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Exceptional Volunteers sought for Johana Knox Award

ORANGE CITY— Johana Knox lived in Orange City for 35 years and was known for her tireless devotion to children and those in need. Knox passed away in 2012, but left her handprints on the heart of the community with her lifelong passion for helping others.

To honor Knox’s enduring spirit of volunteerism, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Foundation will present the fifth annual “Johana Knox Award” on April 18 at The Club at Victoria Gardens, 1001 Garden Club Drive, DeLand. This award will recognize, celebrate and encourage outstanding volunteers in Southwest Volusia. 

DeBary resident Rani Merens was last year’s award winner. Merens has lived with multiple sclerosis for the past 16 years and has not let her disability inhibit her from helping others. A talented artist, Merens paints portraits for people who have lost a loved one. She also paints portraits of dogs and donates 50 percent of the proceeds to an organization that trains dogs to assist those with special needs. 

Nominations for this year’s “Johana Knox Award” recipient will be accepted until February 25. Applications for nominees are available via email at or via phone at (386) 917-5423. 

“We encourage you to nominate the outstanding volunteer in your organization or family,” said Debi McNabb, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Foundation Director. “All nominees will receive free admission to the celebration in April, and all will be recognized.” 

About Florida Hospital Fish Memorial
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is a 175-bed full-service hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services in addition to 24-hour emergency and critical care. The hospital is a member of Adventist Health System, the largest Protestant not-for-profit hospital system in the nation and works to provide exceptional, patient-focused care to the DeBary, Deltona, Orange City and Sanford communities. Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and is Chest Pain Accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.