Established in 2019 to recognize the indelible influence of the Corkin Family, the Corkin Family Commitment Award recognizes Brain Tumor Ride contributors who exemplify the mission, vision, and values of the National Brain Tumor Society, as the Corkin Family has done since the Ride’s inception.
The Corkin Family first became involved with the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) in the organization’s early days, through founders Richard Ross and Bonnie Feldman. Their connection deepened when Lindsay Corkin was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 10. Devastated but determined to take action, the Corkin family set out on what would become a decades-long mission: to improve the prognosis for this unforgiving disease. Michael and Lauren quickly became integral to the development and growth of what would become NBTS’s highest-grossing event in New England, the Boston Brain Tumor Ride and now the National Brain Tumor Ride.
From their early days of involvement, the Corkins have been pillars of the brain tumor community. Steadfast, determined, and spirited, Michael, Lauren, Seth and Lindsay have never wavered from their commitment to conquer and cure brain tumors. With the permission of the Corkin family, NBTS would like to introduce the Corkin Family Commitment Award. Recipients will embody the same qualities of dedication, influence, and perseverance, and will serve as champions of the NBTS mission. This award will be given out annually at the National Brain Tumor Ride.
William A. Coffman Champion Award
The William A. Coffman Champion Award is given to an individual annually who believes in the mission of NBTS and demonstrates that belief in the encouragement, motivation and inspiration that they instill in others. Bill was the de facto patriarch of the Brain Tumor Ride participating for 24 years and always bringing his energy, smile and fun colored hair to our yearly events.
With the permission of the Coffman Family, the National Brain Tumor Society will select one deserving participant of the William A. Coffman Champion Award. The recipient of this award will hold all the above listed qualities and will be a stand out champion of the NBTS mission. Bill will forever be missed by his family and friends, but we know his light will continue to shine as he left an incredible legacy that people can learn from for years to come.