John F. Kennedy Library has chosen Lauren Leander, a nurse from Arizona to receive a special Profile in Courage Award. 

Lauren Leander who is an intensive care nurse was among the seven honorees which were announced by the library foundation. 

Before now, the annual award only recognizes public officials at each level of government for showing courageous leadership, but they acknowledge this group of honorees for their services during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Leander alongside some other nurses confronted a large group of protesters who rallied against coronavirus restrictions at the Arizona Capitol last year. 

Furthermore, Lauren cared for critically ill COVID-19 patients, and also attended the late April rally to support Arizona’s stay-at-home order which was issued out in March 2020. 

“Leander’s courageous, silent counter-protest at a rally of hundreds of angry protesters demanding that the state of Arizona immediately reopen was captured in a now-iconic photo in which an unmasked protester stood before her at close range,” the foundation said.


May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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