In searching for this year’s recipient, we ask questions such as: Who exhibits extraordinary character in a field of already extraordinary human beings? Who inspires and motivates us to live life, even in the face of the most extreme challenges, with a little more grace, a little more kindness, a little more resilience?

And the winner is….

(Drum roll)

Ashley Gumina

Congratulations, Ashley. You are unafraid of embracing the suck.