This award is presented annually to a polio survivor
or other individual who is an outstanding advocate -- a person who has worked actively in support of
improving the lives of polio survivors and people with other disability issues. This award was originally established by the
OPN Board in 1988. It was called -- People First/Disability Second Award. It was later changed to the Bernice Krumhansl Advocacy
Award for her untiring efforts working with polio survivors to help maintain their quality of life.
Bernice worked 34 years at St. Luke’s Medical Center, retiring
in 1986 as director of the physical therapy department. She specialized in working with polio patients. Bernice wrote many
articles on a variety of subjects, including a textbook on physical therapy. She also traveled extensively on a lecture circuit.
Her cousin, Bill Krumhansl, said it best: "She was special because she healed the old-fashioned way. She healed with
her hands, with her heart, and with her head."
Submit nominee’s name on a separate sheet, along with full address,
support letters, news clippings, articles, photos, etc. Please include a short biography of the nominee. The deadline for nominations is September
8, 2012. Please mail
your nominations to:
1048 Austin Avenue
Akron, OH 44306-2956