Mary M. Gooley Humanitarian of the Year: Esmeralda Vázquez

Esmeralda Vásquez

August 29, 2022


Living with Glanzmann’s thrombasthenia, an ultra-rare disorder, could be daunting for some. But for Esmeralda Vásquez, it’s her reason for giving back, raising her voice, and being a powerful advocate for all people with rare blood and bleeding disorders. Over the years, Esmeralda’s name has become synonymous with health equity and patient-centric care. She is recognized as a true champion for subject matter expert voices within the search process and is the ultimate example of ensuring that everyone’s experiences matter.

The Mary M. Gooley Humanitarian of the Year award honors a non-provider HTC staff member who is dedicated to the families at his or her HTC and demonstrates a commitment to their care. By presenting Esmerelda with the award, NFH recognizes her caring and humane spirit in her work to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.