On November 22, 2008, Welch Center Director Dr. Neil Powe was granted the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland’s “Champion of Hope” award in recognition of his contributions to the care of patients with kidney disease. The award was presented at the Foundation’s 23rd annual Gift of Life Gala and fundraiser. Dr. Powe was introduced that evening by fellow Welch Center Core Faculty member Dr. Ebony Boulware. A glimpse of the festivities is reflected in the accompanying photo of Drs. Powe and Boulware at the award ceremony. Congratulations, Dr. Powe!