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Jefferson Award

Dr. Babak Darvish, Co-Founder of ARM, has been nominated and selected as an awardee of the Channel ABC7 (Los Angeles) Jefferson Award. Dr. Darvish's story, “Doctor determined to cure rare disease”, was profiled on Eyewitness News Friday, July 24.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) – Throughout the year ABC7 recognizes individuals making a difference in their communities.

The Jefferson Awards is an award organization co-founded by Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis in 1972 to encourage and honor people for their contributions through community service. It is an organization based on a simple idea – the belief that one person can make a difference.

Through media partnerships across the country, The Jefferson Awards are presented to individuals on both national and local levels.

Local winners are ordinary people who do extraordinary things. ABC7 honors one individual in Southern California each month. The honoree receives a Jefferson Awards medal and a $1,000 donation to the charity or community organization of their choice. They are also profiled on Eyewitness News.

The nomination of the Jefferson Award was made possible by Crystal, Dr. Darvish's caring work colleague, because of her nomination letter. She has known Dr. Babak Darvish for more than 10 years and of those years she has been a direct witness to Dr. Darvish's progression. From 10 years ago, when he could walk to today nearly confined to a wheelchair, she has admired his positive light and his unrelenting quest to seek a cure.

Read Crystal's heartfelt nomination letter here

Dr. Babak Darvish featured on

Doctor determined to cure rare disease

Jefferson Award-winner Babak Darvish