Sharon Stone, Dr. Anthony Fauci to be Honored During Virtual Research in Action Awards

Dr. Anthony Fauci and Sharon Stone
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Sharon Stone and her good friend Dr. Anthony Fauci are among the honorees at Treatment Action Group's virtual Research in Action Awards. Scheduled for Thursday, the event is designed to honor those who have worked to help end infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis and now COVID-19.

Stone, a veteran activist and champion of HIV-related organizations such as amfAR, has been selected to receive a lifetime achievement award for leadership in AIDS advocacy. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, will receive a lifetime achievement award for public health leadership. He's been knee deep in the fight against the novel coronavirus using expertise gained during five decades of work with previous public health crises involving HIV/AIDS, the West Nile virus, SARS, Ebola, Zika, and H1N1. Together, their association goes back years in the fight against HIV.

Just last month, Stone was among the notable names who turned out to honor Fauci as he received the Federal Employee of the Year award during the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals ceremony. Choking back tears, Stone praised Fauci's work, "Thank you for showing us what dignity is like. Thank you for speaking truth to power. Thank you for being brave. Just, thank you."

Research in Action Awards will also honor National Nurses United, the largest professional association of registered nurses, and human rights/HIV activist Steve Wakefield during a program hosted by journalist and activist Ann Northrop. Also during the event, Rachel York will perform and there will be a roundtable discussion with Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, a professor and amfAR chair of global health; Dr. Trip Gulick, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center; and TAG director of policy Annette Gaudino. CBS News chief medical correspondent Jon LaPook will moderate the chat.

The event is open to anyone though guests must register to attend, and donations are accepted.