Leona Davis, LVN, Maxim's 2016 National Caregiver of the Year

  •  Leona Davis, LVN, was named Maxim's 2016 Caregiver of the Year

  • In 2006, Leona began working with a 13-year-old patient with a rare nervous system disease
  • During her 10 years with the patient, Leona faced her own struggles, as well. She was diagnosed with cancer last year and returned to work immediately after her radiation and chemotherapy treatments

Leona Davis, an LVN from Torrance, California, is both the 2016 National Caregiver of the Year and the 2016 Central Region Caregiver of the Year.

Leona and her patient, DJ, have been in a partnership for eight years. The staff report that DJ’s doctors continuously praise her results and point out that under Leona’s care, DJ has lost zero range of motion – a rarity for most patients with his condition. But, perhaps the greatest endorsement of all comes from DJ’s mother, who says that Leona “has left an everlasting mark on their family.”

Even more remarkable is that Leona accomplished all of this while facing a significant medical challenge of her own: breast cancer. Her story encourages us all.