Former Miss Ohio Wins Prestigious Award

The Heart Hope Foundation recently announced the annual Heart Hope Courage Award was presented to former Miss Ohio United States 2011, Lindsay Davis. 

Davis was born and raised in Lakewood, Ohio. She was a classically trained ballerina until a diagnosis of the heart condition Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Lindsay used her platform to support and bring awareness to cardiac related charities and causes. She speaks around the country educating on the benefits of genetic testing in at-risk heart patients, as well as working to pass legislation that will protect student athletes against sudden cardiac arrest in Ohio. She hopes to expand this critical legislation to all 50 states. A student of Fordham Universities School of Law's Fashion Modeling Law program, she is fighting to improve modeling industry standards and to establish fair working rights for models. Beyond her philanthropic passions, Lindsay is a model and actress and can be seen in small roles on Law and Order, Hunger Games - Catching Fire, and We're the Millers—to name a few, and currently has an international campaign for United Airlines.

The 2nd Annual Gala and Awards Dinner took place on May 27, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Blackwell Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. 

"There is nothing that feels better in this world than knowing you’re helping someone or making a difference in their life,” said Miss Davis. “Although there are probably 9 billion people more deserving, I am humbled to receive this honor from The Heart Hope Foundation and founder Ben Weisbuch, who himself has overcome extraordinary struggles with his own heart. The Heart Hope foundation continuously and tirelessly works so that individuals like myself, with genetic heart conditions, are given the opportunity to live and thrive, and make a difference with the time we are blessed with. Without these years I’ve gained, I would have never known what it feels like to have someone thank me for “pushing on” and inspiring them to live out their dreams in the face of adversity.”

The Heart Hope Foundation envisions a world without hereditary heart disease. Their mission is to save lives and help eradicate hereditary heart disease through genetic testing and research. The Foundation provides financial assistance to heart patients and families to test for genetic variations leading to heart disease as well as funding for research, focusing on genetic cardiac research.

“The world is a better place with Lindsay in it,” said Weisbuch, Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Heart of Hope Foundation. “We awarded Lindsay for her courage, strength and hard work on behalf the Heart Hope Foundation in the face of her extraordinary struggle against her own heart.”   

Additionally the Foundation honored and celebrated the life-time work, successes, and vision of three amazing women: Marti Croll Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of the Wexner Medical Center; Columbus, Ohio; Marina Cerrone, M.D., Senior Research Scientist of the Cardiovascular Genetics Program at the New York University School of Medicine; and Silvia Prior, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine Director, Cardiovascular Genetics Program, NYU Langone Medical Center Associate Professor of Cardiology, University of Pavia (Italy), Head of the Molecular Cardiology and Cellular Electrophysiology Laboratories, IRCCS Fondazione, S. Maugeri, Pavia, Italy.

About Lindsay Davis 

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Luke Rodgers

I love burritos, football, and a girl from Lakewood, Ohio.

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