Sanford Health believes in making changes that make a difference. The Sanford Lorraine Cross Award will honor someone pioneering that change with the next big breakthrough, innovation or treatment to transform global health. It starts with a $1 million prize, and it continues with a life-changing impact for us all.
While other research awards honor retroactive discoveries or budding theories, the Sanford Lorraine Cross Award uses a sophisticated selection process to find and honor an individual with the potential to change the face of medicine today. By recognizing an innovation now, we can further propel research and discovery to ensure a transformative impact will be felt as soon as possible.
Research means nothing if it doesn’t do something. The Sanford Lorraine Cross Award will honor a breakthrough, innovation or cure that has a direct effect on global health. It’s not about theories or philosophies – it’s about finding discoveries that do something. Our international board and scientific advisory board will lead the way in recognizing these action-oriented innovations.
The Lorraine Cross is prominent in the Sanford Health logo, chosen to represent our mission of health and healing. But its meaning and rich history began long before.
The symbol was named after the French Duke of Lorraine placed it upon his banners during the Crusades in the 11th century. It was looked to as a sign of protection and safety, then transformed into a central symbol in the fight against disease in the early 1900s.
The Sanford Lorraine Cross Award trophy was constructed to pay tribute to the symbol's centuries-long legacy.
A granite Lorraine Cross stands atop the award as a beacon of health, healing and protection.