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Why We Can't Wait 

Our Singular and Collective Power and Calling to 

Create Equity in Healthcare Now

I AM ABEL FOUNDATION is closing the gap while preparing our Chicago area students for careers in medicine and service to humanity. Join us for our milestone event celebrating our HEROES GALA !

It will be an amazing evening of inspiration, entertainment and all things roaring 20s as we celebrate Chicago's Heroes in Healthcare as well as our Future Heroes! Join us at the beautiful Idlewild Country Club in Flossmoor!  Come in your roaring 20s attire or just come as you are and help us celebrate doing the work of healthcare equity and diversity. 

Honoring Chicago's 2022 Heroes In Healthcare 

Dr Takija Heard, I Am Abel 2022 Heroes Gala Honoree

Dr Takijah Heard, MD 

Physician Mentor

of the Year

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Dr Ike Okwuosa, MD 

Impact Medical Educator of the Year

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Dr Sharon Gates,  DSW

Humanitarian of the Year

Dr John Paldonfino, I Am Abel 2022 Heroes Gala Honoree

Dr John Paldonfino, MD 

Hero in Healthcare Angel Award

Heroes look a lot like our celebrants of the evening.  Please help us to celebrate four of Chicago's treasures who have devoted their lives to the health and well beging of our vulnerable and underserved communities, patients and students. Their sacrifices and gifts of service to Chicago could never be adequately quantified.  They are simply the best. 

Enjoy mesmerizing live music during our cocktail hour. Your generous gift will support our future physicians through world class mentoring and scholarly programs that focus on preparing Chicago area underrepresented youth for careers in medicine and global health humanitarian service locally and abroad.  

Annually we celebrate the inspiring journey of our HEROES IN HEALTHCARE who have championed the causes of those underserved and underrepresented in medicine.

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