Gretchen sounds like she has her intentions in a good place. She is trying to raise awareness for a disease that took the like of someone she loves. If that means she has to have the spotlight on her, so be it. The people with the spotlight get the attention, thus, the awareness. Sadly, most people don't do anything until it hits home. And if she did win an award for something, no matter when she did the work, people would still be making critical comments about her.