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The Radiance Foundation gives NRLC Prayer Breakfast speaker Catherine Davis its inaugural Dr. Mildred Jefferson Trailblazer Award

by | Apr 8, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

NRLC is proud to announce that Catherine Davis, the Founder & President of The Restoration Project, will speak at the Prayer Breakfast which will open National Right to Life Convention in Atlanta June 24. Catherine, a public speaker and civil rights champion, is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Tufts University who attended the University of Bridgeport School of Law.

Coincidentally, she was the first recipient of the Dr. Mildred Jefferson Trailblazer Award, given by The Radiance Foundation. Dr. Jefferson was one of NRLC first presidents and was the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School. She also blazed a trail as the first female surgeon at Boston Medical Center.

Ryan Bomberger is an Emmy® Award-winning Creative Professional who founded The Radiance Foundation (TRF), a life-affirming 501c3, along with his wife, Bethany. The Radiance Foundation has been blessed to work with Davis for many years.

This week they gave Davis her award which included a $5,000 grant (to further her work to help abort Roe) as part of the award.

Ryan writes

When the award was announced to Catherine this week, there were plenty of tears flowing from both the Radiance Foundation founders and the recipient. Davis wrote: “Words can sometimes fail to describe the depth of appreciation being felt. This is one of those occasions. To be considered a trailblazer in the order of Dr. Mildred Jefferson is a high honor indeed and I am grateful to the Radiance Foundation for considering my work worthy of this prestigious award. Thank you!”

Ryan said of Dr. Jefferson

She dedicated her life to caring for the poor and the sick. Her passion to defend the most marginalized led her to cofound the National Right to Life Committee and live a life devoted to fighting the violence of abortion.

Thanks to incredible donors, we have established a fund to honor the incredible legacy of Dr. Jefferson. Each year, during the week of her birthday, we will honor an individual who exemplifies her courage, eloquence and tenacity. The inaugural Dr. Mildred Jefferson Trailblazer Award has been given to a passionate defender of Life, Catherine Davis, Founder of The Restoration Project.

Dr. Jefferson’s first name was Mildred, Ryan writes, and it

means “mild strength.” How prescient of her parents! God knew he would use someone with such a gentle spirit in mighty ways. She was a warrior. And that fight inspired my wife Bethany and me to set up a fund and create the Dr. Mildred Jefferson Trailblazer Award to help keep her legacy alive. She was born on April 4th, 1926, so we felt it was fitting to illuminate her life this week and bless someone else who carries that fire.

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