Four people from around the nation will be honored on October 2 for exemplifying the National Headache Foundation’s (NHF) mission and will receive the 2021 Headache Heroes award.

Tom Dabertin, NHF executive director/CEO, said “each of these outstanding individuals is a champion of the NHF in their own right. All are tireless and compassionate advocates who deeply understand what needs to be done to enhance the quality of life for the millions of people who are living with migraine and headache disorders.”

Headache Heroes 2021

Patient:  Evie Mohan of Garden City, N.Y.

Mohan became inspired to advocate for disability rights after she was diagnosed with hemiplegic migraine disorder at the age of 11 in 2020. She has been working with her school on providing the accommodations she needs when experiencing a hemiplegic migraine.

Advocate:  Katie MacDonald, South Burlington, Vt.

Based in Vermont, MacDonald is the director of operations for Miles for Migraine; executive director for the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy; and she works tirelessly to ensure the success of Headache on the Hill.

Caregiver:  Chris Charrett-Dykes, Holtsville, N.Y.

Charrett-Dykes has been by his wife’s side as she deals with chronic migraine.  Cat Charrett-Dykes, founder of Chronic Migraine Awareness, Inc., nominated her husband because of his unwavering support and assistance with her nonprofit organization. Cat stated that “Chris is my biggest fan even when I’m at my worst.”

Healthcare Provider:  Jaclyn Duvall, MD, AQH, Tulsa, Okla.

Dr. Duvall is a board-certified neurologist and UCNS certified headache specialist with an Added Qualification in Headache Medicine from the NHF.

The Headache Heroes awards are now in their second year, and the NHF’s 35th annual gala will be held at the Langham Hotel in Chicago. For tickets or more details, please visit our event website.