In recognition for his dedication to improving the lives of children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities, Dr. Steve Perlman received the 2013 Holyoke Award, the top honor awarded by the North Shore Medical Center. Dr. Perlman, founder of Special Smiles and one of its current global clinical advisors, helped initiate health into the Special Olympics Movement in the early 1990s.
Dr. E. Augustus Holyoke, for whom the North Shore Medical Center's Holyoke Award is named, was an eminent 18th century physician, whose professional life spanned generations, having a tremendous impact on the health and well being of his community. Each year, the recipient of this award is nominated by his/her peers. This year the Ballou Lecture and Holyoke Award took place on 14 November 2013, at the Kernwood Country Club in Salem, Massachusetts.
About Lynn Erickson: I am the manager of health communications for Special Olympics International.