The Bernice Krumhansl Advocacy Award
This award is presented
to a polio survivor or other individual who is an outstanding advocate - a person who has worked actively in support of improving
the lives of polio survivors and other disability issues. This award was originally established by the OPN Board in 1988.
It was initially called - People First/ Disability Second Award. It was later changed to the Bernice Krumhansl Advocacy
Award for Bernice's untiring efforts in working with polio survivors to help maintain their quality of life.
Bernice worked for
34 years at St. Luke's Medical Center, retiring in 1986 as director of the Physical Therapy Department. She specialized in
working with polio patients. Bernice wrote many articles on a variety of subjects including a textbook on physical therapy.
She also traveled extensively on a lecture circuit. Her cousin, Bill Krumhansl said it best - "She was special because
she healed the old-fashioned way. She healed with her hands, her heart, and with her head."
Portrait of Bernice Krumhansl
Recipients of the
Bernice Krumhansl Advocacy Award