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Ralph Braun Honored Posthumously With daVinci Award

Cherie Braun Diaz and Melissa Braun Dennis accept the da Vinci Lifetime Achievement Award for their Father.

Ralph Braun, founder and CEO of The Braun Corporation, was honored posthumously with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the da Vinci Awards, an international forum recognizing the latest development and research in adaptive and assistive technologies. The awards benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s Michigan Chapter.

“Ralph Braun has left a permanent legacy in the mobility community and is regarded as a true pioneer of an industry that has brought freedom to hundreds of thousands of individuals across the world,” stated a release published by the da Vinci Awards.

Ralph’s daughters – Cherie Braun Diaz and Melissa Braun Dennis – were on hand to accept the award during the ceremony, which was held at the Ford Conference and Event Center in Dearborn.

The Michigan Chapter of the National MS Society ( created the da Vinci Awards® in 2001 to foster innovation and hope by recognizing the latest developments and research in adaptive and assistive technologies, which play an important role in helping people overcome physical limitations.

The da Vinci Awards® were named after Leonardo da Vinci because of his documented talents as an inventor, philosopher, engineer, architect and artist.  The name itself captures the spirit in which the awards are given.

Proceeds from the awards benefit the National MS Society’s Michigan Chapter. Michigan has one of the highest incident rates of MS in the U.S., with more than 18,000 residents living with multiple sclerosis.