Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Service Award 2015 : Irfan Patel
Category : Social Justice/Advocacy
Nominator: Murat Kose
Irfan Patel has been instrumental in highlighting the issue of rare disease, organ and tissue donation and challenges facing families while raising children with medical issues. As a parent of two special needs children, he strives to bring about the much needed awareness to these issues. Irfan’s commitment to this cause has been consistent over the past many years. He has spent more than 300 hours working with various organizations in planning and executing campaigns supporting these initiatives. His initiatives have had an impact across Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Northern Maryland. A number of interfaith-based initiatives focused on special needs children have started directly as a result of Irfan’s efforts.