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DEARBORN – For serving others in the nursing field for more than 27 years, long-time Henry Ford Health System transplant nurse Annette Feeney, RN BSN, was recognized Oct. 26 with the National Arab American Nurses’ Association Angel of Mercy Award.
The National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA) was founded in 2003 by nurse Rose Khalifa, RN, BSN, to serve as a voice, network and resource for men and women in their pursuit of employment and advancement within the nursing profession. The Angel of Mercy Award is bestowed upon those involved in the community who support that vision. Annette received the award along with former U.S. congressman John D. Dingell for his life-long support of the Arab American community.
The recognition also honors her son, Ryan, 17, and a scholarship established in his name in the Dearborn Public Schools. His family hopes to award the Ryan Feeney Scholarship to a Dearborn High School senior student who epitomizes his can-do attitude.
“I’m humbled to be recognized by NAANA, both on a professional and personal level,” said Annette, a liver transplant coordinator who works with patients at the Henry Ford Transplant Institute in Detroit. “Through this award and the scholarship, we honor Ryan’s spirit and those whose lives he saved, as well as donors and recipients involved in the gift of life.”
Ryan died in April in a tragic accident just before graduating from Dearborn High. He played rugby and tennis in between working part-time at a local pizza shop and volunteering. Interested in a career in Army intelligence, the FBI or possibly law school, Ryan was set to attend Michigan State University in Fall 2017 on an ROTC scholarship.
Even after working for years with patients preparing for their transplant, the decision to support Ryan’s wish to donate organs was difficult, his mom said. Now, she works even more diligently with potential transplant recipients to ready them for a successful transplant.
“Trying to help patients become better recipients honors future donors and their families’ decision to support organ donation,” Annette said.
The $1000 annual scholarship will be awarded to a Dearborn High School senior headed to college with a 3.0 grade point average, who has participated in at least one year of a varsity sport. The decision will be based on a letter from a Dearborn High School coach or educator and a 500-word essay written by the applicant.
For more information on the Ryan Feeney Scholarship for students of Dearborn High School, visit DearbornEdFoundation.org. To sign the Michigan Organ Donor registry, visit www.giftoflifemichigan.org/go/hfhs