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2014 Candi Spraggins' Story

Candi Spraggins was involved in a horrific motor vehicle crash and struggled for months to recover from her life-threatening injuries. Candi's story is one of survival, determination and compassion.

Twenty-five care providers were given the Order of the Shining Knight for their contribution to Spraggins' survival at VCU Medical Center's sixth annual Shining Knight Gala on March 29, 2014. The Shining Knight Gala raises funds for injury and violence prevention and honors those who protect and save lives in Central Virginia.

VCU Medical Center is one of only two nationally recognized Level I trauma centers in Virginia. Patients are admitted into the trauma center for a variety of reasons that include vehicle crashes, falls, burns and unintentional injuries.

Honorary Chairs:

Gil Minor and Vigneshwar Kasirajan, MD, Chair, VCU Department of Surgery

Our Shining Knights:

Dinwiddie County Fire and EMS
Bert. E. Bogue, RN, BS, CFRN, EMT-P
Jeffrey Sayles, EMT-P
Stephen T. Newark, Pilot
Michelle Troendle, MD
Regina Senn, RN
Eve Dunning
Kathleen Nonnemacker, RN, BSN
Ariyell Buttone, CST
Harry L. McCarthy, CCP
Arkadiy Dubovoy, MD 
Michele R. Andolina, MLT (ASCP)
Sasa-Grae M. Espino, MD
Andrew J. Young, MD
Stephanie R. Goldberg, MD
James F. Whelan, MD, FACS
Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS 
Rahul J. Anand, MD, FACS
Caitlyn Reynolds, RN, BSN
Diana Stokes, RN, MSN, PCCN
Kathryn E. Black, RN, BSN
Julie Delamar, BSN, RN, CCRN
Tim Perkins, RN, BSN, CCRN
Erin K. McAuliff, RN, BSN
Lesley B. Coots, MSN, APRN, NP-C, FNP-BC, CCRN
Renee D. Seaman, RN, FNP-BC
Carmel Colón, PT, DPT 
Bridgette M. Loiselle, OTR/L
R. Patrick Alridge, BA, RN, CWON
Rev Lemuel D. Sullano, MPH, MS
Heather Kinney, CCLS, CPST
Elizabeth Higgins, MA, CCC-SLP
Linda Creasey, RD, CNSC
J. Patrick McGowan, MD
Amber Spain, MSW, LCSW, CDE
Kristen Marie Gladysz, MS, BS, RN
Kate Nash, OTR/L
Quintasha Baker
John Noiseux, PT
Cynthia Rolston, PhD
Brandon Bucker, MD
Gregory F. Domson, MD
Michael J. Feldman, MD
Anna Vinnikova, MD 
Richard K. Shepard, MD
Charles H. Cockrell, MD
Gregory Chenault, PharmD
Travis Gatesman, PharmD
Melanie Jacoby, RN, BSN