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: Lauren Yarnish

Work: Medical Properties Trust

Charity: Magic Moments

Motivation: There is a very unique and tangible aspect of working with this charity. You quickly realize that charity work goes far beyond monetary donations - actually getting to see the end result of making a difference for a child in need is what makes Magic Moments so special. Working with kids in need has always been a passion of mine.

What I Gained from 2020: Be grateful for the little things every day and don't take anything for granted. I try to wake up each day and say five things I am thankful for. Some days it is easier than others! It has been a tough year for everyone but I think we have all had a chance to slow down and live in the moment.

Check out all of our 2020 Trailblazers here!