LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Cheers of joy rang out Friday for 7-year-old Gavin Dinger, who received an honorary award from Glendale Adventist Medical Center for raising more than $15,000 over the past three years for the hospital’s stroke services department.
Gavin suffered a stroke while he was inside his mother’s womb, which affected the right side of his body. He has undergone speech, occupational and physical therapy to repair the harm caused by the stroke.
But he still makes time for school, sports and raising money for fellow stroke survivors.
The hospital recognized Gavin’s efforts and honored him with “The Gavin Award,” which will be given to community members who raise more than $5,000 for the Glendale Downtown Dash, the annual run and walk event that raises funds for the hospital’s stroke services department.
“This is a very, very special award for a very special boy,” said Helen McDonagh, president of the Downtown Glendale Merchants Assn.