Kevin Heller wins ALS National Hero Award posthumously

by Linda Hubbard on February 21, 2021

Every year, the ALS Association recognizes a few individuals with its National Hero Award. It is an award given to individuals who have done extraordinary things for ALS—making a difference in the battle against this debilitating disease.

The Golden West Chapter (California/Hawaii) has only had four recipients of this award in their history. Well, this year, they nominated Kevin Heller—and he won!

“Better yet, we won,” emails Lesley Heller. “As Kevin always said, it takes a team. This award isn’t just for Kevin. It is for all of us. So many people came together, joined team GiveEmHeller, to help raise awareness for ALS. Thank you so much for all you did to support Kevin, our family and all you’ve done for the ALS community.

“Next week, the ALS Association will hold its annual conference. This year it is a virtual event. They will have a 15-20 minute presentation of Kevin’s team and his award, featuring a video about Kevin and what he/we did for the ALS community. I can’t think of a more deserving person/team, and I am so proud for all Kevin and you did to help raise awareness and funds for the ALS Association.”

The presentation is on  Thursday, February 25th at 1:30 pm. The tribute video and full award presentation will be available online by March 1 at

Kevin passed away on January 5, 2021.

Photo of Kevin and wife Lesley at fundraising event in September 2020 by Laura Hamilton (c) 2020


Paul Angel February 21, 2021 at 10:25 pm

Congratulation so Happy for Him

Stephanie Mishra February 22, 2021 at 5:58 am

Love to the Heller family. Kevin was a hero to all of us and the impact he had on individuals, our community and ALS is immeasurable.

Peter Boylan February 23, 2021 at 5:55 pm

What a great and well deserved tribute to a fantastic gentleman and leader. I know Kevin is looking down from heaven with that big smile he always wore. God Bless Kevin and the entire Heller Family and Team.

Steve February 25, 2021 at 1:23 pm

Blessings to Kevin, his loving family and friends!

Joy Weintz February 25, 2021 at 1:43 pm

Trying to watch — hope there will be a video link posted afterward, please!!?!

Linda Hubbard February 26, 2021 at 11:30 am

The tribute video and full award presentation will be available online by March 1 at

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