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Award Honors Chicago Cancer Survivor Who Gives Back
Date:7/16/2009

Winner receives $1,000, recognized at international meeting

FAIRFAX, Va., July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is looking to recognize a cancer survivor in the Chicago area who has dedicated his or her time and energy to help others in the local community. The winner of the Survivor Circle Award will receive $1,000 and be honored at a ceremony at McCormick Place West in Chicago during ASTRO's 51st Annual Scientific Meeting, an international medical meeting where about 12,000 healthcare professionals are expected to be in attendance. The meeting will be in Chicago November 1-5 this year.

"Patients who confront cancer are uniquely aware of the multiple physical, emotional and social challenges that must be faced daily," said Anthony Zietman, M.D., president-elect of ASTRO and the director of training and education in the department of radiation oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. "The Survivor Circle Award recognizes heroic and caring individuals who have been able to use their own experience to reach out and help others facing a similar battle."

Any cancer survivor residing within the Chicago area who received radiation therapy as part of treatment is eligible for the award. The winner may keep the cash prize of $1,000 or donate it to the support organization or charity of his or her choice. All interested applicants must fill out a short application focusing on what the applicant has done to give back to the community. The application can be found online at www.astro.org/Patients/SurvivorCircle/SurvivorCircleAward/AwardInformat
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