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Atlanta cancer survivor and volunteer will be honored with ASTRO's 2013 Survivor Circle Award
Date:9/18/2013

Fairfax, Va., September 18, 2013 The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has selected Atlanta resident and cancer survivor Sherri Graves Smith to receive the 2013 Survivor Circle Award. On behalf of ASTRO, Otis W. Brawley, MD, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society (ACS), will present Ms. Smith with her award, including $1,000, during the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, September 24 at ASTRO's 55th Annual Meeting in Atlanta. The Survivor Circle Award recognizes a cancer survivor who lives in the ASTRO Annual Meeting host city and who has dedicated his or her time and energy in service and support of their local community.

"Volunteering is one of the most fulfilling parts of my life because it helps me focus on being productive and helping others," Smith said. "It gives me a great sense of personal fulfillment and gratification to be able to assist and support others, and it keeps my life in perspective. The more I help, the more I want to help."

Smith was diagnosed in November 2007 at age 36 with stage IV colorectal cancer, which has since been diagnosed as a chronic condition. She received radiation therapy at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta and continues to receive chemotherapy treatment at Atlanta Cancer Care. While receiving treatment at Atlanta Cancer Care, Smith noticed that some patients were experiencing dire financial challenges, ranging from bankruptcy and foreclosure to skipping treatments because of the inability to pay for a babysitter or transportation. Smith expressed an interest in helping these patients, and a nurse informed her about the Atlanta Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF), which provides monetary assistance to those financially challenged by cancer, in addition to funding professional and public education on cancer-related issues and funding for cancer research. After learning about ACCF, Smith's lifelong commitment to volunteer work inspired her to get involved with ACCF.

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Contact: Michelle Kirkwood
michellek@astro.org
703-286-1600
American Society for Radiation Oncology
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