2020 has brought unprecedented challenges across every aspect of life and work worldwide. Incredible people have risen to the challenge—pivoting, reinventing, reimagining and working harder than ever before. Birmingham’s non-profit leaders transformed annual galas into virtual gatherings, transitioned runs into races for runners to complete on their own time, and innovated new ways to raise funds and provide services to those in need throughout the Magic City. We asked our nonprofit partners to nominate the volunteers who helped them get through this year. We are proud to spotlight some of the individuals who played integral roles as Birmingham’s 2020 Trailblazers.

Name: Grant Morgan

Work: Oakworth Capital Bank

Charity: Robert E. Reed Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Foundation

Motivation: After learning of the Reed Foundation years ago, I was thrilled to get involved and support its cause. Each year, the foundation continues to impact the lives and families of people affected by GI cancer. The foundation's dedication to raising money and awareness for research and patient care at UAB has contributed to Birmingham's success in attracting the best researchers and providing the best GI cancer treatment in the world.

What I Gained from 2020: This year has been a humbling reminder that, with few expectations, we are very rarely in full control of our circumstances. The year has entailed adversity of some kind for everyone, and it is exciting to see how people around me have grown through that adversity. This year has personally been a great opportunity for me to reflect on the blessings I've been given in life, and how I can positively impact the lives of others.

Check out all of our 2020 Trailblazers here!