Gives of him/herself regardless of compensation - Embraces common moral decencies such as altruism, integrity, freedom, justice, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility and compassion - Respects and embraces human diversity - Improves the lives of those in need through selfless, courageous, creative and compassionate acts.

LYB 2020 Heart Award Recipient

The Karen Michelle Humanitarian Heart Award is presented to a person or organization that strives to make the world a better place for all. 

If you have been inspired by the achievements of another, that has made a significant change in the community that you feel deserves recognition


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Laura T Sharpe - CEO of Artists for Trauma

LYB 2019 Fall Recipient

Karen Michelle is proud to give the Karen Michelle Heart Award to

Laura T. Sharpe, the CEO of Artists for Trauma.

Founded by trauma survivor Laura Sharpe in 2011, AFT was inspired by her personal journey to recovery, in which Sharpe connected with the world of art

as a source of healing from her near-mortal wounds.

AFT reveals and shares the blueprint of Sharpe’s astonishing recovery to help other

Level 1 trauma survivors positively reconnect with themselves,

their families and their communities.