Lizzie Cochran, a Columbia University student and 2008 graduate of Dallas Woodrow Wilson High School, was selected today as winner of the 2012 Dallas Cowboys Community Quarterback Award and received a $10,000 grant from team officials for her work as founder of the Miracle Players Foundation.
The non-profit organization brings musical theater programs to local children’s hospitals and raises funds for pediatric cancer research at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Cochran began the foundation as a high school student and has continued it since enrolling at Columbia.
Her foundation’s primary fundraiser – Peace, Hope and Butterflies – take place each summer and includes the release of 500 butterflies by pediatric cancer patients. Cochran became the 13th recipient of the community-service award given annually by team officials.
“Our organization is proud to recognize the work of Lizzie Cochran,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, the team’s executive vice-president. “It is through efforts like hers … and the tireless work of so many others throughout our community, that we are able to touch the lives of others in a positive way.” Anderson cited Cochran for displaying “a true passion and dedication to making our neighborhoods greater.”
_ Jimmy Burch