Larry Lawson Receives 2018 Horatio Alger Award

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Founder and CEO of HeartcoR Solutions, healthcare innovator, and community leader recognized for efforts to support Houston area and beyond

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I am grateful that the Horatio Alger Association has welcomed me into this special organization so that I may continue to provide hope and opportunity to those who deserve it most.

HeartcoR Solutions, a clinical services company and ECG Core Lab, announced today that company founder and CEO Larry Lawson has been selected for membership to the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.

Lawson joins 11 other business, civic and cultural leaders from across North America in receiving 2018 honors. For more than 70 years, the Horatio Alger Award has been annually bestowed upon admired leaders who have succeeded despite facing adversities, and who have remained committed to higher education and charitable efforts in their local communities.

Lawson learned early in life that grit, determination and confidence would take him far. Diagnosed with a serious bone deficiency at age six, he was required to wear a metal leg brace that impaired his walking and left him a frequent victim of ridicule.

He began his career writing and producing music but moved into health care as a sales representative at Johnson & Johnson. Lawson started his first company, LifeMed, Inc. in 1983. From there, he continued to establish medical monitoring companies, eventually focusing on cardiology. Today, Lawson leads a team of cardiac monitoring and research experts at HeartcoR Solutions, an ECG Core Lab that provides research and clinical trial management services to pharma, medical device and biotech companies worldwide.

“It’s fitting that Larry works in an industry that specializes in the heart, as it is clear from both his business and philanthropic efforts that he has a genuine desire to help those in need,” said Matthew Rose, president, Horatio Alger Association and 2013 Horatio Alger Award recipient. “We are certain that his life story will have a profound impact on our Scholars and inspire them to rise above their own adversities. We are proud to welcome Larry into the Association as part of this outstanding 2018 new Member Class.”

Lawson is an active member of TMCx, the Texas Medical Center’s Accelerator program, and GOOSE Society of Texas, an organization that provides funding and mentorship to startup companies in life science, energy, and emerging technologies. Lawson has gifted scholarships and funds to various schools and universities, including a $1 million donation to the science and engineering department of his alma mater, Lamar University. He has also donated to entrepreneur centers and facilities for the disabled.

Lawson has received numerous accolades, including election into the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame for his tenure with The Clique, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Hall of Fame 2009, and Houston Technology Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Health Sciences in 2017.

“As a child, I was fortunate to have parents who believed in me and encouraged me to pursue my dreams, despite the serious physical challenges I faced,” said Lawson.” Understanding that many of these Scholars don’t have this same type of support system to build them up, it is an honor and privilege for me to be a change agent in their lives. I am grateful that the Horatio Alger Association has welcomed me into this special organization so that I may continue to provide hope and opportunity to those who deserve it most.”

Lawson and the Member Class of 2018 will be formally inducted into the Association on April 5-7, 2018, during the Association’s 71st Horatio Alger Award Induction Ceremonies in Washington, D.C.

For more information about Horatio Alger Association and its Member Class of 2018, please visit http://www.horatioalger.org. To learn more about HeartcoR Solutions, visit http://www.heartcorsolutions.com.

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About HeartcoR Solutions
Headquartered in Algonquin, IL, HeartcoR Solutions LLC. is a leading-edge ECG Core Lab providing 24/7 research and clinical trial management services to pharma, medical device and biotech companies worldwide. HeartcoR delivers non-invasive cardiovascular safety and efficacy services that enhance data capture, review and management in clinical research. Learn more at http://www.heartcorsolutions.com. Follow on LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

About Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans:
Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. is dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. The Association honors the achievements of outstanding leaders who have accomplished remarkable successes in spite of adversity by bestowing upon them the Horatio Alger Award and inducting them as lifetime Members. Horatio Alger Members support promising young people with the resources and confidence needed to overcome adversity in pursuit of their dreams through higher education. Through the generosity of its Members and friends, in 2017, the Association awarded more than $18 million in undergraduate and graduate need-based scholarships across the United States and Canada, and also provided college support and mentoring services to its Scholars. Since 1984, the Association has awarded more than $125 million in college scholarships to more than 25,000 deserving young people. For more information, please visit http://www.horatioalger.org.

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