recognition Event, where the Dr. Piacsek presented the first participant certificate as a way to say, “Thank You.”

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