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Celebrity Cancer Advocates to be Honored at Washington, D.C. Benefit

WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire/ --

What: Rays of Hope(R) Awards Gala, a dinner awards benefit hosted by the

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), celebrating

cancer survivorship. At this year's annual event NCCS will

recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant

contributions to cancer survivorship, including:

-- The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) -- The Lilly

Tartikoff Hope Award will be presented by star of the NBC show

Law & Order SVU Mariska Hargitay to Lisa Paulsen, president

and chief executive officer of the EIF

-- The Boston Red Sox Organization will receive the Private Sector

Leadership Award for its extensive support of The Jimmy Fund,

which helps find cures and improve the lives of children and

families facing cancer

-- Bob Schieffer, anchor of the CBS program Face the Nation with

Bob Schieffer and bladder cancer survivor, will receive the

Excellence in Media Award

-- Mike Burg of Edge Marketing and Management, a Hodgkin's disease

survivor and producer of cause-related entertainment programs,

will receive the Special Recognition Award

Dan Abrams, host of MSNBC's "Verdict with Dan Abrams" and chief

legal correspondent for NBC News, as well as a cancer survivor,

will serve as master of ceremonies.

Who: National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)

Founded in 1986, NCCS is the oldest survivor-led advocacy

organization in the country, advocating at the federal level for

quality cancer care for all Americans and empowering cancer


When: Wednesday, May 7, 2008

6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Where: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

1301 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, DC

For media interested in covering the event, please contact Gillian Pommerehn at 410-626-0805 or

SOURCE National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
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