Belleville Kiwanis Club member Jennifer Stauffer was recently honored with a Luis V. Amador Medallion award for her dedication to service in our community as well as her work with the Key Club, a leadership and service group for high school students.
Jennifer established a Key Club at Belleville West. Key Clubs are student organized and student led. In her role as advisor, Jennifer has helped hundreds of students develop leadership skills and become active in service to the local community. These students contribute thousands of hours of community service annually to various projects and organizations in the Greater Belleville area.
The Luis V. Amador Medallion Award was established to honor the contributions of the former medical director of the Spastics Paralysis Research Foundation by extending a special recognition to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service within his or her community.
The SPRF is a research foundation supported by Kiwanis clubs in Illinois and Eastern Iowa. Spastic Paralysis is not a disease itself, but a symptom of various diseases or medical conditions of the central nervous system. Funded research has included diseases such as brain tumors, spina bifida, Alzheimer, genetic causes of mental retardation such as fragile x syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, stroke rehabilitation, neonatal care and developmental disabilities of prematurely born infants. Other research has been purely scientific in the development of medical equipment and techniques used to study the nervous system. Researchers supported by this foundation are located in both Iowa & Illinois. Two researchers are also based in St Louis including one at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
To learn more about SPRF, visit http://www.sprfoundation.org/.