Perla Nunes, who leads community engagement and outreach efforts for Duke University’s MURDOCK Study and other research studies based in Kannapolis, received the Service Above Self Award on Thursday from the Rotary Club of Cabarrus County.
The award is Rotary’s highest honor and recognizes Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary’s motto, “service above self,” by volunteering their time and talents to help others. The award is internationally competitive and is granted to no more than one Rotarian from each district, each year.
Nunes was selected because of her consistent investment in the health and future of Cabarrus County, the region and even the nation, said Marie Dockery, executive director of the Cabarrus County Community Free Clinic, who presented the award.
“Perla is passionate about health and health research. She actively supports and invests in many Cabarrus County nonprofits and special interests,” said Dockery, who serves on the MURDOCK Study Advisory Board. “One of her personal passions is outstanding advocacy and support of Alzheimer’s fundraising events in our region. She lives our ‘service above self’ mission every single day.”
Nunes, who lives in Concord and is a native of Ecuador, joined the Duke-Kannapolis team in September 2009. She oversees community outreach for several Duke University studies located in Kannapolis, as well as follow-up efforts for the MURDOCK Study, a community registry and biorepository consisting of more than 12,000 people who live in the Cabarrus County area.